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May 05, 2017 - 6:26 am
(WWL.com) The full House passed a budget plan on a 63 to 40 vote that the governor and Democrats do not like because it funds the Department of Health at 237 million dollars less than John Bel Edwards proposed. Franklin Representative Sam Jones questioned Chairman Cameron Henry for not knowing...
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May 04, 2017 - 8:46 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Prison experts monitoring reform efforts at the New Orleans jail say it remains a violent, dangerous place, even with half of its inmates farmed out to other facilities. Their report was filed this week in federal court. It illustrates the uphill battle facing a new jail director...
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May 04, 2017 - 8:09 pm
WWL.com Reporting The New Orleans City Council passed a non-binding resolution Thursday, condemning the DA's office for jailing victims of rape and domestic violence for refusing to testify against their attackers, using material witness warrants. The council voted 6-1 to continue the pressure on...
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May 04, 2017 - 7:27 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A proposal to divert $190 million of Louisiana's disaster recovery money to a flood protection project, risking some aid earmarked to homeowners, has been scrapped. The money shift was added into the state operating budget by Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges, of Denham Springs...
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Chris Miller
May 04, 2017 - 5:32 pm
Former New Orleans Police Superintendent Richard Pennington has died, WWL-TV reports. The TV station reports Pennington, 69, died in Atlanta, after suffering declining health, according to Ronal Serpas, a deputy chief under Pennington at the NOPD. Pennington lead an overhaul of the New Orleans...
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May 04, 2017 - 4:14 pm
(WWL.com) -- Baton Rouge Police don’t expect any protests this weekend following the Department of Justice’s decision in the Alton Sterling case, but they’re prepared for anything. Cpl. L’Jean McKneely says they wanted to make sure they weren’t last minute in responding to any potential incidents...
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May 04, 2017 - 3:30 pm
The commercial fishery for large coastal sharks in Louisiana waters is coming to a close. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the fishery is closing Thursday at 11:30 p.m. CDT. The timing is concurrent with the National Marine Fisheries Service's closure in federal waters of the...
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Chris Miller
May 04, 2017 - 2:45 pm
Louisiana officials today either praised or criticized the vote in the nation's capitol to repeal and replace many provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare. Opinion on the issue broke mainly along party lines. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-1st Dist.) said the American...
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Chris Miller
May 04, 2017 - 2:24 pm
A New Orleans alumni chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity plans to hold a vigil tonight in support of removing statues in New Orleans of Confederate leaders. The "Social Action Prayer Vigil" will be held at 6:30 p.m. near the Jefferson Davis statue at S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy. and Canal St. The...
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David Blake
May 04, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Louisiana State Police and a prosecutor assigned by the Louisiana Attorney General’s office will now investigate if the two Baton Rouge Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling will face state charges. It comes just a day after the U.S. Department of Justice found there wasn...
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