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After a monthslong effort, the Louisiana Public Defender Board recently reached a compromise on a new plan intended to more fairly distribute state funds used to pay lawyers who represent indigent defendants. The plan is the product of two different proposals, one from consultants who reviewed the ...
Louisiana Polls Have Closed - Results Coming In. Saturday, April 28th 2018, 6:21 pm PDT Saturday, April 28th 2018, 6:52 pm PDT. By Sean Staggs, Digital/Producer ... Polls across Louisiana closed at 8 p.m.. The six tax renewals for Shreveport cover everything from employee salaries to upkeep for the city's parks.

(WWL.com) - The nation faces a truck driver shortage, and that may hit your wallet. The American Trucking Association expects a 106,000 driver shortage by 2022. Louisiana Motor Transport Association Executive Director Chance McNeely says it's causing longer delivery times and higher prices.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One of Louisiana's U.S. senators is calling on Secretary of State Tom Schedler to resign after the release of sexually themed emails Schedler sent one of his employees. GOP Sen. John Kennedy said Friday that the emails, which were sent on a state account and published by ...
A prison inmate doing clean-up labor along Louisiana Highway 27 in Cameron Parish discovered the first severed head on March 1. It was inside a grocery bag not far from Calcasieu Lake. A preliminary autopsy indicated the head had been outside for about three months. There was no obvious trauma to ...
Louisiana's nine future medical marijuana dispensaries have been selected. The two grow sites, managed by LSU and Southern University, are preparing to start growing and processing the drug by next February at the latest. Legislators have been focused on the issue, too. Two bills are making their way ...

This week, the Louisiana House of Representatives introduced new legislation aimed at criminalizing the activities of groups protesting the extraction, burning, and transport of oil and gas. The bill is similar to a model created by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council. Indeed, in the wake of ...
WASHINGTON — Among the items tucked into the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion federal budget deal passed by Congress on March 22 are several provisions that will directly affect Louisiana. Language included in the massive bill will ease rules around millions in flood recovery grants doled out to a handful of ...
Sumrall and the other 109 Elite anglers in the tournament won't be able to go past the Texas state line into Louisiana, which is a few long casts away from the boat launch for the second Bassmaster Elite Series contest of 2018. Our waters are off-limits, thanks to antiquated definitions of land ownership and ...
Sixty-year-old Keith Hunter lived in St. James, Louisiana, for roughly 27 years, and during that time, he watched as the sugarcane farms gave way to oil storage tanks and as a railroad terminal was being built down the road, all visible from his front yard. Hunter was an outspoken critic of the industrialization ...
The Secretary of State's Office is looking for a touch-screen-style system, in line with the pop-up type of machines that Louisiana uses in its early voting, placed on stands or tables. Schedler said they'll be easier to store and to move than the huge machines Louisiana currently uses on election days.
CULLEN, La. — Louisiana State Police say an 11-year-old has died after the speeding pickup truck he was driving hit a tree. Trooper Glenn Younger says in a news release that Clark James Davis was the only person in the 1993 Ford Ranger when it went off Louisiana Highway 802 about 4:15 a.m. ...
To set the scene: When Katrina hit in August 2005, Mississippi bore the direct brunt but Louisiana saw widespread devastation from not only the hurricane's natural force but also the failure of federal levees. Mississippi also had not only a Republican governor at the time but a close ally of President George ...
A Metairie high school is the most beautiful private high school in the state of Louisiana, according to Architectural Digest's list, "The most beautiful private high school in every state in America." According to the list, Metairie Country Day School is the prettiest private school in Louisiana. Architectural Digest ...
The Latest on fatal shooting of a black man by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (all times local):. 7 p.m.. An attorney for a fired Louisiana police officer who fatally shot a black man during a struggle outside a convenience store says he plans to appeal his client's termination to a civil service board. Attorney ...
The proposal would allow 19 and 20-year-olds to buy alcohol and drink it unsupervised after getting a certificate and parental consent. Louisiana State Senator Eric LaFleur said people 19 years old and older would have to learn about alcohol effects and consequences before being certified. The bill will ...
When looking at Louisiana's labor force, seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals are also at historical lows. As reported, the number of unemployed in February was 95,099. The last time there were fewer seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals was in May 2008. When looking at Louisiana's ...

