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  • More abortion restrictions coming for La. women, doctors

    June 28, 2016 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While Louisiana's law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges may be jeopardized by this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, more limitations on the procedure are planned in the state. Lawmakers enacted new abortion restrictions in the regular legislative session that ended earlier this month. They... more »
  • Audit: Privatization of state insurance program saved $10M

    June 27, 2016 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says former Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana's self-insurance program saved the state money, though less than projected. The Jindal administration privatized the Office of Risk Management work in June 2010, awarding the $75 million contract to... more »
  • McCain: Obama 'directly responsible' for Orlando shooting

    June 16, 2016 7:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama is "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, because of the rise of the Islamic State group on the president's watch. But he later issued a statement saying that he "misspoke." "I did not mean to... more »
  • Pay raises suspended for Louisiana's state workers next year

    June 16, 2016 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tens of thousands of Louisiana state workers won't be getting pay raises next year. The Civil Service Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to block annual "performance adjustments" for more than 38,000 government workers, called classified employees. The pay raise suspension covers the budget year that begins July 1.... more »
  • State budget concerns cause change of location for LSU nutrition building

    May 26, 2016 12:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new athletic nutrition center planned for LSU's campus won't be built where it was planned because of the state's uncertain budget situation. The $12 million facility was supposed to be built on Skip Bertman Drive, near the old LSU baseball stadium. Instead, it will be... more »
  • In budget crunch, state agencies leaving money unclaimed

    May 3, 2016 12:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Money is tight in Louisiana, but there are millions of dollars just waiting to be cashed. State agencies are not staying on top of unclaimed property owed to them. Some seem to have forgotten its there. "We've returned $315 million, and we got a long... more »
  • LSU President warns current students they could lose TOPS under governor's proposed cuts Play Video

    April 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Healthcare and TOPS took the brunt of the cuts in the governor's proposed budget cutbacks presented to the legislature Tuesday. Here's most the cuts that matter #lalege pic.twitter.com/EShyf63key — Mark Armstrong (@TV_MarkA) April 12, 2016 Governor John Bel Edwards and his budget advisers... more »
  • State demands answers from water company over unhealthy amount of chemicals Play Video

    March 29, 2016 5:21 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- State health leaders had strong words today for People's Water in Donaldsonville. "We don't have a trust at this point," Dr. Jimmy Guidry said. "In order to build that trust they have to do their job, and we have to check and make sure they're doing their job." The... more »
  • State tax filing extensions for storm affected parishes

    March 23, 2016 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Taxpayers affected by recent storms or flooding will have some extra time to file some of their taxes. State officials said Wednesday that the Department of Revenue will waive late filing penalties, late payment fees and other interest that would normally apply. The extended deadline... more »
  • Special session deadline looms at the capitol Play Video

    March 9, 2016 12:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A deadline looms at the state capitol. By the end of Wednesday, the special session called to deal with the state's budget woes will be over. It'll be a busy day. Lawmakers have to find another $200 million. Accomplishing that could be easier said than done; They've... more »
  • Standoff between state House, Senate impeding progress Play Video

    March 2, 2016 1:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday at the capitol, discussions over raising sin taxes stalled again, but lawmakers did make a last minute decision to approve a one cent sales tax increase. For a 3rd consecutive day, Louisiana's House of Representatives refused to take an action on two tax increases - cigarettes... more »
  • State, defense rest at hearing for 'Serial' case

    February 8, 2016 6:11 PM

    BALTIMORE - The state and the defense rested their cases after four days of testimony in a hearing for the man convicted of the killing at the center of the "Serial" podcast. Adnan Syed, now 35, was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000.... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • State announces plan to provide more funding for child care services Play Video

    January 6, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education released information on Wednesday about a plan to provide more benefits to daycares that receive state funding and to low income families that use them. Some of the benefits include making more money available to increase the available care these families can... more »
  • Two WBRSO deputies suspended after work release investigation Play Video

    December 22, 2015 12:10 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Two West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies were suspended without pay Tuesday after an internal investigation showed they did not follow protocol when three work release inmates escaped recently. The names of the deputies were not released. One deputy was suspended for one day, the other... more »
  • State sells 'Road Diet' for Government Street Play Video

    December 17, 2015 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development made its "Road Diet" pitch to the public Thursday evening. The state hopes to sell the idea of a three-lane Government Street. It's an idea that will have two travel lanes - one in each direction - and a... more »
  • Search warrant issued to check state office in possible malfeasance investigation

