Government

May 10, 2018 - 8:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving is advancing in the Louisiana Legislature, steps from final passage. Rep. Mike Huval, a Breaux Bridge Republican, had to bring the proposal up twice to get the 53 House votes needed to pass it. The Senate transportation...
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May 03, 2018 - 7:50 pm
(WWL.com) - A bill barring drivers from touching their cell phones while on the road narrowly escaped the House and is on its way to the Senate. The anti-distracted driving legislation was inspired by the uptick in distracted driving road deaths in recent years. Bill sponsor Breaux Bridge...
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USA TODAY
Don Ames
April 29, 2018 - 6:31 am
Voters Saturday approved a new property tax for flood protection on the west bank of Jefferson Parish. The measure was approved by a 60 to 40 percent margin. Voters rejected the tax two years ago, which left the federal hurricane levee system consisting primarily of dirt. The maintenance of the...
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April 28, 2018 - 11:10 am
A bill to allow foster kids to stay in the system until they turn 21, or graduate high school, which ever happens first, cleared a House committee. Currently, foster kids are forced out of the foster care program when they turn 18, regardless of their high school degree progress. Louisiana Budget...
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April 21, 2018 - 2:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The No. 3 House Republican leader has been released from a hospital after follow-up surgery related to the wounds he received from a shooting at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago. Rep. Steve Scalise is out of MedStar Washington Hospital Center after successful surgery Monday...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. Giuliani is joining the legal team defending President Donald Trump in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. That’s according to a statement from Trump personal attorney Jay Sekulow. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 21, 2018 - 1:20 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the cable news chatter that he couldn't hire a big-name attorney for his legal team. But the president boasted to a confidant this week that he had struck a deal that he believed would silence...
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April 19, 2018 - 8:48 pm
(WWL.com) - The House narrowly passed a budget that would fund TOPS at 80% and maintain higher ed funding, but would implement deep cuts in healthcare funding, potentially ending public-private partnership hospitals that care for the poor. House Appropriations Chairman Republican Cameron Henry says...
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April 14, 2018 - 3:33 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program has helped create or support nearly 19,200 jobs across the state and $178 million in state and local taxes. That's according to an economic analysis done by three LSU professors hired by the state health department to look at the...
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April 13, 2018 - 5:24 pm
(WWL.com) - The proposed Federal Farm bill working its way through Congress contains work requirements for able-bodied 18- to 59-year-olds who receive SNAP benefits. A beneficiary would have to work or be enrolled in a work training program at least 20 hours a week. 5th District Republican...
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April 13, 2018 - 5:18 pm
(WWL.com) - The House Judiciary committee failed to advance a bill that would have created an oversight committee for the states 41 district attorneys. Nearly every one of the states D.A.s were in attendance Friday morning as the panel debated the issue for two hours. Heated arguments between...
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