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  • Health official: States should post local vaccination info

    August 27, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW YORK- How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out. Last school year, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and... more »
  • Bush defends use of term 'anchor babies' on talk radio

    August 20, 2015 3:15 PM

    KEENE- Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is defending his use of the term "anchor babies" on a talk radio show to describe children born to immigrants living illegally in the United States. He says he supports the concept of birthright citizenship. Asked by reporters Thursday if he thinks the term... more »
  • Obama and Kenya: 1st trip to father's homeland as president

    July 22, 2015 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for the future president. He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never... more »
  • Ohio River ended teens' suspected crime spree

    June 7, 2015 6:52 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio- The wide Ohio River is what ended the flight of a teenage couple authorities believe engaged in a crime spree that crossed into three states. A report released Sunday by the West Virginia State Police says the 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl jumped into the river in Tyler... more »
  • Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

    February 10, 2015 3:19 PM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mississippi and West Virginia are known for their struggles with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around. A recent measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people has brought attention to policies in 48 states that allow parents... more »
  • Powdered alcohol? Not so fast, lawmakers say

    December 15, 2014 4:29 PM

    DENVER - States are moving to ban alcohol in powdered form before the product goes on sale out of concern it will increase underage drinking. The product, called "Palcohol," is touted by its inventor as a convenient way to mix a drink. But lawmakers nationwide say that convenience will only... more »
  • Supreme Court on income taxes

    November 12, 2014 7:53 PM

    WASHINGTON- How states can assess income tax on money residents earned out of state is being considered by the Supreme Court which could impose new limits. A lawyer for the state of Maryland argued his state's tax on out-of-state earnings passes constitutional muster but some justices appeared skeptical Wednesday.... more »
  • Obama to press for action on transportation funds

    July 14, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama will press Congress this week to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states. The White House says Obama will discuss the issue during remarks Tuesday at a facility in Virginia that tests new technologies for highway transportation. He'll also tout the need to... more »
  • US pushes states on disabling drunk drivers' cars

    December 17, 2013 2:35 PM

    WASHINGTON- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants states to require first-time drunken drivers to use alcohol breath monitors before they get behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released guidelines on Tuesday for states to use "ignition interlock programs." The programs force drivers to blow into a breath... more »
  • Nicaragua detains US most-wanted suspect

    April 22, 2013 3:05 PM

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua- Police in Nicaragua have detained one of the FBI's ten most-wanted fugitives. Child-porn suspect, Eric Justin Toth, was detained near the Honduran border. Toth is a fomer elementary school teacher in Washington D.C. and now faces accusations he possessed and produced child pornography. He lost... more »
  • Pro-gun bills approved by La. House committee check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a batch of bills they say are aimed at pre-empting any stricter gun laws that could make it out of Congress. In heated exchanges over five hours of debate, the House Criminal Justice Committee approved Wednesday an array of "state's rights" gun regulations.... more »
  • Report: States force jobless to pay needless fees

    January 29, 2013 5:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - A report from a consumer group says states are costing unemployed Americans millions in unnecessary fees for their benefit payments. The National Consumer Law Center says the jobless are getting hit by unnecessary fees on bank issued payment cards that states encourage or require recipients to use. The... more »
  • Study: Obamacare good for states

    November 26, 2012 7:29 PM

    A new analysis of the President's health care reform law says states can get more than $9 in federal money for every dollar they spend to cover low-income residents. Two non-partisan groups, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute made the declaration. The analysis also found states may spend... more »
  • Obama: 'Still time' to resolve Iran nuke dispute

    November 14, 2012 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there is still time for the United States and Iran to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear program. Obama said at a news conference Wednesday that there should be a way for Iran to enjoy "peaceful nuclear power" while still meeting international obligations and... more »
  • Thousands sign La. petition to secede from the U.S. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana became the first of 20 states to petition the Obama Administration to "peacefully grant the state to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government." "Michael E" from Slidell created it and was the first to sign last Wednesday less... more »
  • States get more time to work on health care plans

    November 9, 2012 3:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many states are still on the fence about President Barack Obama's health care law. Now the administration says governors can have more time. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to governors Friday that she still wants to hear by the end of next... more »
  • Obama, Romney pursue last votes in stubbornly close race

    November 5, 2012 12:03 PM

    UNDATED - Today's campaign schedules show where President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney believe the race for the White House will be decided. On the eve of Election Day, Romney is hitting Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire, while Obama is targeting Wisconsin and Iowa. And both men plan to be... more »
  • Campaigns hit 7 swing states today

    November 1, 2012 2:36 PM

    ROANOKE, Va. - It's the busiest day of the campaign for the two presidential candidates, their running mates and their wives, who are visiting seven of the swing states that will help determine Tuesday which man will occupy the White House for the next four years. Mitt Romney is continuing... more »
  • Tide shifting toward Obama in battleground states