    December 10, 2015 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A state investigator searched the office of a former government official Thursday in relation to possible malfeasance in office. The WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained the search warrant signed by 19th JDC Judge Beau Higginbotham. The order g a ve a criminal investigator with the Louisiana Office... more »
  • Parkview Baptist wins state title in Division II

    December 4, 2015 9:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Reggie Hayes' 37-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Ruffin with less than two minutes remaining proved to be the game winner as Parkview Baptist defeated St. Thomas More 24-21 in the Louisiana Division II state championship game Friday night. Hayes drove the Eagles... more »
  • $4 million of EKL medical equipment missing Play Video

    November 30, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than $4 million of medical equipment is missing from the old Earl K. Long hospital in North Baton Rouge, according to a state audit . EKL shut it's doors in 2013, and some of its equipment was sent to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in... more »
  • State gets involved in fight over historic slave cemetery Play Video

    November 23, 2015 6:31 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Tonight, the State is getting involved in a fight over a historic slave cemetery. The Attorney General's Office believes a church in town may have broken the law. It all centers around the Revilletown Cemetery. It was purchased in 1881 by a slave named Robert Taylor. Taylor's... more »
  • Democrats celebrate victory in Louisiana governor's race

    November 22, 2015 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Democrats in Louisiana rejoiced as they reclaimed the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years, while the state's GOP leader insisted "our Republican brand is strong" even amid the defeat of a one-time political powerhouse, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. John Bel Edwards' victory in... more »
  • Louisiana Lottery's first quarter transfer to state up

    October 28, 2015 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation has transferred $38.9 million to the state's coffers, up 6 percent from 2015. Lottery President and CEO Rose Hudson, in a news release Tuesday, says scratch-off sales continue to be a player favorite with $3... more »
  • Civil service commissioner says state worker are "taken for granted" Play Video

    October 5, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Civil Service Commissioner Pete Fremin said he's "very disappointed" that more than 35,000 rank-and-file state workers didn't get their yearly pay raise. "This is the fourth or fifth year it's happened," said Fremin. Every year Louisiana workers get graded on how hard they work. If they... more »
  • Plaquemine mayor's funeral service set for Wednesday

    September 16, 2015 9:24 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - People are getting ready to pay their final respects to the late Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta. His body arrived Tuesday afternoon to lie in state at city hall. Groups of mourners stopped by to pay their final respects to the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. Gulotta was... more »
  • State wrapping up investigation into mayor's spending Play Video

    September 14, 2015 6:00 PM

    NEW ROADS- The State Inspector General's Office is wrapping up its investigation into questionable spending on city credit cards in New Roads. The results of the investigation will be turned over to prosecutors shortly. That's when they'll decide if there's enough evidence to press forward with a case against... more »
  • New Mexico State bus robbed during Florida game

    September 6, 2015 1:42 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida police say electronics, computers and other items were stolen from a New Mexico State team personnel bus during Saturday's game. Brad Barber of the university police department says the bus, which carried football staff members, was parked outside the stadium in a secure area.... more »
  • Ohio St. students may have defaced ancient rock

    September 5, 2015 12:44 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Ohio State University is promising to take appropriate action if any students are found to be involved in the vandalism of ancient rock art in Utah. School officials said Friday they are looking into whether students on a geology field trip were responsible for scrawling signatures... more »
  • Cadets have first day of training in Baton Rouge

    August 30, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Dozens of cadets reported to their first official day of training at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. "We want to make sure that the right people are here," Sgt. Nick Manale told News Two. "We want to make sure that these men and women are... more »
  • State unveils mobile pet shelter Play Video

    August 27, 2015 7:42 PM

    GONZALES - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry unveiled its new mobile pet shelter. It's a trailer that's designed to drive around picking up animals who need to evacuate in the event of a disaster. "We can go on-site where there is an emergency. And this is... more »
  • Roommate of man accused in trooper's murder found dead Play Video

    August 23, 2015 6:02 PM

    BELL CITY, La. - The roommate of the man accused of shooting and killing Trooper Steven Vincent was found dead Monday morning and homicide is suspected, according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso Sheriff Mancuso said deputies found the body Monday morning after the man did not go to... more »
  • 22-year-old water advisory upgraded to serious level

