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Sen. Karen Carter Peterson reveals struggle with gambling addiction

Louisiana state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson reveals her struggle with a gambling addiction after being issued a summons by State Police as part of a voluntary program.

  Locals react to president’s budget proposal for transportation dollars

Governor signs fetal heartbeat bill into law

President Donald Trump nominates LSU grad as new U.S. ambassador

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

Senior citizen advocates push for new tax; Mayor Cantrell, BGR advise against it

Congressman pitches Louisiana for Trump’s Space Force locale

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For $525, you can have a Bible possibly signed by Donald Trump

Proposed bill would require MO residents to own an AR-15

  Senate vote against the president’s emergency declaration happens amid budget battle

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

  After 9 years without an execution, La. lawmakers debate death penalty as survivors wait

Louisiana flood victims sue Trump administration over aid

Two Louisiana homeowners are suing the administration for policy change delays that have kept thousands of flood victims from receiving federal aid.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy, others react to Pres. Trump’s budget proposal

Cassidy said the president's budget will set us up to balance the federal budget in 15 years.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

  Medical marijuana delayed after LSU accused of illegally moving into growing facility

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

Thousands of felons in La. become eligible to vote Mar. 1

Friday, Mar. 1 is a big day for thousands of convicted felons who have served their time in jail. After decades of waiting and years of fighting, many will finally get to register to vote.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen faced questions from La. congressman during his anti-Trump testimony on Capitol Hill

A Louisiana congressman was among the Republicans on Capitol Hill who tried to water down scathing testimony by Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney and so-called “fixer” for President Donald Trump.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

La. Senators take new action to force progress on distribution of $230 million in flood aid

HUD's delay in distributing around $230 million in 2016 flood aid has prompted action from two U.S. senators.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy questions Big Pharma execs over rising drug prices

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana took part in a highly anticipated congressional hearing that brought top executives of several pharmaceutical companies to Capitol Hill over rising prescription drug prices.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy unsure about congressional effort to block national emergency

While Cassidy supports the boarder wall, he said he is weary how the declaration could set a precedent for the future.

  Gov. Edwards’ budget proposal includes teacher pay raises

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, proposed a $30 billion budget for state government’s upcoming fiscal year that includes pay raises for public school teachers.

Council approves Entergy plant despite opposition from residents

The city council fined Entergy $5 million on Thursday for using paid actors during the approval process.

Louisiana governor releases his new budget proposal Friday

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is releasing its budget proposal for next year amid muddier-than-usual circumstances

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

TOPS among dedicated funds protected by state committee

A state committee tasked with reviewing dedicated funds chose to protect a significant portion of money that helps provide TOPS assistance for Louisiana students Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Report: West Bank cyanide plant would lose Jefferson’s OK under new Parish Council resolution

Councilman Mark Spears said he would introduce a council resolution to rescind the earlier approval.

  Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

  State wants control of financially-strapped city of Bogalusa

The small city on the North Shore has been lacking in retirement funds for the past three decades.

New push to legalize sports betting, use revenue to fund early childhood education expansion

There’s a push at the state capitol to link sports betting revenue to early childhood education expansion, according to Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

La. State Ethics Board reverses decision on using campaign funds for child care

Women’s rights advocates claim victory after the Louisiana State Ethics Board reverses itself on child care expenses. They say today’s decision may clear the way for more women to seek public office.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

Ethics Board reconsidering campaign funds for child care decision

In November, Morgan Lamandre, an attorney running for the state house next year, was told she could be penalized for using campaign funds for child care.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

Mayor Cantrell scheduled to give first State of the City address

Mayor LaToya Cantrell will speak about her accomplishments so far in office, and hat she hopes to achieve in the coming year.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe.

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

Report: Bill to create Louisiana’s ‘do-not-sell’ gun self-registry gains bipartisan sponsors

The bill would allow people to put their names on a do not sell list.

Attorney General Jeff Landry pushing for stronger cyber security

Technology can help make day-to-day living easier, however, it can also be extremely dangerous if not handled with care.

  La. congressmen, pundits react to compromise deal on border security

President Donald Trump reacted Tuesday to a compromise reached by a bipartisan congressional group on border security and said it leaves much to be desired.

  Trump says he’s not thrilled with GOP-backed border deal

Sen. Richard Shelby was asked if barrier funding was included, and he said, “We got an agreement on all of it.”

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

Louisiana grocery store receives online backlash over ad mailer referencing border wall

According to a report by KLFY, the ad from Mac’s Fresh Market read, “Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.”

Sheriff Randy Smith expected to announce decision for re-election

Sheriff Randy Smith beat former sheriff Jack Strain by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent in November 2015.

  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

‘Excellent chance’ for duplication of benefits lawsuit, Rep. Garret Graves says

There’s an “excellent chance" local attorneys and U.S. Representative Garret Graves will file a lawsuit in the coming weeks against the federal agencies blocking distribution of around $230 million in 2016 flood aid, Graves told WAFB Thursday.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks La. law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges

The Supreme Court’s ruling, or lack thereof, is their first abortion decision since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the bench.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes.

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

The U.S. has shown "no readiness or desire" to engage in substantive talks on extending the pact, which limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, according to a Russian official.

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests.

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.