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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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  • 'Our last chance': Louisiana lawmakers back for tax session

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said a special session starting Tuesday is Louisiana's "last chance" to avoid steep, damaging budget cuts when temporary taxes expire in six weeks."One last time, we have a chance and we have a choice.

  • Seven charged with DWI including man riding lawnmower

    The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office charged seven people with DWI offenses over the weekend, spanning Friday evening through Sunday. One of those arrested included a man whom deputies caught riding a lawnmower while drunk.At around 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, deputies observed a man riding a lawnmower on the shoulder of LA Hwy.

  • News in Brief- May 23, 2018

    Average price of US gas jumps 10 cents, to $3 a gallonCAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.00.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the price has spiked 41 cents over the past three months.Lundberg says the increase is largely driven by higher crude oil costs and the phasing-in of summer-grade gasoline, which is used to prevent smog.The highest average price...

  • Back again: Louisiana lawmakers return for special session

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers returned yesterday for an all-too-familiar scene at the state Capitol: The opening of yet another special session aimed at balancing a hole-riddled budget.When they gaveled in late afternoon, the House and Senate convened their sixth special session in three years, all called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to address Louisiana's persistent financial troubles.This 14-day gathering, like a prior special session in February, will determine if lawmaker...

  • Ground-penetrating radar in hunt for dead in racial massacre

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Researchers searching for a possible mass grave from a racial massacre in 1887 said they picked up signals Thursday of disturbed earth at a south Louisiana site, but they cautioned they don't know yet what ground-penetrating radar detected.The signals were detected Thursday, the first day of a survey of a vacant lot in the community of Thibodaux, where locals believe white mobs dumped the bodies of African-Americans killed during a Reconstruction era rampage. The mob...

  • 4-year graduation percentage hits record

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State education officials say the percentage of Louisiana students graduating from high school in four years has hit an all-time high.It was 78.1 percent in 2017, up from 77 percent a year earlier. The national average is 84 percent.According to a news release Thursday from the state education department, the graduation rate has increased by nearly 6 percentage points since 2012, and by more than 12 percentage points since 2008.The state said 39,370 public school st...

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, May 16-20

    The following information is based on reports from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.MAY 16, 2018Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s OfficeShawn Mousseau, 40, Gheens.

  • Analysis: Ninth legislative session awaits weary lawmakers

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Everybody ready for some more?Exhausted, frustrated lawmakers may not be in the best mindset as they ready for their ninth legislative session in three years and another round of the divisive tax debates.They'll head into that discussion with nerves on edge, tensions simmering and no deals yet struck to stop the deep budget cuts that are only six weeks away.But Gov. John Bel Edwards and others who want taxes passed hope this session will have a new twist: a sens...

  • A look at what passed and failed in Louisiana's regular legislative session

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers filed more than 1,400 bills for consideration in the legislative session that ended Friday, with the heaviest debate focused on state finances. But other measures dealing with gun laws, criminal sentencing changes, public education, sexual harassment, hazing, abortion and pay issues also drew debate time over 10 weeks.Some of what passed and failed:BUDGET:A $28.5 billion state operating budget that contains steep cuts across government agencies was sent to...

  • Family, friends recall shooting victims' optimism, humor

    SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving.Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10 killed.Eight of the 10 were students: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Sabika Sheikh, Christopher Jake Stone and Aaron Kyle McLeod.

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