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It's one of those bills that Louisiana lawmakers consider year after year, and it fails to pass year after year. The proposal to outlaw holding a cell phone while driving has died again in the legislature. Representative Mike Huval authored the bill, and he says it really looked like this was the...
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Jim Hanzo
June 04, 2019 - 5:04 pm
Louisiana State Police say the driver who was shot in the stomach by police had a blood alcohol of .416g percent and was 5 times over the legal limit for an impaired driver under Louisiana law. RELATED: Scoot: Was Louisiana state trooper “trigger happy” when he shot wrong-way motorist on Bourbon St...
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Jim Hanzo
June 04, 2019 - 8:47 am
Will the legalization of hemp and CBD oil get finalized before the session ends on Thursday? It cleared the Senate but with new amendments added, so it heads back to the House. Franklin Senator Brett Allain is behind the measure and says farmers are itching to get their hands on the product, as the...
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Jim Hanzo
June 03, 2019 - 4:17 pm
Leah Chase who died Saturday was a special lady who loved her city. WWL's food expert Tom Fitzmorris said everybody knew the Queen of Creole cooking. She was known and revered around the world, Fitzmorris said. I'm not exaggerating, she was known everywhere she went, certainly in New Orleans and...
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Chris Miller
June 03, 2019 - 3:11 pm
Public school teachers are in line for a $1,000 per year pay raise, and school districts will be allocated $39 million more, with the Louisiana House's overwhelming approval of the school financing plan. The vote is an election year win for Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who made the increase in...
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Chris Miller
June 03, 2019 - 1:42 pm
Supporters of legalized sports betting in Louisiana have made a last-ditch effort to get lawmakers to vote on it this session. Republican Sen. Danny Martiny added it as an amendment to the fantasy sports betting bill when it came up on the Senate floor. Martiny said he didn’t want to take this step...
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June 02, 2019 - 7:08 pm
The $39 million increase in districts' flexible block grant money had previously been blocked by House Republicans who had previously blocked the $39 million increase in districts' flexible block grant money. But the Senate, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the state education board are backing the...
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Don Ames
June 02, 2019 - 1:23 pm
An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy shot a woman involved in a possible road rage incident Saturday. Louisiana State Police are investigating the incident in which the woman struck a patrol vehicle and almost hit several deputies. According to a report from WAFB-9, an officer on a...
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Don Ames
June 02, 2019 - 10:21 am
A Port Allen Catholic school principal was arrested in a Washington, D.C. strip club, while on a school field trip to the nation's capital. A spokesman for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Dan Borne, says 47-year-old Michael Comeau was arrested during the trip with students from Holy Family Catholic...
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Chris Miller
June 01, 2019 - 4:14 pm
Hemp and cannabidiol, a chemical found in the plant and its botanical cousin marijuana, are a step closer to being legally available in Louisiana. The state senate today voted 34-2 in favor of legalized and regulated production and sale. Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the chemical in...
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