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  • Bill to punish grave robbers sent to governor's desk

    June 3, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Columbia lawmaker's bill to outline a legal framework and set penalties for prosecuting Louisiana grave robbers is headed to the governor's desk. The Senate voted 31-0 Friday to give final passage to the proposal from Republican Sen. Neil Riser. The House unanimously supported the measure, which... more »
  • Edwards signs penalty drop for drug paraphernalia charges

    June 1, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to lessen the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia, to conform with reduced marijuana penalties passed last year. Someone caught with the drug supplies will face up to 15 days in jail and a fine up to $300... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to boost penalties for texting while driving

    May 31, 2016 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Penalties could grow for disobeying state laws that ban texting or posting to social media sites while driving and that restrict cell phone use for young drivers, under a bill heading to the governor. Violators currently face traffic fines of up to $175 for the first offense... more »
  • Lawmakers cut penalties for people caught with drug supplies

    May 12, 2016 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to cut the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia to conform with lessened marijuana penalties passed last year. Someone caught with the drug supplies will face up to 15 days in jail and a fine up to $300 on a first... more »
  • Jindal agrees to medical marijuana, lessened pot penalties

    June 29, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's penalties for having small amounts of marijuana have been lowered. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the measure into law Monday, along with a bill that will get medical marijuana to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy through a limited number of... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to lessen Louisiana's marijuana penalties

    June 8, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to lower Louisiana's tough penalties for marijuana possession, ending the possibility someone could be jailed 20 years for repeatedly getting caught with small amounts of the drug. With a 74-19 vote Monday, the House gave final passage to the proposal by Rep. Austin Badon,... more »
  • Bill to lower Louisiana's marijuana penalties OK'd by Senate

    May 26, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have agreed to lessen Louisiana's penalties for simple possession of marijuana, to remove provisions that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeatedly getting caught with small amounts of pot. The Senate voted 27-12 Monday for the proposal by Sen. J.P. Morrell,... more »
  • Kraft: Patriots won't appeal team's fine, draft penalties

    May 19, 2015 1:52 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. Kraft said Tuesday at the owners meetings that he... more »
  • EPA: 3 companies agree to a $900,000 civil penalty

    January 21, 2015 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company, including the Convent and Norco Motiva Enterprises facilities, have agreed to a $900,000 civil penalty settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA says the civil penalty is in response to a number of alleged violations of the Clean... more »
  • Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial

    January 21, 2015 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Justice Department attorneys are back in federal court presenting their case for making BP pay billions of dollars in civil penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The oil corporation, meanwhile, says the government is ignoring some of its own data on the health of... more »
  • BP hopes to lessen potential $13.7 billion spill penalty

    January 19, 2015 10:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP are preparing for trial in New Orleans that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill. Federal lawyers say BP should pay as... more »
  • Deadline closes in on penalties for the uninsured Play Video

    January 5, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents without health insurance have about a month to sign up in order avoid penalties as tax season and deadlines loom. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "Obamacare"), all citizens are required to be insured or pay the price. With deadlines... more »
  • Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

    August 28, 2014 2:44 AM

    A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure... more »
  • Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties

    July 9, 2014 5:38 PM

    SAO PAULO, Brazil - Argentina reached the World Cup final on Wednesday after beating the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to give Argentina the win after the game finished 0-0 following extra time. Maxi Rodriguez put away the... more »
  • Jindal signs harsher penalties for referee attacks

    June 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents who attack referees at their children's athletic events will face toughened penalties. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Monday the governor has signed a bill increasing punishment for conviction of the misdemeanor crime of battery of a school or recreation contest official. The crime had carried a... more »
  • New La. law ups penalties for the sale of children

    June 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed another piece of legislation Friday intended to make life tougher on people who profit off trafficking children. The law introduces stricter penalties for anyone involved in the sale, transfer or arrangement of the exchange of a child to another person in exchange... more »
  • Jindal signs bills to crack down on sex trafficking

