16:30 Newscast February 25,2016

The House voted 76 to 27 in support to raise the state’s sales tax up once cent, to 5 cents. The legislation is headed to the Senate. This is a big win for Governor John Bel Edwards as he’s working to reduce Louisiana’s massive budget deficit. This new tax will tainse over 210 million dollars for this fiscal year.

A new study from AAA shows 87% of drivers engage in risky behaviors while driving. Halen Doughty has more…
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A three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Louisiana can enforce a state law requiring doctors preforming abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles. Benjamin Clapper with Louisiana Right to Life says he doesn’t know how the Department of Health and Hospitals will proceed.
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A study finds felons in Louisiana face more employment obstacles that any other state. Allyson Fredericksen, with the Alliance for a Just Society, says many of the restrictions are state laws that keep convicted felons from being hired for certain positions in fields like health care and government offices. She says Louisiana makes it hard for released inmates to get their life back on track…

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