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  • Health care deadline today

    February 15, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the last day to sign up for 2015 coverage under the Affordable Care Act. According to the federal exchange, those who want insurance from Obamacare 2.0 should at least start the application by midnight on Sunday to avoid a fee. Those filing taxes in... more »
  • Health insurance deadline just a few days away Play Video

    February 13, 2015 5:10 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The final rush by applicants to get health insurance in order to avoid facing financial penalties is on as Sunday is the final day to complete sign ups. "We have navigators that are keying the information in the computer system and then we have overflow calls... 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 »
  • State leaders are trying to put a price on death row

    November 6, 2014 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State legislators are trying to figure out just how much it cost the state to execute an inmate on death row. Each inmate sitting on death row costs tax payers a lot of money but the question on the minds of man is exactly how much... more »
  • State leaders are trying to put a price on death row

    November 6, 2014 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State legislators are trying to figure out just how much it cost the state to execute an inmate on death row. Each inmate sitting on death row costs tax payers a lot of money but the question on the minds of man is exactly how much... more »
  • NFL says mistake made in player prayer penalty

    September 30, 2014 9:15 AM

    KANSAS CITY, MO - The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception. NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic... more »
  • No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

    September 24, 2014 2:51 PM

    ATLANTA- A prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty for a Georgia man whose toddler son died after he was left in a hot vehicle. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said Wednesday he won't seek the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris. Harris faces multiple charges, including malice... more »
  • Budget group opposes bill to hike insurance fines Play Video

    June 9, 2014 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There are allegations that a law to make the roads safer is nothing more than a way to raise taxes and put money into the pockets of public safety workers. A bill awaits the governor's signature to increase fines for drivers caught without at least basic... more »
  • BP trial to focus on scientists' spill estimates

    October 7, 2013 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The focus of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP's blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting... more »
  • At least 6 targeting ejections in opening weekend

    September 2, 2013 2:41 PM

    UNDATED - The NCAA's new penalties for targeting resulted in at least a half dozen ejections, including one that was overturned by video replay, during the first weekend of the college football season. NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding says official totals on the number of targeting penalties would... more »
  • US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre

    June 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales entered the plea Wednesday in a military courtroom to multiple counts of premeditated murder and other... more »
  • NCAA gives ex-Wingate coach 2-year show-cause

    May 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    WINGATE, N.C. - The NCAA has given former Wingate women's basketball coach Barbara Nelson a two-year show-cause penalty for providing players with money and prescription drugs. The school on Wednesday also was given one year of probation and vacated all 24 victories from 2011-12. Nelson was not named in the... more »
  • Bombing suspect charged, could face death penalty

    April 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    BOSTON- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and he could face the death penalty if convicted. Tsarnaev, 19, was accused by federal prosecutors of joining with his older brother to set off the two pressure-cooker bombs that sprayed... more »
  • Colo. prosecutors seeking death penalty for Holmes

    April 1, 2013 10:14 AM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Prosecutors want James Holmes executed for last year's attack on an Aurora movie theater. They announced their intention to seek the death penalty against Holmes in court on Monday. Last week prosecutors said they rejected an offer from Holmes' attorney to have him plead guilty to avoid... more »
  • BP: Government overestimated size of spill

    January 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government... more »
  • Death penalty sought for 4 of 5 triple murder suspects

    December 18, 2012 11:44 AM

    GONZALES - Prosecutors announced today they intend to seek the death penalty against four of the five people accused of killing an Ascension Parish couple and their son. Prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty for Devon James, who pleaded not guilty to the killings earlier this... more »
  • Judge sets date to rule on BP plea deal over spill

    December 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says she will decide next month whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion and the massive oil spill it triggered in the Gulf... more »
  • BP settles with US for $4.5 billion in Gulf spill

