Government

Don Ames
May 24, 2018 - 8:09 pm
University Medical Center doctors and administrators say safety net hospitals across Louisiana are on life support while lawmakers grapple with a budget that threatens to decimate public healthcare in the state. They say UMC in New Orleans may close if Louisiana lawmakers don't fully fund...
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May 24, 2018 - 5:50 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Republicans resisted Gov. John Bel Edwards' call for $648 million in permanent taxes to balance the budget, opting instead Thursday to advance a short-term sales tax that would raise a little more than half what the Democratic governor wants. House GOP leader...
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Don Ames
May 24, 2018 - 5:25 pm
Mayor LaToya Cantrell appointed Jade Brown-Russell Acting Director of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board Thursday afternoon. Brown-Russell will serve in a temporary capacity while the search and interview process continues for a permanent candidate. "Jade Brown-Russell has my faith and...
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May 20, 2018 - 10:15 am
(WWL.com) - Louisiana's regular session has come to a close, with a special session set for Tuesday. The session was marked by partisan gridlock, but a notable piece of legislation to pass was a bill allowing riverboats to expand on land. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonant says the chances of any...
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May 20, 2018 - 9:37 am
(WWL.com) - The latest school shooting, this time at Santa Fe High School, has reignited the conversation around gun regulations. In response to the Parkland massacre, several bills were introduced in Louisiana that targeted firearms, but all were struck down. New Orleans Senator Troy Carter, who...
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May 19, 2018 - 10:25 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana will not be enacting a ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving. A House-backed proposal stalled in the Senate, and the regular session ended Friday without action on the bill, killing it. Rep. Mike Huval, a Breaux Bridge Republican, wanted state laws that...
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May 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are winding down their regular session, a few days before they enter another special session to consider taxes to stave off deep budget cuts. The House and Senate intend to adjourn sometime Friday, after 10 weeks of often break-neck speed to sift through...
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May 17, 2018 - 10:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After years of fighting for the change, an effort to restore the voting rights of thousands of Louisiana's convicted felons still serving probation and parole was successful Thursday, winning final passage amid cheers, high-fives, and hugs. A 54-42 House vote gave final...
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May 17, 2018 - 9:16 pm
(WWL.com) - The Louisiana Legislature has passed a budget measure that fully funds the Department of Health, but reduces nine state agencies' budgets by 24 percent, slashes higher ed spending, and cuts TOPS coverage to just 70 percent. The jury is still out on whether the governor will veto the...
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May 17, 2018 - 8:03 pm
(WWL.com) - Governor John Bel Edwards Thursday addressed the recent US Supreme Court decision to allow sports betting outside of Nevada. .Thirty-two states, including Mississippi, have legislation in place to allow the activities. However, Louisiana shot down similar legislation this past session...
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