Government

January 12, 2019 - 7:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don't know when they'll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they'll make ends meet should the stalemate in...
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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, Vice President Mike Pence, White House legislative affairs aide Ja'Ron Smith, followed by White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and others, walk down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office building, on the White House complex, after a meeting with staff members of House and Senate leadership, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 05, 2019 - 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials and congressional aides emerged from talks to reopen the government without a breakthrough Saturday, though they planned to return to the table the following day. President Donald Trump tweeted: "Not much headway made today." Democrats agreed there had been...
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January 05, 2019 - 9:38 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the partial federal shutdown threatening to cancel Battle of New Orleans commemorations at the battlefield itself, local government has stepped in to keep some of the events going. The battlefield is a national park in suburban Chalmette. Its rangers are furloughed. The...
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January 03, 2019 - 8:06 pm
(WWL.com) - Five out of six Louisiana U.S. House members find themselves out of power as Democrats take control of the lower chamber with a new Congress sworn in on Thursday. LSU Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Hogan says this could make it harder to get funding for Louisiana specific flood...
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December 19, 2018 - 9:20 pm
(WWL.com) - The state GOP is calling for a return to closed primaries that only let party members vote for party candidates. Currently voters are free to vote for whoever in the primary, and the top two candidate’s progress to the general election. Most states have closed primaries, but on Ask the...
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December 19, 2018 - 8:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new Louisiana law taking effect in March aimed at restoring voting rights to some former felons still under supervision may reinstate the rights to tens of thousands more people than expected. During debate on the bill, the measure's sponsor said about 3,500 people could...
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December 16, 2018 - 11:15 am
(WWL.com) - Congressman Cedric Richmond has introduced a half-a-trillion dollar bill that would build an estimated 2.1 million new, affordable homes in America, and subsidize the purchase of existing houses. HousingNOLA Executive Director Andreanecia Morris says passing this legislation would...
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December 15, 2018 - 10:26 am
(WWL.com) - Tax season is here, and for some, that means tax refunds. According to research by financial technology company SmartAsset, just over 1.5 million taxpayers in the state will be owed a refund, with the average being right around $3,300. VP of Financial Education at SmartAsset AJ Smith...
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December 13, 2018 - 9:43 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in New Orleans was proposed Thursday by a City Council member, a move long-awaited by critics who say investors were helping drive up housing costs and marring the character of historic neighborhoods by buying up properties and...
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Chris Miller
December 13, 2018 - 9:41 am
The New Orleans City Council Public Works Committee meets today, for the first time since voters decided that committee's chairman should sit on the Sewerage & Water Board. It wasn't that long ago that voters thought getting council members off the board would be a good thing that would help...
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