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The Louisiana Congressional delegation is urging the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be prepared to aid farmers in the wake of damages from the opening of the Morganza Spillway.
 
Ralph Abraham, who is Louisiana’s only member of a Congressional agriculture committee, led the delegation in the letter. They sent it to USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue on Friday, May 24.
 

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the 13 college students who have been chosen to participate in The Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in Louisiana Government. This is an opportunity for the students to gain firsthand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government. The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

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Louisiana's welcome signs along Interstate 10 could soon celebrate the New Orleans Saints.

Lawmakers agreed I-10 welcome signs at the Texas and Mississippi state lines should declare people have entered the "Home of the Who Dat Nation," referencing the nickname for Saints fans.

A 35-0 Senate vote Tuesday gave final passage to the bill by New Orleans Sen. Wesley Bishop. It also calls for the Saints appreciation language to be included on the Superdome exit sign on I-10 in downtown New Orleans.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigators advise that they have arrest two subjects for the homicides of Ronald “Anthony” Milletello and his mother Marsha Lolley. 

Toby Jackson, age 20 and Candance Beau Cooper, age 30 of Monroe have been booked in the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center for 2 counts of Second Degree Murder Each. 

The investigation reveals the illegal sale of narcotics/weapons was a factor in this case.

 

Sheriff Russell commends the numerous Investigators that worked tirelessly to bring this case to closure in a timely manner.

 

Ralph Abraham

Shell In Planning Stage For Louisiana Expansion

May 20, 2019
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Shell Chemicals Vice President for Gulf Coast Manufacturing Rhoman Hardy announced the company will advance feasibility plans for a potential $1.2 billion manufacturing expansion at its Shell Geismar facility in Louisiana. At the 841-acre complex in Ascension Parish, Shell Chemical LP would build a world-scale monoethylene glycol plant, pending final engineering, design and investment decisions. A decision to proceed with the project could come from Royal Dutch Shell in 2020. 

Republican lawmakers in the Louisiana House have stalled a bid to give municipalities the authority to set their own minimum wage rates.

The proposal by Rep. Royce Duplessis, a New Orleans Democrat, aimed to work around repeated legislative defeats for boosting Louisiana's statewide minimum wage above the $7.25-per-hour federal level.

Duplessis sought to reverse a state law passed in 1997 that prohibited parishes and cities from setting local minimum wage rates.

New Orleans City Council members have begun discussions on strict new regulations on short-term vacation rentals such as those arranged online by companies like Airbnb and HomeAway.

The regulations include a proposed ban in much of the city on "whole-home" vacation rentals of residences not occupied by the owner.

Thursday's meeting was expected to include votes on amendments to the proposed regulations. A final vote was tentatively planned in 90 days.

Louisiana state senators are criticizing the way the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board handles sexual assault allegations.

The Advocate reports the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday questioned board officials about allegation handling and subsequent punishments.

Baton Rouge physical therapist Philippe Veeters is charged with sexual battery and accused of assaulting nine patients.

His license to practice was suspended for nine months, something Sen. JP Morrell says is equivalent to a "slap on the wrist."

Louisiana state senators Wednesday backed a $3.8 billion public school formula that includes all financing increases sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Support for the K-12 spending plan came in a 37-1 vote that puts the Senate at odds with House Republicans, who stalled the same proposal in their chamber.

The formula that won Senate passage includes $140 million in increases: a $1,000 teacher pay raise, $500 raise for school support workers and $39 million in new block grant money for school districts.

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