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Chris Miller
May 29, 2019 - 5:17 pm
Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 79-23 Wednesday to outlaw abortion in Louisiana if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Rep. Valerie Hodges (R-Denham Springs) said in presenting the bill that if life ends when a heartbeat starts, then logically, it should begin when there is a...
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May 29, 2019 - 4:50 pm
The Louisiana House today voted for a bill that would let cops pull drivers over if they see them holding their phones while driving. The bill by Rep. Mike Huval (R-Breaux Bridge) makes exception for hands-free devices, like Bluetooth-enabled vehicles or headsets. Huval says for anyone arguing that...
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The effort to make pot legal in Louisiana has failed again. The recreational marijuana measure died in the House Criminal Justice Committee. "We have four yeas and eight nays," the clerk announced after a vote. Representative John Bagneris authored the bill. The measure's legislative digest called...
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Chris Miller
May 29, 2019 - 9:23 am
It is the centerpiece of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' legislative goals for the 2019 session: a pay raise for public school teachers and millions of dollars in new funding for public education. But while the teacher pay raise has bipartisan support, the school funding increase lacks the...
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People driving in Louisiana will soon be made aware they are in the "Home of the Who Dat Nation." The state Senate has approved amendments from the House and sent the bill to the governor's desk. Senate Bill 134's digest says the measure provides for addition of "Home of the Who Dat Nation Highway...
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May 29, 2019 - 2:29 am
Sports gambling legalization is on life support as multiple attempts to approve the activity in the House, and a House Committee fell flat yesterday. Louisiana Casino Association Executive Director Wade Duty says future attempts at legalization cannot get weighed down by the same burdensome...
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The effort to legalize sports betting in Louisiana appears to be dead for this legislative session. As more hands went out to get in on the action, opposition built against the bill. The measure was originally written to allow sports betting inside the state's licensed casinos and horse race tracks...
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Chris Miller
May 28, 2019 - 9:10 am
The Army Corps of Engineers is set to open the Morganza Floodway this Sunday -- only the third time ever they've had to operate the structure. Among the environmental impacts officials are watching out for, is how it affects one of the major crawfish-producing regions. "It may complicate things,"...
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Jim Hanzo
May 28, 2019 - 8:47 am
New research from the National Association of Realtors is showing that housing is affordable for first-time home buyers. As home prices have been on the rise the last few years, there have been reports that it's gotten way to expensive for first time home buyers. But Kelly Hand with HomeSmart...
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Jim Hanzo
May 28, 2019 - 8:24 am
The heat continues for the next few days with no rain forecast until Thursday. Expect the possibility of spotty showers over the weekend, too. However temperatures will remain in the low 90s. "Our weather pattern starts to change on Thursday as the ridge of high pressure breaks down and weakens as...
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