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5:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

House Panel Advances REAL ID Legislation

Louisiana is one of several states in the U.S. scrambling to come into compliance with federal ID laws.
Kurykh Wikimedia Commons

Louisiana driver's licenses could move in line with a federal identification law, under a proposal that won the backing of the House Transportation Committee.

The bill is designed to keep state residents from running into domestic flying difficulties by 2016, if licenses aren't deemed compliant with the REAL ID law.

Lawmakers enacted a prohibition against compliance with the federal law in 2008, because of concerns about privacy.

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Politics
2:39 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

If Aide-Kissing Congressman Doesn't Quit, Voters Will Decide Fate

Louisiana Republican Rep. Vance McAllister with his wife, Kelly, as he's sworn in by Speaker John Boehner.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:47 pm

As of this writing, Rep. Vance McAllister is still a Republican congressman representing his northeastern Louisiana district.

And that's part of the problem, according to the Louisiana Republican Party establishment. Gov. Bobby Jindal and state party chairman Roger Villere both recommended publicly and strongly that McAllister immediately resign in the wake of widely seen security video showing the married congressman canoodling a married now-ex-staffer.

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WRKF
10:49 am
Mon April 14, 2014

MONDAY: LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication professor Bob Mann and State Rep. Edwards

State Representative John Bel Edwards speaks to Jim about his candidacy for governor. He also touches other political issues with LSU's Manship School Professor Bob Mann. They both touch on the Vance McAllister scandal and what it means for the GOP. 


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WRKF
3:02 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Public Invited for State Budget Input

  As the sixth week of the twelve week session begins, the budget takes center stage on Monday and Tuesday.

“Our public comment days are April the 14th and April the 15th,” explains House Appropriations chairman Jim Fannin. And he says they will work into the evening both days, to ensure everyone can be heard.

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Le Show
1:26 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Le Show For April 13, 2014

Harry Shearer

In this edition of Le Show, Harry Shearear brings News from Outside the Bubble, News of Secrets, What the Frack?, News of the Warm, Mr. Middle Class, News of the Olympic Movement, Apologies of the Week, and more.

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WRKF
3:17 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage

Workers await their time to testify on minimum wage bills.

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 4:01 pm

The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

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WRKF
3:07 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Insight: Congressman's Scandal Yields Political Turf War

Vance McAllister, shown in a photo provided by his campaign, will be the next representative from Louisiana's 5th Congressional District after winning Saturday's special election.

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:34 pm

Vance McAllister swept into Congress six months ago, elected in a special election to finish out Rodney Alexander's term representing the 5th District in north Louisiana. And already, McAllister has been ensnared in a scandal, caught on tape kissing a woman who is not his wife. 

Now political opportunists on all sides are calling for McAllister's resignation and chomping at the bit to fill his seat.  

JR Ball, NOLA.com's news manager in Baton Rouge, has had an ear to the frenzy. 


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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jindal Calls On McAllister To Resign

Rep. Vance McAllister won a special runoff election in 2013 for the seat vacated by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.
Billy Hathorn Wikimedia Commons

Governor Bobby Jindal is calling for the resignation of Louisiana congressman Rep. Vance McAllister, who was videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife.

Jindal called Rep. McAllister’s behavior "an embarrassment." The governor said today in a statement that if McAllister wants privacy as he's claimed, "the best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."

McAllister's office says "as of now, there are no plans of resignation."

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Listening Post NOLA
8:45 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Should Sex Education Be Required In Louisiana Public Schools?

Louisiana has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.
Credit Chloe Walters-Wallace

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is sexual health education.  

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WRKF
3:02 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Crime Against Nature' Repeal Effort Advances

Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 3:18 am

Not every bill a legislator files is to make new law. Sometimes a bill is needed to repeal an old law. Such was the case Tuesday in the House Criminal Justice committee.

“No matter what you might think about the language, it is unconstitutional,” said Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith, in reference to the state’s sodomy law, also known as “crime against nature”, and her bill to repeal it.

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