FOX 48 Updates

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.

Rally brings attention to motorcycle safety

With May temperatures warming up, more motorcyclists are taking to the roads and highways again.

Jindal voices support for delaying teacher evaluations

Governor Bobby Jindal is voicing his support for a bill that would delay starting the teacher evaluation system known as COMPASS. It passed through the House Education Committee with no problem.

Suspected poisoned letter attacker appeared on NBC's “Today” show a free man

Kevin Paul Curtis appeared on NBC's “Today” show on Thursday after being released from custody earlier this week.

Bill to delay teacher evalution system passes through education committee

It's a law that would repeal a law already in motion, teacher evaluations through the newly implemented Compass program.

House committee approves 'Department of Debt' bill

A bill that would create a brand new government department has passed through a house committee. If passed, the newly created Department of Debt would be responsible for going after the more than $1.3 billion owed to the state.

Tobacco tax fails to get through legislative session

The much discussed and hotly debated tobacco tax has seen its last day at the Capitol for this session.

Grants from U.S. Labor Dept. to strengthen community colleges/employer partnerships

Acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris today announced the availability of $474.5 million to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train workers with the skills employers need.

La. Senate to hold Military Family Day in honor of Louisiana's fallen heroes

The Louisiana State Senate will hold its 9th Annual Military Family Day to honor Louisiana Fallen Heroes and their families on Tuesday, May 7th, at 1:30 p.m., during the legislative session in the Senate Chamber at the State Capitol.

La. legislators observe National Day of Prayer scheduled for May 2

The 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer will be observed throughout the nation on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The Louisiana National Day of Prayer program will be held from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. on that day in the Senate Chamber at the State Capitol.