State News

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 12, 2019 - 6:57 am
There is a blackface controversy in Baton Rouge. It surrounds a decades old picture that was posted to social media. The police chief and mayor of Baton Rouge have issued public apologies after a photo surfaced from more than 25 years ago showing two white police officers dressed as black men as...
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Rep. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., speaks to reporters as he leaves a closed-door meeting at the Capitol as bipartisan House and Senate bargainers trying to negotiate a border security compromise in hope of avoiding another government shutdown on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 11, 2019 - 7:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on government negotiations over border security (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown. The emerging agreement was announced by a group of...
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February 11, 2019 - 3:47 pm
( The Department of Environmental Quality has an online, interactive map on it’s website that lets anglers see the fish consumption and swimming advisories for rivers, lakes, and bayous in Louisiana. DEQ Scientist Al Hindrichs says it’s an intuitive tool, and gives a comprehensive look at...
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February 07, 2019 - 8:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law in test of conservative court's approach to the issue.
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February 07, 2019 - 4:31 pm
( Music’s biggest night takes place this weekend as the 61st Grammy Awards takes place in Los Angeles. Many Louisiana artists have been nominated throughout the years and this year is no different. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said Louisiana has teamed up with Memphis and Mississippi to...
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February 06, 2019 - 8:59 am
( The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is warning residents of south Louisiana to be aware of a rabies-like disease spotted in animals such as raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and skunks. It’s called canine distemper and it is contagious to unvaccinated dogs. People who have seen animals...
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February 05, 2019 - 9:44 am
( The US Supreme Court is expected this week to consider whether Louisiana can enforce a state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says a ruling in favor could signal a major shift in the court’s views...
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February 03, 2019 - 12:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The outcome of a fight over a Louisiana law regulating abortion providers could signal whether a fortified conservative majority on the Supreme Court is willing to cut back on abortion rights. The high court is expected to decide in the next few days whether the state can begin...
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February 01, 2019 - 3:56 pm
( It’s been a long road for medical marijuana in Louisiana but LSU AgCenter Dean of Agriculture Dr. Bill Richardson says the first batch of medical marijuana grown by GB Sciences and the AgCenter has passed testing. Advocates have voiced displeasure with a series of delays to the release...
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January 31, 2019 - 3:21 pm
( The Diocese of Baton Rouge released the names today of 37 clergy members who have been credibly accused of abuse involving children. Bishop Michael Duca says hopes this will help the abuse victims whose lives were violated and a chance for the diocese to re-establish trust. “My prayer is...
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