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  • House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

    March 24, 2017 5:04 AM

    UPDATE: WASHINGTON - Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked... more »
  • White House tells House GOP, 'Let's vote'

    March 23, 2017 8:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump wants the House to vote on the health care bill, and Republicans say a vote will occur Friday. White House officials had a simple message to a divided House Republican caucus on the bill: "Let's vote." Republicans emerging from the closed-door meeting Thursday said they... more »
  • Voters deny property tax for road work in EBR

    December 10, 2016 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Despite approving one of two tax measures dealing with road repairs in East Baton Rouge, the proposal for expanding the Green Light program failed since the entire package did not pass. Both proposals tied to the Green Light project had to be approved by voters Saturday.... more »
  • Voters say no to mental health tax

    December 10, 2016 11:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters denied a property tax to fund a mental health center in East Baton Rouge. A 10-year, 1.5-mill property tax would have generated about $6 million to fund a center for people who experience mental health issues. Supporters argued the tax would help fund a program... more »
  • Lafourche Parish School Board to consider sales tax increase

    December 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    THIBODAUX - The Lafourche Parish School Board has agreed to consider asking voters for a one-cent sales tax for teacher salaries and to authorize the use of bonds for school facility upgrades. Superintendent Jo Ann Mathews says the measure is a consideration at this point. The Daily Comet reports the... more »
  • Move to delay finalizing election results pulled

    December 5, 2016 9:31 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Pending litigation challenging North Carolina's process to ensure people who use same-day registration to vote are whom they claim to be are no longer could delay final election results this fall. A federal judge late Monday granted a request by lawyers for the head of a conservative-leaning... more »
  • Proposed tax on Dec. ballot could allow for mental health facility in BR Play Video

    November 29, 2016 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As voters head to the polls, one item they will be asked to approve is a property tax that would generate nearly $6 million for a mental health facility in Baton Rouge. People suffering from behavioral health issues in need of treatment are behind bars. Only one... more »
  • Congress backs bill on customer rights for online review

    November 28, 2016 9:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to ensure that customers who want to post negative reviews on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor can do so without legal repercussions. The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Monday night. Supporters of the bill say it is needed to... more »
  • Trump calls it 'sad' that Clinton joining recount effort

    November 27, 2016 12:25 PM

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - President-elect Donald Trump says it's "sad" that Hillary Clinton is joining an effort to force vote recounts in up to three states. Trump tweeted part of Clinton's concession speech, when she told supporters they must accept that "Donald Trump is going to be our president."... more »
  • Voters to decide on hotel occupancy tax increase on Dec. 10

    November 17, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Parish residents will decide on a proposition authorizing a two percent hotel occupancy tax that would be added to hotel guests' nightly room rate on the Dec. 10th ballot. Proceeds from the tax would produce an estimated $2.6 million each year to fund... more »
  • Obama says Trump likely to send signal of unity

    November 14, 2016 3:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he thinks Donald Trump will seek to "send some signals of unity" to people alienated by his ferocious campaign. In a White House news conference Monday, Obama said he advised Trump "to reach out to minority groups or women or others that were concerned... more »
  • Education leaders look for alternative to failed amendment Play Video

    November 9, 2016 11:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana higher education leaders wanted the right to raise tuition on their own, instead of going through the state legislature. In Tuesday's election, voters said no. Many students said they were glad it failed, but higher education leaders say a big problem has been left unresolved. "We're... more »
  • Voters pass property tax for EBR Council on Aging

    November 8, 2016 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters approved a property tax that would create more money for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. In a close vote, the measure was passed with 90,791 votes (51 percent). The tax would be a 2.25 mill property tax for 10 years that would... more »
  • Protesters seek to block Duke's exit from campus Play Video

    November 2, 2016 11:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The top six candidates running for Louisiana's soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat are meeting for their last debate ahead of next week's election, at Dillard University in New Orleans. But Wednesday's televised debate is drawing attention mainly for the sixth contender who will be on stage at the... more »
  • What to know about voting following the flood Play Video

    October 25, 2016 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A few things have changed this election, following the August flood. Polling places are moved and the state's trying to help voters replace missing or destroyed voter ID cards. There are dozens of new polling locations after some schools, churches and fire stations took on water.... more »
  • Changes to tuition rules among 6 amendments on La. ballot

    October 22, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters will sift through six constitutional changes proposed on the Nov. 8 ballot. The highest-profile constitutional amendment would give Louisiana's four public college system management boards the ability to set tuition and fee rates without needing legislative approval. Other amendments would change Louisiana's corporate tax structure;... more »
  • Council votes to move forward with Shreveport Aquarium

