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  • Parts of Edwards' criminal justice revamp win final passage

    June 5, 2017 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parts of Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to drop Louisiana's incarceration rate are headed to the governor's desk, winning final passage in the Senate. But one measure stalled at least temporarily with senators. The Senate voted Monday for proposals to reinvest 70 percent of any savings from... more »
  • Governor: Deal reached on criminal justice revamp

    May 16, 2017 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced a compromise with prosecutors over a key set of bills he's pushing to decrease Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and save millions each year. The governor said Tuesday if the bills pass, he expects Louisiana's prison population could be reduced by 10... more »
  • Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

    March 30, 2017 7:44 AM

    BUCKNER - Defying President Donald Trump on the Republican Party's promise to repeal and replace Obamacare sounds like political suicide, especially in the congressional districts Trump won handily. But some Republicans who blocked the legislation won praise from constituents for stopping what many saw as a flawed plan, either in... more »
  • Edwards unveils long-awaited tax plan for upcoming session Play Video

    March 29, 2017 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is pushing significant changes that would shift more of the state tax burden to businesses, lessen sales taxes and raise hundreds of millions for next year's budget. The tax package unveiled Wednesday would replace $1.3 million in temporary taxes set to expire in... more »
  • Tax overhaul effort lacks advantages Reagan enjoyed in 1986

    March 28, 2017 7:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The fundamentals of tax overhaul were strong some 30 years ago. A popular president, Republican Ronald Reagan, pushed the landmark 1986 measure. Powerful and experienced congressional leaders shepherded the legislation with bipartisan support. Key players had established, trusting relationships. The situation facing President Donald Trump features none of... more »
  • AMA won't back GOP's health overhaul as drafted

    March 8, 2017 9:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The American Medical Association says it won't support the proposed health care plan as drafted by congressional Republicans. The nation's largest physicians group says the proposal is critically flawed and a threat to coverage for poor and sick people in the United States. The AMA has sent a... more »
  • Samsung to increase dividends, review corporate structure

    November 28, 2016 8:38 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - Samsung Electronics says it will increase shareholder returns following calls to reform its governance structure. The South Korean company said Tuesday that it will boost dividends by 30 percent from 2015 to about 4 trillion won ($3.4 billion) for the full year of 2016. That is... more »
  • Senate clears major new education bill, sends it to Obama

    December 9, 2015 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - With an overwhelming show of support, the Senate has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a massive education bill that would return to the states significant control over school accountability and testing. Obama was expected to sign it. The bill would continue federally mandated reading and math... more »
  • Obama wants smarter, fairer criminal justice system

    October 22, 2015 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wants the U.S. criminal justice system to become smarter, more effective and just plain fair. He's also arguing for more opportunity for poor kids, saying police and prosecutors can't shoulder the entire burden for fixing what politicians agree is a criminal justice system... more »
  • New Orleans mayor, sheriff meeting over prisoner dispute

    October 9, 2015 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman had little to say after meeting in a federal judge's chambers to discuss their long-running differences over Gusman's management of the city's jail. Landrieu declined to comment after emerging from Friday's meeting. Gusman would say... more »
  • Pope speeds up, simplifies process for marriage annulments

    September 8, 2015 9:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis has radically reformed the Catholic Church's process for annulling marriages, allowing for fast-track decisions and removing automatic appeals in a bid to speed up and simplify the procedure. Francis issued a new law Tuesday regulating how bishops around the world determine when a fundamental flaw has... more »
  • Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

    July 1, 2015 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states. Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Opponents... more »
  • Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more Play Video

    February 19, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
  • Cassidy supports Texas Judge against immigration reform

    February 18, 2015 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy agrees with the federal judge in Texas who struck down President Obama's immigration reforms. Cassidy says the President's policies only encourage more illegal immigration. "Literature clearly shows, that when people come here illegally, they both take jobs and depress wages for people who were... more »
  • A new agreement filed on slow-moving Orleans jail reforms

    February 6, 2015 2:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The sheriff who runs New Orleans' notoriously dangerous jail has reached agreement with inmates' lawyers and federal attorneys to avoid a contempt citation over slow progress with jail reforms. The agreement was filed Friday in federal court and is subject to a judge's approval. It includes a... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Opening of New Orleans jail delayed until April at earliest

    January 23, 2015 3:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It now looks as though the new $145 million jail in New Orleans won't open until April at the earliest. The opening is now well past the May 2014 opening date once projected. A federal judge overseeing a reform plan for the jail is doubtful that the... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • Central American leaders talk border crisis at the White House

    July 25, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. He's hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Obama... more »
  • Vitter discusses his solution to the U.S. border crisis Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are high as wave after wave of illegal migrant children spill over into the United States. U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter (R-Louisiana) stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his bill he says is the solution to the... more »

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