- Man dies in custody of Opelousas police; autopsy planned Updated: Jun-03-15 5:51 pm
OPELOUSAS, Louisiana - Louisiana State Police are investigating how a man died in the custody of local police in Opelousas.
- Bid to limit governor's records exemption near final passage Updated: Jun-03-15 5:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in both the House and Senate want to curb the broad public records exemptions granted to Louisiana's governor.
- Lawmakers in House stall key bill in budget negotiations Updated: Jun-03-15 5:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - In a rebuke to Gov. Bobby Jindal, House lawmakers Wednesday rejected a proposal sought by the Republican governor to maintain his record against tax increases, upending budget negotiations between lawmakers and the Jindal administration.
- Police: Teenage sex trafficking victim saved, 1 arrested Updated: Jun-03-15 6:59 am
NEW ORLEANS - In a multi-agency human trafficking investigation in metro New Orleans, a 17-year-old victim has been rescued and a man police believe was her pimp has been arrested.
- Ban on billing rape victims for exams passes in Louisiana Updated: Jun-02-15 8:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The common practice of billing rape victims for their medical exams should come to an end under changes to Louisiana law given final passage by state lawmakers.
- House votes for TOPS program cost controls; Jindal opposed Updated: Jun-02-15 7:14 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana House voted Tuesday to put spending restrictions on the TOPS free college tuition program, a bill that could have students and their parents paying more out of pocket for tuition.
- Lawmakers agree to change terms for sexual assault crimes Updated: Jun-02-15 3:06 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana will change the terms used to describe sexual assault crimes, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a proposal headed to his desk.
- Financing plan for Medicaid expansion receives final passage Updated: Jun-01-15 7:52 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - If Louisiana's next governor wants to expand the state Medicaid program to tap into billions of available federal health care dollars, state lawmakers have given him a way to help pay for it.
- No indictment in death after man said he couldn't breathe Updated: May-31-15 6:24 pm
SCOTT, Louisiana - A Lafayette Parish grand jury has declined to indict officers who held a man down, with officers at on top of him, while he said, "I can't breathe."
- La. health dept. seeks restoration of public health funding Updated: May-29-15 4:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's health department leaders asked senators Friday to restore $26 million to public health programs next year or risk shuttering safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks.
- Proposals would boost fees on Louisiana drivers, car buyers Updated: May-28-15 6:36 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's motorists could be hit with $79 million in fee hikes if budget-balancing proposals under consideration by state legislators become law.
- $3.7B school funding formula wins unanimous support in House Updated: May-28-15 1:49 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A nearly $3.7 billion financing formula for Louisiana's public schools that would boost funding $85 million next year won unanimous support Thursday from House lawmakers.
- Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House Updated: May-27-15 6:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Medical marijuana advocates have done this year what they failed to do in the past: push to the brink of final passage a bill that could finally make good on Louisiana's 1991 medicinal pot law.
- House backs Common Core compromise as Jindal gets on board Updated: May-27-15 5:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana House has agreed to the main planks of a Common Core compromise, appearing to quiet the controversy over the education standards for the legislative session.
- Ban on billing rape victims for exams nears final passage Updated: May-26-15 9:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Senate unanimously agreed on Tuesday to ban hospitals from billing rape victims for their medical exams, edging close to final passage a bill that will significantly change the way authorities investigate sexual assaults and treat its victims.
- Construction budget jammed with more projects than money Updated: May-26-15 6:43 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's lawmakers have started advancing a state construction budget for next year that is so overstuffed with projects it would give Gov. Bobby Jindal decision-making authority over which ones actually receive money.
- Louisiana bill to ban abortions based on gender is stalled Updated: May-26-15 2:41 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana appears unlikely to add a new legal restriction banning gender-based "sex-selection" abortions.
- Bill to lower Louisiana's marijuana penalties OK'd by Senate Updated: May-25-15 8:18 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State senators agreed Monday to lessen Louisiana's penalties for marijuana possession, to remove provisions that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeatedly getting caught with small amounts of pot.
- SUV going wrong way on US 90 kills other driver, 18 Updated: May-24-15 1:34 pm
NEW IBERIA, Louisiana - Louisiana State Police say an SUV going the wrong way on U.S. 90 in Iberia Parish hit a pickup truck head-on, killing the truck's 18-year-old driver.
- Lawmakers in Louisiana House take aim at Jindal travel costs Updated: May-21-15 5:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Tired of Gov. Bobby Jindal's extensive out-of-state travel, lawmakers in the Louisiana House want the governor's office to carry the burden of those security detail costs, rather than the state police.
- Critics bash Louisiana governor on 'religious freedom' order Updated: May-21-15 5:28 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - "Arrogant" and "cynical" - that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration.
- Tuition, TOPS cost-control bills move to House for debate Updated: May-20-15 7:39 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A package of bills that would take lawmakers out of the tuition-setting business and place new spending restrictions on Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program edged closer Wednesday to final legislative passage.
- Louisiana black bear could move off threatened-species list Updated: May-20-15 7:00 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Federal and Louisiana officials say it's time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species.
- Jindal issues order after religious objections bill rejected Updated: May-19-15 8:22 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that has thrust the state into the national debate about where religious freedoms end and the rights of same-sex couples begin.
- Briefs from the Louisiana Legislature's regular session Updated: May-19-15 6:54 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Local public school districts would have more freedom to choose their textbooks under a proposal that received unanimous support Tuesday from the Louisiana House.