    October 13, 2016 9:53 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Shreveport's city council has voted to move forward with bringing a public aquarium to Northwest Louisiana. The council Tuesday voted for a plan that allows the city to lease the empty Barnwell Garden & Art Center to the Planet Aqua Group. The city will bring the historic... more »
  • Ryan: House to vote on barring guns for suspected terrorists

    June 30, 2016 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan has told Republican lawmakers that the House will vote next week on legislation aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from getting guns. The Wisconsin Republican says the prohibition would be part of anti-terrorism legislation. Ryan discussed his decision during a conference call with GOP lawmakers.... more »
  • British media: 'Leave' side will win EU vote

    June 24, 2016 12:40 AM

    LONDON - UK broadcasters are predicting that Britain has voted to leave the 28-nation European Union in a historic referendum. With 329 of 382 counting centers reporting results, the "leave" side is ahead by over 900,000 votes. The results of Britain's vote Thursday will seriously hurt the continental unity... more »
  • Sanders picks up another win; still a long shot

    May 10, 2016 11:29 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-side of the Presidential Race is all but decided with Donald Trump the presumptive nominee. Nonetheless, he picked up victories Tuesday night in both West Virginia and Nebraska. The race is tighter on the Democratic-side. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) remains a long-shot to win the... more »
  • Metro Council approves vote on new property tax in November Play Video

    May 10, 2016 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council approved adding a property tax vote to the November ballot. The Council on Aging wants more money to fund its operation because of fears of half a million dollars in state cuts and other local government cuts. The organization... more »
  • Pro-medical marijuana billboard goes up ahead of final vote

    May 10, 2016 9:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers prepare for the final vote on medical marijuana legalization, a pro-pot group has placed a billboard in the Capital City featuring a local mother and her child. The digital signage goes live at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and displays Baton Rouge residents Brittany Osborne... more »
  • LGBT anti-discrimination employment bill advances in Senate

    April 28, 2016 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee. Sen. Regina Barrow, a Baton Rouge Democrat, changed her vote Thursday to move the bill out of the Senate... more »
  • House rejects bill to ease voting restrictions for felons

    April 28, 2016 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have refused to give felons the right to vote as soon as they exit prison. Rep. Pat Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, proposed to let convicted felons register to vote while they are on parole, probation or suspended sentences - but out... more »
  • Livingston council announces public hearing for term limits, gravel pits

    April 15, 2016 12:24 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council made headway on a pair of items at a meeting Thursday night that have been in the works for months. The council briefly discussed and set a date for a public hearing about administering term limits for themselves. Voters replaced the entire council last... more »
  • Livingston Council to discuss term limits and vote on gravel pit regulations

    April 14, 2016 9:41 AM

    LIVINGSTON- The Livingston Parish Council is set to consider term limits for its council members at Thursday’s meeting. After the council puts the issue on the ballot, voters would then decide whether or not to add term limits. Back in February, the Council took up the issue and Councilman Gary... more »
  • Metro Council to vote on smoking ban Wednesday

    April 13, 2016 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Metro Council is set to discuss a proposal that would ban smoking in all business around the capital city. The idea was pitched by Smoke Free Baton Rouge, an anti-smoking campaign. It started out as a plan to ban smoking in bars and casinos around Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Trump, Clinton win Mississippi presidential primaries

    March 8, 2016 8:26 PM

    JACKSON, MS - Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) each won the presidential primary in Mississippi Tuesday night, following wins in Louisiana Saturday, but it was a mixbag of results in other primaries. With 95% of precincts reporting, Trump has secured 47.4% of the vote. He also won... more »
  • More than 600,000 registered Democrats & Republicans voted Saturday

    March 6, 2016 12:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Registered democrats and republicans cast votes for the Louisiana Presidential Primary Saturday. Hillary Clinton ended the night the presidential primary leader for democrats. Donald Trump edged out Ted Cruz as the primary leader for republicans. Fewer than 11,000 votes separated Trump and Cruz. A total... more »
  • Dawn Collins elected to EBR school board Saturday

    March 6, 2016 12:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters elected a new representative to the school board Saturday. Dawn Collins, a democrat, was elected to fill the seat left vacant when former school board member Tarvald Smith was elected to the Baton Rouge City Court last year. Collins will serve for two years,... more »
  • Runoff needed in Baker following Saturday elections; new chief elected outright

    March 6, 2016 12:34 AM

    BAKER - Voters here will return to the polls in April since a runoff is needed to decide who will be the next city mayor. Leroy Davis and Darnell "DA1" Waites entered a runoff, slimming the selection down from four. But, no runoff is needed to replace the... more »
  • 2-vote loss, other upsets in Saturday election

