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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.

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.

New Roads responds to Nelson verdict

NEW ROADS, La (FOX44) — Citizens has mixed feelings towards the guilty verdict levelled against former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson. Jesse Lagrone says he isn't surprised, "He deserved it. Honestly he did.

Summer time can mean danger from above

LOUISIANA (FOX44) - Summer officially started June 21st, but the rain served as a good reminder about the threat of lightning. Flashes filling the sky during the summer months is more common this time of year.

Former New Roads mayor found guilty in federal court

NEW ROADS (FOX44) - Former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson convicted in federal court today. The jury returned the guilty verdict after just one hour of deliberation. Nelson showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne has alot to say about the BP oil spill

At a luncheon in Baton Rouge Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne talked about the long term impacts it'll have on tourism.

Frustrated fisherman take to the Capital

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - Hundreds of shrimpers leaving the shore to head to the steps of the State Capital. Shrimpers from Venice to Grand Isle trying to get the attention of state lawmakers.

Hope to keep CATS busses rolling

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - The CEO of the Capital Area Transit System says he's hopeful a mix of grants and a private donation will keep the busses rolling past October.  That's when the system was set to run out of money and stop s