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  • Jindal administration still planning on privatization

    May 5, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal's top budget adviser says the administration is going ahead with privatization of state-owned hospitals, despite federal approval problems. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers Monday that federal rejection of the privatization contracts won't force an adjustment. Nichols says the state will appeal the... more »
  • Senators pushing for Keystone pipeline vote

    May 1, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Democratic Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is joining with Republicans to authorize the immediate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Landrieu and Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota introduced the legislation and expect a vote within the coming days. They say they have the support of... more »
  • EBR fire district's rating drastically improves Play Video

    December 7, 2013 7:19 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - A struggling fire district in East Baton Rouge is changing its reputation. In 2012, the Alsen St. Irma Lee fire district earned an ISO ten rating, the worst rating possible (one is the best). The change in ratings came with a switch up to the administration.... more »
  • Still not singing Kumbayah

    December 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The first meeting of peacemakers didn't do enough to settle issues among leaders in Livingston Parish, it appears. The drama, shouting, and hollering returned to Thursday night's council meeting a day after a special commission met for the first time to address such issues. The council and... more »
  • Special group will address why 'they' can't all get along Play Video

    December 3, 2013 9:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president. The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter. "What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear... more »
  • LSU hospital layoffs reduce state retirement debt

    November 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's layoff of more than 7,700 LSU hospital workers has put a major dent in the state employee retirement system's debt, dropping it hundreds of millions of dollars. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed to turn over the operations of LSU hospitals to private companies. Seven deals... more »
  • New rules approved for home health care workers

    September 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has approved new rules that extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health care workers. The new rules will impact about 2 million workers. Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974, when they were placed in the same category... more »
  • Les Miles: Administration of OSU was 'done right'

    September 11, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU coach Les Miles says he's proud of his time as head coach at Oklahoma State and takes issue with "the idea that somebody would characterize the program that was run there as anything but right and correct." Miles, who spoke on a Southeastern Conference teleconference Wednesday,... more »
  • Hospital privatization plan approved

    September 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration can move forward with the privatization of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe after getting approval from the Civil Service Commission today. It was the final step needed for an October 1 date for an outsourcing contract. It also allows LSU to... more »
  • Judge intervenes as BP balks at paying claims czar

    August 7, 2013 7:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A court hearing is set for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill. In a letter, BP claims... more »
  • Jindal administration draining elderly trust fund

    July 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- To cope with budget troubles, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has steadily depleted a trust fund for elderly services created with an infusion of federal cash a decade ago. When Jindal took office, the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly contained more than $830 million. Today, the balance has... more »
  • Google asks to publish more government information

    June 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google is asking the Obama administration to allow the Internet company to disclose more details about the U.S. government's closely guarded demands for emails and other information that people transmit online. The request was made Tuesday in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director... more »
  • Jindal proposes restoring funding for some programs

    April 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's administration proposed restoring funding for several programs when the Appropriations Committee takes up next year's budget on Monday. The proposal includes $700,000 for breast and cervical cancer screenings at LSU hospitals, $1 million toward the Department of Children and Family Service's Family Violence Prevention... more »
  • Jindal administration weighs debt refinancing

    February 14, 2013 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration is looking at ways to restructure Louisiana's debt to keep dollars flowing for state construction projects, even as the state hovers near its debt ceiling. The governor's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, said Thursday that the administration will ask the Bond... more »
  • More diversity likely in next Obama job selections

    February 5, 2013 6:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ready to put a diverse face on his administration in his new wave of Cabinet nominees - an image that was missing as he filled the first round of vacancies of his second term with a parade of white men. Obama is said to... more »
  • Govt appeals judge's contraceptive mandate ruling

    January 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order that is temporarily preventing the government from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. In November, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House... more »
  • Biden meets with gun-safety, victims groups

    January 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is hearing personal stories of gun violence from representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations as he works on the Obama administration's response to the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Biden's meeting Wednesday is part of a series he's holding this week to... more »
  • Graham calls for delay on Brennan nomination

    January 8, 2013 10:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator is calling for a delay in confirming President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director until the administration provides answers on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he has tried repeatedly to get answers on raid on the... more »
  • FDA issues sweeping new food safety rules

    January 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue rules are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a... more »
  • Governor Jindal at center of email debate

