NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Big crowds gathered in north and south Louisiana as part of women's marches around the world to protest President Donald Trump's policies and focus public attention on issues ranging from sexual harassment to immigration. On the one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration, men, women and children participated in the marches. In Shreveport-Bossier City, protesters gathered downtown at the Caddo Parish Courthouse. In New Orleans, they converged on green space near City Hall.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican House leaders negotiating with Gov. John Bel Edwards on a fix to Louisiana's $1 billion budget gap want something in exchange for their tax votes. They want the governor's backing for legislation aimed at curbing state spending. House Speaker Taylor Barras says he's floated four "budget reform" ideas to the Democratic governor that GOP lawmakers want in any agenda for a possible February special session on taxes. Edwards says he's open to the ideas, but needs more details.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana wildlife agents could soon be able to stop hunters who are moving live feral hogs from place to place. Under a recent "notice of intent" from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, anyone hauling a live feral hog would have to show state agriculture department authorization to do so. Those without the right papers could face nearly $2,000 in fines from the two departments.
KENNER, La. (AP) - Kenner mayoral candidate Vinny Mendoza has been kicked off the ballot, leaving incumbent Mayor Ben Zahn and two challengers. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports state District Judge Lee Faulkner Jr. disqualified Mendoza Friday from the March 24 election amid evidence that he hasn't lived in Kenner for at least three years, as required by the city's charter.
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