Southwest Daily News - Sulphur, LA

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Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 9:36 AM

State education leaders say they will be holding public forums across Louisiana to come up with revised school policies that comply with a new federal law.

Posted Jun 29, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Lawmakers enacted a half-dozen new abortion restrictions in the regular legislative session that ended earlier this month, lengthening waits for the procedure, toughening criteria for doctors who perform abortions and limiting second-trimester...

Posted Jun 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The final budget deal struck by Louisiana's lawmakers took a lopsided approach to the TOPS program, giving college students full tuition funding for the fall semester and only 42 percent financing for the spring.

Posted Jun 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM

In 2015, 71 percent of Louisiana's fourth-graders were not proficient in reading, according to the data. This was down from 2007 when 80 percent of the state's fourth-graders were not proficient.

Posted Jun 24, 2016 at 9:15 AM

The House and Senate fell far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to raise $600 million more for the $26 billion budget that starts July 1. But on top of taxes boosted earlier this year, they had raised about $1.5 billion to...

Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 9:14 AM

No matter what votes they take ahead of the midnight deadline, the House and Senate will fall far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to raise $600 million more for the budget.

Posted Jun 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Lake Charles, the state's largest casino market, saw its winnings drop by 16.5 percent. The three riverboats and slots at Delta Downs brought in $69.7 million, compared with $83.4 million the year before.

Posted Jun 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

According to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, or LCADV, Louisiana ranks fourth in the nation for the rate of women murdered by men. That rate is three times higher than the national average.

Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Senate President John Alario said Tuesday he's trying to revive a proposal to reduce deductions for people who itemize on their state income tax forms, a last-ditch effort to raise additional dollars for next year's budget in the final days of the...

Posted Jun 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed three bills governing construction financing, state worker pay raises and corrections facilities.

Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 9:41 AM

The bill by Rep. Malinda White, D-Bogalusa, would have raised $88 million to lessen budget cuts. But with no questions and no debate, 55 House members voted down the proposal. It received 46 votes of support.

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