    August 12, 2015 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials said Wednesday, unhealthy levels of industrial compounds and mercury were found in fish from the Devil's Swamp and Bayou Baton Rouge area. Due to the contamination, the state issued a "no consumption" advisory for the waterways. People are told to avoid eating fish... more »
  • La. jockeys arrested in race-fixing investigation

    July 23, 2015 11:56 AM

    OPELOUSAS – Louisiana State Police accused three Louisiana horse jockeys of being involved in a race-fixing scheme. Troopers arrested 46-year-old Joseph Patin, 51-year-old Billy Patin and 24-year-old LeSean Conyers on charges of Willful Pulling of the Reins and Cheating and Swindling. The Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement... more »
  • Troopers find $200,000 worth of cocaine in Tangipahoa

    July 20, 2015 6:53 PM

    HAMMOND - It was a busy night with multiple cocaine arrests for Louisiana State Troopers in Tangipahoa Parish Sunday. State Troopers arrested four people and discovered over $200,000 worth of cocaine in two separate traffic stops Sunday. Troopers said they stopped an SUV for a traffic violation around... more »
  • Bossier community college, LSU sign engineering agreement

    July 10, 2015 1:32 PM

    BOSSIER CITY - Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and LSU-Baton Rouge have signed an articulation agreement between the two schools The agreement says students who earn an Associate of Science degree in Engineering at BPCC will be able to transfer all credit hours to Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Kentucky clerk: Let people buy marriage licenses online

    July 6, 2015 3:07 PM

    FRANKFORT - A Kentucky clerk of court wants the state to issue marriage licenses online so he doesn't have to. Casey County Clerk Casey Davis says same-sex marriage violates his religious beliefs. He stopped issuing marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage. On Monday, Davis... more »
  • Cigarette tax goes up 50 cents this week

    June 28, 2015 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- You can expect to pay more if you buy a pack of cigarettes in Louisiana starting Wednesday. On July 1st, a pack of cigarettes will cost you an additional 50 cents after state legislators voted to raise the cigarette tax. Currently, the state's cigarette tax is 36... more »
  • Jindal vows to fight gay marriage

    June 26, 2015 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican leader running for the White House as a conservative Christian, quickly blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to uphold same-sex marriage across the nation. Calling gay marriage a "states' rights" issue, Jindal lambasted the Supreme Court for, in his words, "trampling"... more »
  • Cleco customers to expect a refund

    June 25, 2015 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State utility regulators decided Cleco customers should get a refund. The Louisiana Public Service Commission voted Wednesday for a $1.64 million refund for customers. It will be a one-time payment around $3.50 on the September bill. The commission said the refund comes after they found... more »
  • State sales tax exemption on hurricane items begins Saturday Play Video

    May 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's a tax free weekend for Louisiana residents interested in purchasing hurricane supplies on Saturday and Sunday. The state sales tax holiday kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning and comes to a close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. "This is a good opportunity for... more »
  • Milldale Road Bridge closure has some frustrated Play Video

    May 14, 2015 5:54 PM

    ZACHARY - The closure of the Milldale Road bridge has some residents boiling in frustration. "I've done had it," Andrew Theriot told News 2 Thursday, after he was asked about the bridge being closed for two years. A state inspection in 2013 revealed rotting pilings supporting the bridge,... more »
  • Welcome center may be sold to fill general fund budget gap Play Video

    May 6, 2015 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Center Park Welcome Center may be on the chopping block as state leaders look to ditch properties that aren't being used as much as they should be. "The welcome center is a great facility that just isn't being utilized enough to justify the expense for... more »
  • State to include sinkholes in disaster planning

    April 15, 2015 10:19 AM

    THIBODAUX - Sinkholes will be recognized as threats in the state's updated hazard mitigation plan. The Daily Comet reports the state is working on a five-year update to its hazard mitigation plan, which must be in place to receive federal money after natural and man-made disasters. For the first time,... more »
  • 58 new Louisiana State Troopers graduate Play Video

    April 10, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana now has 58 new state troopers ready to go to work. Cadets walked across the stage Friday morning at the BREC Independence Park Theater after making it through an intensive 19-week training session. Seven new troopers will be assigned in the Baton Rouge area.... more »
  • Dardenne not ready to reveal higher education plan Play Video

