Lawmakers aim to reduce income tax but toss out federal tax deductions

Out of touch with the times is what some at the Louisiana State Capitol are referring to when it comes to how our current state income tax system operates, particularly when it comes to federal income tax deductions.

  Top discussions at 2021 Regular Legislative Session starting April 12

  LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron issues statement to La. Senate committee, will not testify in person

  Pres. Biden’s $2T infrastructure proposal includes money for Amtrak’s passenger train line connecting BR and NO

  LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron, other officials to testify before La. Senate committee about sexual misconduct reports

  Federal funding heading for restaurants as the industry continues to struggle

  AG Jeff Landry holds news conference on lawsuit against Biden administration

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What’s next for sports betting in Louisiana?

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome endorses Troy Carter for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional district

Last day of early voting underway for March 20 election in Louisiana

Head of Louisiana Attorney General’s criminal division, Pat Magee, resigns

  ‘Congress needs to reassert itself’ Sen. Cassidy, Republicans look to rein in executive power after Keystone cutoff

La. secretary of state withdraws request for new voting machines

  Proposed bill would allow concealed carry in Louisiana without a permit

Should you have to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in Louisiana? Currently, you do, but one lawmaker is looking to get rid of the permitting process to allow for easier concealed carry in the state.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Feb. 27 is registration deadline for March 20 elections in Louisiana

This also is the last day for registered voters to make changes to their registration

  Senate confirms Baker native Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senate confirms veteran U.S. diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as President Biden's United Nations ambassador.

  Prophetic Voices holds live debate for Congressional District 2 candidates

  Cassidy Votes to Convict President Donald Trump

Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

Texas Rep.: Biden’s climate change plan disastrous to fossil fuel industry

  Biden administration’s green pivot makes future fuzzy for Louisiana oil and gas

  Some Louisianans blast Biden’s energy policies, other applaud them

Will there be relief for private student loan borrowers?

Private student loans represent about 8% of total education debt.

  Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy vote to dismiss impeachment

Senator Bill Cassidy tells 9News he won’t decide on impeachment until the trial is over, but explained a few scenarios that could sway his vote.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

President Joe Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Vladimir Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

Throughout his campaign and transition, President Joe Biden promised that his administration would keep issues of equity in the shaping of all policy considerations.

Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

  Baton Rouge children react to presidential inauguration

Some Baton Rouge schools tuned in to watch the presidential inauguration Wednesday.

La. senators react to inauguration of President Joe Biden

Louisiana’s senators, Dr. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, have both released statements commenting on the day’s events.

  Baton Rouge native designs VP Kamala Harris’ outfit for Inauguration Day

A Baton Rouge native has a direct connection to the historic swearing-in of America’s first female vice president.

  WATCH: Southern University’s Human Jukebox Marching Band ‘We Are One’ video

It was a big night for Southern University.

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

The all-clear has been given after the U.S. Supreme Court received a bomb threat on Inauguration Day.

Lil Wayne pardoned by Pres. Trump on final day in office

Donald Trump pardoned over 140 people before leaving the White House.

  First state budget draft likely to include cuts to higher education, health care

Gov. John Bel Edwards’s first spending proposal for the coming budget year will likely slash state services to offset a budget hole worth “hundreds of millions,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said.

Top AG official disciplined, loses $20K in pay

A top-ranking member of the Louisiana Attorney General’s office has been disciplined for “inappropriate verbal conversations” and will be made to work for nearly one month without pay.

Northeast High School band members participating in Presidential Inauguration celebration

Two Northeast High School band members and one former member are participating in the 2021 Biden-Harris Presidential Inauguration “We Are One” celebration Tuesday night.

  Day of service, justice still important during the pandemic, civil rights organization says

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is meant to be a day of service. The national holiday is, like most things, forced into a new look as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

  FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Julia Letlow announces run for Congressional seat left vacant after husband Luke Letlow’s death

Julia Letlow, wife of the late U.S. Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, has announced she will run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District seat in the upcoming special election.

  Local social media expert weighs in on Trump’s Facebook ban

Trump was essentially put in Twitter jail for hours after what went down at the Capitol Wednesday.

Gov. Edwards sets dates for 3 special elections

Governor John Bel Edwards has announced dates for three special elections in March and April.

Congressman Mo Brooks blames ‘fascist ANTIFA’ for violence at U.S. Capitol

Congressman Mo Brooks was active on Twitter Thursday morning, making allegations that “fascist ANTIFA” is to blame for Wednesday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

  Kennedy one of six senators to vote against Arizona certification

Six senators voted against keeping the results as they are, including Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana.

  Employers no longer required to give employees paid sick leave for COVID-19

Many U.S. workers will now have to use vacation days to get paid if they are exposed to COVID-19 and cannot work.

Candy Christophe announces run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District

Alexandria businesswoman Sandra “Candy” Christophe has announced another run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District seat.

  Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy split on Wednesday vote to certify Biden victory

Louisiana republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy will cast different votes Wednesday, Jan. 6 when Congress decides whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

  Georgia Election: Who controls a 50-50 Senate?

