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'Ban the Box' movement heads to the state capitol

It's a little box to check on almost every employment application, ‘have you ever been arrested or convicted of a felony?’ It's an easy question to answer, but for thousands of former inmates it can mean the end of their sea

Lawmakers weigh the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana

With other states blazing the trail for legalization, the conversation about legalizing weed here in Louisiana is gaining some traction.

Superintendent White hosts final forum in BR for Jump Start Initiative

State Superintendent of Education John White will host a public forum in Baton Rouge to discuss the proposed Jump Start program.

Congressman Cassidy will hold town hall meeting in Walker

Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) will be hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on January 21, in Walker. The meeting will last about an hour and the Congressman will have a question and answer session with attendees.

Senator Vitter to run for Governor of LA

Senator David Vitter has officially announced in a Youtube video that he will run for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Vitter says in the video that his "only agenda will be to do what's best for all Louisianians."

Councilwoman begins push for city-parish residency requirements again

Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said she was shocked to learn just how far some city-parish workers are commuting to get a paycheck.

EBR Metro Council to vote on St. George fire commissioner amid larger controversy

The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council will vote on who will serve as a commissioner for the St. George fire protection district on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

LA lawmakers to discuss legalizing weed

Colorado has done it, and so has Washington. But will Louisiana follow suit and legalize marijuana? Legal marijuana use in Louisiana might be a possibility, as some lawmakers are thinking about the issue.

Louisianans look forward to 2016 elections

After several years with Bobby Jindal as the governor of Louisiana, people across the state are beginning to think about who they’d like to replace him in 2016.

Shreveport city council upholds fairness ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT community

Shreveport Councilmember Ron Webb abandoned his attempt to repeal the city’s Fiarness Ordinance that grants protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens. The ordinance has only been in place for a month.

Congressional leaders back $1 trillion spending bill

Shaking off three years of partisan freeze, Republicans and Democrats unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending deal Monday night that would roll back some spending cuts, raise federal worker pay and have a surprisingly broad effect on Americans'

Jindal vows to continue fight against teacher unions after court rules Act One unconstitutional, again.

The Governor’s sweeping education agenda took another hit Wednesday, when a judge ruled that Act One of the 2012 legislative session or the teacher tenure law was unconstitutional.

Ascension Parish Sheriff's office to protect Sorrento; no police presence on weekdays

After months without a police department, the town of Sorrento has reached a solution, for now, at least.

Legalize Louisiana stirs marijuana discussion

"Weed, marijuana, cannabis, hemp, plant," said supporters. Whichever name you use, marijuana is now legal in the state of Colorado.

Louisiana 1 of 5 Senate races to watch in 2014

For political junkies, 2013 was expected to be a quiet year following the presidential election and it basically followed the script. Nonetheless, there were some interesting developments at the ballot box.