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Senators reject Louisiana Medicaid expansion bill

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers again have turned away efforts to expand the state Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care law, with the Senate health committee overwhelmingly rejecting the idea Wednesday. The definitive 6-2 vote against expansion likely ends the Senate’s debate on the issue for the session. Similar bills await discussion in the House health committee, but they are expected to meet the same fate if lawmakers choose to…
Gulf Coast fisherman on BP oil spill: 'The oysters are not recovering'
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
The 2010 BP oil spill is still wrecking havoc on some Gulf Coast fisherman, The Huffington Post reports. Byron Encalade, a fisherman, said his business was at a “100 percent loss,” according to the report. “Right now we're solely relying on BP to keep it's word, something they haven't been doing,” Encalade said. “The oysters are not recovering.” BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded on April 20, 2010, causing more than 200 millions of gallons…
Family of murdered teen not happy with judge's ruling
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - It's been almost three years since the murder of Darren "Deegie" Smylie Jr. The two men arrested and charged with his murder, Brian Russel, 31, and Tevis Harvey, 25, were in court this week. Both men entered guilty pleas, in exchange for a plea deal. The victim's family says their punishment is not fair. Chyvetta Broden held a picture frame filled with photos of her son as she left the Ascension…
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Police along with the Drug Enforcement Administration will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26. Its purpose is to help get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Expired, unused, and unwanted medications may be brought for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Police location nearest you. This service is free and anonymous and a great opportunity for…
Church leaders rallied at Capitol to support payday loan reform
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Dozens of church leaders rallied on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in support of reforming the state's payday loan laws. Priests, reverends and pastors urged legislators to pass the bill, putting a cap on loan rates and enforcing tougher restrictions. One leader says the idea is to get payday loans back to what they were originally meant to do. This was one of several bills dealing with payday…
Body found in waterway in St. John the Baptist Parish
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH (WAFB) - Officials say a body has been found in the Dutch Bayou in St. John the Baptist Parish Wednesday afternoon. The St. John Coroner's Office has been called to the scene to collect the body that was found in the waterway. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division confirms that it is assisting with the recovery effort. Officials with The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say the body was…
Police need your help identifying burglar
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - State Police detectives are asking for your assistance to help locate a man responsible for a vehicle burglary and credit card theft in Baton Rouge. On March 3, a vehicle was burglarized in the parking lot of the Capital Annex at 1051 North Third Street downtown. The burglar took the victim's ATM card and several attempts were made to access the victim's account. The attached surveillance shows the suspect trying…
Americans for Prosperity back with another negative Mary Landrieu ad
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
WASHINGTON -- The latest negative ad by Americans for Prosperity against Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., features a Marine veteran who says he lost his previous health
City of New Orleans announces Jazz Fest parking and vendor restrictions
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is renowned for attracting bands from all over the world, but for anyone who has attended the seven day
Louisiana House votes to adopt federal REAL ID regulatons for driver's licenses
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:30
The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 79-22 to adopt a driver's license that complies with the federal regulations known as REAL ID, amidst fears that Louisiana