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Friday, May 26, 2017
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Pence pitches Trump's budget during Baton Rouge visit

9:40 AM

BATON ROUGE — Vice President Mike Pence visited Louisiana on Wednesday for the third time since August, meeting privately with a group of small-business owners before delivering a brief speech in front of about 200 people at an industrial warehouse.

The trip came on the heels of the release of President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, which aims to balance the federal budget and reduce the deficit over the next decade by doing away with the Affordable Care Act and slashing dozen ...

McNeese spring 2017 honor graduates

8:51 AM

Thirty-six McNeese State University students received the summa cum laude (3.9-4) designation during recent spring commencement ceremonies at Burton Coliseum.

Eight students were recognized for earning a 4 grade-point average throughout their college careers: Katja Woelfl, Ellhofen, Germany, genera ...

Whoa, Nelly: Nelson HR helps Cowboys advance

8:23 AM

SUGAR LAND, Texas — No. 1 McNeese State led most of its first-round Southland Conference Tournament baseball game against No. 8 Lamar, but the Cowboys found themselves in a bit of a scare as the Cardinals put the tying run on first base with one out in the top of the ninth.

Then closing pitche ...

'We can use peace': Trump and Pope Francis meet

10:39 AM

VATICAN CITY -- President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maide ...


US: Uzbek man serving sentence in terror plot stabbed warden

LOS ANGELES— An Uzbek refugee serving 25 years behind bars for a plot to kill U.S. military personnel or civilians has been charged with stabbing the warden at the California federal prison where he was serving his sentence, prosecutors said Thursday.
Fazliddin Kurbanov, 34, was indicted Wednesday on charges that incl ...

LSU rains down runs on Missouri

From staff reports HOOVER, Ala. — Cole Freeman went 4-for-4, including a three-run home run through the rain in the eighth inning that sealed the deal on LSU’s 10-3 victory over Missouri in the Tigers’ opening game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The game was delayed for an hour and half by rain ...


Louisiana minimum wage hike goes nowhere, rejected in Senate

BATON ROUGE— Gov. John Bel Edwards' push to raise Louisiana's minimum wage has sputtered again in the Senate, leaving the state's lowest-wage workers to be paid at the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-3 Wednesday against the proposal sponsored by Sen. Troy Carter, a New Orleans Demo ...


Fundraiser concert will benefit music museum

A concert and fundraiser to benefit the Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Sloppy’s Downtown.

Cajun music trio Nee de Traditionne (Born from Tradition) will kick off the concert with a tribute to Iry LeJeune, an accordion pioneer in the late 1940s. Before he died at 26 years ...

End annual efforts to stop work of IG

Louisiana’s inspector general shouldn’t have to fight to keep his office open every time the Legislature meets, and one legislator hopes to end the attacks. Lawmakers have tried twice since 2012 to eliminate the government watchdog office.

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, is sponsoring House Bill 443, a proposed con ...

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