    November 15, 2012 7:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak in New Orleans about the government's $4.5 billion settlement with BP over the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of Justice said Holder and top U.S. officials will hold a news conference at 1:00 p.m.... more »
  • Stiffer penalty for parking on the lawn

    September 22, 2012 3:01 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The penalty for a certain parking violation in Shreveport is about to jump sharply. The violation - parking in a home's front yard. Now this citation costs about $15. However, KSLA TV reports that, beginning Monday, the first offense will be $100. The second offense will be $300,... more »
  • Prosecutors seek death penalty in kidnap case

    August 2, 2012 9:41 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man who was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 and surfaced years later as a suspect in the deaths of his Las Vegas girlfriend and her daughter. Thomas Steven Sanders is charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria,... more »
  • Feds get deadline to weigh death penalty for man

    April 10, 2012 8:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a July 5 deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to seek the death penalty against a New Orleans man charged with having a role in five killings, including an off-duty police officer's fatal shooting. A March 15 indictment claims 27-year-old... more »
  • Another state to ban death penalty

    April 5, 2012 12:16 PM

    HARTFORD - Connecticut is on track to become the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty. Foes of capital punishment say it's part of a growing national sentiment against executing prisoners. The Connecticut Sentate today approved a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state. The... more »
  • Death penalty off table in Dutchtown slaying

    March 13, 2012 2:34 PM

    GONZALES, La.- Prosecutors in Ascension Parish say they have decided not to seek the death penalty against a man accused in a 22-year-old kidnapping, rape and slaying of an 18-year-old Dutchtown woman. Prosecutors agreed Monday to reduce a first-degree murder charge against 56-year-old Tolbert Morris of Carville to second-degree murder... more »
  • Grandmother charged with murder

    March 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    GADSDEN, AL. - A grandmother accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death has been charged with capital murder which carries the possibility of the death penalty. 46-year-old Joyce Garrard was characterized by prosecutors as the "drill sergeant from hell." Garrard and 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, the girl's... more »
  • Death penalty sought in child's slaying

    February 24, 2012 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against a man accused in the 2006 asphyxiation death of his 2-year-old daughter. Cedric and Shelna Matamoros were indicted on first-degree murder charges in May and are being held without bond. Prosecutor Steve Danielson... more »
  • NCAA accepts LSU's penalties for recruiting violation

    July 19, 2011 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The NCAA said LSU did a "commendable" job reporting recruiting violations from the 2009-2010 football season, but added a one-year recruiting probation to penalties already imposed by the university. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions said in a media call today that the school would be put... more »
  • High court upholds death penalty in church deaths

    November 30, 2010 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death penalty for Anthony Bell, who killed four of his in-laws and his wife after bursting into a Baton Rouge church in 2006. Bell was convicted in 2008 of five counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree... more »
  • Feds won't seek death penalty in Katrina shooting

    September 10, 2010 4:57 PM

    The Justice Department doesn't intend to seek the death penalty against four current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Prosecutors disclosed the decision in a court filing Friday. A July indictment charged Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen, officer Anthony... more »
  • Lafourche DA seeks death penalty in woman's murder

    August 25, 2010 8:34 AM

    The Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against four men accused of raping and killing a Cut Off woman earlier this year. Esdras Garcia, Luis Nava, Jose Moreno and Gonzalo Cortes are accused of repeatedly raping and then killing Angela Laudun after meeting her at a... more »
  • Supreme Court not reviewing La. death penalty

    October 5, 2009 2:31 PM

    The Supreme Court has ruled against a challenge to the way the death penalty is imposed in Louisiana. The high court rejected an appeal today by a woman convicted for her role in a brutal New Year's Day attack on a retired minister in 2003. Her death sentence... more »
  • New DWI Law in Effect

    September 1, 2009 9:04 AM

    The new state DWI law is in effect, and under the new law a person who refuses to take the breathalyzer test loses his driver's license for one year. That is up from the previous six-month penalty. If a person refuses the test more than once in a five-year period,... more »

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