Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:29:03 GMT
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.According to reports, Zebulun Kennedy, 25, charged the deputy, knocked him to the ground and continued attacking him. The deputy drewMore >>
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:33:45 GMT
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.According to reports, Andres Gonzalez, 27, and Raphael Domino Jr., 39, were fighting at Club End Zone on Plank Rd. justMore >>
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Last year, state Representative John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, brought up the idea to pay poor women to be sterilized has another controversial proposal on the table; now, he's proposing to block government aid to certain convicted felons for up to a decade and require all welfare recipients to undergo drug screenings.
Currently, 20,000 people in Louisiana are on welfare. Trey Williams with the Department of Social Services says many of those families have children and rely on the system so they won't go hungry. If Representative LaBruzzo has his way, though, regardless of specific circumstances, a person with a felony drug conviction would be ineligible for government assistance for ten years (HB 138). "My goal is to try and make sure that we're saving the taxpayer's money and we're getting the biggest bang for our buck and we're eliminating those people who are abusing drugs in the welfare system," he said.
LaBruzzo is also proposing a measure requiring all welfare recipients to undergo drug testing (HB 137). Currently, DSS gives drug screenings to the majority of recipients. Williams says that totals about $4.1 million a year, so drug testing for everyone could be pricey. Labruzzo believes it's worth it. As for his controversial proposal, the Metairie lawmaker says he's willing to take the heat in order to stand up for what he believes is right. LaBruzzo says the ban would be reduced to two years if the person successfully completes a drug treatment program.
John Smith with 100 Black Men says shutting out ex-offenders might not be the best route to take. He argues reform is the key word and by not helping someone in need, in the end, could end up costing taxpayers even more. "It appears that if we deny a person access to temporary assistance, it kind of flies in the face of their becoming taxpayers again," Smith said.
The next legislative session starts on Monday, April 27th.