DRAINAGE DILEMMA: Homeowners concerned over status of FEMA mitigation dollars promised to capital-area parishes

With more storms likely as hurricane season ramps up, some cannot help but worry about what’s next, and wonder where federal dollars promised to help keep the public safe went.

Congressman said he’d buy tickets for congresswoman to leave

  More on Eddie Rispone, Republican running for La. governor

La. federal legislators weigh in on hate crimes, bias incidents

Louisiana governor says he has $9.6M for re-election bid

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

  Treasurer to withhold some money approved in state budget

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  Sen. John Kennedy calls out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Her hypocrisy is breathtaking”

Edwards completes bill decisions from Louisiana session

  Sen. Kennedy pushing to make generic drugs more accessible

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

Metro council deletes controversial resolution as LGBTQ+ community calls for civil rights ordinance

CBD business owner worries new guidelines will force shops to close

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Abraham campaign crops Dodge Super Bowl ad to use as its own

As of Monday, June 24, more than 22,000 Facebook users have watched a Ralph Abraham for Governor ad that is a cropped copy of a Dodge 2013 Super Bowl commercial.

Cast of Hollywood stars to perform live reading of Mueller report tonight

The 448-page report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office apparently translates into a 10-act play that takes 18 actors to perform.

State gets $400K grant to redevelop polluted ‘brownfield’ sites in South Louisiana

South Louisiana received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help communities safely clean up contaminated properties and encourage economic growth.

Louisiana governor signs law on health insurance coverage

  Gov. Edwards vetoes St. George transition bill

La. restaurants face new rule for shrimp and crawfish

  Gov. signs state budget with $200 million more for education

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn’t political

  Gov. Edwards discusses teacher pay raises, future of education with local teachers

Louisiana leaders at odds on how to monitor Medicaid participants

Senator John Kennedy wants a new law to assure the eligibility of Medicaid participants, but Governor John Bel Edwards says there’s already a functioning system in place.

  Medicaid projected to cost Louisiana $400 million less than expected

Louisiana will spend around $400 million less on Medicaid than expected in 2019, according to new Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) projections.

  National Seersucker Day is June 13

National Seersucker Day is June 13, and Senator Bill Cassidy is inviting citizens to wear their best seersucker attire Thursday.

Edwards signs Louisiana ride-hailing regulations into law

Louisiana's mid-sized and rural communities are hopeful they'll see Uber and Lyft drivers on their streets now that lawmakers passed a measure creating statewide rules for the ride-hailing services

How La. lawmakers voted on the fetal heartbeat bill

WAFB reached out to each lawmaker requesting they elaborate on their decision to either support or oppose the law.

  Lawmakers approve new minimum marriage age in Louisiana

Louisianans younger than 16 will not be able to marry if Governor John Bel Edwards signs a bill lawmakers sent to his desk in the final minutes of this year’s legislative session.

Ala. governor signs chemical castration bill into law

The legislation requires anyone convicted of a sex crime with a child younger than 13 to undergo chemical castration as a condition of their parole.

Louisiana expands foster care for youth with jobs, in school

Louisiana is expanding its foster care program to cover youth in the state’s care until age 21.

  Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs

The president says Mexico "has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border."

Louisiana expands foster care for youth with jobs, in school

Louisiana is expanding its foster care program to cover youth in the state's care until age 21

La. legislative session ends; gov. signs 45 bills into law

The 2019 Regular Legislative Session ended Thursday, June 6, and on Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 45 bills into law.

  Louisiana legislature adjourns, and some lawmakers aren’t coming back

Thursday’s Sine Die adjournment was the last for more Louisiana lawmakers than any other session since 2008.

Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy say NFIP extension proposal lacks sustainability, affordability

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended for another five yeas, but U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy say the legislation “lacks critical reforms to ensure the sustainability and affordability of the program for American homeowners.”

Louisiana fantasy sports betting rules fail to win passage

Louisiana voters agreed to legalize fantasy sports betting in three-quarters of the state's parishes months ago, but they won't actually get to compete for online cash prizes anytime soon

Bossier teachers excited for state raise but still pursuing better pay

Louisiana lawmakers have approved a $1,000 pay raise for K-12 teachers.

  Session comes to an end with passage of budget including raises for teachers

A calm legislative session has come to a quiet end. Louisiana lawmakers adjourned for the year after passing the state’s budget without objection.

Louisiana House reverses course, minimum marriage age passes

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to set 16 as the minimum age for someone to marry in the state

Louisiana pushes presidential primary back to April in 2020

Louisiana will shuffle its election dates in 2020, moving the presidential primary from March to April because of Easter-related scheduling conflicts

New Ala. law lets nurses work across state lines with compact license

A new Alabama law will allow nurses who don’t have an Alabama nursing license to work anyway with a multi-state license.

Former Brusly ticket clerk accused of stealing over $80k, malfeasance in office

A former ticket clerk for the town of Brusly is accused of felony theft and malfeasance in office.

  Bill to prevent wrongful convictions based on flawed eyewitness testimony signed into law

Wilbert Jones is living his best life two years after he was officially exonerated for a 1971 crime he did not commit.

As last day of session approaches, gov. signs another rounds of bills into law

The 2019 regular legislative session in Louisiana ends Thursday, June 6, and on Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 71 bills into law.

Louisiana voters asked to support anti-abortion amendment

Louisiana voters will decide whether to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it doesn't offer protections for abortion rights, but not until the November 2020 presidential election.

