Entergy to pass savings from federal tax reform to customers
Posted on 4/18/2018 3:13:00 PM.

Entergy has announced that the tax savings from the federal tax reform bill will be passed back to customers starting in May. The savings will be implanted in two stages through September. 
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Statewide Uber one step closer to reality
Posted on 4/18/2018 11:27:00 AM.

On a 97-1 vote, the House passed legislation that would permit companies like Uber to operate across the state, without needing to make local agreements. The bill, by Speaker Taylor Barras, would bring Louisiana in line with the vast majority of other state’s rideshare regulations. Barras says it’s a big benefit with a small price tag.
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Bill to ban cell phone use while driving dies
Posted on 4/17/2018 7:57:00 PM.

A bill to ban drivers from using their phone with their hands while on the road failed to pass the House floor after an, at times, contentious debate. The legislation by Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval was inspired by the traffic deaths of a constituent’s child. Huval says it’s a bill designed to save lives.
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Legislation to let civil juries to know about seat belt use dies in a Senate committee
Posted on 4/17/2018 5:59:00 PM.

A bill allowing judges to inform juries about whether or not a victim in a car crash was wearing a seat belt died in a Senate Committee. The bill was promoted as potentially leading to smaller settlements in some cases, which would drive insurance rates down. Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt, the bill’s sponsor, says we should trust judges to make the right call.
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Sports betting off the books for the foreseeable future
Posted on 4/17/2018 3:11:00 PM.

Sports betting will not be legal in Louisiana anytime soon as a push to allow parishes to vote on allowing it in casinos was shot down six to three in Senate Finance. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny, the bill’s sponsor, says if the US Supreme Court expands sports gaming nationwide, Louisiana could lose out on a lot of tourism to its neighbors.
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LSU medical leaders rail against proposed budget heading to House floor
Posted on 4/17/2018 12:55:00 PM.

Chancellors of two LSU Health Sciences Centers delivered impassioned testimonies in front of the Senate Finance Committee, calling on legislators not to pass the proposed budget apporved by the House Appropriations Committee that they say would devastate healthcare. Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghalli says the proposed cuts are impossible to make.
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Bill to allow seat belt evidence in civil cases to be heard today
Posted on 4/17/2018 4:55:00 AM.

A bill by Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt that would allow civil court judges to decide whether or not juries are allowed to know whether or not a crash victim was wearing their seat belt is being heard in committee today. Hewitt says crashes involving people not wearing seat belts end up leading to heftier settlements.
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1 in 5 Louisiana residents would rather give up the internet or social media for a year instead of pay federal taxes
Posted on 4/16/2018 4:15:00 AM.
Tax day is tomorrow and a survey from offers.com finds most Louisianans wait until the very end to file. Some 53% wait until the day before or the final day to file. Offers.com’s Carson Yarbrough says most people don’t want to pay their taxes and some say they would go to extreme measures to avoid doing so.
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Louisiana ranked as 5th lowest in the terms of taxes paid to state and local governments
Posted on 4/10/2018 3:44:00 AM.

A 24-7 Wall Street report shows Louisiana taxpayers are tied for fifth in the least amount of taxes paid to local and state governments. LSU economist Doctor Jim Richardson says this state has been a low tax state for years. 

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LDWF have yet to find chronic wasting disease in Louisiana
Posted on 4/7/2018 8:32:00 AM.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says they have yet to find any positive results for chronic wasting disease in Louisiana. LDWF was put on alert when a case was confirmed in the Mississippi Delta just five miles away from the Louisiana border. LDWF Deer Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon says they’ve sampled 188 deer from East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes.
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