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How Canada's loss became Louisiana's gain

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:38:08 GMT

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting the moments and people that connect and inspire us. Today, the series continues with the expulsion of the French-speaking Acadians from present-day Nova Scotia.

It wasn't McIlhenny's fault, and other things to know about nutria in Louisiana

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:38:07 GMT

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting the moments and people that connect and inspire us. Today, the series continues with the legend of Tabasco titan E.A. McIlhenny's nutria farm.

Jonesboro-Hodge High School senior wins 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:55:00 GMT

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced today that Jonesboro-Hodge High School senior Meredith Anderson has won the 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition for Louisiana's 5th District. High school students from throughout the nation compete annually for the opportunity to have a piece of artwork displayed in the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Anderson's art will hang among other winners from congressional districts across the country in the Capitol for a year, beginning this summer.

Bill to kill Louisiana's death penalty passes committee, heads to Senate floor

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:18:44 GMT

State Sen. Dan Claitor, a Republican and a former prosecutor, wrote Senate Bill 142, which would abolish the death penalty in Louisiana. When former prosecutor Marty Stroud began his career in Caddo Parish, his colleagues had a nickname for him: "fire eater."

What Louisiana Can Teach The Nation About Bipartisanship

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:58:22 GMT

There is much to love about my home state of Louisiana- the spicy Cajun and Creole cuisine, warm weather, friendly people, entertaining politics, and of course, the LSU Tigers. However, my favorite thing about Louisiana is our unique commitment as a state to protecting mothers and children from the harms of abortion .

Who's paying for Louisiana-Gulf of Mexico's wall to restore damage from Coastal Erosion

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:56:50 GMT

Louisiana lawmakers, whether State or Federal, might need to decide if they want a border wall at the Mexican border or a wall of some type along the Gulf of Mexico. The same goes for all states that border the Gulf and the Atlantic/Pacific Oceans.

Scat, CAT: Gov. Edwards' controversial tax proposal effectively killed in House

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:56:49 GMT

Gov. John Bel Edwards' controversial tax proposal, opposed by business interests and many Republicans, effectively died today in the Louisiana House. State Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, voluntarily pulled his controversial corporate activities tax bill from consideration Tuesday following a day and a half of testimony before the House Committee on Ways and Means in which various business interests and most of the Republican committee members expressed staunch opposition.

Louisiana coastal master plan is subject of TV, radio show

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:01:35 GMT

Louisiana Public Square will focus on the proposed 2017 update of the $50 billion, 50-year coastal master plan during its 7 p.m. Wednesday show, to be seen in the New Orleans area on WLAE-TV and on public radio station WWNO. The 2017 update of Louisiana's $50 billion, 50-year master plan for coastal restoration and hurricane flood protection will be the subject of Louisiana Public Broadcasting's Louisiana Public Square show on Wednesday .

Lawmakers to introduce bills to abolish death penalty in the state

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:31:46 GMT

A proposal to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana could help prevent a crisis the state's public defenders say they are hurtling toward, unless drastic changes are made in how the state handles defense for the indigent. But because the bill does not apply to those already convicted or indicted of capital offenses, the savings in money earmarked for such cases will come slowly.

Giving Governor Edwards 'the business' over Bankston flood recovery business

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:39:47 GMT

Recently, a U.S. House of Representative with a Republican majority gave Louisiana's Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards the business over the speed and execution of flood relief. But did he deserve that? The committee's majority probed certain decisions made by the Edwards Administration that seemed to delay getting money into the hands of flood victims.

Commentary: Bipartisan agreement on criminal justice reform

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:59:15 GMT

There are few truly bipartisan issues in Louisiana, but the need for criminal justice reform is one of them. By any metric of any study, America is the most lock-'em-up nation in the world, and Louisiana is the most lock-'em-up state.

Votes on controversial Louisiana sentencing changes may be delayed

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:02:00 GMT

Votes on Gov. John Bel Edwards' criminal justice package have been delayed by a week. The governor is trying to use the legislation to reduce the state's prison population by 4,800 people and to save the state $151 million over the next 10 years.

Illinois man arrested for solicitation of Louisiana child

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:36:58 GMT

An Illinois man has been arrested and booked on child sex charges, accused of "sexually explicit communication" with a Louisiana child. Joshua E. Lebron, 22, of Plainfield, Illinois, was arrested on a Louisiana warrant in Illinois.

Trump 100 day anniversary review: Impact upon Congressional races

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:08:35 GMT

When there were several appointments that Donald Trump made to his cabinet that came directly out of the ranks of the US House of Representatives that created open seats and all those open seats are being filled the spring, so there's one in Kansas there's one in Georgia, there will be one in Montana, and there will be another one in South Carolina. So all those four seats are in stereotypically Republican districts yet what happened in Georgia has started the whole ball rolling where the Democratic enthusiasm has been much greater than what I've seen in some time.

Our Views: New debate on juvenile offenders

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:56:08 GMT

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force members, from left, Flozell Daniels, Jr., president and CEO of Foundation for Louisiana, Sen. Dan Claitor, left, R-Baton Rouge, and 19th Judicial District Court criminal court Judge Bonnie Jackson talk after adjournment of the task force's meeting the State Capitol on Friday, June 17, 2016. The task force is seeking ways of bringing down the state's prison population.

Governor's bid for major changes in teacher evaluations sparking pushback

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:16:06 GMT

Louisiana's 2010 overhaul of annual teacher evaluations was touted as a way to provide a meaningful snapshot of teacher effectiveness and improve student performance in the classroom. But Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to make sweeping changes in the yearly reviews, leading to charges that his office is breaking a deal brokered last year when the annual checks were tweaked.

Analysis: All talk, little action so far in La. Legislature

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:42:25 GMT

Spectators watching the public meetings of the Louisiana Legislature since state lawmakers began their work two weeks ago may be tempted to ask why very little seems to be happening. Few measures have gotten votes so far in the two-month legislative session, and nearly all the financial bills at the core of the session's budget debate remain in the committees where they were assigned for their first hearings.