Politics

Minden mayor asks governor to help keep Fibrebond in LA

“I cannot emphasize enough the urgency of this matter”

  Norton’s officially out of the Senate District 39 race

Caddo court rules in favor of state Sen. Greg Tarver, disqualifying state Rep. Barbara Norton’s eligibility for Senate run

  Rep. Norton to defend eligibility for state senate run

  Candidate withdraws from LA Senate District 39 race

  Shreveport holds first of 8 meetings about bond proposals

  Tarver disputes eligibility of political opponents in court

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  Shreveport voters to face $186 million bond proposal

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

  AllendaleStrong still working to stop I-49 connector

SBA disaster assistance loans available to 6 parishes

President Trump visits Dayton following mass shooting

Dayton GOP congressman whose daughter was across street from mass shooting backs ban on ‘military-style’ guns, magazine limits

All 3 big names officially running for governor; here’s where the race stands

All three of the big names made it official Tuesday, Aug. 6. Congressman Dr. Ralph Abraham, Eddie Rispone, and incumbent governor, John Bel Edwards, signed the papers to qualify to run for governor of Louisiana.

  Qualifying begins today for Louisiana’s Oct. 12 primary

Political candidates from across Louisiana will sign up to run in one of the hundreds of city, parish and state offices that are on the ballot for the Oct. 12 primary election.

Candidates for governor prepare to qualify for the race

Candidates for La. governor will officially qualify for the race this week.

  Some Louisiana state lawmakers use campaign cash to lease high-dollar cars

“This is just Louisiana politics at its worst," professor says

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore addresses political rally in Shreveport

John Alario ends 48-year tenure in Louisiana Legislature

  La. Senator Greg Tarver calls news conference

  Statistics reveal City Council districts with most crimes

  Busy south Caddo intersection might get a traffic light

  Shreveport city councilman to ask for increased police presence

  Rep. Barbara Norton in good standing with state

Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton is in good standing with the Secretary of State’s office.

  Lawmaker says she’s never been under investigation

Nor has the African-American History Parade been investigated, she adds

Rep. Barbara Norton to hold news conference this morning

Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton will hold a news conference on Thursday morning.

Possible 2020 run against Trump is ‘in God’s hands,’ former SC Gov Mark Sanford says

Former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford released a YouTube video repeating concerns about the nation’s growing debt and deficit.

Lawmaker calls gathering to “clear up some reports”

The Shreveport Democrat did not elaborate on what exactly she wants to clarify

Mississippi candidate for governor denies female reporter access

Robert Foster, a DeSoto County state representative and Republican candidate for governor, denied giving a female reporter access to him on the campaign trail unless she brought a male colleague with her.

Judge: New Orleans can’t take down Trump quotes mural

New Orleans cannot make a landowner take down a mural of infamous quotes recorded when Donald Trump was on “Access Hollywood” in 2005 because the city’s mural regulations violate freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  Sen. John Kennedy calls out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Her hypocrisy is breathtaking”

Sen. John Kennedy and Rep. Mike Johnson take sides on US-Mexico border crisis

  Congressional delegates tour Barksdale, report the Air Force base in thriving

"It's impossible to overstate the importance of Barksdale to the defense of the free world."

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

  Louisiana Gov. Edwards talks education, veteran-owned businesses in NWLA

Governor John Bel Edwards spent over an hour with ArkLaTex teachers and school staff Tuesday.

Minden council to decide fate of other officer involved in Facebook controversy

Earlier this month, City Council members unanimously fired the officer’s brother, who also was a police officer.

Lawsuit challenges Louisiana’s training mandate for hair braiding

Few cosmetology schools offer the course; and the state doesn’t appear to offer the required exam

La. restaurants face new rule for shrimp and crawfish

Locals say a new law will help protect the reputation of local seafood.

Gov. signs state budget with $200 million more for education

Governor John Bel Edwards signed the state operating budget Tuesday, June 18 without a single line-item veto.

  An East Texas town passed an ordinance banning abortion. What happens next?

The Waskom City Council voted Tuesday to pass an ordinance attempting to ban abortions in the city. It will likely face legal challenges.

  Shreveport council repeals city’s ban on saggy pants

Caddo Parish has a similar law

Lawmakers approve new minimum marriage age in Louisiana

Louisianans younger than 16 will not be able to marry if Governor John Bel Edwards signs a bill lawmakers sent to his desk in the final minutes of this year’s legislative session.

  La. state lawmakers reject fantasy sports betting

The Louisiana legislative session comes to close with lawmakers agreeing on a state budget.

  Bossier teachers excited for state raise but still pursuing better pay

Louisiana lawmakers have approved a $1,000 pay raise for K-12 teachers.

Chemical castration bill awaiting Ala. governor’s signature

There’s a bill on Governor Kay Ivey’s desk that would require convicted sex offenders on parole to undergo chemical castration.

Ala. mayor offers to resign after posting controversial comments about homosexuals, Democrats on Facebook

Hundreds of comments on WBRC's Facebook page condemned Mayor Mark Chambers' actions and called for his resignation. Council member, Reverend Clarence Colbert, says he and several other city leaders stand behind Chambers.