    March 6, 2016 12:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The presidential preference primary and numerous municipal elections brought voters to polling locations across the region Saturday. Hillary Clinton ended the night the presidential primary leader for democrats. Donald Trump edged out Ted Cruz as the primary leader for republicans. Fewer than 11,000 votes separated Trump... more »
  • Louisiana prepares for presidential primary in heated race

    March 4, 2016 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is preparing to take part in the country's heated presidential primary vote. Voters go to the polls Saturday to vote for their preferred candidates in the Republican and Democratic primary races. Candidates were in the state for last-minute campaigning. Donald Trump, riding high off his Super Tuesday... more »
  • 'Super Tuesday' super for Trump, Clinton

    March 2, 2016 12:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) were the big winners of 'Super Tuesday'- a day consisting of presidential primaries in 11 different states. Donald Trump won seven states, most among republicans, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. He's also expected to win... more »
  • Voters kick off early voting in presidential primary

    February 22, 2016 7:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of Louisiana residents headed to the polls on Saturday - the first day of early voting in the presidential primary. Early voting continues in Louisiana through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Primary election day is March 5. According to data from the Secretary of State's... more »
  • AP: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win New Hampshire

    February 9, 2016 8:06 PM

    NEW HAMPSHIRE - Based on early returns, the Associated Press projects Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders as the winners of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Trump and Sanders were considered the frontrunners for the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. Only about 4% of the vote is in... more »
  • Edwards delays Medicaid expansion hiring plan review

    January 29, 2016 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has postponed a legislative hearing on the hiring plans associated with the governor's efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program. The joint House and Senate budget committee had been scheduled Friday to consider a request from the Department of Health and Hospitals to... more »
  • LHSAA votes to expand playoff split to other sports Play Video

    January 29, 2016 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - On Friday, representatives from 346 school districts held a high-stakes vote regarding the future of playoffs for high school athletics in Louisiana. Principals voted 182-120 to not only continue the select/nonselect playoff split adopted in 2013 for high school football, but to also expand it to... more »
  • Delaware House to vote on abolishing death penalty in state

    January 28, 2016 11:53 AM

    DOVER, Del. - The Delaware House is set to vote on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. The bill is set to be voted on Thursday. It narrowly cleared the Senate last year but had been languishing in a House committee until the chairman agreed last... more »
  • Ascension voters face April bond election to build 4 schools

    January 19, 2016 11:55 AM

    GONZALES - As the Ascension Parish school district looks to an April election on a bond issue, it hopes voters will approve for construction of four new schools. The school board has gone through cycles of new construction and renovation in recent years in an effort to meet population... more »
  • Motion to keep 2 Confederate monuments fails

    December 17, 2015 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A motion to keep two Confederate monuments in place in New Orleans has failed. Council member at-large Stacy Head asked Thursday to keep large monuments to Confederate commanders Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard in place. But her motion received no support from the seven-person council. The... more »
  • New Orleans council to vote Dec. 17 on removing monuments

    December 8, 2015 12:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The issue of removing four prominent monuments linked to Confederate history will get ample time for discussion and public debate before the City Council. On Tuesday, Council President Jason Williams announced that the council would vote on whether to remove the monuments at a special meeting on... more »
  • No recount for Ascension Parish president's race Play Video

    November 24, 2015 10:24 AM

    GONZALES - After losing the Ascension Parish president's seat by only 115 votes over the weekend, Clint Cointment officially conceded Tuesday morning and said he will not seek a full recount of the vote. Kenny Matassa won the election for parish president Saturday night, but the margin was close... more »
  • McConnell may put immigration on agenda amid GOP fight

    November 13, 2015 2:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed Democrats he may schedule a vote next week on a hard-line immigration bill pushed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP candidate for president. The move could bring debate over immigration to the Senate floor just as it flares on the... more »
  • Fire district pushing for fee renewal from voters Play Video

    November 12, 2015 5:26 PM

    WALKER - Fire fighters in Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 4 are pushing for voters to renew a service charge that makes up 30 percent of the district's budget. The $32 yearly fee generates $713,000 a year for Fire District 4. District 4 covers one-third of the parish including Walker,... more »
  • Springfield could get new high school campus Play Video

    November 5, 2015 4:56 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The town of Springfield in Livingston Parish will get a new high school campus if voters in the area approve a $14 million bond issue. The Livingston Parish School Board will announce plans to call an election in April Thursday night. Most buildings on the current Springfield High... more »
  • Incoming House speaker Ryan says he'll vote for budget pact

