State News

Scott Clause-USA TODAY Sports
April 13, 2017 - 3:13 pm
(WWL.com) -- The state has selected the same contractor it had originally denied to handle the federal flood aid program. The details still need to be hammered out, according to the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, but it looks like IEM will be the lead on helping homeowners...
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David Blake
April 13, 2017 - 2:12 pm
At a time when Louisiana lawmakers are struggling to find ways to shore up the sagging budget and avoid more deep cuts to health care and higher education, there are groups supporting legal marijuana, promoting how well the states with legal pot are doing with all the money they're making. The...
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April 13, 2017 - 1:44 pm
(WWL.com) Louisiana residents are evenly split when it comes to religious freedom laws allowing businesses to refuse service to same sex couples based on their religion. That’s according to results from the 2017 Louisiana Survey. Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab Dr. Michael Henderson...
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April 13, 2017 - 12:58 pm
(WWL.com) -- Distracted driving is an epidemic in Louisiana. That’s according to Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Dr. Katara Williams, who says last year alone we had over 2,500 crashes that were linked to this risky habit. She says drivers engage in a lot of...
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Jim Hanzo
April 13, 2017 - 8:39 am
While New Orleanians are out working in the yard or sprucing up the garden, many may notice that they are losing mud around their home. It's a subsidence problem in many neighborhoods. Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, Tulane professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences says, basically, we...
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April 12, 2017 - 10:25 pm
(WWL.com) The Louisiana Budget Project has studied Governor John Bel Edwards’ tax plan and has determined 95% of Louisianans would receive a tax cut. LBP Executive Director Jan Moller says the top 5% of wage earners would pay higher taxes. “But it would allow us to get away from this $1.4 billion...
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April 12, 2017 - 10:03 pm
Southeastern Louisiana University receives a $10 million bequest, the largest single donation in its history. SLU spokesperson Mike Rivault says Seth Ryan, a Class of 1953 graduate, became an anonymous donor 15 years ago. He says Ryan donated much of his estate to the university when he passed away...
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April 12, 2017 - 6:12 pm
(WWL.com) -- Higher education leaders made their case during a legislative budget hearing to not cut state funding to public colleges. Governor John Bel Edwards proposed budget calls for a 17-million dollar reduction in funding for campuses. Louisiana Community and Technical College President Monty...
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Jim Hanzo
April 12, 2017 - 5:39 pm
A new political group is launching an ad campaign and they say they’ll get the truth out about Gov. Edwards’ tax plan. Truth in Politics executive director Kelly Bottger says the governor raised taxes quite a bit last year and says if his plan is approved, they will go up again. "People don't want...
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April 12, 2017 - 11:41 am
(AP) _ A 71-year-old Louisiana man is accused of locking his teenage son in a horse trailer overnight as punishment. Local news outlets report that Douglas Oneal of Baker was arrested Monday on a count of cruelty to juveniles after detectives say he locked his 13-year-old son in the trailer Sunday...
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