GoFundMe approaches $20,000 goal to help pay for funeral expenses of mom and one-year-old son
Posted on 8/14/2018 5:05:00 AM.

The family of the St. Mary Parish man who lost his pregnant wife and one-year-old child to a suspected drunk driver is fundraising to help pay for the expenses related to the tragedy that shocked the family, and community.
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st. mary parish, GoFundMe, crash, DUI, Louisiana, 2018

State Troopers involved in side trip to Las Vegas have punishment reduced
Posted on 8/10/2018 6:44:00 AM.

Three Louisiana State Police Troopers who took a side trip to Vegas during former Superintendent Mike Edmondson’s tenure and allegedly had themselves a night out on the town at the state’s expense have had their disciplinary sentences significantly reduced by the State Police Commission.
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Mike Edmondson, Rafael Goyeneche, Louisiana State Police, corruption, Louisiana, 2018

New traffic laws take effect
Posted on 8/10/2018 4:31:00 AM.

Several new traffic laws went into effect as of August 1. Among those laws, were stiffer penalties for DWI convictions, new laws on driving in flooded areas, and the use of off-road vehicles on public roads.

Act 198 levies an additional $50 fine for the use of a breathalyzer if the traffic stop results in a DWI conviction. The increase raises the fine to $125.
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driving, traffic laws, Louisiana, Mark Barron, 2018, DWI

UL Lafayette students produce podcast about the 2016 floods
Posted on 8/9/2018 12:20:00 PM.

A team of 40 UL Lafayette students and their instructor are releasing a podcast chronicling the 2016 floods through the eyes of those who experienced the disaster first hand. UNDERWATER: Memories of the 2016 Floods is the result of over a hundred interviews. Assistant History Professor Dr. Liz Skilton says each podcast takes a look at a different flood zone.
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UL Lafayette, podcast, 2016 floods, Louisiana, 2018, Liz Skilton

Online fantasy sports legalization may come with a price tag
Posted on 8/8/2018 12:37:00 PM.

Online Fantasy Sports legalization will be on the November 6th ballot, giving voters a chance to legalize the use of online services like Draft Kings and FanDuel in their parish.

Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says it’s likely a few parishes won’t legalize it, which means they’ll have to set up geofences.
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fantasy football, Fan Duel, Draft Kings, Ronnie Jones, geofencing, 2019 regular session, 2018, Louisiana

Break in case of emergency: It is now legal to rescue pets and kids from hot cars
Posted on 8/2/2018 5:04:00 PM.

It is now legal in Louisiana to rescue a pet or a minor from a locked, parked vehicle, by smashing a window to get in. The new law went into effect yesterday, and provides criminal and civil protection for good Samaritans who take action against the illegal activity. Louisiana SPCA spokesperson Alicia Haefele says there’s two things you need to do before breaking that window.
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pets, animals, children, SPCA, Louisiana, 2018, animal cruelty

AG Jeff Landry: 'If I run, I'll beat Edwards'
Posted on 8/1/2018 5:03:00 PM.

Attorney General Jeff Landry says “there is no doubt if I run I’ll beat John Bel Edwards, and you can tell him that.” That’s from an interview with USA Today Network's Greg Hilburn, where the AG seemed to throw down the gauntlet and do everything shy of outright saying he’s running for governor in 2019. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says there’s nothing subtle about it.
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Jeff Landry, John Bel Edwards, governor's race 2019, 2018, Louisiana, politics, Attorney General

Rep. Johnson running to take the reigns of congress's largest caucus of conservatives
Posted on 7/31/2018 10:39:00 AM.

Northwest Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is throwing his hat in the ring to be the next Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. The committee, the largest caucus of conservatives in the House, is influential in crafting and guiding conservative legislative policy.
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Mike Johnson, Congress, RSC, Republican Study Committee, Louisiana, 2018

Medicare for All becoming a new norm for Louisiana Democrats
Posted on 7/30/2018 3:44:00 AM.

Medicare for All may have been a fringe position just two years ago, but a survey of Louisiana’s 2018 Democratic congressional candidates shows nearly unanimous support for the policy. 3rd district candidate Mimi Methvin, who’s running against Congressman Clay Higgins, says it may take some time to build consensus for a Medicare expansion, but says the Affordable Care Act as is isn’t enough.
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Medicare for All, healthcare, Democrat, 2018, Louisiana, politics, Mimi Methvin, Bernie Pinsonat, Andie Saizon

Mother of burned Natchitoches baby arrested
Posted on 7/25/2018 5:43:00 PM.

Authorities have now arrested the mother of the 6-month-old Natchitoches baby who died from severe burns last week. 22-year-old Hannah Baker has been charged with Principle to 1st Degree Murder for her role in the tragic death. Baker claimed she was maced during a home invasion that saw her child taken from her, but State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says that likely was a lie.
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baby, burned baby, Louisiana, Natchitoches, Butch Browning, 2018

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