State News

June 23, 2018 - 1:40 pm
(WWL.com) - U.S. Senator John Kennedy has attached an amendment to an appropriations bill to keep taxpayer money from going towards first-class airline tickets for federal employees. Kennedy says there’s only two reasons why a federal worker should receive a taxpayer funded first-class ticket. "If...
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June 23, 2018 - 12:29 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers are speeding to an early end of their latest special session, with a tax deal in hand to avoid deep budget cuts and keep state finances on track for seven years. Senate committees Saturday quickly advanced a sales tax bill to raise $463 million for the...
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June 23, 2018 - 12:18 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana will take longer than expected to pick the company to replace the state's decade-old voting machines. In May, the Secretary of State's Office said a winner bidder was expected to be chosen this month. But the agency said Thursday that timeline has been pushed back...
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June 23, 2018 - 7:46 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democratic state senators are pushing legislation asking Gov. John Bel Edwards to recall Louisiana National Guard troops at the Texas border, until separated families who entered illegally are reunited with their children. The request is sponsored by New Orleans Sen. J.P...
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June 22, 2018 - 4:18 pm
(WWL.com) - After a week of difficult negotiations, the House has approved legislation that sets Louisiana’s sales tax rate at 4.45 percent through mid-2025. That would be enough revenue to prevent cuts to higher education and the TOPS scholarship program next fiscal year. “Thank you for...
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June 22, 2018 - 3:30 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The Latest on Louisiana's special session on taxes (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Louisiana's legislative leaders believe they may be able to wrap up the state's latest special session on Sunday night. House passage of a tax deal on Friday has paved the way for that...
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June 22, 2018 - 2:13 pm
(WWL.com) - While the Senate is continuing to wait on passage from the House for a solution to the upcoming fiscal cliff, Senate President John Alario says a “Back-up” has been proposed in the event gridlock continues over sales tax negotiations. “This is an effort to have some instrument in place...
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June 22, 2018 - 12:45 pm
A Slidell-area couple has been arrested on multiple charges for drugs and dog fighting, following an investigation by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force. Wednesday, the STPSO Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the couple’s Slidell-area residence...
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June 22, 2018 - 11:35 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Lawmakers in the Louisiana House are having trouble bridging the same divides that left two previous special sessions this year without a tax deal. As the House returns Friday for further negotiations, lawmakers are wondering if this third special session will end with the...
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June 22, 2018 - 9:35 am
DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (AP) - Police say one person is dead and another is in custody after a family argument caused vehicles to pile up on a Mississippi highway. Fifty-six-year-old Fred Harris Johnson is charged with manslaughter and mayhem for the Thursday wreck on Interstate 10. The Sun Herald of...
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