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The latest top stories in news about Louisiana.

Scaled-back tobacco tax hike gets House committee backing

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's cigarette tax would be raised to match the rate charged by neighboring Mississippi, under a proposal that won approval Monday...

Lake Bistineau bill goes to House floor Monday

A House bill to create revenue for Lake Bistineau that will help in the fight against giant salvinia is expected to go to the...

Lawmakers seek overhaul of handling of sexual assaults

BATON ROUGE — The young woman had been raped near LSU's Baton Rouge campus, but that wasn't the only indignity she suffered, her mother...

Jindal blasts companies opposed to religious objections bill

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with the same liberal...

Jindal says he’d veto budget tied to tax break suspensions

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he won't support a legislative effort to temporarily suspend tax breaks to drum up quick cash...

Senators back inventory tax repeal in budget-balancing plan

BATON ROUGE — Ignoring the outcry of local government leaders, senators moved ahead Wednesday with the cornerstone of a budget-balancing package of tax changes...

Lawmakers on House labor committee kill pay equity bill

BATON ROUGE — Two bills aimed at making sure women earn pay equal to their male peers were shot down Wednesday by lawmakers —...

House Bill 485 to help veterans transition to college

The bill (House Bill 485) by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, would create a "Governor's Military and Veteran Friendly Campus" designation for schools that meet...

Lawmakers pushing to ban Kratom

BATON ROUGE — A little-known drug derived from the leaves of a Southeast Asian tree would be added to Louisiana's list of illegal...

Budget work gets derailed Monday at Capitol

BATON ROUGE — Plans to start moving the pieces of a budget-balancing package of tax changes this week got derailed Monday. The Senate Revenue and...

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