    October 28, 2015 9:53 AM

    WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Ryan - expected to be the next House speaker - says he'll vote for a bipartisan budget bill even though he thinks the process that produced the measure "stinks." A House vote is expected Wednesday on legislation that settles fights over defense and domestic spending, and federal... more »
  • Common Core supporters hold onto BESE seats

    October 25, 2015 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite outcries from people opposed to Common Core, many members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education who support the standards won back their seats. Six of the eight BESE races went to people who supported Common Core, and two people who lost their seats... more »
  • Lieutenant governor's race headed to Nov. runoff

    October 25, 2015 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Billy Nungesser and Democrat Kip Holden will face off in the Nov. 21 runoff election for lieutenant governor. The two men were the top vote-getters in Saturday's election. Holden, the mayor of Baton Rouge, has spent a small amount of money so far to... more »
  • Voters split on fiscal, tax amendments

    October 24, 2015 11:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters approved two constitutional amendments and rejected two others Saturday which affect the state's budget and local tax revenues. Voters said "yes" to an amendment which gave the treasurer authority to invest state funds in an new fund meant to set up transportation loans for local... more »
  • GOP's Vitter advances to runoff against Edwards

    October 24, 2015 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has survived challenges from two GOP rivals to reach a November runoff in the Louisiana governor's race. He'll face Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards on the Nov. 21 ballot. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both... more »
  • Schedler re-elected as La. secretary of state

    October 24, 2015 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler will keep his job as Louisiana's chief elections official for another four years. The Republican from Mandeville fended off a challenge Saturday from Democrat Chris Tyson, a Baton Rouge law professor, to win a second term. Schedler's held the job since 2010,... more »
  • Democrat Edwards advances to La. governor runoff

    October 24, 2015 10:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrat John Bel Edwards has secured a spot in the Nov. 21 runoff to decide who will be Louisiana's next governor. The results are in. I’m headed into the runoff! I am ready to win. #PutLouisianaFirst #lagov — John Bel Edwards (@JohnBelforLA) October 25, 2015... more »
  • Rain may be affecting La. election turnout

    October 24, 2015 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rain in parts of the state may be affecting turnout as Louisiana voters make their choices for governor, lieutenant governor, other statewide posts and, in many areas, the Legislature. Meg Casper, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office says turnout has been light to steady,... more »
  • Voter registration open for Nov. 21 state elections

    October 20, 2015 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- It's too late to register to vote for Saturday's statewide elections, but Louisiana residents have until Wednesday to sign-up to participate in the Nov. 21 runoff. Eligible residents have until midnight Wednesday to register to vote online. Residents can also register in-person daily until close of business at... more »
  • Early voting numbers down from 2014 congressional elections

    October 19, 2015 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Final early voting numbers are coming in lower than last year's congressional elections. About 14,000 fewer voters participated in early voting that ended late Saturday than did in the November 2014 congressional elections - the last major comparable election in the state. When early voting... more »
  • Four major candidates at tonight's LA Tech debate Play Video

    October 15, 2015 6:16 PM

    RUSTON, La. - All four major candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial primary will be at a televised debate tonight in Ruston, the last likely chance for that to happen before the election. Sen. David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, and Rep. John Edwards are... more »
  • BRAC announces support for renewing EBR library tax

    October 12, 2015 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced Monday they supported renewing a property tax which covers more than 98 percent of the East Baton Rouge Library system's budget. Voters approved the ten-year dedicated tax in 1995 and 2005. Without it, the library wouldn't be able to stay... more »
  • New move to scrub Confederate emblem from Mississippi flag

    October 2, 2015 4:39 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A new proposal seeks a statewide election on removing the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi's flag. But it could be years before the issue reaches a ballot, and there's no guarantee voters would accept it. Mississippi officials said Friday that a Jackson resident filed paperwork for a... more »
  • Services on the line as EBRPL tax renewal heads to October ballot Play Video

    September 24, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A crucial vote is coming up for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System as voters are asked to renew a tax that's been around for 20 years. The current tax costs the average resident about $100 a year, and it has served the library... more »
  • Voter registration for Oct. 24 election ends Wednesday

    September 23, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Time is running out for people to sign up to vote in Louisiana's Oct. 24 election. The deadline to register as a voter is Wednesday. That's for citizens who have never registered to vote or who want to make changes to their voter registration. The October ballot will... more »
  • Town will decide if police chief should be elected

    September 21, 2015 9:09 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT- In November, residents of this small town in Livingston Parish will be asked to change the way their police chief is selected. Currently, the chief is elected. But, Monday night, the board of aldermen approved asking people to vote on if the chief should be elected. ... more »
  • New iPad voting technology a possibility in Louisiana

