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Oil, gas and lawsuits

BATON ROUGE –If there were ever a poster child for so-called legacy sites, the distinction would likely belong to William Dore’s 9,000 acres of marshland in Cameron Parish. He has made a profitable living leasing out his land to oil and gas prospectors, but it has come at a hefty price. […]

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Richard Baker, a man with the plan

BATON ROUGE – Congressman Richard Baker, a Republican who has represented voters here most of his adult life, has been catapulted into the ranks of a political superstar in recent months due to a high-profile housing plan that bears his namesake. And while that proposal may be on life support, Baker plans to make the most of the momentum he has built. […]

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Volatile issues defined session, more could follow

BATON ROUGE — Some folks around the State Capitol still remember when former Sen. J.E. Jumonville, a Ventress Democrat, ripped off one of his boots and threw it at the Senate clock in an effort to stop time and prolong debate. That was during the final leg of Gov. John McKeithen’s reign in the early 70s, when lawmakers were known to kick back a few adult beverages from their respective chambers, burn the midnight oil and get rowdy. […]