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  • No shutdown: House approves bill to keep government open

    September 30, 2015 5:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that would head off the threat of a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. Democrats helped embattled House GOP leaders pass the measure by a sweeping 277-151 vote with just hours to spare. The Senate passed the legislation by a 78-20... more »
  • GOP pragmatists protest tea party shutdown tactics

    September 23, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Rank-and-file Republican lawmakers are protesting the tactics of tea party colleagues who demand that legislation to keep the government open also take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Eleven GOP House freshmen say they support a short-term funding bill needed to guarantee the government won't shut down next... more »
  • Government shutdown could cut off food stamps

    September 22, 2015 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid. The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that it will stop providing benefits "within the first several days of October" if Congress does not pass... more »
  • Senate blocks GOP bill to end Planned Parenthood fed funds

    August 3, 2015 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a Republican effort to shut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Monday's vote followed the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they sometimes provide aborted fetal tissue for researchers. The vote was 53-46... more »
  • Plant should be fully operational a few months after fire

    April 7, 2015 10:57 AM

    GEISMAR - Plant officials estimated Tuesday that the Renewable Energy Group plant in Geismar should fully operational again in a few months after a fire damaged part of their production facility and burned two workers. A spokesperson for REG said damage from the April 2 fire appears contained to... more »
  • Administration circulates plans for possible DHS shutdown

    February 27, 2015 6:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown. The 46-page document outlines what is exempt from the shutdown, including airport security checkpoints, Secret Service activities and border patrols. But employees involved in planning, auditing,... more »
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

    February 27, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who play down the fuss. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days if that's the cost of undoing a White House... more »
  • Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

    February 26, 2015 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren't ready to admit defeat and approve spending... more »
  • Pressure on House GOP for Homeland Security bill

    February 25, 2015 2:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pressure is on House Republicans days ahead of a looming partial Homeland Security Department shutdown. Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Now all eyes... more »
  • McConnell: Strip immigration issue from Homeland budget bill

    February 24, 2015 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - With a partial shutdown looming, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is offering to allow a vote on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security - stripped of immigration-related measures that many conservatives have been demanding. The Senate would still vote separately on a proposal to overturn one... more »
  • GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

    February 24, 2015 2:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days. With the agency's budget set to expire Friday at midnight without action by Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he... more »
  • Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

    December 12, 2014 2:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.... more »
  • State orders closure of a landfill in Shreveport

    September 17, 2014 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality, working with the State Fire Marshal's Office, has ordered the shutdown of a Shreveport landfill where long-burning fires have been a problem for years. Tuesday's order requires Harrelson Material Management Inc. to cease landfill operations at its construction and demolition landfill on... more »
  • Summer break over, must-do tasks await Congress

    September 8, 2014 2:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is returning for a short September session in between its summer break and the November elections. The must-do list includes preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet. Lawmakers also will find time for votes conveying political messages primed for... more »
  • Obama: "No question" shutdown hurt job market

    November 8, 2013 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- President Barack Obama says there "no question" that last month's partial government shutdown hurt the nation's jobs market. The president is speaking hours after the Labor Department reported that the economy added 204,000 jobs in October. The burst of hiring was surprising given that the government was shut... more »
  • Cat Island back open after shutdown Play Video

    October 17, 2013 3:50 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is open again after being closed during the 16-day government shutdown. Hunters finally got the chance to get back to the outdoors Thursday in the refuge near St. Francisville. Larry Davis, an area hunter, says he couldn't wait to see the... more »
  • NYC Marathon considering alternate staging area

    October 11, 2013 9:17 AM

    NEW YORK- The government shutdown could mean a change to the New York City Marathon's staging area. That's because the site is the federally operated Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. Organizers of the Nov. 3 race say they're working with city, state and federal officials to find an alternate site... more »
  • Govt health and safety efforts slowed or halted

    October 9, 2013 8:59 AM

    WASHINGTON- The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans' health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking the flu. The latest example: investigating an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states. The federal Centers... more »
  • VA secretary: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

    October 9, 2013 7:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is spelling out some of the dire consequences for veterans of a long-term government shutdown, with about 3.8 million veterans not getting a disability check next month if the shutdown continues into late October. Shinseki says some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving... more »
  • Senate Dems to try passing debt ceiling increase

