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New version of merger bill approved by House

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44)- At the Capitol today, a newer version of a previous bill that wanted to merge SUNO with UNO is approved by the House of Representatives

Elementary Student raises money for Red Cross

CENTRAL, LA (FOX44) - Emily Rodrigue is a 10 year old with a lot of initiative.

Patrolling the rivers with LSP

ATCHAFALAYA BASIN, La (FOX44) - As the water keeps moving toward places like Melville and Morgan City - the Louisiana State Police is keeping an eye on things - from the sky.

Governor Jindal worried if budget doesn't get passed, safety will be at risk

At the Capital this Monday night, Governor Bobby Jindal says the state's in trouble If his budget doesn't get passed. Governor Jindal told FOX44, the House Appropriations Committee budget bill will put your safety at risk.

Shrimping season opens

Shrimping season opened on May 23rd, and things are looking positive. Less than one percent of state waters are still closed due to the BP oil spill.

Claims process for the BP oil spill being questioned

Oil may be less visible on the coast, but plenty of questions still swirl around the claims process for the BP oil spill. The oversight committee for Gulf Coast claims facility met at the Capitol today.

House bill 634

State Representative Hunter Greene is hoping to eliminate Louisiana's State income tax. House bill 634 would eliminate personal state income taxes for Louisiana residents by next year.

Barges get loose on the Atchafalaya River

The mighty Mississippi is open tonight, but that was far from the case earlier on May 23rd. Four barges got loose on the Atchafalaya River near the Simmesport Bridge.

Butte La Rose families forced to evacuate

BUTTE LA ROSE, La (FOX44) — For James Dupre, there's no place like home. "It come no better than Butte La Rose! Everybody's happy here," he says.

Bad news for recent grads

Recent college graduates are earning less money than those who got jobs before the financial crisis. A new report shows the median salary for 2009 and 2010 graduates was 27-thousand dollars.