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National Kids to Parks Day
12:33 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Kids to Parks Day at 14 La. parks, historic sites

Civil War-era children's games, a hike to learn which wild plants are edible and animal tracking for kids are among activities planned at Louisiana state parks and historic sites for the second National Kids to Parks Day.

Fourteen state parks and historic sites around Louisiana plan kids' activities on May 19.

It's promoted as a nationwide day of outdoor play, encouraging families to explore the outdoors and their nearby parks.

The National Park Service and the National Park Trust started the event last year.

Latest News
12:27 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Wife of ex-congressman's brother dies

The sister-in-law of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson has died after suffering a severe head injury at her home.

John Gagliano, investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, says Sandra Peters Jefferson died early Saturday at the Interim LSU Public Hospital. She was hospitalized there Friday with an unspecified head trauma.

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Louisiana Budget
11:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

House Returns Friday To Try Again On $25B Budget

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House is set to try again on Friday to reach a compromise over next year's budget, a day after deadlocking on the $25 billion in spending plans. Conservative Republicans and the Jindal administration are at odds over whether to use $270 million in one-time cash — or to make deeper cuts to state agencies. 

Louisiana Budget
11:43 am
Thu May 10, 2012

House Plans to Debate $25B Budget for Next Year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House expects to spend much of the day Thursday debating next year's $25 billion budget.

The spending plans would pay for agency operating expenses and programs in the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

At issue among conservative lawmakers is how much one-time money they want to patch into the budget, versus how deeply they want to cut. On the chopping block and most vulnerable to further reductions are health care services and public college programs.

Retirement
11:16 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Senate Shelves Debate on Jindal Retirement Bills

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate has again delayed debate on Gov. Bobby Jindal's bill to charge rank-and-file state workers more and make them wait longer for their pension benefits, amid questions about whether they have enough votes to pass.

Orleans Schools Enrollment
11:10 am
Thu May 10, 2012

RSD: Most Orleans Students Get Their Top 3 Choices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Education officials say most New Orleans students who took part in the state-run school system's new single application enrollment system were assigned to one of their top three school choices.

The Louisiana Recovery School District said Wednesday that 84 percent of applicants entering kindergarten or high school got one of their top three choices.

American Idol-Performances
11:01 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Joshua Ledet Wows 'American Idol' Judges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "American Idol" judges are under Joshua Ledet's spell and aren't afraid to show it.

For the second week in a row, the panel on Wednesday lavished the 20-year-old from Westlake, La., with praise, especially for his performance of "It's a Man's World."

New Orleans Saints
10:55 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Hargrove Disappointed NFL Discussed His Statement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Suspended former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says he's disappointed his sworn statement regarding the NFL's bounty investigation was leaked. Hargrove's sworn declaration explains how ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current assistant head coach Joe Vitt told him to deny the existence of a bounty program in New Orleans.

Mandeville Killing
9:35 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Man Sought in Ex-Wife's Death Surrenders

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — The ex-husband of a woman whose body was found in St. Tammany Parish Sunday evening has surrendered to Calcasieu Parish authorities

Capt. George Bonnett says investigators had a warrant accusing Calvin Jefferson of second-degree murder of 31-year-old Nicole Jefferson.

Jefferson surrendered late Tuesday, about six hours after the sheriff's office announced the warrant for his arrest.

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Welfare-Drug Testing
9:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Advances to La. House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A House health care committee has moved ahead with a proposal that would mandate drug testing of welfare recipients, despite objections from Catholic leaders who said the bill raises moral issues by vilifying poor mothers. Supporters say they want to make sure welfare checks pay for family needs, not drugs. 

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