    October 8, 2013 7:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling the Senate are planning to try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government's borrowing cap, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown that could unnerve financial markets as the deadline to a first-ever default on U.S. obligations draws closer. A spokesman said Senate Majority... more »
  • La. agencies hold off most shutdown impacts so far

    October 7, 2013 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state agencies remain largely unaffected by the federal government shutdown, with road construction on track, food stamps delivered and other programs continuing despite the disruption in Washington. But as the stalemate stretches into its second week, uncertainty lingered Monday about whether agencies can continue to hold off... more »
  • Government shutdown puts a lock on the outdoors Play Video

    October 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Folks looking to tackle the outdoors in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge can't due to the government shutdown. Cat Island is located near the town of St. Francisville, which is just 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. It's run by the U.S. Department of the Interior,... more »
  • Pentagon: Most furloughed civilians ordered back

    October 5, 2013 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. That measure was passed by Congress and signed by... more »
  • Cassidy targeted by comedians Play Video

    October 3, 2013 10:32 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy was the target of jokesters on the Comedy Central program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Stewart and his political correspondent made fun of Cassidy for signing a letter before the government shutdown that discussed a plan to fund the government in exchange for... more »
  • Seniors hope shutdown won't affect meals Play Video

    October 3, 2013 3:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Seniors in Port Allen are hoping the government shutdown won't lead to a cut in meals they get from senior centers. The Capital Area Agency on Aging feeds seniors daily balanced meals in 10 parishes around Baton Rouge. They also provide transportation to meal sites and... more »
  • Government shutdown hits Baton Rouge moms in need Play Video

    October 2, 2013 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mothers in need of help to feed their children were turned away Wednesday morning by WIC after the government shutdown. "It was really heartbreaking in there this morning, because so many people were getting turned down. I haven't even though about the government; I haven't been... more »
  • Veterans visit WWII Memorial despite shutdown

    October 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON- The National Park Service says veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access, despite the government shutdown. The Honor Flight Network is being granted access to conduct First Amendment activities at the memorial. Memorials and monuments remain closed... more »
  • Government shutdown puts a stop to buying homes Play Video

    October 1, 2013 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's one of the first effects of the government shutdown in the Baton Rouge area: trouble with some mortgage loans. People looking to buy homes in Livingston Parish qualify for a federal loan called the Rural Development Loan under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, government... more »
  • Senate won't go along with GOP call for negotiating committee

    October 1, 2013 9:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate vote this morning has left Democrats and Republicans no closer to resolving the deadlock that has brought a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Senate today rejected the House's call to form a negotiating committee to resolve the deadlock. Republicans who control the House are... more »
  • Area hunting destination closed due to gov't shutdown

    October 1, 2013 1:13 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Tuesday's government shutdown includes a popular outdoors area, especially one frequented by hunters. Cat Island will be closed as long as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues. An operator at the wildlife refuge said Monday, the gates would be locked if a budget deal was not... more »
  • Last minute work as shutdown looms

    September 30, 2013 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON- House Republicans are expected to discuss more legislation dealing with funding the government Monday night as a shutdown nears. It could be the first in 17 years. The deadline is midnight. "There side thinks it is good that bureaucrats run our life; our side thinks 'heck, it... more »
  • Vitter favors shutdown over funding "Obamacare"

    August 15, 2013 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter told a packed town hall meeting that he will support a federal government shutdown this fall rather than agree to pay for President Barack Obama's health care law. Vitter was speaking at the Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge this morning. He... more »
  • Obama says GOP won't force government shutdown

    August 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown in this fall's budget fight. Obama said at a news conference Friday that the public would not understand a budget confrontation that leads to a cutoff of government services that could weaken the economy's... more »
  • Jindal: 10 workers still in plant safe room

    June 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    GEISMAR - Ten workers stayed behind at the Williams Olefins chemical plant after an explosion today to keep flaring operations running and shut down the plant, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal. He said during an afternoon briefing the workers were in a safe room as part of the plant's... more »
  • Obama signs bill to avoid government shutdown

    March 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running through the end of September. The measure leaves in place $85 billion in automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. But it takes steps to ease the impact of the cuts to food inspection... more »

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