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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018



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  • Louisiana lawmakers holding tax talks ahead of next session

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ahead of a third special session this year, Louisiana lawmakers are restarting talks about a possible sales tax deal that could lessen budget cuts that hit state services in three weeks.Senate President John Alario said House and Senate leaders, along with other lawmakers, were meeting Monday to try to broker a tax compromise. Alario said he expects additional meetings ahead of the special session opening next week.The hope, the Republican Senate leader said, is to ...

  • Free hunter education classroom courses scheduled for June and July

    The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host free Hunter Education Classroom Courses in June and July for anyone ages 10 or older.The June classroom course will be offered Wednesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 21.The first day will be the classroom portion from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy, located at 1300 Lynn Street in Thibodaux.

  • Louisiana food stamp program threatened with shutdown

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will end the food stamp program that provides aid to nearly one in five state residents by January, unless lawmakers add more money to next year's budget for the social services agency.The Department of Children and Family Services is slated to take a cut of around $34 million in the budget passed by lawmakers in the final minutes of the just-ended special session. The agency says that will force it to shutter the food stamp program in 2019 because it ...

  • Scientists predict average dead zone, but 3x long-term goal

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists are predicting an average dead zone this summer in the Gulf of Mexico. But they note that this would still be three times greater than the long-term goal for reducing the size of the largely human-caused area where there's too little oxygen to support marine life.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts this year's will cover about 5,780 square miles, or about the size of Connecticut. The 33-year average is about 5,460 squar...

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, June 6-10

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

  • Analysis: Cue the blame game as second special session fails

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Immediately after Louisiana's latest special session collapsed without a budget-balancing tax deal, the blame game began.Many legislative leaders, rank-and-file lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards engaged in chastising each other, trash-talking their favored targets on social media and retreating to their corners, entrenched in their notions that they were right.Few officials talked publicly about how to reach a compromise to avoid steep cuts to programs and ser...

  • Records: Louisiana spent over $1M defending abortion laws

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has spent more than $1 million to defend its abortion restrictions against a series of lawsuits since 2014, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press through open-records requests.And it's set to spend even more.State contracts with private law firms show the state repeatedly adding thousands of dollars to the agreements, extending them as the cases drag on while Louisiana fights to implement abortion policies that have been halted by the...

  • Trump-Kim shake hands, commit to 'complete denuclearization'

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Yet as Trump toasted the summit's results, he faced mounting questions about whether he got too little and gave away too much — including an agreement to halt U.S.

  • Seat Belt Checkpoint Slated for Wednesday, June 13

    Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seat belt checkpoint in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of Wednesday, June 13. During this checkpoint, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and other potential violations. Checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.

  • Report: Oklahoma tops states in incarceration rate

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma now has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., according to a recent study.The Prison Policy Initiative released its "States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018" study last month. The nonprofit's data figures account for state prisons, local jails, federal prisoners and other systems of confinement, the Tulsa World reported.Oklahoma's incarceration rate is 1,079 per 100,000 people, unseating Louisiana at No.

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