Dardenne issues challenge to pro budget cut legislators
Posted on 3/13/2018 1:02:00 PM.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is warning that lawmakers will not be able to cut their way to a balanced budget for next fiscal year. He testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee today and reiterated the governor’s call to wrap up the regular session in early May, so that a special session that addresses revenue can be called to tackle the fiscal cliff.

Jay Dardenne, regular session, legislature, Baton Rouge, fiscal cliff

Lawmakers return to Baton Rouge to tackle the 2018 regular session
Posted on 3/12/2018 11:40:00 AM.
Lawmakers return to the capitol today to begin the regular session, just days after the special session failed to find a resolution for a one-billion-dollar budget shortfall. LAPolitics.com publisher Jeremy Alford says the backbiting and harsh words that were slung around between legislators will have an impact. They need to work together to consider over 1,000 non revenue related bills.

"Everything from gambling and gun control to teacher's tenures, judgments paid by the state TOPS, minimum wage, Medicaid access."
2018 Legislative Session, Baton Rouge, Jeremy Alford

Rep. Edmond Jordan wants to see marijuana legalized and taxed
Posted on 3/6/2018 3:51:00 AM.
Baton Rouge Representative Edmond Jordan is seeking to introduce a bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana and set up a way to tax the sale of cannabis. Jordan says this legislation could help with the state’s constant budget deficits.

 "I couldn't tell you exactly how much revenue it would generate at this time, but I think it would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars right now." 
Rep. Edmond Jordan, legalizing marijuana, Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Record lows in Baton Rouge and New Orleans; snow to stay in north Lousiaina
Posted on 1/17/2018 11:40:00 AM.
Louisiana is trying to thaw out from record breaking cold. Chris Bannon with National Weather Service says 40 year-old records were broken this morning in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
"Baton Rouge got down to 14-degrees, broke the previous record of 18 set in 1977. Moisant Airport actually down to 20 and that broke the previous record of 23, also set in 1977," Bannon said.
Baton Rouge, New Orleans, record lows, snow, Louisiana

Officials break ground on I-10 widening project in the Baton Rouge area
Posted on 1/11/2018 11:32:00 AM.

A major road construction project on I-10 will affect travelers between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Groundbreaking ceremonies are this afternoon for the project which will expand an over six mile stretch from four to six lanes from south of Baton Rouge to Highway LA-73 near Prairieville. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says this project won’t be completed until sometime in 2020.

Interstate 10, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shawn Wilson

New BRPD Chief Paul has a plenty of challenges ahead of him
Posted on 1/8/2018 3:00:00 AM.

New Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul will be sworn in today and has a huge task ahead. East Baton Rouge Parish recorded 104 murders in 2017, most of those within the city limits of Baton Rouge. LSU Sociology Assistant Professor Matthew Valasik says Paul must heal any animosity between police and citizens before any progress can be made.

Murphy Paul, BRPD Chief, Alton Sterling, Baton Rouge

Man robs two people at gunpoint, gets run over as the victims drive away
Posted on 11/30/2017 10:25:00 AM.
Police say two people who were robbed at gunpoint outside the Radio Bar in Baton Rouge last night, ended up killing the suspect with their vehicle. BRPD Sgt. L’Jean McKneely says after one of the robbery victims gave 33-year-old Corey Montgomery their wallet, they got into a vehicle and tried to get away.
Corporal L'Jean McKneely, armed robbery, Baton Rouge

Louisiana is tops in murder rate again, even with declines over the past 20 years
Posted on 10/17/2017 2:47:00 AM.

Louisiana is once again tops for murders in the country. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program says the states murder rate was 11.8 per 100,000 persons, with 554 homicides in 2016. New Orleans based Crime analyst Jeff Asher says this trend has gone on for some time.

murder rate, tops in murder, Louisiana, New Orleans, Baton Rouge

Construction jobs keep growing in Louisiana
Posted on 9/3/2017 4:57:00 PM.
By Jeff Palermo
Based on data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, 1.9 million people have a jobs in this state. That's an increase of 12,000 from a year ago. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says because of an industrial boom in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, the construction sector is doing well.
Louisiana Workforce Commission, Loren Scott, Lafayette, Houma, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, construction

New Orleans, Baton Rouge among most segregated cities in country
Posted on 7/25/2017 4:04:00 AM.

New Orleans and Baton Rouge are among the most segregated cities in the nation, according to a report from 24/7 Wall Street. New Orleans came in at number six on the list, and Baton Rouge ranked thirteenth. Editor-In-Chief Doug McIntyre says that’s because of population concentration in the cities.

Doug McIntyre, 24/7 Wall Street, New Orleans, Baton Rouge

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