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House vote sends $39 billion 2022-23 budget to Edwards

May. 19, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) — The Louisiana House granted final legislative passage Thursday to a $39 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The vote to accept various Senate changes to the bill was 88-7. The House vote came despite...

$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

May. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate. The House-passed bill,...

After decades in Baton Rouge, state fair moves to Gonzales

May. 18, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

GONZALES, La. (AP) — After more than 50 years of hosting the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair in Louisiana's capital city, organizers plan to move it to neighboring Ascension Parish — at least temporarily. Cliff Barton, president of the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Corporation,...

To stop Baton Rouge floods, they’re carving a 12-mile river

May. 15, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — You can’t quite see it yet from Plank Road or La. 19 near Zachary, but work crews are building a man-made river from scratch. Down inside a huge, wide “V” carved out of the earth, concrete pillars for a bridge have been poured and smoothed out by workers....

State motor vehicles worker arrested for taking bribes

May. 11, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An Office of Motor Vehicles employee was arrested Wednesday for issuing fraudulent commercial driver's licenses and commercial learners permits in East Baton Rouge Parish who had not taken the related tests. Louisiana State Police said Reggie James Jr., 28,...

Louisiana gov slams bill that could jail women for abortion

May. 11, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat with a history of opposing abortion rights, came out Wednesday emphatically against legislation that could subject women to prosecution and prison for getting abortions. Edwards told a Baton Rouge civic club he...

Revenue forecasts improve; House voted to phase out tax

May. 09, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Higher tax revenue is helping add nearly $350 million to Louisiana’s general fund budget for the fiscal year that ends at the end of next month and $104 million in projected revenue for the year that starts July 1. The state Revenue Estimating Conference...

Services Tuesday for deputy who died after 2016 ambush

May. 08, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Funeral services will be held Tuesday for a Louisiana sheriff's deputy who was shot in the head and stomach during a July 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers during protests over the police killing of a Black man. Nick Tullier, of...

BESE rejects pandemic-driven bid to ease grad requirements

May. 05, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to allow high school seniors statewide who have failed to reach graduation requirements to do so by meeting other, easier standards — an idea aimed at helping students whose performance suffered because of the coronavirus pandemic — was rejected Thursday by...

Sheriff's corporal shot in 2016 Baton Rouge ambush dies

May. 05, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nick Tullier, a Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy who was shot in the head and stomach during a July 2016 ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers during a summer of protests over the police killing of a Black man, died Thursday at age 47. ...