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August 19, 2019 - 6:04 am
(AP) -- Four Louisiana men say they'll plead guilty to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts. Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge, Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville, Tawasky Ventroy of Opelousas and Jacque Jones of...
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Jim Hanzo
August 18, 2019 - 7:40 pm
A plane carrying 3 people crashed in waters off of St. Bernard Parish killing 1 and injuring 2 others, Coast Guard officials said. The seaplane went down around 2:55 p.m. in the Chandeleur Sound, east of the Mississippi River. Coast Guard crews responded and recovered all 3 passengers via...
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Jim Hanzo
August 18, 2019 - 6:13 pm
Officials across Louisiana are issueing personal statements on the death of former Governor Kathleen Blanco, including Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Here are there statement: Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today. Governor Blanco will lie in state at Louisiana’s State Capitol...
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Jim Hanzo
August 18, 2019 - 5:34 pm
Governor John Bel Edwards has issued a statement from the family of former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. Here is the statement released: BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the passing of former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Her family has released the following statement...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 18, 2019 - 3:56 pm
The first and only woman to be governor of Louisiana had died. Kathleen Blanco was 76. She fought a long battle with cancer. Blanco was governor during the devastating Hurricane Katrina. She lost her reelection bid to Bobby Jindal amid harsh criticism of the state, local and federal response to...
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August 18, 2019 - 3:51 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ex-Gov Kathleen Blanco, who led Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, has died, according to officials close to the family.
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WWL Newsroom
August 18, 2019 - 9:20 am
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July is down almost a full percentage point from this time last year. L-W-C Secretary Ava Dejoie says the number of people looking for work has declined by 14-thousand over the last year. "The unemployment...
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August 17, 2019 - 2:41 pm
The Louisiana National Guard's newest general is a high school assistant principal and sports coach in daily life. A news release says Damian "Keith" Waddell of Lake Charles was promoted to brigadier general recently at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. His new rank makes the New Roads native the...
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August 17, 2019 - 2:12 pm
Louisiana U.S. Rep. Garret Graves says Livingston Parish will receive a $5.3 million federal grant to fund the elevation of 88 homes that were substantially damaged during the 2016 flood. Graves says the money is part of the $300 million in federal hazard mitigation funds he worked to secure in the...
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Don Ames
August 16, 2019 - 2:29 pm
Louisiana's Ruston High Bearcats are getting a new logo after Rutgers University asked the school to change it. Both schools use an identical block “R”, but Rutgers holds the trademark. Ruston Principal Dan Gressett says the university has been generous in working with the school as it phases out...
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