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Breaking News

  • Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner's claims

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil.Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform, which dragged and broke a bundle of well pipes.

  • Louisiana governor signs law on health insurance coverage

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation that could eventually lead to health insurance coverage for some residents if the federal Affordable Care Act is overturned.The Advocate reports the Democratic governor once called the bill a "fig leaf" aimed at saving Louisiana's Republican attorney general, Jeff Landry, from embarrassmentThe new law authorizes Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon to study other states' health care mod...

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, June 20-23

    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.

  • News in Brief- June 23, 2019

    Thou shalt not steal thy neighbor's surveillance camera

    HAUGHTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a burglar effectively caught himself red-handed, unwittingly livestreaming his theft of a neighbor's new surveillance camera.The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says the neighbor watched the crime unfold in real time, and recognized the culprit as 43-year-old Franklin Welzbacher Jr.A sheriff's statement says the stolen camera also showed things inside Welzbacher's house...

  • Louisiana bond commission OKs tax elections, borrowing as treasurer criticizes local finances

    The State Bond Commission on Thursday approved more than two dozen local elections for the October ballot in which voters will be asked to approve tax hikes and fees to fund everything from schools and hospitals to debt payments and operating expenses.State Treasurer John Schroder said he was concerned about the financial health and management of some of the local governments. He suggested legislators and other state officials should look at how policies might be tweaked to encourage better mana...

  • Lawmakers drain Louisiana voting machine replacement fund

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana never had sizable sums set aside to buy the thousands of new voting machines it needs. But the state has even less now, after the small amount socked away for the expense was shifted elsewhere in an election-year legislative scramble to boost spending on education, public safety and health care.Lawmakers previously had put $2 million in state financing into a voting technology fund, as a down payment on a machine replacement expected to cost tens of millio...

  • Louisiana governor signs $30B budget; touts teacher raises

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Saying “a great education cures a lot of ills," Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed Louisiana's $30 billion operating budget at a Baton Rouge elementary school where he hailed the first statewide public school teacher raise in a decade.The 2019-20 budget starting July 1 contains increases for public elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, early learning programs, health care services and public safety programs.The Democratic g...

  • Gov. signs bill allowing easier refunds of unconstitutional taxes

    Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a number of bills into law over the past few days, including one that makes it easier for taxpayers to get refunds of taxes paid under an unconstitutional or misapplied law.Senate Bill 198 is far from the highest-profile bill signed this week, but some supporters of the change thought Edwards might consider a veto. His administration had expressed concerns about the unpredictable costs it could create for state government.The bill by Sen.

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, June 18-20

    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.

  • Oil exports are on the rise in Louisiana

    LAFOURCHE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is becoming a major world source of exported crude oil.The New Orleans Advocate reports the port, or LOOP, has more than doubled the number of oil tankers loaded for crude export in the first six months of the year.The major force behind the surge is the lifting of a 40-year ban on crude exports that ended in 2015. And after four decades of declines, U.S.

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