The Georgia Senate runoff elections will determine partisan control of the chamber.

  Reset on Capitol Hill: A look ahead at the 117th Congress

When the new Congress takes the oath of office on Sunday, everything resets. Old bills that never got a vote are tossed out, but the issues remain.

  Rep. Cedric Richmond tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Cedric Richmond has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for President-elect Joe Biden’s administration says.

  Louisiana’s 8 electoral college members officially cast ballots for President Trump

It’s been more than a month since the Nov. 3 presidential election, but President Donald Trump has officially won the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana AG throws support behind Texas election lawsuit

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) on Tuesday said he supported the election complaint Texas has brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. Edwards to travel to White House for summit on COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to the White House to participate in Tuesday’s Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit, alongside other governors and Alex Azar, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.

  Mayor Broome projected to win second term

Incumbent Sharon Weston Broome has won a second term as Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge parish.

  ELECTION 2020: Runoff elections in the WAFB viewing area

Sixteen races in the Baton Rouge area will be decided in runoff elections on Dec. 5.

  Broome, Carter make final pleas to voters in final Baton Rouge mayoral debate on WAFB-TV

Both candidates in the runoff election for East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President took part in a debate on WAFB-TV Thursday, Dec. 3.

  Rep. Garret Graves to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

The congressman says will be tested and is making arrangements to safely travel back to Louisiana.

  EBR mayoral candidates participate in Press Club forum before final debate

The two candidates in the runoff for East Baton Rouge mayor-president, incumbent Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and former state Rep. Steve Carter, participated in a forum held by the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, Nov. 30.

  President-elect Joe Biden officially names Baker native, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, as UN ambassador

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Baker native and LSU alumna, has officially been named as President-elect Joe Biden’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), the president-elect announced Monday, Nov. 23.

  Assessor Jeff Taylor should document personal use of public vehicle, audit says

Livingston Parish Tax Assessor Jeff Taylor should likely be documenting his personal use of his publicly-owned vehicle and reporting that use to the Internal Revenue Service as income, a state audit released Monday says.

  Mayoral runoff debate canceled due to candidate quarantining

The East Baton Rouge Parish mayoral runoff debate between incumbent, Sharon Weston Broome, and challenger, Steve Carter, has been canceled due to COVID-19.

  Former Gov. Edwin Edwards back in the hospital

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards, 93, is back in the hospital as of after being released three days earlier, a representative for the former governor tells WVUE-TV.

Karen Carter Peterson declares a run for Congressman Cedric Richmond’s seat

Karen Carter Peterson has launched a website campaign to fill Cedric Richmond’s 2nd U.S. Congressional District seat

  ‘From Osborne to the White House’; New Orleans native tapped for high-ranking position in Biden administration

Becoming one of the highest-ranking Black officials in the United States, Cedric Richmond will serve as Senior Advisor to the President and Director of Public Engagement.

  Judge denies filing requesting Gov. Edwards to follow House petition blocking COVID-19 executive orders

Lawyers from the attorney general's office are in court for Republican lawmakers, who want COVID-19 restrictions put on pause.

Gov. Edwards vetoes another round of bills

On Thursday, November 12, Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed 8 bills from the special session.

  Repairing stressed, strained relationships following the election

After such a contentious election cycle, many are finding relationships may be strained with loved ones particularly with those who sit across the political aisle.

Projected winners for 2020 presidential election

According to the Associated Press and CBS News, projected state winners for the 2020 presidential election have started rolling in.

Gov. Edwards signs another round of bills into law, vetoes parts of another

On Friday, Nov. 6, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 16 bills into law, and vetoed portions of one bill.

  Trump hits election integrity as votes still being counted

States across the country were still counting ballots that were cast ahead of or on Election Day, and a handful of battlegrounds remained up for grabs.

  Election observer says no evidence for Trump’s fraud claims

The head of an international delegation monitoring the U.S. election says his team has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claims about alleged fraud involving mail-in absentee ballots.

  Both EBR mayoral candidates in runoff proposing raise for BRPD officers

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is proposing a 3% pay raise for Baton Rouge Police Department officers in her proposed budget for 2021.

  Six EBR metro council seats head to runoff

It was an unprecedented election night for the metro council. Twelve candidates will be back on the ballot for the runoff election next month.

  Experts give tips on how to reduce election stress

One study found that more than half of Americans expected Nov. 3 to be the most tense day of their lives so far.

  Northern battlegrounds could hold key to Trump-Biden outcome

Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania could prove crucial in determining who wins the election.

  2020 Election Results: EBR mayor-president race headed to runoff

Results for the Nov. 3 mayoral race in East Baton Rouge Parish

2020 Election Results: Constitutional amendments in La.

Results for the constitutional amendments up for vote on Nov. 3, 2020

Results: 56 out of 64 parishes approve sports betting

Parish by parish, voters decided whether or not sports betting would be legal.

  2020 Election Results: Rep. Garret Graves wins reelection of 6th Congressional District

Results for the U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District of La.