    December 10, 2012 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Top officials in the Jindal administration used personal emails to talk about budget cuts, according to a recent Associated Press report. It is the same type issue being debated around the country. Personal emails can make it more difficult to track information under public records laws. ... more »
  • US declaring Syrian rebel group as terrorist body

    December 10, 2012 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is declaring a Syrian rebel group with alleged ties to al-Qaida as a terrorist organization. It's an effort to blunt the influence of extremists as the U.S. steps up cooperation with the Syrian opposition. The State Department's action blocks Jabhat al-Nusra's assets in the U.S.... more »
  • Source: Obama officials, lawmakers set for talks

    November 28, 2012 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - An administration official says two of President Barack Obama's top negotiators on the "fiscal cliff" will meet separately on Thursday with leading lawmakers. The sessions are seen as an important step in determining how the government will avoid a year-end package of tax increases and spending cuts that... more »
  • Government extends deadline for health care decision

    November 15, 2012 5:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has given states another month to decide what role, if any, they'll play in carrying out the new health care law. Instead of having to declare their intentions by Friday, states now have until Dec. 14, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in... more »
  • Vote delayed on Jindal health privatization plan

    October 18, 2012 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have scrapped a planned Thursday vote on Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. The delay, announced a day before the scheduled hearing, has prompted claims the Jindal administration didn't have enough votes from the... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces changes to his office staff

    October 12, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The staff reshuffling continues in Gov. Bobby Jindal's office, after the exit of the governor's chief of staff shifted people to different jobs in the administration. Jindal announced Friday that Taylor Teepell will work as deputy chief of staff; Matt Parker will be legislative affairs director; and... more »
  • Jindal shuffling top staff, chief of staff exits

    October 1, 2012 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, is leaving the administration after nearly five years working for the governor. Waguespack, a lawyer, is taking a private sector job, according to the governor's office. His departure has caused a reshuffling of the Jindal administration's top jobs among... more »
  • Lawsuits challenge shielding of La. records

    September 10, 2012 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is facing court challenges over attempts to keep records from the public. At issue is the use of a public records exemption successfully pushed by Jindal and added to state law during his first term. Shreveport-based Willis-Knighton Health System sued the... more »
  • Administration joins insurers to hit health fraud

    July 26, 2012 10:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is launching an ambitious new drive against health care fraud by mining claims data from insurance companies and government programs in hopes of ferreting out bogus billing. Details of the plan are being announced Thursday at the White House by Health and Human Services Secretary... more »
  • Tone changes in Jindal administration over cuts

    July 3, 2012 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When a bloc of conservative state lawmakers pushed to strip money from the health department, the Jindal administration outcry was loud, suggesting the cuts could devastate health care services. A month later, the $859 million in budget cuts hitting the Medicaid program from new congressional action are... more »
  • Treasurer, Jindal Administration disagree over job report Play Video

    April 26, 2012 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy says the state workforce has been cut by about 7 percent over the past six years, but state employment costs have risen $650 million. The treasurer says proof is in a state audit made public in February. He says the only solution... more »
  • Fired GSA official said he was ready to pay

    April 17, 2012 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - A fired General Services Administration official says he didn't know taxpayers would be billed $1,960 for a party in his luxury suite at a Las Vegas resort. Robert Peck said he had paid for some food out of his own pocket and was surprised when additional food arrived... more »
  • GSA spending scandal investigation

    April 16, 2012 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON -The spending scandal at the General Services Administration could just be the tip of the iceberg. According to the agency's inspector general, he's investigating other potential wrongdoing including possible bribery and kickbacks. At a House hearing today, lawmakers hoped to hear from the GSA official who was largely responsible... more »
  • Southern declares financial emergency

    October 28, 2011 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Board members voted unanimously today to declare a financial emergency at Southern University, which gives administrators the power to make broad cuts to the budget and faculty. The final count was 14-0 with two board members absent. The declaration lets administrators more easily fire tenured faculty... more »
  • LSU faculty union gets thumbs up from faculty senate

    September 8, 2011 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Faculty Senate voted in support of a faculty union Thursday night. LSUnited organizers say the thumbs up leads the way to more members and sends a message to university administrators. A year ago, faculty members started laying the ground work for a union. That... more »
  • Auditors investigating state pension fund investments

    July 29, 2011 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An auditor is combing through records at an investment firm to find out what happened to $100 million in state pension fund money. Three pension plans, the state's retirement system for firefighters and another for city workers, as well as the New Orleans Firefighters' Fund, invested in... more »
  • Budget battle brewing between lawmakers, administration

