2016 Floods: "Duplication of benefits" deal almost completed
Posted on 9/24/2018 1:36:00 PM.

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says a deal to let those who suffered damage from the 2016 floods, and who were SBA loan recipients receive RESTORE money is 99 percent complete, and should passed by this weekend.
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Oschner/LSU take over north LA hospitals.
Posted on 9/24/2018 12:20:00 PM.

The deal to transfer management of two hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to Oschner and LSU has officially been finalized. The new system, called Oschner LSU Health System of North Louisiana, will begin October 1st, and has a ten year contract. Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s a deal that had to get done.
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Voter registration week kicks off today
Posted on 9/24/2018 3:34:00 AM.

The state kicks off voter registration week today, ahead of a hotly contested midterm season nationally, that may not yield many surprises in the Bayou State. Statewide, the election will give voters a chance to decide on congressional races and the special election for the Secretary of State’s office.
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Former McKinley band member receives $185,000 settlement after push ups lead to hospital stay
Posted on 9/21/2018 12:11:00 PM.

A former McKinley High Marching Band member was awarded 185,000 dollars for damages related to a 2015 incident where he required to do 200 push-ups. The incident led to a five day stay in the hospital for Tristen Rushing due to his urine turning coke colored. Rushing family attorney Sean Fagan says that’s because the hyper exertion caused Rushing’s muscles to begin to die.
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Cap on medical marijuana patients lifted
Posted on 9/17/2018 5:15:00 PM.

The Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners is lifting the cap on how many medical marijuana patients a doctor can treat. Previously doctors were limited to 100 patients a year. Medical Marijuana expert and prescriber Dr. Victor Chou, one of only three or four dozen in the state, says this will dramatically increase access to the treatment for those who are eligible.
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Mentorships available for aspiring entrepreneurs
Posted on 9/16/2018 4:33:00 AM.

The Department of Economic Development is launching a new mentorship program that will pair business veterans with upstart entrepreneurs to help get the rookies off the bench and onto the field.
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Schroder estimates significant budget surplus for last fiscal year
Posted on 9/14/2018 1:29:00 PM.

State Treasurer John Schroder estimates the state will have an over 300 million dollar budget surplus from last fiscal year after revenues out performed expectations. However, the final audit results won’t be ready until October, and Schroder says they’ll have to figure out just how the state stumbled into so much cash.
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US Supreme Court takes on St. Tammany frog challenge
Posted on 9/14/2018 2:29:00 AM.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a St. Tammany man who says the U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries is illegally blocking him from developing his property on the Mississippi border. The site has been designated a critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog.

But the property owner’s lawyer, Mark Miller, says it’s a government overreach, because the frogs don’t actually live there.
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Rep. Higgins aims to have congressmen drug tested
Posted on 9/13/2018 12:42:00 PM.

Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins introduces legislation that would mandate random drug tests for U-S House and Senate members. If there's a failed test, the Ethics Committee can take further action. Higgins says many middle class Americans are drug tested for their jobs, so why shouldn’t congressmen?
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Amazon set to ship Christmas trees
Posted on 9/13/2018 4:35:00 AM.

Amazon is set to start shipping seven-foot tall Christmas trees come November. A North Carolina Frasier will run customers about $115 bucks and will be shipped to your house within ten days of being cut down, but Allen Parish Christmas Tree farmer Gray Anderson says that takes the fun out of getting a real tree.
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