Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

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Livingston Parish deputies have charged 27-year-old Chad Horsley with a hate crime. The Denham Springs man is accused of targeting a Muslim owned convenience store, while impersonating an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy. He allegedly caused thousands of dollars of damage by attempting to steal the store’s ATM machine. Sheriff Jason Ard says Horsley also accused the owner of engaging in illegal activities.


Ard says his office later received a call from someone who says they witnessed the crime, but…


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Now that the special session concluded without a solution to fill a one-billion-dollar budget shortfall in July, TOPS funding could be cut by 80-percent. There are nearly 48-thousand TOPS students. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo says many parents can’t afford to send their kids to college without some financial help. Those college prospects are looking elsewhere to get their education.



The University of Louisiana Monroe gets another shot at Arkansas State tonight in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans . The Warhawks finished the regular season by losing to the Red Wolves 83-79. ULM Coach Keith Richard says they trailed by 18 points at half and their second half rally came up short.


Richard says that he "brought the second half team to New Orleans and left the first half team at home."


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The Trump Administration is backing a plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The plan is aimed at making American metal production more competitive at home, but Director of State Projects at the nonpartisan Tax Foundation Scott Drenkard says as a port state, the proposal hits Louisiana particularly hard.


Drenkard says that Louisiana could be impacted by "about half a billion dollars in a given year."


The Tax Foundation estimates the tariffs would cost the US 9 billion dollars a year.


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Jefferson Parish Representative Kirk Talbot has filed a bill for the regular session, that would let voters decide in October if internet fantasy sports betting should be legal in Louisiana. The issue dates back to a 1991 attorney general opinion concluding that fantasy draft games done over the phone were illegal and by expansion, now includes websites such as Draft Kings and Fan Duel. Talbot argues this proposition would not expand mainstream gambling.


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The Manship School at LSU has created a game that lets taxpayers put forward their own plan on how to address the billion dollar fiscal cliff. “Solve The Budget” presents players with a list of budget items that can be cut or funded, and tax proposals that can be adopted to rejected to close the budget gap. Manship Dean Jerry Cepos is encouraging everyone to hop online and give it a try.


Cepos says, "There's no better way to get the gut feel of what thousands of people would suggest that their legislators do."


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Work anxiety is causing sleepless nights and are taking a heavy toll on employees. According to new research from Accountemps, 44-percent lose sleep over work due to a number of factors including overwhelming workloads, looming business problems and strained co-worker relationships. Spokesperson Carrie Lewis says Generation “Z” is more than likely to lie awake at night.


Lewis says that employees are overwhelmed due to a "near constant state of learning." 


Cory Crowe

Bestschools.org ranked the University of Louisiana at Monroe's online college, eULM, as one of the best online colleges in the country. The university was the only school from Louisiana that made the top 100 listing as number 58.

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A road crew in Cameron Parish made a grizzly discovery. A severed human head was found inside of a bag alongside Louisiana Highway 27. Sheriff Ron Johnson says it appears the head has been there quite a while, with no other evidence at the scene.  Johnson says the coroner is trying to determine the age and sex.


It’s unknown at this time when the bag and head were dumped in the area. Johnson says he’s surprised someone didn’t see it sooner, even though it was in a marshy area.


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A new report finds the majority of Louisiana’s young people are un-fit for military service.  The Pentagon reports that more than 70 percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 cannot join the United States military – 26 million young Americans for various reasons. The percentage in Louisiana is 75 percent. Admiral David Callahan says there are many reasons.


Callahan says the problems in Louisiana are not any different from young people around the country.