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News in Brief- December 23, 2018

News in Brief- December 23, 2018

Louisiana governor: Child care a reasonable campaign expense

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards says he disagrees with the Louisiana ethics board's decision against allowing campaign funds to pay for a candidate's child care.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday he hopes the Board of Ethics will reconsider its opinion. He says child care is a "reasonable expense" associated with running for office.

In November, the ethics board told a Baton Rouge woman running for a state House seat on the 2019 ballot that she cannot use campaign dollars for care of her children when she attends campaign events. Candidate Morgan Lamandre is asking the board to reconsider that decision, which is contrary to a board opinion issued nearly two decades ago.

Edwards' comments came in response to a question about the board ruling during the governor's monthly radio call-in show.


Boat registration increase to begin in 2019


BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Licensing Section advises all Louisiana boat owners that beginning January 1, 2019, motorboat registration will increase by $9 for each boating length category. Motorboat registration is valid for a three-year period.

The additional fees are a result of Act 698 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session and will be dedicated to LDWF’s Aquatic Plant Control Fund and will be used to fight aquatic plants and invasive aquatic species across the state.

For additional information, please contact LDWF’s Licensing Section at 225-765-2898 or visit our website at


Company sues to block order to contain 14-year-old oil leak


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official's order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles.

A federal lawsuit that Taylor Energy Co. filed Thursday in New Orleans asks the court to throw out Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell's Oct. 23 administrative order.

The suit claims the Coast Guard's actions ignored "well-verified scientific conclusions" and were taken in response to "adverse publicity."

Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that approximately 10,500 to 29,400 gallons of oil is leaking daily from the site where a Taylor Energy-owned platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.


Bayou Country Superfest heads to Baton Rouge in 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Organizers of the Bayou Country Superfest say the festival is leaving behind the Superdome in New Orleans and returning to Baton Rouge next year.

News outlets report the organizers announced Thursday that the 10th anniversary show of the Memorial Day weekend country music festival will be held at LSU's Tiger Stadium. The festival launched at that stadium in 2010 and moved to New Orleans last year while the stadium underwent renovations.

Superdome general manager Alan Freeman says the event had two successful years in New Orleans, but it's the right time for it to return home.

The 2017 show marked the festival's third year of declining attendance, and the event scaled back to a single night this year. The festival will resume its two-night schedule in Baton Rouge.