    April 6, 2015 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne chose his former junior high school, Westdale Middle in Baton Rouge, as the place to launch a statewide announcement tour for his gubernatorial campaign. Dardenne is one of three Republicans in the race along with Sen. David Vitter and Scott Angelle. State... more »
  • House bill could pin higher taxes on smokers Play Video

    April 2, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers across the state could be taking a bigger hit to their wallet when they restock on their precious smokes in the future. To the chagrin of these nicotine enjoying taxpayers, the proposed House Bill No. 252, aims to increase cigarette taxes from $0.36 to $1.08... more »
  • State police travel expenses rise under Gov. Bobby Jindal

    March 31, 2015 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Expenses for the governor's state police security detail have gone up under Gov. Bobby Jindal, as he travels across the country raising his profile for a possible presidential campaign. Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of the Louisiana State Police, says his agency spent $2.2 million on travel expenses... more »
  • Louisiana State Police redeploy troopers to New Orleans

    March 12, 2015 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Additional state troopers will redeploy this week to the City of New Orleans to support the New Orleans Police Department's efforts to deter crime. Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said Wednesday they've been planning the redeployment since the completion of this year's Mardi Gras detail. Edmonson... more »
  • State Dept. official charged with soliciting minor

    February 25, 2015 1:49 AM

    FAIRFAX, VA - A U.S. State Department official has been jailed on charges of soliciting a minor. Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell says 44-year-old Daniel Rosen was arrested at his home in Washington, D.C., about noon Tuesday and was in custody at the D.C. jail Tuesday night.... more »
  • State offices set to close Tuesday due to winter weather

    February 23, 2015 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say some state government offices in 42 parishes will be closed on Tuesday due to forecasted severe winter weather. Commissioner Kristy Nichols announced the closures Monday afternoon due to the forecasted hazardous driving conditions and scattered power outages forecasted from the severe weather. ... more »
  • Residents want state to fix site of deadly crash Play Video

    February 13, 2015 5:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Another fatal crash took place on Highway 63, south of Highway 449. According to the The Department of Transportation and Development, It's the second fatality to happen in that area within recent years. Louis Gurka III, 55, of Baton Rouge was traveling north on the highway... more »
  • Obama: Islamic State is going to lose

    February 11, 2015 3:01 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says his new war-powers request to Congress won't become the authorization for another ground war like the U.S. fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama spoke on Wednesday after submitting his request for a new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State group. Obama... more »
  • La. officials say they're prepared for measles Play Video

    February 5, 2015 5:16 PM

    CENTRAL - With the recent measles outbreak hitting 14 states around the country, Louisiana has managed to escape being included in that number. However, officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals said they are prepared if cases do start showing up. "If we find a kid in... more »
  • Program offers free tax filing help to B.R. residents

    February 2, 2015 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With tax season entering full swing, Mayor-President "Kip" Holden's Office of Social Services is offering free help from IRS-certified workers to assist Baton Rouge residents in filing their federal and state taxes. The service is offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which offers free... more »
  • New library in the works for St. Helena Parish Play Video

    January 28, 2015 5:07 PM

    ST. HELENA - A new library is in the works for St. Helena Parish. After complaints the current library was too small to serve the entire parish, officials went to the state to ask for funds. "Through capital outlay and appropriations, they gave us enough funds to start... more »
  • More than 2 years after closing, Swamp Walk opens again

    January 21, 2015 2:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A hidden, intimate and free pathway that provides nature lovers an up close and personal look at Louisiana's swampland has reopened, more than two years after it was closed. Located below the raised portion of I-55 south of Ponchatoula, the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk has... more »
  • Secretary of State warns of furloughs next week

    January 14, 2015 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that a proposed $3.8 million mid-year budget cut from the Jindal administration could force them to furlough employees starting as early as next week. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he's been given until Friday to figure out... more »
  • Pedestrian struck, killed Sunday night

    December 29, 2014 8:04 AM

    YOUNGSVILLE - State police say a Youngsville man was attempting to walk across U.S. Highway 90 in St. Martin Parish when he was hit by a small SUV. Master Trooper Brooks David says 48-year-old Brian Bearden was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced death Sunday night. David said the... more »
  • Daily rate paid to state lawmakers dropped slightly

    December 12, 2014 3:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Compensation for Louisiana's lawmakers has fallen slightly. The payment legislators get for each day they are in session, attending interim committee meetings or participating in other meetings related to their position has dropped from $153 to $150. Under state law, that "per diem" payment is tied to... more »
  • Tony the tiger legal battles not over yet

