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Louisiana budget deficit to hit $313 million -- bigger than previously thought, meaning more cuts

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:57:44 GMT

Gov. John Bel Edwards, shown here in September at Delgado's westbank campus, is expected to announce Friday that the state expects a midyear budget deficit of $313 million -- higher than projected. at a legislative budget meeting.

Louisiana early voting on pace to break records

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:57:43 GMT

Residents leave the Voting Machine Warehouse on Chef Menteur Highway after casting their vote as early voting gets underway in New Orleans Tuesday, October 25, 2016. . Louisiana voters have already cast around 46 percent of the total ballots turned during the entire 2012 presidential election early voting period -- and they still have five days to go.

First burn of unstable compound scheduled for Friday at Camp Minden

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:46:01 GMT

The Louisiana National Guard says the smallest of three burns to destroy unstable and potentially explosive material at Camp Minden is scheduled Friday, if weather permits. A news release Thursday says experts from Fort Hood, Texas, plan to set fire to about 820 pounds of clean-burning igniter - the compound used to touch off M6 propellant in artillery shells.

River Center gets new name, adds new food outlets, other major improvements

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:59:21 GMT

The Baton Rouge River Center is getting a new name. It will now be known as the Raising Cane's River Center.

LABI scorecard rates local lawmakers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:31:43 GMT

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry released its 2016 Legislative Scorecard, which scores local lawmakers on how often they voted for legislation favored by the state's largest business lobby. The 2016 LABI Legislative Scorecard analyzes votes on bills seeking to raise taxes in ways that significantly damage the economy and the state's competitiveness, establish new and costly mandates on employers, and worsen the state's already poor legal climate.

An Honest Question for All Voting Americans

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:09:16 GMT

In 1996, "The Simpsons" did a "Treehouse of Horror" episode featuring Bill Clinton running against Bob Dole. Halfway through the episode, during a presidential debate, Homer Simpson reveals that both candidates are "hideous space reptiles," complete with dripping fangs, tentacles and one eye each: Kodos and Kang.

Louisiana's Governor Says 'We Are In A Race Against Time'

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:35:11 GMT

October 26, 2016 Claiming that time has run out for repairing our eroding coast and that we are ready and must start, Louisiana's Governor John Bel Edwards challenged coastal leaders to restore 20,000 acres of wetlands by 2020. The Governor opened the second of two leadership roundtables today in Baton Rouge hosted by the America's WETLAND Foundation and the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority , with a focus on financing the State's master plan for coastal restoration and protection.

Ben Quimby from 350 Louisiana on No New Leases

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:12:50 GMT

Ben Quimby from 350 Louisiana on No New Leases talks about the upcoming rally at BOEM, 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard at noon central to 4pm "I moved to New Orleans to work for St Bernard Project, doing rebuild work... I've seen what a big storm of capable of doing...and how long it can take a community to rebuild...climate change is going to lead to weather events of increasing frequency and the extinction of millions of species, and the longer we take to act the worse it's going to get."

David Duke a weapon in Democrats' Louisiana Senate race fight

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:41:13 GMT

Major Louisiana Senate candidates: Clockwise from upper left, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, D-Elm Grove, Lawyer Caroline Fayard, D-New Orleans, state Treasurer John Kennedy, R-Madisonville, and Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden. ( White supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke is no longer just a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Social media on fire with hoax posts about voting issues

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:11:06 GMT

Reports of issues related to voting are rampant on social media, especially Facebook, and most begin with a "WARNING" or "ALERT". Although hoax posts are common during every election cycle, the number of posts tend to become extreme during a presidential election.

The Interview: Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain on the state's relationship with Cuba

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:52:42 GMT

The possibility of the United States lifting its trade embargo on Cuba has Louisiana officials brimming with optimism. The communist nation, on which the U.S. government placed an embargo in 1960, imports billions of dollars worth of food every year to feed its 11 million people.

Protection for Louisiana waters boosted with over $14.6M in financial assistance from EPA

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:47:00 GMT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a grant of more than $14.6 million to fund clean water projects in the state. The grant goes to the state's Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund , which provides low-interest, flexible loans to communities to help them improve water quality and infrastructure .

Video: Lines for Louisiana early voting long but moving briskly

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:34:52 GMT

Lines snaked through the galleries of the State Archives building and onto the stairs as Louisiana voters Tuesday began the week-long process of casting their ballots early for the Nov. 8 election. Despite the length of line, Brian Mack, of Baton Rouge, said he was surprised that the process took about 20 minutes.

Prairieville man found guilty in 2015 kidnapping

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:14:38 GMT

Louisiana officials issued an Amber Alert on Sept. 19, 2015, after Troy Jones kidnapped his estranged wife and her grandson from a Prairieville home.

Video: South Carolina boy delivers toys, money to Louisiana flood victim in heartbreaking photo

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:32:52 GMT

A little boy in South Carolina, moved by a photo of a little boy who lost most of his possessions in the Louisiana floods in August, decided to make a difference, according to a report by TV news magazine Inside Edition . This weekend, Kameron Smalls, 8, delivered more than $4,000 and a carload of gifts to the family of Ethan Comeaux, 8, whose Livingston Parish home was destroyed by floods.

In their own words: Where Louisiana's major U.S. Senate candidates stand on 7 key issues

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:09:27 GMT

The U.S. Senate race to replace Sen. David Vitter, who is stepping down at the end of his term, has garnered little attention. Five candidates have emerged as leaders in the 24-candidate race, including three Republicans and two Democrats.

Utah US Sen Mike Lee endorses John Fleming in Louisiana Senate race

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:29:31 GMT

U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., speaks during a candidate forum for U.S. Senate Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at the Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington. Tea party favorite U.S. Sen. Mike Lee threw his support Monday behind the candidacy of Congressman John Fleming in the race for the Louisiana Senate seat.