BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's ban on cockfighting will mirror similar laws that prohibit dogfighting in the state. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill by New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell, a Democrat. It becomes law Aug. 1, closing loopholes that existed in the 2008 law that prohibits cockfighting.... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a request to send more water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya Basin. The governor's office tells The Advocate the move is aimed at improving water quality in the swamp. The Atchafalaya River... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has agreed to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned.
Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann, of West Monroe, says he's pushing the proposal because of the dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state House is supporting a proposal to shorten voting hours on most election days in Louisiana. Currently, poll hours run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The measure by Baton Rouge Rep. Franklin Foil would push back the opening of polls to 7 a.m.... more »
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury has agreed with a committee recommendation to sell the parish hospital 14.8 acres of land for a new hospital site. The Advocate reports Monday's action drew criticism from supporters of the hospital expansion who wanted the land donated or... more »
LONDON (AP) - MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, one of BP's minority partners in the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well, has agreed to pay the British oil company $1.065 billion to settle all claims between the companies over the accident in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said Friday that it would continue... more »
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Children's clothing retailer Gymboree Corp. is being purchased by affiliates of asset management firm Bain Capital for $1.8 billion. Gymboree said Monday that the deal is for $65.40 per share, a 24 percent premium to Gymboree's Friday closing stock price of $52.95. The retailer, based in... more »
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and President Obama's commander of the Gulf oil spill response have agreed on a new plan to significantly increase protection along the state's coast. But Riley says getting the blueprint off paper and into the water quickly is vital to ending complaints... more »