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  • US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments

    May 12, 2017 7:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling the nation's federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against most suspects. That is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences. Sessions announced the move in a policy memo sent... more »
  • A crackdown on false alarms in New Orleans

    March 26, 2017 11:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials are getting set to impose penalties for owners of properties where repeated false security alarms waste police time. A city news release says an ordinance taking effect May 1 will result in a warning to a property owner after one false alarm, and a... more »
  • NCAA: Southern gets 5 years probation after issues with athlete eligibility

    November 16, 2016 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The National Collegiate Athletic Association reports that Southern University faces several penalties due to the university's lack of "institutional control" when it failed to monitor student-athlete eligibility, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. The university faces up to five years probation, a $5,000... more »
  • 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 »

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