State News

March 29, 2017 - 5:27 pm
UVALDE, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper says there are multiple fatalities in a head-on crash between a church van and a pickup truck in southwestern Texas. Sgt. Conrad Hein of the Texas Department of Public Safety reports the van was carrying 14 people when it collided with the truck, which...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 29, 2017 - 6:45 am
A new report out today says the roads in Louisiana are costing drivers big bucks. "Driving on deficient roads cost Louisiana motorists a total of $6.5 billion annually," according to a news release from the national transportation research group TRIP. It says bad streets and highways cause drivers...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
March 29, 2017 - 6:18 am
Another round of severe weather is approaching the state of Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the risk of tornadoes, hail and damaging winds will move from the northeastern part of this state this afternoon, down into southeast Louisiana on Thursday. “There is also the potential for...
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March 28, 2017 - 9:02 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California prosecutors say two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood have been charged with 15 felonies. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the charges Tuesday against David Daleiden and...
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March 28, 2017 - 4:16 pm
WWL.com reporting A measure has been filed for the upcoming legislative session that would increase cigarette taxes by 22-cents. Currently, the tax on a pack of cigarettes is $1.08 and the proposal would up that to $1.30 a pack. Author of the legislation, West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman,...
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March 28, 2017 - 3:27 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican lawmakers on the House budget-writing committee are resisting suggestions that Louisiana's budget needs more money next year. Instead, they're suggesting they'll be looking for deeper cuts. The Appropriations Committee opened hearings Tuesday on Gov. John Bel...
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March 28, 2017 - 8:36 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that a Houston veterinarian charged with attempting to orchestrate the murder of her ex-husband has leapt to her death the day before she was scheduled to appear in court. The Harris County district attorney's office says 48-year-old Valerie Busick McDaniel...
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March 28, 2017 - 6:46 am
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a man was fatally shot after fleeing from a traffic stop and leading officers on a high-speed chase that resulted in gunfire in east Mississippi. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain told local news media that 45-year-old Pryor Spencer...
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March 28, 2017 - 12:45 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are planning to increase security at the city's long-closed Municipal Auditorium, which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Residents near the auditorium have long complained about squatters breaking into the building. The city, meanwhile,...
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March 27, 2017 - 6:50 pm
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — The mother of a suspected kidnapper has been arrested after police said she aided his crimes. WLBT-TV ( http://bit.ly/2nurh0z ) reports Phyllis Boyd was arrested Monday, hours after police arrested her son, 31-year-old Derrick Antoine Boyd. A U.S. Marshal broke his leg while...
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