Wallis Watkins

House Passes Budget With Deep Cuts To Department Of Health

The Louisiana House of Representatives narrowly succeeded in passing a budget with $650 million dollars in cuts. Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s a failure.

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IRS Computer Glitch Caused By 'Master File' Issue

Tuesday's tax day computer glitch at the IRS prevented the agency from accepting millions of tax returns and forced the IRS to extend the filing deadline for another day . We now have a better idea of what happened to cause the snafu. According to an IRS official, the problem arose at 4 a.m. EDT Tuesday, which was the day tax returns were due and the busiest day of the tax year for the IRS. According to the agency, a piece of hardware connected to the IRS's master file, the core processing...

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People currently on parole, probation or in prison can’t vote in Louisiana. A bill from Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) would change that.  Once someone is out of prison for five years, their voting rights would be restored. 

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A Senate committee has approved abolishing the death penalty in Louisiana. The bill’s author, Sen. JP Morrell (D-New Orleans), says the death penalty is ineffective. 

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees follows news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. 

Wallis Watkins

Youth in Louisiana's foster care system may be able to stay longer, under a bill that passed the Senate Finance committee Monday. 


Gov. John Bel Edwards appeared before the Senate Finance committee Sunday, once again reminding lawmakers of the looming budget problem the state faces and the impact it could have, especially in health care. 

LSU AgCenter

One plant that continues to hold my interest season to season is the native Virginia Willow. As gardeners have become more environmentally conscious, they're employing more environmentally sound principles in the landscape.

Wallis Watkins

Bills that would raise standards for TOPS scholarship students narrowly passed their first test Thursday in the House Education committee. 

Wallis Watkins

A handful of bills that would strengthen sexual harassment policies in state government passed a Senate committee Wednesday. 

Wallis Watkins

A Senate committee gave the first stamp of approval to a bill that would raise the purchasing age for assault rifles in Louisiana. 

Ashley Wolf

The full House has approved a bill making hazing a felony in Louisiana when it results in serious bodily injury or death.

Right now, hazing is only a misdemeanor. 


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