The study, released Wednesday (March 28), ranks Louisiana 48th in the nation for employment and earnings among female workers and 50th for poverty and opportunity, which measures the number of women living in poverty as well as the percentage who have health insurance, a college education and ...
Where can you find the best tasting tap water in Louisiana? In St. Charles Parish, according to members of the Louisiana Conference on Water Supply, Sewerage, and Industrial Wastes Inc. Public waterworks officials from around the state recently rated tap water as part of the annual competition at the state ...
Minimum wage increase effort in Louisiana fails again. Share. Shares ... Louisiana won't be joining 29 other states in paying a minimum wage higher than the federally set rate. The state Senate on Tuesday refused to move from the $7.25-per-hour federal level to Louisiana's proposed $8.50 over two years.
An overhaul of Louisiana's recreational hunting and fishing licensing system that would pull more money out of some people's pockets has edged forward in the Legislature. ... The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is pushing the licensing redesign as a regulatory streamlining initiative.
The Louisiana Legislature is considering a law that would keep the details of how jurors vote secret unless a judge ordered them released to the public. The House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice moved forward House Bill 699 on Wednesday (March 28). The legislation was filed in ...
A proposal that would expand needle exchanges for drug users was received preliminary approval in the Louisiana Legislature on Wednesday (March 28). House Bill 661, which Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, has sponsored, would allow drug users to turn in used needles and get clean ones without ...
(I know that sounds ridiculous, but in some parishes in Louisiana alligators are allowed to run for office, so serving as a town mascot is more than feasible.) Is the state of Florida watching this video and thinking, 'Shit, we gotta step our game up'? Were the big guy not there to sit on the gator, would it have ...
The separate survey of how many people are on employer payrolls, many economists' top labor market indicator, rose slightly to 1.97 million in Louisiana from January to February. That's about level with last year. Louisiana payrolls stopped shrinking in mid-2016, but haven't grown consistently since.
KENNER, La. — A 33-year-old man was arrested Friday when he tried to kidnap two children from a Walmart in Louisiana using a machete, according to the Kenner Police Department. Billy Yoe Budier-Herrera went to the Walmart in Kenner, La., at 2 p.m. Friday and started threatening a mother and her ...
Louisiana law currently prohibits the wearing or possession of body armor on school property or at school functions. Walsworth said he doesn't know why the law was originally passed, but he speculated that lawmakers assumed body armor would only have been used by those who wanted to do the ...
His dad, a single parent, wouldn't be able to afford tuition — especially not to Xavier, Moore's dream school, a private historically black university that costs about $37,000 a year to attend. Still, Moore considered himself lucky. He lives in Louisiana, a state that, for the past three decades, has offered to pay ...
A Louisiana senator says lowering the legal age to buy alcohol would remove its allure for minors and help combat binge drinking that sometimes turns deadly on college campuses. The legal age is now 21. Senate Bill 429 would allow 19- and 20-year-olds to buy and consume alcohol if they obtain a ...
Organization president Gene Mills said current language referencing a husband and wife and describing marriage as a "between a man and a woman" reflects the view of a majority of Louisiana's citizens and offers an "educational and historical perspective." He said Louisiana has followed the Supreme ...
Our criminal justice system -- and efforts to reform it -- has been a hot-button issue in Louisiana over the past few years. Louisiana spends nearly $700 million each year incarcerating more people, per capita, than anywhere else in the world, all while the state consistently deals with chronic budget ...
Update expected from Louisiana AG on Alton Sterling's 2016 deadly shooting ... Months after federal investigators decided they would not charge two Baton Rouge police officers in Alton Sterling's death, Louisiana's attorney general is set to announce Tuesday whether his office will pursue its own charges ...
BROUSSARD – For a few holes early Sunday, it appeared that Julian Etulain might let the second-largest 54-hole lead in Chitimacha Louisiana Open history slip away. A lipped-out two-foot birdie putt on the first hole and a scrambling 20-foot birdie putt for par on the second showed some nerves, and then ...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's state utility regulatory agency has a new top administrator, chosen from within the agency's ranks. The Louisiana Public Service Commission chose Brandon Frey to be its executive secretary, a position that oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency. Frey had ...
