Senate and House Nearer, But Still Far Apart

Louisiana’s House and Senate worked through the weekend, drawing somewhat closer to resolving the budget shortfall, while philosophically they remain at odds. As New Orleans Senator Troy Carter put it last night, “At some point, it becomes just a shell game. I think the people of Louisiana deserve better than that.”

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4 Airlifted after Muddy Bottoms ATV Accidents

Emergency helicopters were sent to Muddy Bottom ATV Park in Sarepta after several accidents leaving one in critical condition, two in serious condition, and one in stable condition. According to the Webster Parish Sheriff Department, emergency helicopters were sent to the scene five times. There are no reports of alcohol being involved. Since opening in 2014, four fatal accidents have occured at the recreational facility.

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Louisville Avenue is now open following a train derailment on Thursday afternoon.

A train derailed at Louisville Avenue near Hixon BMW.  The event happened around 2:30 p.m Thursday.

Emergency agencies reported that five cars of propane have derailed. There is no report of leakage.

Louisville Avenue is now open.

According to Monroe officials, no injuries occurred and it took several hours to get the train cars back on the track. 

Police evacuated nearby residences and businesses within one block of the train as a precautionary measure.

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 A third state lawmaker has entered the race to be Louisiana's next treasurer.

Republican Sen. Neil Riser, a funeral home owner from Caldwell Parish, announced Thursday that he is joining two GOP colleagues - Reps. Julie Stokes of Jefferson Parish and John Schroder of St. Tammany Parish - in competing for the seat.

In a statement, Riser says he'd be a "watchdog" for taxpayers. He says Louisiana's budget has grown too large and he'll push to curb waste in state government as treasurer.

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Investigators with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit, along with the Monroe Police Department, the FBI New Orleans Division Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force and Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI Jackson, Mississippi Division Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, and the Ouachita Parish District Attorney’s Office announce the arrest of 35 year old Willie C. Blackmon Jr. and 33 year old Lindsey L. Hutto.

On Monday General Michael Flynn resigned from his post as National Security Advisor after questions about his involvement with Russia.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks there are forces within the government leaking classified information to the media.  

"The leakers are the problem not General Flynn," said Abraham. 

He said over 60,000 people have access to our national secrets but less than a dozen are revealing our secrets.

"Finding these people will be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but we have to look."

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Soccer player Mia Hamm and artistic gymnast Shawn Johnson, will share their unique stories at the University of Louisiana Monroe as part of this year’s Lyceum Series held on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in ULM’s Brown Auditorium. Hamm and Johnson are both retired after outstanding professional careers, with seven Olympic medals between the two of them.

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President Donald Trump appears to be faulting the Obama administration for being "too soft" on Russia, pointing to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine on President Barack Obama's watch.

 

He tweeted, "Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?"

 

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New Orleans police say a University of Southern Mississippi student fell through a closed 11th-story hotel window onto a hotel's fourth-floor pool deck and died.

 

An email Tuesday from the coroner's office identifies the dead man as 20-year-old Cole Whaley, and says he died early Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi told Hattiesburg news outlets that Whaley was a student from Mobile, Alabama, and was in New Orleans for an off-campus function of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

 

Senators have started advancing legislation that would use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help close the state's $304 million budget deficit.

 

The Senate Finance Committee moved the proposal Tuesday to the full Senate for debate without action, meaning committee members didn't vote in support or opposition of the idea.

 

Whether to tap into the fund — and how much to use — is the central disagreement of the budget-rebalancing debate.

 

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When it comes to making decisions about your cash flow, precision beats perception every time.

Let’s say you’ve taken your car in for several repairs in the last couple of months. You might start assuming you’ll need to replace it soon. You starting checking to see whether or not you’ve got enough cash…should you try to get one of those zero percent finance deals or use my cash?

Opening day formalities behind them, lawmakers and Gov. John Bel Edwards are trying to negotiate a deal to close Louisiana's $304 million deficit. 

The Democratic governor met Tuesday morning with top House and Senate leaders in closed-door talks, on the second day of a budget-rebalancing special session. 

The central point of contention is whether to use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help close the gap and if so, how much. 

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“Rainy Day – that’s really all that divides us. It should be the last thing we do, not the first thing we look at.” House leaders made a strategic decision Friday to first hear the budget-cutting bill that uses none of the Rainy Day Fund.

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