Louisiana teachers unions polling members on possible strike
Posted on 4/25/2018 5:06:00 AM.

A teachers strike in Kentucky that led to increased funding for schools and higher pay is inspiring educator walkouts and work stoppages across the south. Louisiana Federation of Teachers is now polling its members to see what actions they would favor to address quality of life for teachers and students. LFT spokesperson Les Landon says it’s not just about winning a bigger paycheck.
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Unanimous jury requirement for felonies considered by House Criminal Justice Committee
Posted on 4/25/2018 4:34:00 AM.
The switch to make Louisiana juries come to unanimous decisions will face a tough test in the House Criminal Justice committee today. Currently only 10 out of twelve jurors have to agree if someone is guilty of a crime. A proposed constitutional amendment seeks to make all felony convictions unanimous. Christie Smith is the legislative liaison for the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
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Senate approves legislation to allow riverboat casinos operate on land
Posted on 4/24/2018 9:17:00 PM.

The Senate passed a bill 22-14 that would allow riverboat casinos expand their operations on land. Louisiana is the only state that requires floating gambling halls to keep all gaming operations over water. Franklin Senator Bret Allain says the proposal is an expansion of gaming.

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15 week abortion ban passes Senate
Posted on 4/24/2018 5:57:00 PM.

A 15 week abortion ban passes the Senate on a 31-3 vote. The bill closely mirrors a Mississippi law recently passed that has been halted by a federal judge. The bill’s sponsor Shreveport Senator and Democrat John Milkovich says he’s well aware the potential law will lead to an expensive court battle, but it’s a price he’s willing to pay.

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Festival International 2018 set to kick off Wednesday in Lafayette
Posted on 4/24/2018 2:12:00 PM.
The largest international music fest in the United States begins tomorrow in Lafayette as Festival International de Louisiane starts a five-day fun that features music from over 20 countries. Marketing director Carly Viator says its free to attend.

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Legislative session at mid-point but state budget woes continue
Posted on 4/24/2018 1:19:00 PM.
The regular legislative session is at the halfway point, with issues like TOPS reform, gun control, and gambling expansion mostly dead, while new sexual harassment policies, tougher hazing laws, and medical marijuana expansions have received broad support. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the session has been bogged down by one issue
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