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Doctors slowly applying for medical marijuana permit

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:06:28 GMT

The number of doctors who have applied for permission to dispense medical marijuana is edging upward, as the estimated summer start of the program gets closer. In October, only two doctors had submitted applications for the permit required to offer medical-grade pot to patients.

Louisiana officials outline coastal projects delayed by shortfall in oil and gas royalties

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:42:06 GMT

A shortfall in Louisiana's expected share of federal offshore oil and gas royalties is forcing the state to delay some critical coastal restoration projects and a program that helps fund infrastructure improvements. The state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority this week unveiled its spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July, reflecting the fact that a key source of federal oil revenue for Louisiana will come in at only about half of what was expected.

Boost to potential offshore oil revenue for Louisiana included in final GOP tax bill, lawmakers say

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:42:05 GMT

Provisions likely boosting the amount of federal oil-drilling cash headed to Louisiana will almost certainly end up in the final version of the Republican tax-cut plan, Rep. Steve Scalise and Sen. Bill Cassidy said Thursday. The proposal, which would raise a cap on the amount of offshore oil revenue currently split between Gulf Coast states, would potentially send more than $100 million extra to Louisiana in 2020 and 2021, the lawmakers told reporters.

Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:11:48 GMT

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco walked into the Cajundome's Mardi Gras Ballroom Friday morning before the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Fall Commencement. About 40 faculty members, dressed in full academic regalia, milled around the room and chatted as they waited for the Commencement procession to begin.

Photos: Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco draws smiles, laughs at UL-Lafayette graduation

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:11:47 GMT

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette held its 2017 Fall Commencement General Assembly Friday at the Cajundome. Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco gave the commencement address.

Franken, soon-to-be-gone, but back at Senate job

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:11:46 GMT

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said last week he'll step down in the coming weeks due to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, attends a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capi... WASHINGTON - Al Franken is the Senate's dead man walking, still doing his day job despite his soon-to-be-gone status. The two-term Minnesota lawmaker told a somber Senate last Thursday he would resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and in the face of vanishing support from fellow Democrats.

Blanco to give commencement address at Louisiana-Lafayette

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:48:05 GMT

Blanco was Louisiana's first and only female governor, serving from 2004 to 2008, choosing not to run for re-election after criticism of her performance during and after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She also served 24 years in various elected offices including state lawmaker, state utility regulatory commission member and lieutenant governor.

Video of jubilant students at a small-town Louisiana school inspired millions

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:08:37 GMT

Breaux Bridge is a small Louisiana town about an hour outside Baton Rouge. The average income among its 8,300 residents is less than $30,000 a year.

Louisiana delays parole hearing for 71-year-old inmate

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:45:11 GMT

In this February 1964 file photo, Henry Montgomery, flanked by two deputies, awaits the verdict in his trial for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Hurt in Baton Rouge, La.

White Louisianan pleads not guilty in deaths of 2 black men

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:17:59 GMT

A white Louisiana man accused of shooting two black men to death and of firing into the home of a black family in three separate incidents in September has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. The Advocate reports that Kenneth James Gleason, 23, entered the plea Wednesday at an arraignment before state District Judge Beau Higginbotham in Baton Rouge.

WWII drama starring Tom Hanks to film in Louisiana next year

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:02:06 GMT

The Advocate reports pre-production began Monday for "Greyhound." Filming aboard the USS Kidd and at other Baton Rouge locations is expected to start in March.

Louisiana family wins $191M Powerball prize

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:55:23 GMT

A $191 million Powerball jackpot has been claimed in Louisiana, with the state lottery describing the award as the largest single prize ever won in its 26-year history. The Louisiana Lottery Corp. says Lafayette attorney Jean Breaux Jr. arrived at the lottery's headquarters Tuesday to claim the Oct. 25 prize on behalf of three members of a family who didn't publicly release their names.

Political minutiae mires Louisiana's Medicaid contracts

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:24:44 GMT

Louisiana state Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, said he hasn't seen enough information about the altered Medicaid contracts to consider a vote on them yet. Louisiana House Appropriations Committee Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, said he needed more information from governor's office and the private companies that manage most of Louisiana's 90 percent of Louisiana's Medicaid program before he would consider approving $15.4 billion worth of Medicaid contracts again .

What Louisiana can learn from Ohio

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:25:05 GMT

James Carville, Louisiana's best known political consultant, once suggested a grand swap between Minnesota and the Bayou State. We'll handle the cooking for them, Carville said, as long as they come down here and take over our finances.

Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:37:32 GMT

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said last week he'll step down in the coming weeks due to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, attends a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said last week he'll step down in the coming weeks due to mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, attends a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Louisiana Governor Appeals LGBT Executive Order Ruling to State Supreme Court

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:30:59 GMT

On December 1, 2017, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards appealed a state appellate court decision holding that Executive Order JBE 2016 11, which seeks to protect the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender individuals, and other protected classes from discrimination by Louisiana agencies, departments and contractors was unconstitutional. We previously reported that months after Governor Edwards signed JBE 2016 11 , Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and others challenged the order in a lawsuit filed in East Baton Rouge Parish that sought a permanent injunction, as well as a declaratory judgment that the executive order violated state law.

Review: Robert Finley's deep soul validates 'Goin' Platinum'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:55:07 GMT

History repeating, Robert Finley is another exceptional blues and soul musician getting well-deserved attention at an age when talent contests aren't likely to consider him, whether it's his hair that's gone platinum or his new album, "Goin' Platinum!" Which is a real pity, since the 64-year-old, Louisiana native is a gem of a singer - both rough and refined - who lends instant credibility to any song. A truncated "Mrs. Robinson"-like riff drives opener "Get It While You Can" and drafts the tonal blueprint for Finley's second record - reverbed, scratchy guitars, handsome horns, sweet backup vocals, perfectly deft percussion and tasteful piano and organ sounds.