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Don Ames
May 18, 2019 - 2:17 pm
For the first time in a decade, Louisiana's debt load has declined. This is seen as a significant benchmark in a state trying to deal with its finances after years of budget gaps and record borrowing. However, the amount the state owes for every resident -- man, woman, and child -- still exceeds...
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Don Ames
May 18, 2019 - 12:21 pm
The City of New Orleans has announced that its curbside recycling program will continue with some changes to items accepted. Effective Saturday, May 18. plastics #3 through #7, wax board (juice boxes/milk cartons) and plastic bags will no longer be accepted by its collection contractors or at its...
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Don Ames
May 16, 2019 - 9:33 pm
Louisiana's Republican House lawmakers blocked a bid to give municipalities the authority to set their own minimum wage rates Thursday, stalling the latest effort to raise base pay in the state above the $7.25-per-hour federal level. New Orleans Democrat, Rep. Royce Duplessis, had sought to reverse...
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Don Ames
May 16, 2019 - 8:57 pm
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards Thursday spoke about the controversy in Alabama concerning the state’s passage of a bill almost completely bannng abortions. Edwards has been an outspoken supporter of pro-life legislation, and a fetal heartbeat abortion ban bill is currently being considered in the...
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May 11, 2019 - 2:49 pm
If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia — that will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is...
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May 11, 2019 - 12:47 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Me oh my oh: Hank Williams' iconic "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" won't become one of Louisiana's official state songs. Republican Sen. Norby Chabert, of Terrebonne Parish, told The Advocate he's shelving the proposal for this legislative session. Louisiana already has two...
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May 11, 2019 - 10:46 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is suggesting he'd jettison any pricey tax exemptions that might reach his desk this legislative session. The Democratic governor says lawmakers shouldn't be creating new tax break programs less than a year after reaching a tax compromise that...
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May 09, 2019 - 9:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor and lieutenant governor won't be elected jointly, after the House rejected the idea. Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed the candidates for Louisiana's top two offices to be chosen on a ticket, like the president and vice president are...
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May 09, 2019 - 8:23 pm
Jeff Palermo reporting The House approved a 30-billion dollar budget. It contains money to give public school teachers a $1,200 raise. There’s a concern the raise is actually a one-time bonus. But House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says the pay raise will be permanent once the funding...
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May 09, 2019 - 7:28 pm
Kevin Barnhart reporting (WWL.com) - A statewide poll funded by Harris, Deville & Associates indicates that Governor Edwards leads the October primary with 38% voter support, followed by Congressman Ralph Abraham with 23%, and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone has 7%. 32% of respondents are...
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