    September 22, 2012 2:55 PM

    DES MOINES - Republican officials say it's too early to count him out, but recent polls suggest the electoral map is getting difficult for Mitt Romney. With Election Day about six weeks off, it appears Romney's recent miscues are costing him in the states expected to be the most competitive... more »
  • New study: More than half in 39 states will be obese by 2030

    September 18, 2012 10:24 AM

    NEW YORK - A new study predicts that more than half the people in 39 states will be obese by 2030. Mississippi is expected to still be fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts two-thirds of that state's adults will be obese by... more »
  • EPA grants 8 states clean gas waiver after Isaac

    September 5, 2012 2:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is temporarily waiving clean gas requirements in eight states affected by Hurricane Isaac. Governors requested the waiver because fuel supplies from refineries in the Gulf area were disrupted by Isaac. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances could cause a gas shortage. The waiver lets... more »
  • Anti-Medicaid states: Earning $11,000 is too much

    August 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    MIAMI - Sandra Pico is poor, but not poor enough. She makes about $15,000 a year, supporting her Florida family. She thought she'd be getting health insurance after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law. Then she learned her own governor won't agree to expand Medicaid under the law... more »
  • LSPO Burglary Division recovers stolen property from 3 states

    August 13, 2012 3:10 PM

    Denham Springs- Three people accused of stealing numerous items in three states, are now behind bars in Livingston Parish. Detectives with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Burglary Division were led to 23140 Highway 16 in Denham Springs, where they recovered the items, including tires, rims, tools, farm equipment and a... more »
  • Romney wins GOP presidential primaries in 5 states

    June 6, 2012 3:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has won the California Republican presidential primary, completing a sweep of contests in five states. Romney also won presidential primaries Tuesday in New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana. The victories add to a delegate total that already exceeds the number needed to... more »
  • Vitter supports Arizona immigration law

    April 24, 2012 3:48 PM

    Washington - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement in advance of the Arizona immigration law heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. "The Arizona law is absolutely constitutional. If President Obama doesn't want states to act on immigration, he should start doing his job and controlling the... more »
  • 3 states investigate minister for secret videos

    April 3, 2012 3:17 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities in three states are investigating a traveling Baptist minister they say is suspected of making secret videos of women in bathrooms. Thirty-three-year-old Sammy Nuckolls has been charged with felony counts of voyeurism in Mississippi and Arkansas and police in Texas also are investigating. Nuckolls' lawyer, Ronald... more »
  • Weekly US oil, gas rig count up by 11

    March 30, 2012 3:02 PM

    HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. is up by 11 this week to 1,979. The Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,318 rigs were exploring for oil and 658 for natural gas. Three were listed as... more »
  • Gunman on U.S. no-fly list

    March 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The man suspected killing seven people in France was on the list of known or suspected terrorists who are prohibited from flying to the United States according to a U.S. counterterrorism official. The suspected shooter, Mohamed Merah, had been on the no-fly list since 2010. Merah was killed... more »
  • Republicans await returns in two Southern states

    March 13, 2012 2:46 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's governor hadn't publicly made an endorsement in today's GOP primary -- but today, a spokesman says, Gov. Robert Bentley voted for Rick Santorum. The spokesman says he believes Santorum is "the most conservative candidate" in the race. Voters in Mississippi are also choosing among the... more »
  • Electronic Social Security payments

    March 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Department of Treasury today kicked off a one year countdown to all-electronic Social Security payments. Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios started the official countdown clock today. On March 1, 2013 all federal benefit recipients must receive their Social Security, and other... more »
  • States get online gambling go-ahead from feds check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 27, 2011 10:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The federal government is giving the thumbs up to online gambling tonight, but it's up to states to take the next step in expanding the business or not. The Justice Department says a 50-year-old law does not prohibit Internet gaming. Online sports betting is still off the... more »
  • 2 states to discuss attracting tourists

    July 31, 2011 9:20 AM

    OAK GROVE, La.- Tourism officials from Louisiana and Mississippi will be getting together in an attempt to pull more visitors to the Delta region of the two states. The Miss-Lou Tourism Summit is set for Aug. 9-11 in Oak Grove, La. The summit will include officials from 16... more »
  • Gulf Coast governors defend Shell drilling plan

    July 8, 2011 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are asking a federal appeals court to uphold an Obama administration approval for a Shell drilling plan in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups asked the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta to throw out the exploration... more »
  • Donors Rock Bike Ride

    July 5, 2011 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Donors Rock Bike Ride started Tuesday morning at The Bicycle Shop on Highland Road. David Landsberg, kidney transplant recipient and president/founder of Society for Organ Donor Awareness, started his journey at 7:30 this morning, to travel by bicycle through 50 states, over the course of... more »
  • U.S. soccer cancels exhibition game in Egypt

    January 31, 2011 3:07 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. national soccer team has canceled its Feb. 9 exhibition against Egypt in Cairo because of the political turmoil there. The game against the Egyptian national team had been announced on Dec. 13. U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said Monday that "due to... more »

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