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Pro-gun bills approved by LA house committee

Pro-gun bills approved by LA house committee

LITTICE BACON-BLOOD

April 17, 2013


Filed under News, Politics, State

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With gun control being debated at the federal level, Louisiana lawmakers advanced a batch of bills Wednesday they say are aimed at pre-empting any stricter gun laws that could make it out of Congress. In heated exchanges over five hours of debate, the House Criminal Justice C...

Column: Senator’s inadequacy exposed

Column: Senator’s inadequacy exposed

PATRICK LYNCH

April 11, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Politics

Senator Landrieu has argued that the federal budget and deficit problems cannot be solved by spending reductions alone. She has suggested that the solution requires tax increases as well as spending cuts. Additionally, she lectured Republicans that they must accept more revenues by eliminating some of the...

Proposed law may ban social media use while driving

LITTICE BACON-BLOOD

April 10, 2013


Filed under National, News

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Hold that Twitter thought. If you are driving, a proposed state law would make it illegal for you to post status updates or anything else to social media websites. With an eye toward closing a loophole in the law that prohibits texting while driving, the Senate transportation commi...

New Orleans sheriff scrutinized

New Orleans sheriff scrutinized

KEVIN McGILL

April 10, 2013


Filed under City, News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman suggested Thursday that a lurid video depicting intravenous drug use and weapon possession in the jail he oversees may have been doctored. Gusman first made the assertion during testimony at a federal court hearing on jail conditions and again during a news con...

NOPD addresses racial profiling

KEVIN McGILL

April 4, 2013


Filed under City, News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anecdotal allegations of persistent racial profiling by New Orleans police punctuated a meeting of a City Council panel on March 27. At the meeting, local government watchdogs said better data collection is needed to make sure officers are no longer doing unconstitutional race-based stops...

Ordinance against sagged pants proposed

The Maroon

April 4, 2013


Filed under News, State

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne residents can comment April 10 before the Parish Council takes a final vote on a proposal to impose fines for anyone caught wearing pants that sag below the waist in public. The Courier reported the council voted 8-1 March 25 to advance the proposed ordinance. The ordinan...

Education can prove costly

ALEX DAVIS

April 4, 2013


Filed under City, Finance, News

When music education student Ray Freire A'12 graduated, finding a job was not his biggest concern. By the end of his senior year, he had approximately $33,000 in student loan debt. "My after-college plan is to become a music teacher and find a good payment plan for my debt," Friere said. Freire's financial conc...

Local legend announces retirement

Nia Porter

April 4, 2013


Filed under City, News

When Angela Hill was offered a job as a consumer reporter at WWL-TV in 1975, there was not a single woman who held an anchoring position at the station. Thirty-eight years later, after becoming the first female news anchor at the station, hosting her own television program that ran for seven years ...

Pope Francis emerges as world leader

Pope Francis emerges as world leader

LESLIE GAMBONI AND NIA PORTER

March 21, 2013


Filed under City, News, Religion

For all the excitement Pope Francis has brought to the world stage, he has kept a low profile until his recent election. According to Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, assistant professor of liturgy, catechesis and evangelization, despite the fact that many people are excited that Francis is a Jesuit, he will r...

Taxis undergo improvements

Taxis undergo improvements

Associate Press

March 21, 2013


Filed under City, News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When customers get into some New Orleans taxis, they'll now have the chance to buy a cold beverage during the drive to their destination. New Orleans Carriage Cab launched backseat vending machines Tuesday inside its 250-car fleet that also includes the Yellow-Checker Cab brands. The latest i...

Man arrested for pornography

Associate Press

March 21, 2013


Filed under City, News

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - State police say a 60-year-old New Iberia man has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography. Troopers said Paul Smith was arrested Monday at his home where detectives said they found digitally stored pornographic images of children along with several movie...

Brief: Trial to decide consequences for gulf spill

Associated Press

March 21, 2013


Filed under City, News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of the drilling rig that exploded at the outset of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill catastrophe started its defense Monday at a trial designed to determine the disaster's causes and assign fault to the companies involved. The judge is hearing the case without a jury and -...

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