    June 9, 2014 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed four bills into law on Monday that would help protect sex trafficking victims, and creates a new crime targeting people who purchase such services. HB 1025 permits the court to seize the personal property directly used in connection with sex trafficking and... more »
  • New law toughens registration law for sex offenders

    May 23, 2014 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law on Thursday that stiffens the punishment for sex offenders and child predators who fail to register with the state. Jindal said the bill makes failing to register a criminal offense and requires jail time for convicted offenders who... more »
  • Domestic violence bills head to Gov. Bobby Jindal

    May 13, 2014 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to toughen penalties against domestic violence in Louisiana, which leads the nation in domestic abuse deaths, have won final legislative passage. With unanimous votes from the House Tuesday, the bills by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, move next to the governor's desk. One bill... more »
  • Bill easing marijuana penalties derailed

    April 3, 2014 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs. Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, pulled his bill from consideration Thursday in the House Criminal Justice Committee after testimony by the head of the Louisiana Sheriffs... more »
  • Taxpayers have more questions this season Play Video

    February 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers. Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He... more »
  • Consequences in proposed parenting classes Play Video

    December 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If new parents don't participate in parenting classes, they may have to face some consequences. Representative Regina Barrow and the Family Preservation Study Group are trying to make it mandatory for pregnant women 20 years old and under to take parenting classes. Barrow says the younger... more »
  • State's tax amenesty program begins Play Video

    September 23, 2013 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An amnesty program for those behind on their taxes begins today in Louisiana. The program offers taxpayers a chance to catch up without all the penalties. According to the Department of Revenue more than 440,000 people are behind on paying state taxes, which equals about $1.4 billion... more »
  • Let the Chase begin

    September 13, 2013 10:17 AM

    JOLIET, Ill. - The focus returns to the track for NASCAR after a tumultuous week of fines and docked points for Michael Waltrip Racing. Qualifying for the first of 10 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship races is set for later today at Chicagoland. Matt Kenseth goes into... more »
  • Drug penalties upcoming

    July 31, 2013 9:27 AM

    NEW YORK - Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case. The sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance... more »
  • Tax amnesty dates set for Sept. 23 through Nov. 22

    July 23, 2013 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Delinquent taxpayers can get a reprieve from penalties for paying their back-owed taxes in an upcoming amnesty period that begins in September. The state revenue department announced Tuesday that the first year of the tax amnesty program created by lawmakers will run from Sept. 23 through Nov.... more »
  • Penske fighting stiff penalties

    May 2, 2013 10:25 AM

    CONCORD, N.C. - A three-member appeals board is upholding NASCAR's penalties against Penske Racing, but team owner Roger Penske is taking his case a step further. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear Penske's final appeal next Tuesday. Penske was issued the penalties after the cars of... more »
  • Kenseth calls harsh penalties 'grossly unfair'

    April 26, 2013 10:06 AM

    RICHMOND - Matt Kenseth says NASCAR's penalties against his team are "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful." Kenseth's team was hit with some of the harshest penalties NASCAR has handed out Wednesday after his race-winning engine at Kansas failed the post-race inspection. He says one of eight connecting rods on... more »
  • State tax extensions must be electronically filed

    March 26, 2013 8:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State taxpayers who require more time to file their 2012 income taxes must submit their extension requests electronically. The Louisiana Department of Revenue implemented the requirement beginning with returns due in 2013. Filing extension requests must be submitted no later than the tax filing deadline. 2012 Louisiana... more »
  • Next in BP spill saga: civil trial worth billions

    January 30, 2013 6:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Now that the U.S. Justice Department's criminal probe of BP PLC is resolved, the company faces billions of dollars more in civil penalties for its role in the 2010 massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On Tuesday, a federal judge agreed to let the London-based... more »
  • Judge OKs $4B BP oil spill criminal settlement

    January 29, 2013 12:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP agreed in November to... more »
  • Transocean spill settlement heads to court

    January 9, 2013 7:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in New Orleans Wednesday for its plea agreement with the Justice Department over the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean has agreed to pay $400 million in criminal... more »

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