Louisiana ranks dead last in new list of best states
Posted on 2/28/2017 11:43:00 AM.

Louisiana came in dead last on US News & World Report’s new best states ranking. Analyst Lindsey Cook says Louisiana ranks near or at the bottom for the economy, government, crime, and opportunity. She says healthcare was one of their biggest weighted categories, and in that Louisiana did poorly across the board.

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Governor orders full investigation into side trips by State Police troopers
Posted on 2/21/2017 1:38:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Governor John Bel Edwards orders a full investigation into trips made by State Police officers, amid a report 4 troopers took side excursions to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon during a business trip on the taxpayer's dime. The Division of Administration's auditor will conduct the probe.
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State lawmaker launches website for public to report cases of wasteful taxpayer spending
Posted on 2/14/2017 4:51:00 AM.

A new website seeks to reduce wasteful spending in state government. Covington Representative John Schroder launched StopLouisianaWaste.com to allow individuals to anonymously report state government waste.

“You would think at this stage in the game we would have squeezed out all the inefficiencies that exist in Baton Rouge, but that just doesn’t seem to be the case,” Schroder said.

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John Kennedy outlines priorities as he's officially sworn in to US Senate
Posted on 1/3/2017 3:24:00 AM.
Tuesday in Washington D.C, John Kennedy will be sworn into the 115th Congress of the United States as Louisiana's newest Senator. The former state treasurer says he intends to hit the ground running.

"We'll be dealing with issues like flood control, flood relief for Louisiana," said Kennedy. "We'll be dealing with issues for America like tax reform and lowering taxes."
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Republicans Kennedy, Higgins & Johnson punch ticket to Washington in December 10th runoff
Posted on 12/10/2016 11:22:00 PM.
The 2016 federal elections are over now that Louisiana has wrapped things up with Saturday's runoff. Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy will be the new US Senator. He had this to say today when addressing supporters following his victory.
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74% fewer people turned out to early vote in runoff compared to day one in the primary
Posted on 11/28/2016 12:49:00 PM.
Early voting for the December 10th runoff elections began on Saturday, and the turnout was not spectacular. John Couvillion with JMC Analytics says in the primary, 87,000 people turned out on the first day of early voting.
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Louisiana ranks high for bullying
Posted on 10/31/2016 12:39:00 PM.
According to a pair of recent studies, Louisiana holds some of the top spots in the nation when it comes to bullying problems in schools. WalletHub says the state ranks 6th for the percentage high school students who are heckled on campus, and Louisiana leads in the amount of older kids who attempted suicide.
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Most of the state dealing with drought conditions, 5th driest October on record
Posted on 10/31/2016 1:57:00 AM.
The lack of rain during the month of October in Louisiana has caused drought conditions to develop throughout the region. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the US drought monitor shows 73% of the Bayou State is in drought, and the remaining 27% is considered abnormally dry. He says it's brutally dry out there.
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FBI: Louisiana has highest murder rate again
Posted on 9/29/2016 5:13:00 AM.

New data from the FBI finds Louisiana’s murder rate is once again higher than any other state in the country. The state recorded 10.3 murders per 100,000 people in 2015, a slight increase from 2014. Louisiana has had the highest murder rate in the country since 1989. Criminologist Dr. Peter Scharf with the LSU School of Public Health says the state’s high incarceration rate contributes to the large number of murders.

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Donald Trump visits flood ravaged areas of Louisiana
Posted on 8/19/2016 2:35:00 PM.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, along with running mate Mike Pence, have been touring the flood damage in East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes today. Trump is amazed at the level of destruction the floods left behind.
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