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June 18, 2018 - 3:43 pm
(WWL.com) Last week’s announcement of the $2.3 million return through the Unclaimed Property Program has gotten more people interested in the program’s potential returns. State Treasurer John Schroder says the recent claim has generated a lot of excitement and the calls keep coming in. “Since June...
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USA TODAY
June 18, 2018 - 2:31 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been charged with phoning in a bomb threat to a restaurant at the Trump Tower building in New York City last year. A federal grand jury in Louisiana handed up an indictment last Thursday charging 27-year-old Paul Miller, of Lafayette, with making the bomb...
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David Blake
June 18, 2018 - 12:47 pm
Opinions vary widely about the eventual outcome of this third special session. A number of capitol observers are predicting some deep cuts, if there's no compromise on the sales tax or even a partial compromise. Jan Moller, Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, is worried. Return of the Special...
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June 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm
(WWL.com) The powerful lobbying group, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, says the third special session must end with a solution that solves the state’s budget problems. LABI President Stephen Waguespack says it seems lawmakers are close to finalizing at least a portion of the one-...
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June 18, 2018 - 10:03 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Time is running out before hundreds of millions in cuts take hold across Louisiana's budget. Lawmakers are taking one more stab at raising money to avoid them, returning for their fourth legislative session this year. The House and Senate convene Monday afternoon, called...
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Don Ames
June 18, 2018 - 9:36 am
New Orleans area restaurants say they need help. A nation-wide worker shortage is being felt in New Orleans A tight labor market and an explosion of new restaurants have made finding and keeping help ever more difficult across the country. "There's no doubt about it," says WWL Food Show host and...
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Chris Miller
June 18, 2018 - 8:51 am
As the nation tries to get a handle on an epidemic of opioid abuse, new research out of LSU finds even legitimately-prescribed use of such drugs can be problematic. LSU head of orthopedics Dr. Bob Zura says opioids can increase the risk of bone fracture, and make it harder for bones to heal. It...
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Jim Hanzo
June 18, 2018 - 8:28 am
The topic of immigration is coming up again. President Trump has said this has to be done in congress. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, on WWL, said when you look at past efforts on immigration, 1986 for example there were promises to securing the border but amnesty was given and the border was...
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June 18, 2018 - 6:30 am
(WWL.com) -- The third special session of the Louisiana Legislature this year kicks off today, with a battle expected over the state’s persistent budget issues under the specter of deep cuts to healthcare, higher education, TOPS and other state services. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne...
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June 17, 2018 - 7:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have spent an unusual 45 weeks in legislative sessions since their term began in January 2016, and now they're heading back for more, unable so far to reach a deal for financing state government programs starting in July. Monday's latest gathering is the...
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