State News

Chris Miller
March 15, 2019 - 8:41 am
We've already heard warnings of a secondary wave of the flu coming at us. Now we have word that it could combine with allergy season to really make people miserable. An app that tracks illness, Sickweather, has Louisiana in the top five of states most at risk for an overlap of H3N2 flu and allergy...
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March 14, 2019 - 7:41 pm
(WWL.com) - The number of abortions in Louisiana last year fell to a 10-year low. 8,048 abortions were reported to have been performed in the state, and Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper says it’s part of a years long trend. “Over the past four years we have seen a 21...
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March 14, 2019 - 3:53 pm
(WWL.com) There’s concern that processors who sell pre-peeled crawfish meat won’t have enough foreign H-2B visa workers to peel all of the crawfish on the market. Only 33,000 visas are made available every six months, and Louisiana Farm Bureau public policy coordinator Brian Breaux says around 100,...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber as the Republican-led Senate is set to deal President Donald Trump a rebuke on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, with the only remaining question how many GOP senators will join Democrats in defying him, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 14, 2019 - 1:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall (all times local): 2:44 p.m. The Senate is poised to reject President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, with several Republicans joining...
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March 13, 2019 - 5:23 pm
(WWL.com) -- State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the state is seeing fewer fatalities in fires so far in 2019 compared to other years with 16 fatal fires killing 17. Browning said the decline is welcomed news when factoring in the last two years. “Now at this same time last year, that number was...
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Gordon Caplan of Greenwich, Conn., center, walks out of federal court Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in New York. Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation's most selective schools. Caplan, who is co-chairman of the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, was accused of paying $75,000 to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on his daughter's ACT exam after she took it. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
March 12, 2019 - 8:12 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A judge says actress Felicity Huffman can be released on $250,000 in a case in which she is accused of paying a bribe to secure her daughter's...
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March 12, 2019 - 6:20 pm
(WWL.com) -- Community activists are calling on lawmakers to pass a law allowing local governments the right to set their own minimum wages. Step Up Louisiana member Pamela Bourgeois says such a move would empower local municipalities to raise the 7.25 minimum, and reinvigorate their economies by...
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March 12, 2019 - 6:18 pm
(WWL.com ) -- State lawmakers heard from supporters of the death penalty today, including Attorney General Jeff Landry and victims’ families, during a meeting of the House Criminal Justice Committee. Louisiana has not carried out an execution since 2010. Landry says the state is denying justice to...
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March 12, 2019 - 4:36 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana lawmakers heard hours of testimony about the state's stalled execution process for death row inmates, but made no headway in deciding whether or how to resume the use of capital punishment. Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry pushed for Tuesday's hearing of the...
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March 12, 2019 - 3:22 pm
(WWL.com) The gubernatorial primary is seven months from today. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards is facing two G-O-P challengers, Congressman Ralph Abraham and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it’s hard to say who will be in a...
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