Minden council votes unanimously to fire officer over Facebook controversy

A committee has opted against taking any action and, instead, has forwarded the matter to the City Council

  Trump approves federal disaster declaration for tornado-stricken parishes

Aid for individual homeowners still is under review

Louisiana teachers will get pay raise after bill wins final passage

Teachers will get a $1,000 pay raise for the 2019-2020 school year after house representatives unanimously passed legislation calling for the raises on Monday, June 3.

Teacher raises win final passage from Louisiana lawmakers

Louisiana's public school teachers will get $1,000 pay raises next year and districts will get $39 million more to spend on operations

House committee approves governor’s version of K-12 formula

On Thursday, May 30, the House’s education committee approved Louisiana’s k-12 operating formula, which includes $1,000 raises for teachers and a $39 million bump for school districts.

  Texas legalizes use of clubs, brass knuckles for self-defense

The law goes into effect Sept. 1 and comes a half dozen years after the state began allowing the use of switchblades

  Cellphone ban while driving approved by La. house

Lawmakers are making progress to pass a bill where it would make it illegal to use a cellphone while driving.

La. lawmakers approve fetal heartbeat abortion ban

The bill to bans abortions once a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat has passed the Louisiana House.

Lawmakers to vote on bill to expand ride-sharing statewide

Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have become a vital resource for travelers. However, those services aren’t available to everyone in Louisiana. Lawmakers are now discussing a bill that could expand services and regulations statewide.

Bill to legalize sports betting dead in state capitol

The House Appropriations Committee killed a bill Tuesday, May 28 that would have allowed voters to decide whether people could place bets on college and professional sporting events in their parishes.

BILL WATCH 2019: What’s what during the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session

Louisiana’s lawmakers return to the capitol Monday, April 8 as their annual regular legislative session gets underway.

Governor signs Clardy’s bill to help military personnel gain law enforcement certificates easier

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed his approval for a law authored by a Nacogdoches state representative which allows those who served in the military to receive credit toward becoming a law enforcement officer.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

State budget expected to advance Monday with education amendments

The Senate Finance Committee will work through the weekend to determine how they’d like to change the state’s $30 billion operating budget before amending the bill and advancing it to the senate floor on Memorial Day.

Bill to build LA 415 connector speeding through legislature

A Senate committee has approved a bill that would divert money currently earmarked for state savings accounts to construct a new LA 415 to LA 1 connector.

Bill that would have raised smoking age to 21 in La. killed

A bill that would have raised the smoking age died in the state capitol Thursday, May 23.

Probe into racist photo on Gov. Northam’s yearbook page inconclusive

The result of Eastern Virginia Medical School's inquiry into a racist yearbook photo leaves the central question unanswered.

Here are the Hempstead County, Ark., election results

5 tax proposals among decisions voters faced

Sports betting bill advances in state capitol

The House’s criminal justice committee approved a bill Tuesday, May 21 that would allow voters to decide whether sports betting will be legal in their parishes during the October election. Most revenue from any expansion would be dedicated to early childhood education.

Gas tax hike dead in state legislature

Baton Rouge Republican Rep. Steve Carter shelved his bill that would have raised the gas tax by 18 cents over the next 12 years on Monday, May 20.

AUDIT: State board did not report suspended, expired medical practitioner’s licenses

The auditor found LSBME did not track, monitor, or report licensees properly.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

Smith Co. sheriff Larry Smith announces bid for re-election

The Smith County Sheriff has announced his intention to run for a third term as sheriff of the county.

Recreational marijuana bill not dead in Louisiana Legislature

The House’s judiciary committee did not approve or kill a bill that would allow for recreational marijuana use in Louisiana. Instead, lawmakers essentially sent it to the House’s criminal justice committee, where the concept faces opposition.

Lawsuit claims Boeing SC supervisors lied about bird strike to plane, then fired flight line worker

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Charleston County

  Louisiana governor addresses national cybersecurity summit in Shreveport

I-20 corridor in Louisiana now one of fastest-growing cybersecurity regions in the nation, he says

Bill would make prosecuting hazing cases easier

The House’s education committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 15 that would require campus organizations and university officials to contact law enforcement as soon as they learn of any hazing allegations.

Shreveport mayor, 3 other NWLA politicians face ethics fines

All 4 elected officials are asking the Ethics Board to waive their fines

#MakeSocksGreatAgain: La. lieutenant governor sports Trump socks during president’s visit to Louisiana

President Donald Trump toured Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish Tuesday, May 14, and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was sure to show off his choice of socks to the president.

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

Senate advances bill to establish legal marriage age in Louisiana

The bill would establish 18 as the youngest possible age for marriage in Louisiana.

Beer to your front door? Alcohol delivery bills advance in legislature.

Two bills that would allow retailers to deliver alcohol to doorsteps are now headed to the Senate floor after a judiciary committee approved the bill Tuesday, May 14.

President Trump praises oil and gas industry workers during visit to Louisiana

With dozens of workers positioned at his back, the president robustly touted activity in Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, crediting it with helping America become energy independent.

Louisiana House to debate whether to abolish death penalty

Debate over Louisiana's use of the death penalty is moving to the House floor, after the House criminal justice committee narrowly advanced legislation to abolish capital punishment