NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana says a Taiwanese plastics company will get about $1.5 billion in incentives to build a $9.4 billion plastics complex along the Mississippi River. Louisiana Economic Development says the biggest chunk of that would be about $1.4 billion in local property tax exemptions for the Formosa Petrochemical Corp. subsidiary. Such long-term tax breaks are now against the rules in Louisiana, but the company filed its proposals before the change.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana private investigator faces a possible prison sentence for misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president's federal tax information before his 2016 election. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles is scheduled to sentence 32-year-old Jordan Hamlett on Wednesday. Hamlett faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in December.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators want a federal court to approve the most restrictive abortion policy in the country before it goes into effect in their home state. The Senate voted 31-3 Tuesday to prohibit abortions after 15 weeks. But the ban would begin only after a legal battle over the same policy plays out in neighboring Mississippi.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's senators have agreed to allow the state's riverboat casinos to move on land. The Senate voted 22-14 Tuesday for the proposal by Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Lake Charles Republican. The measure would allow Louisiana's 15 riverboat casinos to conduct gambling activities within 1,200 feet on land from where the riverboat is berthed and remove the requirement the riverboats have an operable paddlewheel. It also would redefine the limits on gambling space.
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