State News

August 11, 2018 - 12:54 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fisheries officials say Louisiana is closing in on the recreational red snapper limit, but they won't predict how many weekends are left in the season. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Friday that anglers had caught 87 percent of the...
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August 11, 2018 - 10:49 am
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Some south Louisiana residents have been spotting "manatee area" signs along coastal Acadiana waterways. Keri Lejeune with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is installing the signs near reported manatee sightings. The slow-moving mammals have been reported in...
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August 11, 2018 - 7:38 am
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. has jumped by 13 this week to 1,057. At this time a year ago there were 949 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 869 rigs drilled for oil this week and 186 for gas. Two were...
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AP
August 10, 2018 - 4:27 pm
Governor Edwards is back in Louisiana after speaking with President Trump about criminal justice reform efforts. During an appearance on AM Baton Rouge on Talk 107-3, the governor defended what he called progress in reducing the state’s inmate population. Edwards says the way the state used to lock...
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August 10, 2018 - 1:55 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ The cost of replacing Louisiana's voting machines has jumped tens of millions of dollars higher than previously estimated. And the state hasn't identified a way to pay for much of it. The winning bidder for the replacement work, Dominion Voting Systems, projected the...
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August 10, 2018 - 1:44 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ State lawmakers have agreed to an $8.5 million spending plan for the first dollars saved by shrinking Louisiana's prison population through sentencing law changes enacted last year. The state corrections department says Louisiana is spending $12.2 million less this year than...
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August 10, 2018 - 10:48 am
(WWL.com) Louisiana shrimpers say a strike could be coming soon if prices hit thirty cents a pound, because of cheaper, imported seafood. Louisiana Shrimpers Association President Acy Cooper says many of the imported shrimp from countries like Indonesia are flooding the market just before the...
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August 09, 2018 - 9:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state troopers who improperly billed thousands of dollars of overtime and expenses, including a 2016 trip to Las Vegas, have had their punishments significantly reduced. The State Police Commission on Thursday deemed the discipline against three troopers to be too...
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AP
August 09, 2018 - 8:02 pm
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club Thursday. The White House said the officials represented states that have implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump. The mostly Republican group...
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August 09, 2018 - 4:18 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's pick to replace thousands of decade-old voting machines is the company that was the subject of bid-rigging complaints involving the secretary of state's office. The state's procurement office sent letters Thursday announcing Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems...
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