January 22, 2015 3:11 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House will vote next week on a border security bill as Republicans try to show they can chart their own course on immigration - not just oppose President Barack Obama. The bill passed the House Homeland Security Committee late Wednesday on a party-line vote of 18-12.... more »
January 14, 2015 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Wednesday night not to bring East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposal for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to a public vote. The tax bump would have funded public safety and capital improvement projects.
council members in favor of the plan... more »
January 14, 2015 4:46 PM
SATSUMA - The opposition of the potential incorporation of Satsuma met Wednesday to rally residents to vote "no" in March.
On one hand, the group "Save Satsuma" wants to incorporate to limit commercialization and maintain their country community feel. On the other hand, a group of business owners and... more »
January 13, 2015 3:08 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. But Republicans readied additions such as lifting a ban on... more »
January 8, 2015 2:27 AM
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee has taken up a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline with plans to move it toward the full Senate, despite a veto threat from the White House. Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski says lawmakers shouldn't be deterred by President Barack Obama's threat. She... more »
January 2, 2015 5:10 PM
SATSUMA - With the possible incorporation of one small community in Livingston Parish set for a special election in March, both sides of the issue plan to meet with residents to sway votes.
Organizers of the group "Save Satsuma" want to incorporate to keep the rural community of Satsuma... more »
January 1, 2015 6:16 PM
GONZALES- The city council will have a new look in 2015 and two men are hoping it will feature their faces in the seats vacated by Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel.
Neal Bourque and Harold Stewart have stepped up to run for the seats that were emptied after Lacombe... more »
January 1, 2015 10:45 AM
LIVINGSTON - Residents of the Livingston Parish community of Satsuma will finally get a chance to vote a proposed incorporation of Satsuma. Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an order Wednesday setting the special election for March 28. The parish Registrar of Voters verified that a petition had received more than the... more »
December 31, 2014 10:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - The BREC Zoo posted potential names Wednesday for its two female Malayan tiger cubs and asked for the public to vote for their favorites.
Hundreds of nominations were submitted in late November to the zoo's social media pages, according to Zoo Director Phil Frost. The zoo's... more »
December 29, 2014 5:56 PM
ZACHARY - After ranking number one overall for public school districts in the state, the Zachary Community School District is now looking for new ways to bring in money.
A legislative audit shows the district spent nearly $4 million more than it made in the last school year, dipping... more »
December 8, 2014 10:16 PM
GONZALES - Two days after voters booted him from office, Timothy Vessel attended his last city council meeting on the governing body of the City of Gonzales.
"I had to be here as a councilman, to stay in my seat," Vessel said about attending the meeting Monday night. "This... more »
December 8, 2014 4:10 PM
WATSON - A sports complex in Livingston Parish will struggle to survive after voters turned down a tax renewal Saturday.
The renewal would have lasted ten years and provided $850,000 a year to maintain and improve the Live Oak Sports Complex. People who use the complex say it offers... more »
November 19, 2014 2:07 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. After the bill failed by one vote Tuesday, McConnell said the pipeline legislation... more »
November 18, 2014 12:28 PM
WASHINGTON - The Mary Landrieu-backed bill to fast-track approval on the Keystone XL pipeline failed to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster threat and pass out of the Senate Tuesday night.
Sen. Landrieu had the support of 14 Senate Democrats, and all 45 Senate Republicans voted... more »
November 17, 2014 10:20 PM
WASHINGTON - Maine independent Sen. Angus King is leaving open the possibility that he might support legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which appears to be just shy of the 60 votes needed to advance. King told reporters on the eve of a Senate vote that he is... more »
November 17, 2014 4:13 PM
SATSUMA - People who want to incorporate Satsuma into a town are frustrated that their petition has not been acted on despite being certified in August.
The group "Save Satsuma" wanted to put the incorporation to a vote on the December 6 ballot, but that won't happen. The petition... more »
November 12, 2014 2:30 PM
WASHINGTON - The House and Senate will vote in coming days on legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline in a high-stakes political poker game. The two candidates in the Dec. 6 runoff for a Louisiana Senate seat are both pushing the bills. They are three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu in... more »
November 5, 2014 12:19 AM
BATON ROUGE- Voters overwhelmingly denied a series of constitutional amendments Tuesday night. More than half of the proposals failed. Of fourteen on the ballot, only six passed. Eight were rejected.
