Louisiana no longer has the nation's highest average sales tax rate — just barely losing that distinction to Tennessee.
Monday, July 16, 2018
More than 10,000 people with developmental disabilities who were on the state's waiting list for Medicaid waivers to allow them to receive medical care and personal assistance at their homes have received the help they were waiting for, Louisiana …
Saturday, July 14, 2018
A former LSU student charged with negligent homicide in the Sept. 14 alcohol-related hazing death of freshman fraternity pledge Max Gruver was told just days before the fatal incident to tone down his interaction with pledges, a recent court filin…
Friday, July 13, 2018
WASHINGTON — A retired 25-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service is President Donald Trump's pick to serve as the next U.S. Marshal for the Baton Rouge-based Middle District of Louisiana.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy found bipartisan agreement on offering working Americans paid family leave at a Wednesday subcommittee hearing he chaired, with conservatives and liberals chiming in favor of doing something.
Attorney General Jeff Landry is no stranger as a guest on conservative radio and television shows, but on Wednesday he slipped into the role of host and took over an Acadiana airwaves for two hours.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Chris Hester announced Wednesday he'll run for the Baton Rouge City Court seat being vacated by retiring Judge Laura Prosser.
The state has replaced the director of the Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge after a report earlier this year blasted school operations, officials said Wednesday.
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal may have luckily escaped the embarrassment that Sarah Palin is facing this week after the former Alaska governor admitted that she was duped into taking part a satirical TV show debuting this weekend.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
While many high-profile national issues have taken the spotlight since President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, any shift in the makeup of the nation's high court also will have an imp…
WASHINGTON — When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh heads into confirmation hearings, it will be relatively familiar territory.
Barely changed from last year, about one out of three public school students in 2018 reached Louisiana's latest target for educational achievement, according to results released Tuesday.
Monday, July 09, 2018
President Donald Trump on Monday morning continued to seek input about two judges who are apparently the finalists for his pick to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a New York Times report.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
In the two years since Louisiana expanded its Medicaid health care program, more than 400 women enrolled have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are receiving treatment.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
With the fiscal cliff under control for at least a few years, legislators and the governor took off on vacation leaving the State Capitol quiet, at least as far as governing issues go.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Abortions could be banned immediately in Louisiana if the U.S. Supreme Court one day overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade decision — a previously distant possibility that has become tangible now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the court.
First, the good news for consumers in Louisiana: Since July 1, you’ve been paying slightly lower sales taxes than you had been for the past two-plus years.
Friday, July 06, 2018
WASHINGTON — A Metairie native who's built a bright career outside Louisiana as a conservative legal scholar finds herself just steps away from a possible lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, a frontrunner as President Donald Trump pond…
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation announced full funding for the Comite River Diversion Canal on Thursday, calling it a "a major win" for communities that suffered through devastating floods in 1983 and 2016.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
During the waning weeks of the regular legislative session, a bill sought by owners of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino ran into headwinds in the state Senate over growing concerns that it favored Harrah’s at the expense of state taxpayers.
Louisiana consumers should get another Christmas where taxes aren't collected on many internet purchases. But after the beginning of the new year, the state hopes to charge taxes for all direct website sales by vendors in other states.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
In a first nationally, Louisiana residents can now essentially carry their driver's license on their iPhone, officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
Women hold fewer seats in the Louisiana Legislature than nearly any other state in the country, according to a new data analysis from the New York Times.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Lawyer David Opperman, who failed to unseat 20th Judicial District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla in a heated 2014 election, was cooperating in a federal criminal probe of D'Aquilla when Opperman was accused in December of molesting a teenage girl 15 year…
Louisiana could be in for even more federal assistance to aid the state's flood control efforts, U.S. Rep. Garret Graves said Monday.
Louisiana’s credit outlook improved Monday for one of the big Wall Street rating firms in the wake of a legislative session that extended nearly half of an expiring sales tax for seven years.
Louisiana upgraded its website to track government spending, gave it a new name and user-friendly, graphics-focused look that lawmakers hope will draw more people to review how the state use taxpayer dollars.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
When the Louisiana Legislature left the State Capitol on June 25 with an agreement to continue nine-twentieths, or 0.45 percent, of an expiring 1-cent sales tax set to expire, lawmakers were relieved.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Louisiana voters have a long history of electing fix-it governors to handle tough situations, then turning them out after a single term.
The FBI has rekindled a broad investigation into allegations of vote buying in Tangipahoa Parish that appeared to have stalled, conducting new interviews and reviewing election activities and campaign expenditures, according to four sources with d…
Thursday, June 28, 2018
For years, Baton Rouge pollster Bernie Pinsonat had been disappointed by the results of annual polls he ran about the Secretary of State.
Louisiana officials on Thursday reported significant decreases in the state's prison population, prison admissions, and probation and parole caseloads following the first year of the state's historic criminal justice reforms, which Gov. John Bel E…
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Small businesses and the self-employed in Louisiana could soon have access to new health insurance plans as a result of a Trump administration order expanding access to Association Health Plans.
The leaders of Louisiana’s two teachers unions downplayed the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Wednesday seen as a major setback for organized labor.
There are a lot of perks that go along with being an elected official in Louisiana. One you may not expect: Many get the option to purchase "best available" season tickets to LSU football games.
A state board gave final approval Wednesday to changes in the handling of a controversial 80-year-old tax break for manufacturers.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
U. S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on Tuesday invited U. S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to visit Louisiana to examine its ports and other infrastructure needs.
Louisiana's health department is sloppy in monitoring billions of dollars in payments to private companies that manage care for 1.5 million of the state's Medicaid patients, according to a new audit.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Louisiana lawmakers not only passed a tax deal to avert immediate and deep budget cuts, they backed an agreement in the latest special session that gives the state more financial certainty than it's had in years.
Faced with the potential of yet another frustrating legislative meltdown, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican factions in the Louisiana House met Thursday afternoon in the members’ lounge, just off the chamber floor.
The resolution of Louisiana's latest budget crisis spared two key education programs that earlier faced drastic cuts, officials said Monday.
Today in The Rundown: The Legislature has wrapped up another special session — this time agreeing to renew a sales tax hike to prop up the state's perpetually distressed budget until at least 2025.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
With just days to spare, the Louisiana Legislature has voted to extend a sales tax hike through 2025 to narrowly avoid a revenue shortfall that threatened deep cuts to state services when the new budget takes effect July 1.
The people who won lawsuits against the state didn’t share in last week’s fretting over whether they would get paid like those who worried about funding for TOPS, prosecutors, prisons and other vital government services.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was in quite a jovial mood Sunday night during a news conference in which he touted the Legislature passing a budget for 2019 that fully funds the state's enormously popular TOPS scholarship program.