NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the state of Louisiana to pay more than $150,000 in fees and costs to attorneys for a man who successfully challenged a law that prevented him and other foreign-born U.S. citizens from getting married. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's order Wednesday comes more than six months after he permanently blocked the marriage law.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Efforts to broker a tax compromise in the Louisiana Legislature have faltered, with lawmakers unable to cobble together enough votes to start moving any major tax bills. Disagreements threaten to crater the special session aimed at closing a massive budget gap. The House Ways and Means Committee stalled all big-ticket tax proposals Wednesday, with Republicans and Democrats at odds over how to close a $994 million shortfall in the financial year that begins July 1.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - This year's French Quarter Festival, described as the largest showcase of Louisiana music, food and culture in the world, includes more than 30 new acts, including Zachary Richard (REE-shard), Chocolate Milk and the Sweet Olive String Band. Organizers on Tuesday announced the over 300 acts to perform for the 35th annual free festival that will be held April 12-15. The festival was started to support neighborhood businesses during World's Fair street construction in 1983.
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana judge has acquitted a former police officer on charges that he forced a man to pay for a nightclub's broken glass door under the threat of jail. New Orleans news outlets report that the verdict came Tuesday in the case of 29-year-old Cameron Westbrook.
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