The ticket that matched all 5 white numbers and the Powerball on Saturday night was sold in Lafayette, the Multi-State Lottery Association reports. (Source: Multi-State Lottery Association). SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -. Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in South Louisiana is a millionaire.
Louisiana native and adult film star Stormy Daniels will appear on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday in a much-anticipated interview to discuss her alleged affair with President Donald Trump more than a decade ago. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has said their affair began in 2006 and ...
SWAT team members search the neighborhood around the scene of the first shooting while searching for Sylvester Holt, who is suspected of gunning down his wife at Barataria and Ames as well as Westwego police officer officer Michael Louviere on Jan. 20, 2017. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com ...
A Louisiana church is gearing up drive-thru prayers on Good Friday, when its pastor and volunteers gather on the church's long circle driveway. Posted: Mar. ... The Rev. Robert Johnson said he got the idea four years ago, as he watched traffic pass Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church in Lafayette.
BATON ROUGE — With continued struggles to stabilize Louisiana's finances, lawmakers are turning more toward the state constitution, blaming its rigidity for years of budget woes. A growing movement aims to set the course for a constitutional convention to rewrite the governing document. The convention ...
NEW ORLEANS -- Co-favorite Noble Indy settled near the front and held off a late charge by Lone Sailor to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a head at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday. Noble Indy and Bravazo both went off at 5-2 in what is one of the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, but Bravazo ...
After years of discussion about medical marijuana in Louisiana, production of the plant is approaching, pharmacies are angling for exclusive permits to sell the drug and doctors are slowly becoming licensed to prescribe it to patients. Yet, a number of consultants, prospective pharmacy owners and ...
The youngest victims of the opioid epidemic in Louisiana could be helped by a proposal headed for a full vote at the House of Representatives on March 29. Authored by Sen. Walt Leger, HB 658 proposes the creation of a neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) pilot project within the state's Department of ...
Co-favorite Noble Indy settled near the front and held off a late charge by Lone Sailor to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a head at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday. Lone Sailor was a sentimental favorite in what is a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby, racing one day after the jazz ...
A Louisiana church is gearing up for Good Friday, when its pastor and volunteers gather on the church's long circle driveway for drive-thru prayers . The Rev. Robert Johnson got the idea four years ago, when he was standing outside Louisiana Avenue United Methodist Church in Lafayette and watching ...
Louisiana's state utility regulatory agency has a new top administrator, chosen from within the agency's ranks. March 24, 2018, at ... The Louisiana Public Service Commission chose Brandon Frey to be its executive secretary, a position that oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency. Frey had been ...
The cadets began their 20-week training last November in various subjects including crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, traffic incident management and leadership in addition to a rigorous physical training regimen. The newly graduated troopers will now deploy ...
Louisiana High Court Rejects LGBT Rights Order. By a vote of 4-3, ... NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a 4-3 decision, Louisiana's Supreme Court on Friday rejected Gov. ... "I am dismayed that Louisiana finds itself, yet again, on the wrong side of history in a matter of civil rights and social justice," Johnson wrote.
The 2018 Louisiana Survey, conducted by the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU's Manship School for Mass Communication, found about 56 percent of respondents said they want the State Legislature to lower income tax rates and reduce tax breaks, 53 percent said they support cuts to business tax ...
In January 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the state of Louisiana $92 million for disaster resilience in coastal communities facing rising sea levels, wetlands loss and increasingly severe hurricane damage. Of that amount, $48 million was earmarked for the relocation of ...
The proposal will be debated in the Louisiana Legislature's regular lawmaking session starting Monday. The Edwards administration said the legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, is meant to prevent the disclosure of the identity of alleged victims bringing allegations of ...


 

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