The bill would force elected officials to make more detailed explanations on their campaign finance filings that show where they've spent their campaign money.more>>
Two New Orleans-area lawmakers have filed a bill that addresses several of the stories from our "Louisiana Purchased" series, the joint investigation between FOX 8 News and NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. The bill would force elected officials to make more detailed explanations on their campaign finance filings that show where they've spent their campaign money.more>>
By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, was among the first congressional candidates to sign up formore>>
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, was among the first congressional candidates to sign up for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election.more>>
Police say that a man was shot multiple times following an argument over a cell phone charger. Police have now named a suspect in the shooting. New Orleans police are searching for Milton Newman, 32,more>>
Police say that a man was shot multiple times following an argument over a cell phone charger. Police have now named a suspect in the shooting. more>>
The Saints get a harsh reminder of what it's like to practice in Louisiana heat. The team was out on the practice field in Metairie on Tuesday. Along with the heat comes the return of a player who hadmore>>
The Saints get a harsh reminder of what it's like to practice in Louisiana heat. The team was out on the practice field in Metairie on Tuesday.more>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andmore>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident.more>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. Mug shot, then ice cream Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is trending. Perry, facing charges of coercion and abuse of power,more>>
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After several rainy and stormy periods over the weekend, we are going to see more breaks for additional sunshine and a daily rain chance all this week. We are currently on the dry-side of an upper disturbance,more>>
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More New Orleans residents meet Tuesday night to discuss the priorities for city leaders this upcoming year. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hosting several community meetings ahead of the city's budget processmore>>
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A boil advisory has been issued for parts of Mandeville. While performing emergency water repair on Tuesday, Tammany Utilities states they were forced to turn off water for several hours. The affectedmore>>
The affected customers are located on Tortouse Drive, Joan Street, Owl Court, Fox Court and a portion of Garon Drive.more>>
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
A panel of state senators has delayed a vote on a bill that would tighten campaign finance reporting requirements for Louisiana politicians and candidates.
The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee deferred action on House Bill 1079 for one week. The committee has scheduled another hearing on the measure next Wednesday, May 28.
HB 1079 would require politicians and candidates to provide more details about their campaign expenditures in their regular reports to the State Ethics Board. FOX 8 has reported on the bill, noting it might curb at least some of the dubious practices revealed in our Louisiana Purchased probe of campaign finance.
Some senators expressed concern Wednesday morning about whether the bill's language adequately spells out how filers must report their expenditures.
One senator, Bob Kostelka (R-Monroe) questioned whether it would ban the practice by many legislators of donating campaign funds for constituent funerals. Bill co-author Rep. Greg Miller (R-Norco) assured Sen. Kostelka that the bill would not ban the practice.
FOX 8 News and our partners at NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune have reported in detail some of the questionable campaign spending practices by lawmakers and other politicians in our Louisiana Purchased series of reports. Among those practices is the expenditure of thousands of dollars on constituent funerals, gifts, tickets to sporting events and other items not typically associated as the costs of campaigning for political office.
Primary bill author Rep. Tim Burns (R-Mandeville) told FOX 8 the measure should force politicians to report with "just enough detail and clarity so the average person, you know, understands what they're doing, understands why they're doing a certain expenditure."
Right now, a politician can write a single word on the campaign finance form - "constituent" - and it basically legitimizes it as a legal expense.
"The law is pretty clear with it," Burns told us. "If it's directly related to political purpose, seeking office or holding office, and it's related to that, then that's [when] I would consider something a campaign expenditure."
It's one of the most iconic arenas in all of sport and a distinguishing feature in the New Orleans skyline. The stadium began as the brainchild of David Dixon, a businessman and sports executive who playedmore>>
It's one of the most iconic stadiums in all of sport and a distinguishing feature in the New Orleans skyline. more>>
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A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotmore>>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."