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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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May 26, 2019 - 10:15 am
TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump presented a special U.S.-made trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament Sunday as he got a taste of one of Japan's most treasured cultural institutions. The honor given to Trump was part of a charm offensive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he courted...
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Don Ames
May 23, 2019 - 8:49 pm
Louisiana House members on Thursday agreed to roll back the state sales tax passed in 2018 earlier than the planned mid-2025 expiration date. House Republican leader Lance Harris' proposal would gradually reduce the 0.45% portion of Louisiana's 4.45% state sales tax over four years. By mid-2023, it...
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May 23, 2019 - 3:32 pm
A bill requiring restaurants to inform customers the country of orgin of their shrimp and crawfish is advancing at the state capitol. Louisiana Restaurant Association lobbyist Eldon Rogillo says they had some concerns, but he’s worked with the bill’s author, LaRose Representative Truck Gisclair. “...
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Don Ames
May 18, 2019 - 2:17 pm
For the first time in a decade, Louisiana's debt load has declined. This is seen as a significant benchmark in a state trying to deal with its finances after years of budget gaps and record borrowing. However, the amount the state owes for every resident -- man, woman, and child -- still exceeds...
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Don Ames
May 18, 2019 - 12:21 pm
The City of New Orleans has announced that its curbside recycling program will continue with some changes to items accepted. Effective Saturday, May 18. plastics #3 through #7, wax board (juice boxes/milk cartons) and plastic bags will no longer be accepted by its collection contractors or at its...
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