Cigarette tax will go to the public for vote

LOUISIANA (FOX44) - Another one of Governor Jindal's ideas failing in the house's final moments. The state's four cent renewal on the cigarette tax will now be in your hands.

Local experts say dipping into Strategic Petroleum Reserve good idea

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — The United State Department of Energy announced today that it will take 30 million barrels out of it's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Original music is coming back in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - The local band cardinal collide is releasing a new CD June 24th at the Varsity Theatre.

United States, The Netherlands, Chile, United Kingdom

AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – United States, tattoo shops in Joplin are staying busy with folks who want to make the painful memory of the tornado there permanent.

Oil prices down today

NATIONAL (FOX44) - President Obama ordered the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the nation's strategic petroleum reserve. This move is to hopefully lower prices a bit for the summer driving season.

Rules on pat down searches of children are changing

NATIONAL (FOX44) - The head of the TSA says airport security screeners must try to avoid pat down searches of children by making repeated attempts to screen them.

Early Charlie Chaplin movie could fetch big money in London

GREAT BRITAIN (FOX44) - A previously unknown Charlie Chaplin film bought off an internet auction site for just a few dollars is set to go under the hammer at a London auction next week.

Pilot rants about sex with co-workers while air traffic controllers listen

NATIONAL (FOX44) - A Southwest Airlines pilot was heard complaining to his co-pilot about "flight attendants" The rant from the flight deck couldn't be heard by passengers, but other air traffic controllers could.

On this day in history, mob boss John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison

1836 - The U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states. 1860 - The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.

Last day for lawmakers

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - Lawmakers in the House and Senate wrap things up no later than 6:00pm tonight. That's the deadline to wrap this year's session. There's still a lot of work left to do.