    September 9, 2015 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voting machines could be a thing of the past in Louisiana since Secretary of State Tom Schedler is looking to install tablet voting at precincts across the state. Schedler says he wants to phase out voting booths to make things smoother and cheaper in the long... more »
  • Democrats clinch critical 41 votes for Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have clinched enough votes to block a disapproval resolution against the Iran nuclear deal in the Senate. That could spell a major victory for President Barack Obama. Three undecided senators announced their support for the deal in quick succession - bringing supporters to 41 votes.... more »
  • Donaldsonville Primary to keep location after vote

    August 18, 2015 7:55 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A 5-5 tie vote Tuesday night by Ascension Parish School Board members means Donaldsonville Primary will stay open at its current location rather than move further away from a nearby industrial site. The board voted for a second time on a proposal to relocate the school to... 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 »
  • Sen. Paul: Senate will vote on fed aid to Planned Parenthood

    July 28, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break. The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders told him the vote will occur. He says... more »
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference Play Video

    July 23, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The National Southern Christian Leadership Conference is coming to Baton Rouge for the organization’s 57 th annual convention. The SCLC is a civil rights organization founded back in 1957. The group strives to be a “voice for the voiceless,” in dealing with social justice issues that face... more »
  • Boy Scouts executive committee OKs ending ban on gay leaders

    July 13, 2015 5:01 PM

    NEW YORK - The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. In a statement Monday, the BSA said the resolution... more »
  • House scraps vote on Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

    July 9, 2015 11:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has scrapped plans to vote on approving the display of the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries in the wake of furious protests from Democrats. Officials said Thursday the legislation that included the issue would be pulled from the floor for the time being. The... more »
  • Amendment to have popular vote on flag fails

    July 8, 2015 5:39 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - An amendment that would have let voters decide on whether to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol has been defeated. The amendment saw the most debate of Wednesday's session before it was set aside on a 71-48 vote. The popular... more »
  • Ascension school board looks to April date for bond election

    July 8, 2015 8:08 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish School Board is looking at an election date of April 2, 2016, to bring a bond proposal to voters. But the exact amount of money they want to raise and the projects they would fund have yet to be determined. Board committees have talked about using... more »
  • SC Senate gives final OK to Confederate flag removal

    July 7, 2015 12:33 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol. The 36-3 vote Tuesday after a similar vote Monday now sends the bill to the House, where it faces a less certain future. Republicans met... more »
  • Episcopal church votes to allow religious same-sex weddings

    July 1, 2015 9:49 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted to allow religious same-sex weddings. The vote came Wednesday in the capital city of Utah at the denomination's national assembly. The measure passed overwhelmingly in the House of Bishops with 129 votes of the 160 total. House of Deputies also passed the resolution... more »
  • SC House agrees to take up flag removal

    June 23, 2015 2:09 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - A South Carolina senator has proposed a bill that would move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse to a relic room in a museum. Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen introduced the bill Tuesday. It would move the flag from a 30-foot pole in front of the Statehouse... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda survives key Senate procedural vote

    June 23, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has survived a crucial Senate vote and seems well-positioned to become law. The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to begin full-blown debate on Obama's request for "fast track" negotiating authority. That was the exact number needed to avoid a filibuster. The vote continued a... more »
  • St. George supporters disappointed but not giving up

    June 15, 2015 8:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's disappointment for some people in the area of the proposed "City of Saint George" after a petition to put it to a vote failed by 71 signatures. Many supporters of the proposed city aren't giving up hope and say they still believe something can be... more »
  • Bill to ban abortions based on gender fails to win support Play Video

    May 26, 2015 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana appears unlikely to add a new legal restriction banning "sex-selection" abortions performed based on gender. The House-backed proposal stalled Tuesday in a Senate judiciary committee, on a 2-2 vote that keeps the bill stuck in committee. Bill sponsor Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Houma Republican, said she's... more »
  • Deedy Slaughter-era political haggle over settlement Play Video

    May 13, 2015 10:45 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Despite a court settlement only needing ceremonious approval at the city's council meeting Wednesday night, there was some Deedy Slaughter-era stress as leaders voted on the offer. The city's chief financial officer, Audrey McCain was offered a $112,500 settlement in connection with a wrongful termination lawsuit... more »
  • House passes $677 million in tax, credit changes Play Video

    May 7, 2015 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial cap on tax credits for the filmmaking industry. An increased cigarette sales tax. Scaling back solar and corporate tax credits. Almost a dozen such bills were all passed by the Louisiana House Thursday in their efforts to raise revenue and start filling a $1.6... more »

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