    May 17, 2011 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A battle over the budget is brewing at the Capitol. Lawmakers decided they want to spend your money differently than the Governor and the Jindal administration is furious. In the new plan, selling three prisons, using court settlement money for the TOPS Scholarship Program and increasing... more »
  • Judge orders action on 6 deepwater permits

    May 10, 2011 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given the Obama administration 30 days to act on six permits for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued the order Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Ensco Offshore Co. and others. He rejected Interior Department... more »
  • Former Jindal counsel fined by state ethics board

    April 15, 2011 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's former chief lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, has been fined by the Louisiana Board of Ethics for violating state ethics law. The board decided Friday that Faircloth shouldn't have entered into a contract to represent the Louisiana Tax Commission six months after he resigned as... more »
  • Florida judge strikes down health overhaul

    January 31, 2011 2:29 PM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida says the Obama administration's health overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that had sued to block it. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to... more »
  • Justice Department sues BP, others over Gulf oil spill

    December 15, 2010 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has sued BP Exploration and Production Inc. and eight other companies in the Gulf oil spill disaster in an effort to recover billions of dollars from the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The Obama administration's lawsuit asks that eight companies be held liable... more »
  • Obama: No offshore driling in East Coast waters

    December 1, 2010 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new... more »
  • E-mails show struggle to guess size of Gulf oil spill

    November 25, 2010 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - A review of thousands of government e-mails from last summer shows that the Obama administration struggled behind the scenes to determine just how much oil was leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken BP well. The e-mails, obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of... more »
  • US surrenders e-mails on Gulf oil leak estimates

    November 24, 2010 7:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Wednesday defended the integrity of estimates that turned out to be inaccurate showing how much oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, disclosing thousands of pages of internal e-mails written by government scientists on the project. "It is a guess," a senior U.S. scientist... more »
  • US: China needs to help restrain North Korea

    November 24, 2010 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is pressuring China to restrain North Korea from further provocative acts against the South following what the U.S. called a "premeditated" violation of the truce that ended the Korean War. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Wednesday called China "pivotal" to changing North Korea's behavior... more »
  • Medicaid managed care program stalled for now

    October 25, 2010 2:36 PM

    The state's health secretary says he doesn't have a new timeline for when the Jindal administration plans to begin changes to the way Louisiana delivers health care to the poor through the Medicaid program. Concerns by health providers and lawmakers stalled the pilot program, which was supposed to begin in... more »
  • Lawmakers delay Jindal plans for juvenile prison

    October 21, 2010 4:31 PM

    Lawmakers have slowed Jindal administration plans to build a new juvenile prison facility in East Baton Rouge Parish, questioning its cost and impact on state debt limits. The Bond Commission delayed a vote Thursday on the $25 million borrowing plan for the Baker facility after legislators on the panel raised... more »
  • Government reports $1.3 trillion budget deficit

    October 15, 2010 1:07 PM

    The Obama administration says the federal deficit hit a near-record $1.3 trillion for the just-completed budget year. That means the government had to borrow 37 cents out of every dollar it spent as tax revenues continued to lag while spending on food stamps and unemployment benefits went up as the... more »
  • Drilling moratorium lifted

    October 12, 2010 5:38 PM

    The Obama administration has lifted its controversial moratorium on deep water drilling. It was put into effect in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The ban was scheduled to end Nov. 30th. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he moved up the... more »
  • White House says it didn't withhold oil spill info

    October 7, 2010 10:42 AM

    The White House is pushing back against accusations that the administration blocked government scientists from telling the public just how bad the BP oil spill could become. Press secretary Robert Gibbs says the White House never tried to withhold "the most accurate and timely information" on the amount of oil... more »
  • Carville speaks at LSU Law graduation

    May 28, 2010 4:48 PM

    Political strategist James Carville says he thinks President Obama has not been given the information he needs to handle the Gulf oil crisis. He blames the administration for the communication breakdown. Carville was the keynote speaker at the LSU Law Center graduation. He says state and local governments can not... more »
  • Director of US Minerals Management Service fired

    May 27, 2010 9:28 AM

    Democratic sources say the Obama administration has fired the head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service in response to blistering criticism over lax oversight of offshore drilling. Sources tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will announce the decision Thursday. Elizabeth "Liz" Birnbaum had run the service in the... more »

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