Louisiana News

Stories and interviews from across the state.

One Collector or Many?

Mar 20, 2017

The Sales Tax Streamlining Commission is nearly ready to release their recommendations on which sales tax exclusions and exemptions should stay and which should go away, but they seem to have reached an impasse on another aspect of streamlining.


Le Show For The Week Of March 19, 2017

Mar 19, 2017

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer: The Appresidentice: Trump and Rup, Somebody Else's Babies, News of the Warm, News of the Olympic MovementNews of the Atom, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

History tells us that traveling in medieval times was very interesting for the various countries that could be visited. Naturally traveling in those days took more time then today. This Continuum presents music depicting some of those interesting journeys. Recordings uses are: Traveler (The Waverly Consort) - Angel CDC 7243 5 55559 2 2, and Schiarazula Marazula (Musica Antiqua) - Cantas C 9605.

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says the 9th Circuit Court  is overreaching. 

He says he stands with Donald Trump on the second try at an travel ban.

Abraham said, “I certainly think the judge is overreaching.”  

“Since 2014 there have been almost 600 cases of terrorism prosecuted in this country.”

President Trump’s second order would not be the first time a group of immigrants was singled out.

Airs Friday, March 17, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares thoughts on the Chess Board Project.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM-Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the nation.  But according to Governor John Bel Edwards,  the state’s prison population could be reduced 13 percent if the state legislature enacts reforms approved by the Justice Reinvestment Task Force.  In Baton Rouge yesterday, the task force presented their recommendations. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said this was the most comprehensive study of Louisiana’s criminal justice system in the history of the state.


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Louisiana's seat belt usage is at a record rate.

 

According to a new study commissioned by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the usage rate for drivers and front-seat passengers is at an all-time high of 87.8 percent. That's nearly a 2 percentage point increase over the previous year.

 

LHSC Executive Director Dr. Katara Williams is celebrating the record, but says the state will relentlessly pursue the ultimate goal of 100 percent usage.

 

Louisiana's debate over how to rework its criminal justice system is heading to state lawmakers.

 

A study group Thursday approved its package of recommendations for a sweeping rewrite of Louisiana's criminal sentencing laws and its approach to prisoner rehabilitation.

 

The effort aims to lessen Louisiana's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate and provide more training and treatment to reduce inmates' chances of returning to prison after release.

 

“We have done the most comprehensive study of Louisiana’s criminal justice system in the history of our state,” Corrections Secretary Jimmy Leblanc said, as the Justice Reinvestment Task Force presented its final report, including 27 recommendations aimed at reducing Louisiana’s “world’s highest” incarceration rate.


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