Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

The Louisiana Budget Project, a indepedent nonprofit that studies budget policy in the state, released a report Tuesday detailing how the American Health Care Act could impact Louisiana. 


Cities and parishes across the coast are bracing for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Cindy and urging citizens to stay safe

 

LA. FISCAL CLIFF:  Louisiana Lawmakers adjourned from their special session last week after passing a state budget, But will they have to return to Baton Rouge for yet another special session to deal with next year’s fiscal cliff?   Governor John Bel Edwards isn’t so sure as he explained during his recent press conference at the conclusion of the Special Session Friday.

Cell Phone Tax

Jun 20, 2017
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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that he has signed into law a bill enacting a new 4.5-cent monthly tax on cellphones.

The dollars will pay for technology assistance and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Current law imposes a 5-cent monthly tax on landline phones, with the money deposited into the Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund. The bill will drop that rate to 4.5 cents a month but expand the tax to wireless services.

The tax change by Rep. Patricia Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, takes effect Oct. 1.

   

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U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Farmerville man pleaded guilty to possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

When will lawmakers be called back for the next special session to deal with the fiscal cliff?

You know, that’s a good question,” Governor John Bel Edwards said, when asked. “And I truly don’t know.”


Andy Slavitt analyzes the health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act recently passed by the U.S. House. Slavitt is former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama.


East Baton Rouge councilwoman Barbara Reich Freiberg discusses the smoking ban for bars and casinos that the EBR Metro Council will consider. Freiberg will also reflect on the continuing controversy regarding the Council on Aging in Baton Rouge.


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A tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico has many Louisianans worried. Invest 93L has a 80% chance of growing into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 5 days and an 80% chance in the next 48 hours.  The storm would be named Cindy if it develops.

Bayoustateweather.com meteorologist Don Wheeler says we need to keep an eye on this system.

“Should the storm continue on its present track it will be off the Louisiana coast Wednesday morning.”

Airs Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 6 p.m. It’s summer in the south and it’s hot. The heat brings the need for added precautions. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Randall Brewer will host this discussion on heat related illness and how to protect yourself and your family. Guests will include Holly Liles, Injury Prevention Coordinator for LSU Health; Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director of Caddo Council on Aging; and an athletic trainer who will talk about precautions for training in the heat. Repeat Broadcast - No calls will be taken.

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