Louisiana to ban freestanding ERs to protect rural hospitals

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to prohibit the creation of most new freestanding emergency rooms, a protectionist effort for the state's fragile rural hospitals

Louisiana’s medical marijuana inhalation bill wins passage

Louisiana's medical marijuana patients will be allowed to inhale cannabis, under a bill headed to the governor's desk

Budget unresolved as Louisiana session reaches final days

Louisiana lawmakers have entered the final two days of their legislative session with disputes raging about sports betting and minor skirmishes about next year's budget needing resolution

Legislature passes bill to widen Hooper Road through Central

The Louisiana Legislature passed an infrastructure plan that uses money from the BP Oil Spill fund for much needed projects around the state. One of those is a $15 million plan to widen Hooper Road between Sullivan and Greenwell Springs.

  Lawmakers approve industrial hemp, CBD product regulations

A bill to regulate the growth of industrial hemp is headed to the governor’s desk after winning final legislative approval. It also paves the way for licensed retailers to legally sell hemp-derived products, including CBD oil.

Bill to eradicate talking on the phone while driving heads to senate

A Louisiana bill banning you from driving and holding a cell phone is moving through the state legislature. It passed the House 61-37 and is now in the hands of the Senate.

Veggie products face new labeling restrictions in Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to labeling restrictions that will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar

  Joe Biden’s $5T climate plan: Net zero emissions by 2050

Biden's plan calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the investments coming from the private sector.

Louisiana fantasy sports betting rules could be derailed

Louisiana voters agreed in November to legalize online fantasy sports contests for cash prizes in 47 parishes, but it's unclear if lawmakers will finish the tax and regulatory provisions required to start the betting, before the session ends

Medical marijuana inhalation bill revived, passed by Senate

Louisiana senators have revived a proposal to let Louisiana's medical marijuana patients inhale cannabis, only two days after rejecting the idea

Uber, Lyft regulations head to Louisiana governor’s desk

A three-year fight in the Louisiana Legislature over creation of statewide regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft has ended with the proposal's passage

New Louisiana penalties passed for referee-harassing parents

Louisiana lawmakers want to crack down on parents who scuffle with referees at children's sporting events, backing a bill to create new penalties for the behavior

Louisiana teachers will get pay raise after bill wins final passage

Teachers will get a $1,000 pay raise for the 2019-2020 school year after house representatives unanimously passed legislation calling for the raises on Monday, June 3.

Louisiana lawmakers agree to allow military IDs for voting

Louisiana voters soon will be able to use federal military identification cards when they go to the polls

Louisiana to create veteran business certification, database

Louisiana will create a new program that certifies businesses that are owned by veterans or their surviving spouses

Hemp, CBD regulation bill wins backing of Louisiana Senate

The Louisiana Senate has agreed to legalize hemp production in Louisiana, while also creating regulations for businesses selling CBD products in the state

Louisiana lawmakers add new regulations for abortion clinics

After passing one of the nation's strictest abortion bans, Louisiana lawmakers also passed new abortion clinics regulations that critics said would create additional hurdles to access

Louisiana lawmakers trying to curb referee harassment

Parents who threaten or harass referees at their children's sporting events would face new penalties, under a proposal nearing final legislative passage

Louisiana Senate refuses inhalation for medical marijuana

The Senate has refused to let Louisiana's medical marijuana patients inhale cannabis

Bid to expand Louisiana law for deadly force in church fails

A Louisiana lawmaker seeking to give new protections to people who use deadly force in churches if they feel under threat has shelved the effort

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

Louisiana's Democratic governor has signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, a move that has provoked anger from members of his own party

  House committee approves governor’s version of K-12 formula

On Thursday, May 30, the House’s education committee approved Louisiana’s k-12 operating formula, which includes $1,000 raises for teachers and a $39 million bump for school districts.

Gov. Edwards signs another round of bills into law

On Thursday, May 30, Governor John Bel Edwards signed 15 bills into law, most notably, a bill banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

  La. lawmakers approve fetal heartbeat abortion ban

The bill to bans abortions once a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat has passed the Louisiana House.

Gov. Edwards signs first bills of 2019 regular legislative session into law

On Wednesday, May 29, Governor John Bel Edwards signed the first bills of the 2019 regular legislative session into law. He also issued his first veto.

Louisiana lawmakers trying to make sexual harassers pay

An effort to make Louisiana officials pay a share of sexual harassment settlements, rather than rely entirely on taxpayer dollars is nearing final passage with lawmakers

Louisiana lawmakers agree to 30-year extension for Harrah’s

Louisiana will extend its no-bid contract with Harrah's to operate Louisiana's land-based casino in New Orleans for 30 years

Citizens, mayor voice opinions about repealing Shreveport’s saggy pants ban

Final vote on proposal expected in 2 weeks

  Lawmakers to vote on bill to expand ride-sharing statewide

Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have become a vital resource for travelers. However, those services aren’t available to everyone in Louisiana. Lawmakers are now discussing a bill that could expand services and regulations statewide.

  Bill to legalize sports betting dead in state capitol

The House Appropriations Committee killed a bill Tuesday, May 28 that would have allowed voters to decide whether people could place bets on college and professional sporting events in their parishes.

  BILL WATCH 2019: What’s what during the 2019 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session

Louisiana’s lawmakers return to the capitol Monday, April 8 as their annual regular legislative session gets underway.

Louisiana senators stall lethal injection drug secrecy bill

Louisiana senators have scrapped a measure to shield the identity of the drug supplier for state executions, appearing to end debate over capital punishment for the legislative session

Louisiana senators refuse tax review of Medicaid eligibility

State senators have shelved the latest effort to give Louisiana's legislative auditor access to income tax data to check Medicaid eligibility

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.