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  • New movie to begin filming in Monroe February 22, 2017
    A movie is being filmed in Monroe that highlights the importance of mentorship and fatherhood. Executive Producer Rodney Ray says “Cowboy & Indiana” follows a troubled bull rider named Tulsa as he chases a million dollar bounty on a killer bull no one has been able to ride. He says Tulsa’s life spins out of […]
  • Uncertainty surrounds final day of special session February 22, 2017
    It’s the final day of the special session, and the major sticking point is how much of the rainy day fund to tap to resolve a $304 million midyear deficit. Governor Edwards and the Senate proposes using $99 million from the state’s savings account, but LaPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says House Republicans want the Senate […]
  • Powerball jackpot soars to $403 million February 22, 2017
    Tonight’s Powerball jackpot has reached a whopping $403 million, with a cash value of $244 million. Louisiana Lottery Spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says this is the 10th largest Powerball jackpot ever. She says this drawing is the 19th in the current run. “So the fact that we’re just sitting here at 400 in the 19th drawing […]
  • State workers who smoke could face $50 surcharge on their health insurance premiums February 22, 2017
    The state Office of Group Benefits is considering a $50 a month surcharge on health insurance premiums for state employees who use tobacco products.  OGB chief executive officer Tommy Teague says individuals who receive health insurance through the state would be required to self-report if they are a smoker. “They will be required to execute […]
  • Former-Avoyelles Correctional Center business manager turns herself in on theft charges February 21, 2017
    The former Avoyelles Correctional Center’s business manager has turned herself in after being indicted on charges of malfeasance, theft, and injuring public records. Tonia Cain is the wife of former-Avoyelles Warden Nate Cain, who is the eldest son of former-Angola Warden Burl Cain. Avoyelles District Attorney Charles Riddle says a warrant for her arrest was […]
  • Governor orders full investigation into side trips by State Police troopers February 21, 2017
    Michelle Southern reporting.Governor John Bel Edwards orders a full investigation into trips made by State Police officers, amid a report 4 troopers took side excursions to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon during a business trip on the taxpayer's dime. The Division of Administration's auditor will conduct the probe."The question that is obviously on a […]
  • Burger King's parent company says they're buying Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen February 21, 2017
    The owners of Burger King could soon be in the fried chicken market, as Restaurant Brands International says they’re buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion. The company also owns the coffee shop chain, Tim Horton’s. Tulane Business Professor Dr. Mark Rosa says it’s obvious Restaurant Brands International sees a bright future in Popeyes. “This is where […]
  • Baton Rouge contractor facing fraud, theft charges in multiple parishes February 21, 2017
    A Baton Rouge contractor is now facing a slew of charges in multiple parishes after allegedly scamming dozens of August flood victims. Baton Rouge Police say the owner of Complete Construction, Matthew Morris, was arrested this morning for home improvement fraud, felony theft, theft of assets of an aged person, and exploitation of the infirmed. […]
  • Lawmakers close to reaching compromise to resolve budget shortfall February 21, 2017
    In the final two days of the special session, lawmakers are close to reaching a compromise on how many rainy day dollars to use versus what cuts to make to resolve a $304 million midyear deficit. The Senate approved a plan that would tap $99 million from the state’s savings account. Senate President John Alario […]
  • Experts don't expect huge crab shortage during crabbing ban February 21, 2017
    A 30-day ban on crabbing is in effect throughout the state, so what does this mean for Louisiana’s seafood industry? Chalin Delaune with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board says there’s always been a closed season, but it’s typically just for two weeks while derelict traps are removed from the waters. He hopes this […]
  • Baton Rouge woman deemed a hero after tackling a man attacking a police officer February 21, 2017
    The 56-year-old woman who tackled a man who was attacking a Baton Rouge Police officer on Sunday morning has been deemed a hero. Vickie Williams-Tillman was driving when she saw 28-year-old Thomas Bennett and a police officer in a physical altercation. She says she’s just so happy that she was able to help Officer Billy […]
  • Rep Hollis plans to propose bill to make it easier to recall politicians February 21, 2017
    Covington Representative Paul Hollis plans to propose a bill for the regular session that would make it easier to remove a politician from office. He says it currently takes signatures from 33% of a jurisdiction’s registered voters to recall a politician in Louisiana. “I would suggest instead of doing it that way, make the number […]
  • DOTD Secretary discusses gasoline tax as Press Club February 21, 2017
    If Louisianans want better roads, the Department of Transportation will need an additional $700 million a year. That’s according to DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, who says Louisiana is one of only five states that hasn’t adjusted its transportation revenue stream in nearly 30 years. He says that’s why Louisiana’s roads are the 8th worst in […]
  • Republicans and Democrats differ on how much money to use from Rainy Day Fund February 20, 2017
    The Louisiana Senate passed a measure on Sunday night that would use $99 million of the Rainy Day Fund to help offset the state’s $304 million budget deficit. Last week, the House passed legislation that would use $75 million, but Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Gene Reynolds, supports using the higher amount. “99 I […]
  • More people than ever stressed about politics February 20, 2017
    Do you feel politically stressed? A new report by the American Psychological Association finds, no matter what party you are, anxiety over political matters is at an all time high. Michelle Many with the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans finds the principle factor in this deals with social relationships."We do best when we […]
  • LSP investigates troopers' side trips to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon February 20, 2017
    State Police has launched an investigation into the spending of four troopers who made stops at the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas while on their way to a training conference in San Diego. The story was first reported by the Advocate. State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson says this is an unfortunate incident that never […]
  • Search is on for three escaped Avoyelles Parish inmates February 20, 2017
    The search is ongoing for three escaped Avoyelles Parish inmates. Sheriff Doug Anderson says 31-year-old Blake Reine, 23-year-old Joseph James, and 22-year-old Andre Steward escaped from a detention center near Bunkie on Saturday night. “After breaching a shower wall in a dormitory they were housed in, they then went to a perimeter fence, where a […]
  • 30-day crabbing ban in effect February 20, 2017
    A 30-day closed season for crabbing begins today in the Bayou State. Crustacean Program Manager for Marine Fisheries at LDWF Jeff Marx says the crab population is down in Louisiana. He says they’re hoping this ban will help boost the crab population because we’re not seeing as many crabs as usual. “The biomass of crabs […]
  • Dept. of Ed. announces new requirements for childcare assistance February 19, 2017
    The state Department of Education has changed requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program, which provides federal funds so low income families can pay for child care while going to work or school. Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood Jenna Conway says they received feedback from families about previous regulations and decided it was time to […]
  • UL Lafayette expands Louisiana Legacy Scholarship February 18, 2017
    The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announces the expansion of their Louisiana Legacy Scholarship. Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. DeWayne Bowie says the scholarship is designed to bring out of state students with Louisiana ties back to the state. He says the scholarship covers out of state fees for these students. “Under normal circumstances, […]
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