FOX 48 Updates

Disability rights advocates excited about increased funding but hopeful for more in the future

New Opportunities Waivers help children and adults with severe developmental disabilities get services they need, in a rare move during budget cuts the NOW program is getting more funding, creating 75 new slots for those who need them.

Coushatta sawmill closed due to recession set to reopen this year

A sawmill will reopen its doors, creating 90 new jobs and just under 300 indirect jobs.

Bill making sexual identity discrimination illegal shot down

The LGBT community took another hit in their fight for equality at the State Capitol today.

From one local family to another: State’s largest daily paper sold

The Georges family announced today that they have purchased the state’s largest daily print newspaper.

Caught on Video: Victim snatches robber's shotgun, uses it on robber's car

An armed robbery attempt in New Orleans's Marigny neighborhood ultimately turned foul for the suspect, as the intended victim pulled away his gun and chased him down the street.

Incoming LSU System president to visit LSU-Alexandria campus

F. King Alexander, incoming president of the LSU System, will meet with LSU Alexandria faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, May 1, during a fact-finding visit to the Alexandria campus.

Bird problems frustrate La. rice farmers

Southwest Louisiana farmers are frustrated this year with a larger-than-usual number of birds eating rice seed, causing many farmers to replant.

Lawmakers deny Jindal proposal to cut budgets of domestic violence programs

Three budget amendments approved by the House Committee on Appropriations would reject proposed reductions in funding for programs that fight domestic violence in Louisiana.

Coalition of groups to host rally at the Capitol regarding budget cuts, hospital system

A Community Voice, as part of a coalition of groups across the State will rally at 11:30 a.m. on the Capitol steps, Tuesday, April 30.

Lawmakers take first look at budget, cut $500 million

Lawmakers may not know the size of cuts yet but they have said unless they can find more revenue those cuts are coming.