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Why is the Louisiana coast is so critical to America?

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:07:43 GMT

This is essentially the first on-topic question I asked the Director of Communications of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Jimmy Fredrick, Thursday night during a Facebook Live discussion about "The Louisiana Coast, the Economic Impact and the Risk of Losing Revenue Sharing". Fredrick is passionate about the restoration and the protection of the Louisiana coast.

Confederate monuments battle flares in Capitol

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:01:54 GMT

Monuments battle flares in Capitol Bill would make it harder to remove Rebel statues Check out this story on Louisiana's Legislative Black Caucus held a press conference in the Capitol Tuesday morning led by caucus Chairman Joseph Bouie, D-New Orleans. Members of the Gulf Coast Patriot Network waved Confederate flags in front of the Caddo Courthouse last week to show support for the Shreveport Confederate monument.

Iowa man accused of punching out car window, hitting victim in face

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:40:18 GMT

An Iowa man was arrested last night on domestic abuse and child endangerment charges after allegedly assaulting passengers in another vehicle, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded Thursday evening to 10112 Louisiana Highway 101 in Iowa where the victims drove to after escaping the assault.

Confederate license plate requests quadrupled in Louisiana last year: OMV

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:55:54 GMT

Requests for the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate quadrupled last year, according to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. The number of Louisiana license plates issued with an image of a Confederate flag more than quadrupled last year, according to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

How do you spell 'dedication'? Louisiana girl studies hours each daya

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:05:11 GMT

Naysa Modi studies as many hours a day as she can "without breaking," especially when it's almost time to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Girl studies hours each day for Scripps Spelling Bee Naysa Modi studies as many hours a day as she can "without breaking," especially when it's almost time to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Updated 2018 Louisiana Nifty 50 rankings Nos. 30-21

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:29:01 GMT

This South Carolina transplant is still a bit of an unknown around these parts, but a few things are evident: he has a rare blend of length and athleticism. Mukuamu has the fluidity of a cornerback in a safety's body.

Hurricane evacuation in Acadiana could be more congested this year

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:08:04 GMT

If a major hurricane were to head for South Louisiana this year, evacuation could take a little longer for residents trying to get out of Acadiana. Much of Lafayette Parish and Acadiana has not updated its infrastructure to account for the growing population since hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Lawmakers weighing boost to Louisiana driver's license fees

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:51:39 GMT

Lawmakers are considering whether to raise driver's license fees by $1 and deposit the estimated $2.4 million raised over five years into a veterans assistance fund. The House overwhelmingly supported House Bill 547 by Pineville Rep. Chris Hazel, a Republican, in an 81-14 vote.

Higher parole fees would clash with Louisiana's goal to reduce its prison population: Opinion

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:05:26 GMT

Louisiana needs to make up its mind. Do we really want to lose our distinction as the world's foremost incarcerator of human beings, or don't we? Criminal justice reform has been a big part of Gov. John Bel Edwards' legislative agenda, and there's reason to be hopeful that this legislative session lawmakers will pass a reform package that serves to reduce our prison population.

Low-income households hardest hit by floods, survey says

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:26:34 GMT

Low-income households hardest hit by floods, survey says The survey also suggests that Louisiana is slightly more satisfied with the state's response than with federal response. Check out this story on Drone footage from Ambassador Caffery, I-10, and W. Willow Street taken on August 14, 2016, during the flooding in Louisiana.

Gradual increase in Louisiana gas tax might attract support, sponsor says

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:40:50 GMT

Louisiana state Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, is sponsoring a bill in the Louisiana Legislature's 2017 regular session to increase the state's gasoline tax. The Louisiana legislator proposing a 17-cent gasoline tax increase might look at phasing in the hike over more than one year instead of implementing it all at once on Jan. 1. Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, said he also is considering other significant changes to attract enough votes for the House to approve it.

The Rundown: Louisiana Legislature enters final 2 weeks of session...

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:11:31 GMT

House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, right, and Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, during debate of House Bill 1, the state's operating budget, on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Today in The Rundown: House Democrats try to use spending bill as leverage in budget negotiations; VP Mike Pence makes a surprise visit to a Denham Springs couple; An effort to increase the minimum wage has failed again; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.

Livingston Parish Man Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:46:25 GMT

The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations - Special Victims Unit arrested Leonard Hulsey for charges related to the distribution of child pornography.

Louisiana minimum wage increase fails in Senate committee

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:26:51 GMT

Gov. John Bel Edwards ' push to raise Louisiana's minimum wage crashed again in the Senate on Wednesday , leaving the state's lowest-wage workers to be paid at the federal rate of $7.25 per hour. The Finance Committee voted 7-3 against the proposal from Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans.

Southeastern Louisiana University confers degrees on more than 1,000

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:07:27 GMT

Southeastern Louisiana University conferred degrees on 1,112 graduates May 13 at the university's spring commencement exercises in Hammond. The class included 410 men and 702 women who were receiving 16 different degrees and representatives from 22 states and 19 countries.

LDWF announces Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:07:26 GMT

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. Louisiana's Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. "Each year, we designate a weekend of free fishing as an incentive for families and friends to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman's Paradise," explained Secretary Jack Montoucet.

Dr. Terry L. Jones: Louisiana's wild men

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:45:57 GMT

For whatever reason, reports of feral humans were somewhat common in the 19th century. Last month's column focused on the Wild Girl of Catahoula, but it turns out that she was not the only mysterious person roaming through the woods at the time.