-Amendment 1: Approved. Sets a minimum level for Medicaid patient reimbursements paid to nursing homes, pharmacies and institutions for... more »
November 3, 2014 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- It's an all-out rush to the polls as the final hours before the elections wane and volunteers go into overdrive to get the vote out.
Some campaign volunteers are using apps to go door-to-door and speak with people they know support their candidate, encouraging them to get... more »
November 3, 2014 7:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - You'll have to decide on 14 amendments when you head to the polls tomorrow. One group wants to make things easier by encouraging voters to improve Louisiana's roadways.
4 for the Roads wants voters to approve Amendment Four. It gives the state treasurer the power to... more »
October 29, 2014 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Voters will have to consider 14 constitutional amendments when they hit the polls next Tuesday, and with a three-minute time limit behind the curtain it could prove difficult to tackle the ticket without some studying ahead of time.
Some of the amendments only affect the New Orleans... more »
October 28, 2014 9:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Secretary of State's Office said Tuesday that more voters in East Baton Rouge Parish had gone to the polls early than anywhere else in the state.
Tuesday, the last day of early voting, brought out double the amount of people than any other day this... more »
October 28, 2014 5:43 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A tax that supports the Ascension Parish Fire District No. 3 is up for renewal next Tuesday.
The $10 million property tax is expected to generate at least $2 million dollar a year over the next ten years.
Fire Chief Mark Stewart says the money is... more »
October 24, 2014 11:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - The early voting period for the Nov. 4 election continues through the weekend as some Baton Rouge voters will surely use the open polls to make their voice heard.
On Friday and Saturday, early voting locations in the Capital City will be open from 8:30 a.m.... more »
October 15, 2014 6:36 PM
SORRENTO - The unfunded and uninsured police department of Sorrento has a new police chief, but local leaders say it won't last.
Fern Barnett, 71, took over last week after the last of her opponents in the police chief's election dropped out of the race. The grandmother of 17... more »
October 15, 2014 4:02 PM
LAFAYETTE - With her political future in jeopardy, Sen. Mary Landrieu is turning to a natural constituent base in her re-election bid: Louisiana's women. The Democratic incumbent spoke Wednesday to 400 women in Lafayette -and a few men who came with them - in one of a series of events... more »
October 13, 2014 10:32 PM
GONZALES - A bizarre turn of events may lead Police Chief Sherman Jackson to more money than he asked for.
After months of back and forth and three vetoes over budget issues, some people had a hard time understanding what happened at a city council meeting Monday night.
... more »
October 1, 2014 6:18 PM
GONZALES - Councilman Timothy Vessel will be forced to defend his job after 2,188 voters signed a petition demanding he leave office.
Vessel is one of two councilmen, including Gary Lacombe, that face the recall, likely to be held in December, after the Save Gonzales campaign worked for months... more »
September 19, 2014 5:29 AM
EDINBURGH, Scotland - Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and political... more »
September 18, 2014 7:59 PM
SAINT ANDREWS, SCOTLAND- Women are now permitted as members for the first time at The Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews.
The club was founded 260 years ago and was exclusively for men but voted overwhelmingly to admit female members on Thursday.
The club has a... more »
September 17, 2014 7:38 PM
PORTLAND, OREGON- Some people in Oregon were successful in blocking a new law that allowed illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses and instead passed a measure to allow voters to decide the issue in November.
Seven other states allow it.
Oregonians for Immigration Reform says the state should... more »
August 25, 2014 9:53 PM
GONZALES - The political drama in Gonzales is as hot as ever and it seemed to boil Monday night.
People in the audience chanted "recall, recall, recall," ahead of their exit from the council chambers. Two councilmen, Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel, were the focus of their outcry.
... more »
August 5, 2014 3:18 PM
SATSUMA - A group of residents collected enough signatures on a petition to put the incorporation of Satsuma to a vote.
The Livingston Parish Registrar of Voters verified more than enough signatures Monday. The group needed to collect 256 signatures of the 1,023 registered voters in the area. Some... more »
July 24, 2014 10:24 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council voted against hearing from a lawyer who claimed to have an idea about how to deal with a $59 million issue related to storm cleanup.
Plans were supposed to be addressed Thursday night about steps going forward since arbitrators in Washington, D.C. sided... more »
July 23, 2014 10:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- The situation at Wednesday evening's council meeting, where a debate over a proposed fairness ordinance took over just about the entire meeting time, quickly turned bizarre.
Testimony from people on both sides of the issue that would protect gay, transgender and veterans from discrimination on various fronts... more »
July 23, 2014 4:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination.
The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen.
Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with... more »
July 22, 2014 8:33 PM
SORRENTO- The town council voted to defund the embattled police department and give voters the chance to shut the department down for good this fall.
Tuesday, four council members voted for the moves and were met with resistance from one. Beginning August 1st, there will be no money for... more »
July 22, 2014 5:55 PM
SORRENTO - The town council will vote on a motion to let Sorrento residents decide the fate of their police department and chief of police position.
After legislation was passed at the Capitol earlier this year to allow the town to abolish the position and the department, the council... more »
June 10, 2014 8:49 PM
BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening.
The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
June 6, 2014 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Residents of the Tara subdivision have a possible tax hike in their future.
Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation to give more security to people in the Tara subdivision, making it a crime district. The money from the $100 tax will go toward increased patrols and other... more »
May 28, 2014 7:45 PM
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA- The idea of breaking away from California to form a 51st state is gaining steam in the northern, largely rural and agrarian counties. Its been a topic of conversation for almost a century but now voters in two counties can have a say next week. People in Del... more »
May 28, 2014 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to delay the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year. That's one year longer than the policy adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Senate voted 29-8 Wednesday for the proposal by New... more »
May 19, 2014 10:53 PM
WATSON- Organizers of a drive to incorporate this unincorporated area of Livingston Parish told people who gathered to hear an update on the campaign Monday night, canvassers have gathered half of the required signatures to get the issue on a ballot.
The effort, which failed 15 years ago, is... more »
May 15, 2014 5:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Backers of the proposed city of St. George said Wednesday night's Metro Council meeting motivated them to collect the remaining signatures needed to put the St. George issue to a vote in November.
On Thursday, a handful of people signed the petition at one of seven... more »
May 9, 2014 7:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- St. George organizers ask people to take a stand by asking the Metro Council to vote no to annexation.
The Baton Rouge Metro Council is meeting on Wednesday, May 14, to vote on the annexation of the Mall of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Medical Center. St.... more »
May 8, 2014 5:28 AM
DONETSK, Ukraine - A pro-Russia insurgency in east Ukraine has decided to go ahead with a referendum on autonomy despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay the vote. The coordinating committee of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic announced after a meeting Thursday that it would hold the... more »
April 23, 2014 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - It may cost more for pet registration in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Metro Council introduced a fee increase for the Companion Animal Alliance shelter. An amendment asks for money to help get control of strays. Each year pet-owners would pay $3 more for spayed or... more »
April 5, 2014 5:20 PM
PORT ALLEN- More than a third of registered voters have cast a ballot early, and voting precincts were busy with voters casting ballots in the race for mayor.
Former mayor Deedy Slaughter is fighting to get her job back, after she was recalled in November by 57 percent of... more »
March 28, 2014 10:36 PM
PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office.
The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor... more »
March 17, 2014 9:36 PM
GONZALES- After a zoning vote that would keep one electric company out of the city, the Gonzales council approved a special zoning permit for Summit Electric Supply to build a new facility on LA 44.
The company was seeking the special permit on the plot of land already zoned... more »
March 5, 2014 9:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - A state representative wants to bring red light cameras to a public vote.
Rep. Jeff Arnold of New Orleans says this is his third attempt to require voter approval prior to the imposition of civil fines for violations captured by automated traffic enforcement systems, like red... more »
March 5, 2014 7:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisianians should register by Wednesday to vote in the April 5 municipal primary election. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says 84 percent of eligible Louisianians are registered. The April election will be held in 42 parishes. Individuals can register to vote online 24 hours a day, seven... more »
February 20, 2014 4:43 PM
SORRENTO - The fate of a troubled police department could come down to a vote by the town council, and eventually its residents.
Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert published his plan to get rid of the police chief position and the department.
Two weeks ago, the previous chief, Earl... more »
February 11, 2014 5:53 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies.
The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his fractured party would... more »
February 1, 2014 5:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Petition organizers for the proposed city of St. George collected hundreds of signatures Saturday.
The petition started as a way for the unincorporated area of East Baton Rouge Parish to gain an independent school district.
"But now we've learned that we can run a very... more »
January 16, 2014 11:27 PM
WALKER- Voters will be asked to fund an expansion at the city's high school.
Thursday, the Livingston Parish School Board approved sending a tax item to the May ballot. The tax could generate $25 million.
Walker High School has about 1,000 students and the principal expects it to... more »
January 16, 2014 5:46 PM
WALKER - Walker High School has outgrown its campus, and now school leaders may get taxpayers to help them expand.
