Government

October 13, 2018 - 1:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A new audit says Louisiana state agencies aren't filing all the paperwork required to track more than $1 billion in tax break programs. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office looked at whether departments followed reporting requirements enacted by state lawmakers. The...
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October 11, 2018 - 8:20 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Israel later this month on an economic development trip that includes a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Democratic governor announced the plans Thursday, saying the 24-person delegation will include business...
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October 04, 2018 - 8:49 pm
(WWL.com) - New, cheaper health insurance plans are available on the Louisiana marketplace, but there’s a catch: they don’t have to provide the same level of coverage as was mandated under Obamacare. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the plan may not cover things like pre-existing conditions...
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October 04, 2018 - 4:39 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - When Louisiana shopped for new voting machines, the state told vendors it wanted to double its number of machines, to as many as 20,000 for its elections inventory. That decision wasn't publicized and helped drive up the price tag of contract proposals. Winning bidder...
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September 27, 2018 - 9:52 pm
(WWL.com) - A new poll for the Secretary of State’s special election in November is out, with Democrat Renee Fontenot Free (22%)in the lead, followed by Republicans Julie Stokes and Rick Edmonds (11%). Edmonds commissioned the JMC Analytics poll. Pollster John Couvillon says a Democrat leading a...
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September 22, 2018 - 12:56 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. John Kennedy wants federal officials to release billions in unclaimed retirement benefits to states to try to locate people owed the money. The Republican senator from Louisiana met with U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday to pitch his idea. Kennedy'...
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September 14, 2018 - 11:54 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana's treasurer expects the state to have a surplus topping $300 million from the last budget year. Treasurer John Schroder said Friday the state recently closed the books on the budget year that ended June 30. Schroder said a cash balance around $400 million remained...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to airmen during a visit to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
September 09, 2018 - 9:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence (all times local): 10:10 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence says he'd agree to take a lie detector test "in a heartbeat" to prove he isn't the author of an anti-Trump New York Times opinion piece. A top Pence aide has already said the vice...
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September 08, 2018 - 9:10 am
(WWL.com) - After four days of hearings, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy says he’s ready to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest member of the US Supreme Court. Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that vote will occur later this month. “There’s no question in my mind...
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September 08, 2018 - 7:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House seethes with intrigue and backstabbing as aides hunt for the anonymous Deep (state) Throat among them. A president feels besieged by tormentors — Bob Woodward is driving him crazy — so he tends his version of an enemies list, wondering aloud if he should rid...
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