State News

Don Ames
June 11, 2019 - 3:27 pm
Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies say a large alligator has taken a bite out of one of their patrol cars. The deputies were called Monday to a location on Louisiana Highway 1 when a gator was spotted there, in the middle of the road. According to the sheriff's office, the deputies were waiting for...
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Chris Miller
June 11, 2019 - 8:37 am
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards bucks the Democratic party platform when it comes to abortion. The governor has long had a right-to-life record stretching back to his years as a state legislator. But his signing of the bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected may be...
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June 07, 2019 - 9:47 am
This year's Legislative session is over. House Republican Chairman Lance Harris feels overall it’s been a great session. He said the controversial fetal heartbeat abortion ban, already signed into law by Governor Edwards was the most controversial this session. “I’m 100% pro-life," Harris said. "I...
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June 06, 2019 - 6:03 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature has adjourned its regular session, completing a $30 billion state budget in the final hours.
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June 06, 2019 - 5:13 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died. He was 77. A family statement released by his publicist...
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June 06, 2019 - 8:38 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Governor John Bel Edwards has signed legislation allowing experts on eyewitness identification to testify in some Louisiana criminal cases. The bill's supporters include the Innocence Project New Orleans. That organization said the legislation was needed because eyewitness...
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June 05, 2019 - 9:56 pm
As the Louisiana legislature reaches the final hours of the session, disputes continue regarding sports betting and minor budget skirmishes needing a resolution, but with debates settled over new abortion restrictions and the bills passed to implement them. The 60-day session is over at 6 p.m...
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June 05, 2019 - 8:59 pm
The Legislature approves a constitutional amendment that would allow voters on the 2020 Presidential ballot to decide if the state does not protect the right to an abortion. The amendment would not protect that right in cases of rape or incest. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says it’s necessary to...
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Chris Miller
June 05, 2019 - 10:58 am
After the death of an LSU fraternity pledge in 2016, Louisiana passed new anti-hazing laws, to impose tougher sentences on students convicted of hazing. But critics say not enough was done to make sure universities, fraternities, and sororities were trying to prevent hazing. The state senate today...
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GOHSEP
Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
June 05, 2019 - 10:29 am
Louisiana officials are warning everyone to get ready for potentially flooding rains the rest of this week. "The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) urges everyone to prepare for heavy rainfall in portions of the state already dealing with elevated river...
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