Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

President Trump released his so-called “skinny budget” last week, and this past weekend I had a chance to chat with Congressman Garret Graves about it.


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John Stringer, Executive Director of The Tenses Basin Levee District says the Ouachita - Black River System is facing challenges. He says the river systems lack of full funding places the Ouachita River in peril and says the underfunded river system could be abandoned under a worst case scenario.

Stringer says, “It can happen and you know if it does happen, I’ve always said it will be a catastrophe for our region.”

Airs Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series archives we present the Part 2 of Chuck Pyle in concert.

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In September 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded East Baton Rouge Parish an $11 million grant to assist with flood recovery. Thursday night, Mayor Sharon West Broome's office proposed a new plan on how to spend it. Wallis Watkins reports.

Airs Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Cynthia Hellen, Senior Director of the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University about From The Top, the award winning National Public Radio program about your artists. The show will be recorded at the Belcher Center this Saturday night, March 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. For complete details visit online the Belcher Center or call 903-233-3073.

This week on All Things New Orleans, the city's public defenders team up for the inaugural Concerts for Indigent Defense. Lindsey Hortenstine and Stephen Saloom talk about the importance of raising awareness to the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel. 

And we're kicking off New Orleans Entrepreneur Week! Victoria Adams Phipps, Executive Producer of NOEW, shares the schedule of events for this unique festival experience which celebrates the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

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Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering seven free boating education courses around the state this week.

 

The effort is part of a national Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign.

 

Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984, who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower. The wildlife and fisheries department says its safe boating education program, started in 2003, has certified more than 99,000 boaters.

 

SALES TAX STREAMLINING  & MODERNIZATION COMMISSION:  You might not think it matters how sales tax is collected in Louisiana but according to some public officials… who does the collecting and where it’s collected does matter. In Baton Rouge, the Sales Tax Streamlining Commission has been in meetings and is nearly ready to release their recommendations on sales tax exclusions and exemptions, but they seem to have reached an impasse on another aspect of streamlining.   Dawn Starns with the National Federation of Business favors a centralized sales tax collection sy

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 A sheriff's deputy in Louisiana is dead after being shot near a movie theater in Baton Rouge while on duty.

 

Local news outlets report that the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office deputy was rushed to the hospital after being shot late Saturday. Reports say he and another deputy were conducting an investigation when the shooting occurred.

 

A suspect was shot and injured and taken to a hospital.

 

THEY'RE EARLY! - Thanks to a milder winter,  the famous Texas Bluebonnets have made an early appearance along Texas highways and interstates.   The popular state flower seems to be everywhere and motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when stopping along busy roadways to take in the views.  Also with warmer weather means snakes and fire ants will be showing up too so people are urged to keep an eye out for those too.

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