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Survey: Louisianans want tax increases, spending cuts to solve state budget crisis

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:37:20 GMT

Louisiana residents may not be as anti-tax as conventional wisdom suggests, according to an LSU survey released today , but most residents also believe the state can and ought to reduce spending by eliminating government inefficiencies. A sizable majority of those surveyed - 71 percent - believe lawmakers should use a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to solve the state's reoccurring budget shortfalls, LSU's Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs Louisiana Survey 2017 found.

Louisiana teen sentenced to prison for breaking into trooper's home

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:14:16 GMT

The Times-Picayune reported Sunday that St. Charles Parish court records state 19-year-old Dillyn Austin pleaded guilty and will serve about 11 months in prison. Authorities say Austin stole several firearms from the home of trooper Victor Taylor.

LABI's Waguespack pokes Edwards tax delay, promotes Louisiana Legislative outlook

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:43:15 GMT

In the age of rapid response, social media, President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry took to twitter to apparently poke the Democrat Governor and to promote his own tour of his own legislative package, or legislative outlook tour, beginning today. Today, Stephen Waguespack of LABI tweeted in response to The Advocate's Tyler Bridges article that John Bel Edwards would be delaying his release of his tax overhaul package that was scheduled for today.

Louisianans for Prison Alternatives hosts prison reform policy meeting

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:35:59 GMT

On Monday, a group of prison reform advocates and formerly incarcerated people will discuss ways to get less people behind bars. Louisianans for Prison Alternatives has been hosting meetings across the state to review the approved recommendations by the Justice Reinvestment Task Force .

History Minute: Gov. Bernardo de Galvez

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:11:49 GMT

The Revolutionary War found the American colonies in a desperate struggle for independence against one of the great superpowers of the eighteenth century, the British Empire. America found help in unexpected places.

Two Republicans advance to LA House District 8 runoff

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:46:09 GMT

Two separate watch parties Saturday night featured plenty of cheers, clapping and lots of smiling among the supporters for the two men left standing in the race to represent north Bossier in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Crews won 41 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent for Gatti, handily surpassing the other two challengers, Republicans Patrick Harrington and Michael Lowrie, in voting March 25. Crews and Gatti are self-described conservative Republicans, Crews is a retired Air Force B-52 and later commercial airline pilot, while Gatti is an ordained minister and former small business owner.

Louisiana Spotlight: Gov. John Bel Edwards' business tax plan leaves many with questions

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:32:35 GMT

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during the Beyond the Badge ceremony which honored Louisiana Law Enforcement officers for "acts of kindness beyond their official duties. Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during the Beyond the Badge ceremony which honored Louisiana Law Enforcement officers for "acts of kindness beyond their official duties.

For artist Gustave Blache III, every painting tells a story

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:17:12 GMT

Gustave Blache's 'Leah Chase Pouring Oysters' from his series of paintings highlighting her work at Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans is part of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's exhibit, 'A Work in Process: Paintings by Gustave Blache III.' Gustave Blache's 'Natalie Scrape Cleaning,' part of his series depicting art conservators' process at Simon Parkes Art Conservation in New York.

Orleans Civil District Court runoff: Johnson, Montero advance after heated primary

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:53:10 GMT

Rachael Johnson, left, and Suzy Montero advanced to an April 29 runoff in the election for Orleans Civil District Court, Division B. A contentious primary election for the Division B seat in Orleans Civil District Court ended Saturday with attorneys Suzy Montero and Rachael Johnson heading to an April 29 runoff. Marie Williams finished third in the race.

Paula Brown edges Tiffany Chase in tight race for 4th Circuit Court of Appeal seat

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:24:31 GMT

Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Paula Brown edged out her colleague, Tiffany Chase, to take the race for an open seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. Brown won with 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for Chase.

Masakowski Family: N.O. Escape

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:06:34 GMT

Her father, the principle member here, multi-instrumentalist , and with a name like that, he doesn't need to be family. This merry band got together to flesh out apocryphal original compositions with a couple of tried-and-true of the New Orleans soundtrack, the traditional "House of the Rising Sun" and Sidney Bechet's "Les Oignons."

Here's how Louisiana plans to revamp nation's highest, most convoluted sales tax

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:00:30 GMT

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, has served as chairwoman of the Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission since 2015. The commission has been trying to come up with ways to make Louisiana's sales tax less convoluted as the Legislature prepares for a crucial fiscal session that begins April 10. Here, Stokes answers questions about one of her bills during a 2015 special legislative session.

Severe storms bring hail across Louisiana, church destroyed during apparent tornado

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:58:06 GMT

Paula Timms of Caraway climbs up to the roof of her mother-in-law's house to help with repairs Saturday after Friday night's storm in Jonesboro, Ark., March 25, 2017. An uprooted tree took also knocked out the power to the house.

Attorneys and family comment on Derrick Stafford manslaughter conviction in 6-year-old's death

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:39:41 GMT

Attorneys for the state and for Stafford, as well as the 33-year-old's family members, spoke with the media shortly after the verdict. Stafford was taken into custody by deputies with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office just moments after a jury convicted him of manslaughter for the death of Jeremy Mardis, 6, and attempted manslaughter of his father, Christopher Few.

Bourbon Street strip club's transformation into restaurant gains approval, but some crying foul

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:17:04 GMT

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--A topless woman wearing "Who Dat" shorts passes by Centerfolds at 411 Bourbon St. operated by The House of the Rising Sun of Bourbon St. Inc., that was cited for five counts of prostitution, three drug-related counts, two counts of lewd/improper acts. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and Louisiana State Police announced the details of a month long undercover operation named "Operation Trick or Treat" naming five strip clubs as having allegedly been locations of acts of prostitution, illegal drug use, and lewd acts in New Orleans, La.

Love Wins in Louisiana

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:13:38 GMT

Alvaro M. Huerta of the National Immigration Law Center spent Wednesday morning reminding a court that, despite how far we've come, our nation still needs to protect the freedom to marry. The client, Viet "Victor" Anh Vo, was denied the right to marry the love of his life in his hometown in Louisiana.

Paddlers put Teche country on the map

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:56:16 GMT

"We race rain or shine," said Ray Pellerin of the April 1 paddle race in Acadiana. "We do not start a race if lightning in the area."