    November 16, 2014 6:28 PM

    GROSSE TETE - The battle to keep Tony the Tiger in his cage, in front of Tiger Truck Stop, is not over. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, an animal rights group based out of California, is suing the tiger's owner, Michael Sandlin as well as the state. According... 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 »
  • DHH monitors travelers

    November 3, 2014 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state is monitoring 7 people in 5 homes on the chance who recently traveled to ebola-infected countries. It's part of new recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control. The Department of Health and Hospitals says it is monitoring the people who recently traveled to... more »
  • Woman seeing yellow after restriping incident Play Video

    October 30, 2014 9:51 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A woman says a state vehicle restriping the highway painted her car yellow and she's getting the run-around to fix it. Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Danielle Landry was driving along Highway 10 in St. Francisville when a Department of Transportation and Development truck was heading toward... more »
  • People gearing up for hunting season by getting certified Play Video

    October 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    WALKER - Some people aren't wasting time when it comes to getting their hunting license. Classes are being held all over the state for people trying to prepare for hunting season. Saturday, dozens of people went to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Shooting Range to complete the second stage... more »
  • National guard hosts mock terrorist attack Play Video

    September 25, 2014 4:22 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Louisiana National Guard conducted an anti-terrorism exercise Thursday morning. Several local, state, and federal agencies took part in the exercise along with the National Guard. Officials say the exercise happened so that they could see how well everyone worked together in the event an emergency... more »
  • State returns $84K in unclaimed property

    August 25, 2014 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has returned $84,400 in unclaimed money to hundreds of Lafayette-area residents during an Unclaimed Property Awareness Day weekend event. The Louisiana Department of the Treasury, in a news release Monday, said the average claim is usually around $900, but several claims filed at the Acadiana... more »
  • State Police looking for vehicle involved in hit and run

    August 25, 2014 2:13 PM

    St. Amant - State Troopers are asking for your help in finding a vehicle that was involved in a hit and run crash in St. Amant last week. It happened on August 17 on LA Hwy 429 east of LA Hwy 431. Troopers say an unknown silver vehicle... more »
  • State investment helps bolster paper mill Play Video

    August 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The KPAQ paper mill is back in business in a big way, boasting more than $38 million in investments since it came back online in 2010. The mill got incentives from the state that helped investors pump enough money into the facility to get things back... more »
  • Local parishioners weigh in on illegal immigrant issues Play Video

    August 3, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent influx of illegal immigrant children into the state, more and more people are joining the conversation on what to do about it. Governor Jindal has sent a letter to the White House blasting President Obama on claims that the government failed... more »
  • State audit finds major issues with LSU Scholarships Play Video

    June 2, 2014 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The State Legislative Auditor is raising serious questions tonight about scholarships awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors. At issue is the way the scholarships were awarded and who was keeping those records. "They didn't log in the applicants when an application was received," Ernest Summerville... more »
  • House lawmakers reject ethics exemption for BESE

    May 29, 2014 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House refused to carve out an ethics exemption for members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that would have let them enter into contracts with state government. The proposal got tacked onto a separate Senate bill by a House committee. But the... more »
  • Smoking ban at state office buildings wins passage

    May 22, 2014 3:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After years of trying, a West Monroe lawmaker has successfully persuaded the full Legislature to ban smoking within 25 feet of a public entrance to a state-owned office building. The Senate gave final passage to Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann's bill with a 31-6 vote Wednesday. Hoffmann has... more »
  • State tax deadline is on May 15th

    May 13, 2014 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The deadline for filing Louisiana state tax returns and extension requests is Thursday, May 15. The Louisiana Department of Revenue said that electronic filing is the fastest way to submit returns and get refunds processed. The state offers a free tax filing web application to... more »
  • Not enough support to regulate red light, speed cameras

    May 6, 2014 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers put the brakes on proposed laws that would give voters regulation over red light cameras that snap pictures of drivers breaking traffic laws and mail them a ticket. One proposal would have also regulated speed enforcement camera systems, too. But, none got approval from the House... more »
  • Bill would set up state elevator inspection system

    April 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana doesn't require regular safety inspections of elevators, and while some municipalities have set their own regulations, most parishes are without those rules. A bid to put Louisiana in line with other states that require annual checkups to make sure elevators are operating properly has started advancing in... more »

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