Category Archives: State News

Poll Shows Growing Support for Marijuana Reform in LA

Poll numbers released this week show growing support for marijuana reform in Louisiana.
Public Policy Polling conducted the study last week. It found 78 percent of Louisiana voters oppose sentences of six months or longer for pot possession. 59 percent oppose jail time for first-time possession charges. And 68 percent support letting seriously ill patients use [...]

Baton Rouge Researcher Gets Horse Prosthetic Leg

A horse now has a prosthetic leg thanks to a Baton Rouge researcher. Ambria Washington has the report.

KLAX ABC 31 News 9/29/14

Port Allen Restaurant Gives Discount for Gun Carriers

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Bergeron’s Restaurant off Lobdell Highway in Port Allen, Louisiana, is known for its Cajun cooking, but recently it’s been getting a lot of attention for something that doesn’t have anything to do with their food. The restaurant began offering a ten percent discount a couple of weeks ago for bringing in both your appetite and [...]

Libertarian Party of LA Exceeds 10,000 Registered Voters

This morning, the Secretary of State officially reported over 10,000 registered Libertarian voters in Louisiana. This milestone indicates a growing number of Louisiana voters are dissatisfied with the current two-party system and looking for a better option. The desire to restore freedom and liberty has made Libertarian Party the fastest growing and 3rd largest political [...]

Kennedy Criticizes Efforts to Change Health Insurance for State Workers

State Treasurer John Kennedy has harsh words about efforts to change group health insurance for state workers and teachers. John Kennedy made these remarks before a speech to the Lafayette Rotary Club.

The proposed changes will increase benefits and lower premiums. State officials say if this isn’t done, the system will go belly up.
KLAX ABC 31 [...]

District Judge Rules LA Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A milestone comes in Lafayette for the LGBT community. District Judge Ed Rubin rules Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
A Broussard couple is at the center of it all. Allison Bourne-Vanneck has more.

KLAX ABC 31 News 9/23/14

Bruce Greenstein Indicted on 9 Counts of Felony Perjury

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The former state secretary of health and hospitals in Louisiana is indicted on nine counts of felony perjury.
Bruce Greenstein came to Louisiana at the governor’s request as an expert on health care. He was supposed to overhaul the state’s troubled health care system.
He’s accused of lying about his relations with the company that won the [...]

Congressman Fleming Comments on Actions Against Syria

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4th District Congressman John Fleming is in Central Louisiana today. He’s on the November ballot with one opponent, Randall Lord, from the Libertarian Party.
We asked him about the president’s actions against Syria.

The Congressman represents Northwest Louisiana, including Allen, Vernon and Natchitoches parishes.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/23/14

Chas Roemer Speaks in Favor of Common Core

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The sometimes-embattled president of the State Board of Education, known as BESE, was a speaker today for the North Rapides Business and Industry Alliance.
Chas Roemer of Baton Rouge is the son of a former governor and one of the men now opposing the governor over common core.

Roemer has accused the governor of playing presidential politics [...]

US Census Data Shows LA Incomes Rising Slowly

U.S. census data shows more of us in Louisiana are working, but household incomes are rising at a slow but steady pace. Other figures show broad disparities in income along racial lines.
And Louisiana is still the 3rd highest in poverty in the nation and 4th on the list for poor children.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/19/14