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June 08, 2019 - 10:16 am
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) — One down, still others to go. President Donald Trump claimed a victory after Washington and Mexico agreed on measures to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. Trump called off plans to impose a 5% tax on Mexican exports, and Treasury Secretary...
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Don Ames
June 07, 2019 - 4:40 pm
Recently passed legislation favorable to New Orleans' tourism and infrastructure efforts have been signed into law. Governor Edwards was in New Orleans Friday to sign bills increasing revenue for repairing the city's streets, drainage, water systems and other infrastructure. The measures include a...
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Don Ames
June 07, 2019 - 4:10 pm
The Louisiana House reversed course in the final hour of the legislative session Thursday. After having rejected a proposal setting a marriage age earlier, Louisiana lawmakers came to a last-minute agreement setting 16 as the minimum age for someone to marry in the state. The measure will prohibit...
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Don Ames
June 02, 2019 - 8:53 am
After years of trying, the state Senate has finally passed regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, to expand the services' availability. In the past, similar measures have repeatedly failed in the Senate. The successful agreement is largely due to pressure from lawmakers in...
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Don Ames
June 01, 2019 - 3:05 pm
Louisiana lawmakers have passed new regulations on abortion clinics. This, after already approving one of the country's strictest abortion bans. Critics of the new clinic rules say they'll create even additional hurdles to access. One of the measures would lengthen the time that clinics must keep...
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Don Ames
June 01, 2019 - 2:11 pm
Under a proposal nearing passage in the state House, Louisiana parents could face jail time for harassing or threatening referees at their kids' sporting events. Metairie Republican Rep. Cameron Henry's proposal would create the new crime of harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest...
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Don Ames
June 01, 2019 - 1:19 pm
Louisiana's medical marijuana patients will not be allowed to inhale cannabis. Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Ted James had sponsored a bill to let therapeutic marijuana patients use an inhaler, just as asthma patients do. Republican Sen. Fred Mills of St. Martin Parish said the change would not allow...
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Don Ames
May 30, 2019 - 10:21 pm
Demostrators gathered by the hundreds Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol a day after lawmakers passed a strict new abortion ban Many of the protestors wore bright pink T-shirts reading "We Stand With Planned Parenthood" on the front and "We Won't Back Down" on the back. Louisiana's so-called...
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Don Ames
May 30, 2019 - 8:43 pm
A request from the Louisiana Federation of Teachers has the state House and Senate at odds. The union wants legislation that would include a 39-million-dollar funding increase for public schools, as well as a one- to two-thousand dollar pay raise for teachers. Unon President Larry Carter says part...
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May 26, 2019 - 2:46 pm
A wave of state abortion bans has set off speculation: What would happen if Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide, were overturned? Although far from a certainty, even with increased conservative clout on the Supreme Court, a reversal of Roe would mean abortion policy...
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