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  • Louisiana senators won't rework marriage law, defer to court

    May 30, 2017 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators have decided against rewriting a state marriage law that is temporarily blocked as part of an ongoing legal dispute, deferring to the courts. A federal judge in March stopped enforcement of a 2016 law requiring people to produce a birth certificate to get a marriage... more »
  • Campus 'free speech' bill wins backing of Louisiana House

    May 26, 2017 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal seeking to protect controversial speakers' appearances at Louisiana colleges and calling on campuses to punish students who disrupt them won support from House lawmakers on a second try. Rep. Lance Harris, chairman of the House Republican Delegation, says his bill is a response to university... more »
  • Louisiana teenage lifers closer to getting shot at parole

    May 23, 2017 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after 30 years is closer to reaching the Louisiana governor's desk. The House voted 82-3 Tuesday in favor of Sen. Dan Claitor's bill banning juvenile life-without-parole sentences in all cases except when a... more »
  • House votes to bolster police training after Sterling death

    May 18, 2017 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are moving forward with a proposal to increase police officers' training requirements nearly a year after police fatally shot a black man outside a Baton Rouge convenience store. The House voted 82-5 Thursday in favor of Rep. Ted James' bill, which calls for officers to... more »
  • Raise pay? Minimum wage hike advancing in Louisiana Senate Play Video

    May 17, 2017 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators seeking to boost Louisiana's minimum wage are making another push for the proposal this legislative session, an issue championed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Senate Labor Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to advance the wage hike to the full Senate. The proposal made it that far... more »
  • Boyfriend proposes to Southern University graduate at ceremony Play Video

    May 12, 2017 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – One Southern University student received more than a diploma after walking across the stage Friday morning. After hearing “Audreana Marshall” called to receive her degree, Julian Singleton waited by the stage steps with an engagement ring. WBRZ cameras captured the next moments forever. Mashall’s fellow graduates... more »
  • Louisiana K-12 education board tweaks public school formula

    May 11, 2017 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has redrafted its proposal for financing the state's public schools next year. Action Thursday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education came at the request of lawmakers. They wanted two provisions added to the $3.7 billion financing formula proposal for the... more »
  • Proposal would shorten divorce wait for parents in Louisiana

    April 18, 2017 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are considering whether to shorten the wait for divorces when the couple has children under 18. Currently, such couples have to live apart one year before they can get a divorce, unless there are special circumstances like domestic abuse. A proposal advanced to the full... more »
  • West Baton Rouge voters approve education proposals Play Video

    December 10, 2016 11:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two taxes passed Saturday evening that dedicates funds to the ten schools in West Baton Rouge Parish and the teachers who work in them. From the 20 year bond, The school system will use that money to build multipurpose buildings and replace temporary buildings with... more »
  • Everyone loves a proposal: Policeman pops question at parade

    November 24, 2016 6:58 PM

    NEW YORK - Talk about a memorable trip to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The New York Police Department says an officer who was shot on duty last year proposed to his girlfriend at Thursday's parade. And the NYPD says in a tweet, "She said yes!!!" She said... more »
  • Bills to lessen business tax breaks still alive Play Video

    June 20, 2016 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two tax bills that could raise more than $70 million for next year's budget will be considered by the Louisiana House. They are likely the last proposals that could win final passage in the special session to help lessen budget cuts. The measures would scale back some... more »
  • Lawmakers OK separate courtroom seating for crime victims

    May 19, 2016 4:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have given final passage to a proposal that would let crime victims, crime witnesses or their family members seek courtroom seating separate from defendants, defendants' family members or defense witnesses. The bill by Sen. J.P. Morell, a New Orleans Democrat, was sent to the governor's desk... more »
  • House leaders unveil their budget cut proposals Monday

    May 9, 2016 6:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - After weeks of hearings and behind-the-scenes negotiations, lawmakers in the Louisiana House are releasing their proposal to close a $600 million gap in next year's budget. Gov. John Bel Edwards offered his recommendations in April, proposing deep cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, safety... more »
  • Philadelphia bar offers Leap Day marriage proposal prizes

    February 29, 2016 11:24 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - A historic Philadelphia tavern is offering some Leap Day incentives to women looking to settle down. KYW-TV reports McGillin's Olde Ale House is trotting out a Leap Day tradition encouraging women to propose to men. According to Irish folklore, February 29 was the one day of the year... more »
  • Library looking for mystery lovers Play Video

    December 29, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Someone popped the question on top of the East Baton Rouge Main Library on Goodwood Blvd. The library is trying to track down the mystery couple. Tuesday morning they found "Marry Me?" spelled out in rocks on the rooftoop. They believe the proposal likely happened Monday night... more »
  • Council budget hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon

    November 12, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro council members are getting ready to take a look at next year's budget proposal. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden unveiled his 2016 budget proposal. The $880.4 million budget includes more money for safety agencies and a pay bump for government employees. On Thursday, Metro... more »
  • Ascension school board members draw up project wish list

    September 30, 2015 7:47 AM

    GONZALES- Ascension Parish School Board members have a list of 14 projects - including three new primary schools and a middle school - they hope will be funded by a $120 million bond proposal going before voters on April 9. The bond proposal, if passed, would be paid for with... more »
  • Metro Council passes proposal for extra Head Start safety Play Video

    July 22, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council is looked at improving security at all Head Start programs throughout the parish at its meeting on Wednesday. The Council approved a measure to allow for the installation of a special security laminate covering on all windows and doors on the parishe's 14... more »
  • Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House

    May 27, 2015 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only a year after a medical marijuana proposal stalled in its first hearing before state lawmakers, a bill that could get medical-grade pot to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy is nearing final passage. The House Health and Welfare Committee approved... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • Possible hotel tax coming to Baton Rouge

    May 13, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is deciding whether to approve two proposed taxing districts for downtown hotels. Plans call for a new Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard Mariott. Developers of both projects are seeking new tax increment financing districts. These new districts would allow developers to... more »
  • Proposals to cap La. film tax credit program move forward

    April 28, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A trio of proposals to trim Louisiana's generous film tax credit program have won the backing of the House tax committee, as it looks for ways to help balance next year's budget. The House Ways and Means Committee sent to the full House three different cap levels... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 3:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee is starting its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • Deficit-closing plan from Gov. Jindal delayed to Feb.

    January 29, 2015 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has pushed back to mid-February the release of its proposal to close a $103 million budget deficit. Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish said Thursday that the proposal to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget will be presented to lawmakers at a Feb. 20... more »
  • Mayor's tax proposal on Metro Council agenda Play Video

    January 14, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposed sales tax is on the agenda for the Metro Council meeting today in Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden is asking for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to fund public safety projects. Holden's proposed $335 million tax plan would also fund capital improvements. It... more »

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