The Livingston Parish School Board is considering a bond election at its meeting tonight. The tax would raise up to $25 million for the school during the next 20... more »
January 8, 2014 10:32 PM
PORT ALLEN - A unanimous vote adopted a 2013-2014 city operating budget Wednesday night in Port Allen, nearly six months after it was supposed to go into effect.
"It's a good feeling, everybody worked together to get this done," said appointed Mayor Lynn Robertson. "Of course, it's something that... more »
November 16, 2013 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- There were numerous elections across the state Saturday.
In West Feliciana, voters elected Kevin Couhig as the first parish president. Recently, the parish decided to change the form of government and eliminate the police jury. Couhig (R) beat Tom McVea (R).
Larry Spencer was elected as... more »
November 15, 2013 10:19 PM
PORT ALLEN- The polls have opened in West Baton Rouge and voters here are being asked if they want to recall the mayor.
Voters will be asked if they want to recall Mayor Deedy Slaughter. If voters approve the recall, the mayor would be removed from office and a... more »
November 6, 2013 3:15 PM
HOUSTON - Voters have rejected a plan to renovate the aging Houston Astrodome, but officials say the wrecking ball isn't necessarily on its way any time soon. County commissioners say the fate of the world's first air-conditioned domed stadium is in limbo after county voters Tuesday turned down a $217... more »
October 23, 2013 10:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council voted to pass a 2013-2014 city budget they've been waiting on for almost four months.
But Mayor Deedy Slaughter said Wednesday if the budget was passed with an amendment, she would veto the legislation.
Slaughter said she received an amendment... more »
October 19, 2013 11:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- A number of decisions were made by very few people Saturday.
Among the items voters had to weigh were taxes to fund a mosquito abatement program in Livingston Parish, an open congressional seat, a new parish president position and a host of local items from judgeships to... more »
October 18, 2013 11:52 PM
LIVINGSTON- Polls opened at 7 a.m. today, and people here will be deciding on a tax to fund the mosquito control operation.
Currently, the agency bills people and most don't pay. Leaders have warned, if the tax fails spraying will end.
There are also community elections for justice... more »
October 16, 2013 3:07 PM
WASHINGTON- Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other top House Republican leaders intend to vote for the bipartisan agreement worked out in the Senate to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. Officials said Wednesday that the leaders made their intentions clear at a closed-door meeting of rank and file... more »
October 16, 2013 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - Today is the last day for Louisiana voters to register for the upcoming election next month.
The Secretary of State's Office says the deadline applies to anyone who has never registered or those who need to make changes to their registration.
Voters can register at... more »
October 9, 2013 5:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - The future of Baton Rouge red light cameras will be voted on today at the Metro Council meeting.
The current contract with American Traffic Solutions ends Jan. 1, 2014. The city-parish is asking that Metro Council members vote in favor of renewing the contract for 5... more »
October 8, 2013 1:49 PM
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and... more »
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 »
September 21, 2013 11:10 AM
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Voters in Livingston Parish will be asked to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish library system in a ballot measure set for April 2014. Bond attorney Jim Ryan told the Parish Council that the 10-mill property tax would be renewed for 10 years if... more »
September 17, 2013 10:13 PM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council voted Tuesday night to require all livestock owners to maintain a fence for their animals.
The council and residents had a concern livestock was being left unattended for too long and able to roam free on roads and private property.
"Horses, you... more »
September 16, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month.
It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October.
"They spray at night, you can hear the... more »
September 12, 2013 10:35 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A group of people wanting to be the parish's first parish president met with voters Thursday night.
Recently, voters approved a change in the way the parish is governed, and they'll elect a new leader to lead the change in October.
Candidates spoke about change and... more »
September 5, 2013 9:10 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Sen. David Vitter says he will vote against a U.S. military strike in Syria, becoming the second member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to register opposition to President Barack Obama's proposal. The remaining members in the state's congressional delegation, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, say they are undecided about... more »
September 5, 2013 8:52 AM
HAMMOND - Hammond grocery stores will soon be able to sell alcohol on Sundays. A 4-1 vote of the Hammond City Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance for retail sales of alcohol on Sundays at grocerty stores and similar establishments. Mayor Mayson Foster said he would sign the ordinance... more »
August 15, 2013 5:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control board has declined to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal erosion, but is also raising the possibility that it might suspend at least some of its activity on the suit. Gov. Bobby Jindal and his coastal protection chief have... more »