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  • Putin: Leaders agree to deal for Ukraine cease-fire

    February 12, 2015 3:44 AM

    MINSK, Belarus - Russian President Vladimir Putin says the warring parties in the Ukrainian conflict have agreed on a cease-fire beginning midnight on Saturday and a division line for withdrawing heavy weapons. After 15 hours of talks in the Belarusian capital, Putin said agreements had been signed, one declaring the... more »
  • Lawmakers seal deal on $1.1T spending bill

    December 9, 2014 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional aides say a final agreement has been sealed on a massive $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown and fund most of the government through next September. The hard-fought agreement would delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until... more »
  • Plan emerges to divide $40M college incentive fund

    September 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An agreement has been struck to split a $40 million higher education incentive fund designed to steer money to programs that help fill high-demand jobs. A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials on Monday approved a plan to divvy up the money among the... more »
  • John Kerry hopes to solve Afghanistan voting dispute

    July 11, 2014 2:55 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control. Kerry, who arrived predawn in Kabul on a hastily arranged visit, is meeting Friday with former Finance... more »
  • Obama headed home after 4-country Asia tour check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2014 2:44 AM

    MANILA, Philippines - President Barack Obama is heading home after a four-country swing through Asia. He is still confronting the challenge of how to deal with Russia's threatening moves toward Ukraine. The issue clouded an Obama tour that was meant to reassure anxious allies in the orbit of a rising... more »
  • Companies butt heads over 'Walking Dead Escape' agreement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 24, 2014 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A special effects company says they're out thousands of dollars after producers of The Walking Dead Escape canceled their order at the last minute. The Walking Dead Escape, a zombie-theme obstacle course inspired by the hit television series, made its first stop on a national tour... more »
  • Odums reaches agreement with Southern

    December 19, 2013 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University and Head Football Coach Dawson Odums have reached an agreement on contract terms to extend the leader of the Jaguars' resurgence, culminating in a 2013 SWAC Championship, 9-4 (8-2 SWAC) record. The contract, pending Southern University Board of Supervisors' approval, will include a 3-year... more »
  • Senators closing in on deal to reopen government

    October 15, 2013 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate leaders are closing in on an agreement to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations. Congressional aides predicted Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky would seal an agreement Tuesday, just two days before the Treasury... more »
  • Lawmakers support $257M deal for Sasol fuel plant

    August 15, 2013 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reversed course and backed a $257 million agreement with a South African energy company to build a multibillion-dollar fuel plant in southwest Louisiana. A week after delaying a vote, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget agreed to the contract with Sasol Ltd. without objection.... more »
  • Aid for Nazi victims

    May 28, 2013 7:52 PM

    BERLIN- Some victims of Nazi crimes from World War II will receive financial support under an agreement reached between the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the German government. About 56,000 survivors in about 46 different countries will get aid depending on individual needs and circumstances over a... more »
  • Jindal won't seek legislative backing on LSU deals

    April 18, 2013 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't seek legislative approval of his administration's LSU hospital privatization agreements, though both the House and Senate have voted that they want such decision-making authority. Jindal said Thursday that he believes the legislative resolutions that have received support in the House and... more »
  • LSU Board Oks hospital agreements

    April 17, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement that would allow private companies to manage and operate public hospitals in New Orleans and Lafayette. The Advocate reports the "cooperative endeavor agreements" approved Wednesday call for the changes to begin June 24, a week before the end... more »
  • Senators wrap up work on immigration bill

    April 11, 2013 3:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Four Democratic and four Republican senators have reached agreement on all the major elements of sweeping legislation to remake the nation's immigration laws, and expect to unveil the bill next week. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says the bill probably will be rolled out on Tuesday. After... more »
  • Ville Platte, ACLU agree on dropping curfew suit

    January 17, 2013 5:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of Ville Platte and the American Civil Liberties Union have signed an agreement ending the ACLU's lawsuit against a pedestrians-only curfew. The city has agreed that any future curfew will be the least restrictive needed to meet a "compelling need." It did not admit liability... more »
  • Transocean spill settlement heads to court

    January 9, 2013 7:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in New Orleans Wednesday for its plea agreement with the Justice Department over the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean has agreed to pay $400 million in criminal... more »
  • Judge sets meeting to discuss BP plea deal

    November 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rescheduled a closed-door meeting to discuss BP's agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from its deadly 2010 rig explosion and response to the massive Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance had planned to meet Thursday in her chambers with... more »
  • NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs

    September 27, 2012 12:51 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL and the referees' union have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead. With Commissioner Roger Goodell at the table, the sides concluded two days of talks at midnight Thursday... more »
  • Hawks, Nets reach trading agreement

    July 3, 2012 8:57 AM

    Multiple media outlets are reporting the Hawks and Nets have agreed to a trade that would send All-Star guard Joe Johnson from Atlanta to Brooklyn. ESPN was first to report the teams had agreed to the deal. All the reports cited unidentified sources. The Nets would send... more »
  • Key agreement signed for LNG terminal

    May 4, 2012 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor's office has announced the latest development in plans for a $6 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in southwestern Louisiana. A Thursday news release says Sempra Energy Inc., has reached an agreement with an affiliate of a French company, GDF Suez, to develop the facility.... more »
  • President signs commitment with Afghanistan

    May 1, 2012 3:05 PM

    KABUL - President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have signed an agreement aimed at cementing a lasting U.S. commitment to Afghanistan after the long and unpopular war there comes to an end. Mr. Obama says the deal with Afghanistan allows the U.S. to wind down the war,... more »
  • Shrimp processors object to BP settlement terms

    April 23, 2012 12:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A group of Gulf Coast shrimp processors is asking a federal judge to hold off on preliminarily approval of portions of BP's proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal calls for BP to... more »
  • Netflix strikes movie deal

    February 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Netflix will stream certain movies from the Weinstein Company including "The Artist" under an exclusive licensing agreement. The agreement covers foreign-language movies, documentaries, and other films in the Weinstein vault which will become available for instant viewing on Netflix. Netflix said it would get some... more »
  • US prosecutors settle with ex-Apollo astronaut

    October 28, 2011 8:49 AM

    MIAMI - Federal prosecutors and former astronaut Edgar Mitchell have reached an agreement over a camera Mitchell brought home from his 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission. Mitchell says the camera was a gift from NASA. In March, he tried to auction it through the British firm Bonhams. NASA says... more »
  • AP: NFL, players have agreed to deal

    July 25, 2011 8:08 AM

    WASHINGTON- Two people familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press that the NFL and players have reached a deal to end the lockout. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is supposed to remain secret and no formal announcement has been made. The NFL Players Association's... more »
  • Southern reaches agreement with fired coach

    April 30, 2011 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University will pay former basketball coach Ron Spivery an undisclosed amount of money for the last year on his contract after firing him last month. Southern University System president Ronald Mason Jr. said that the figure will be more than $50,000, but less than Spivery's $125,000... more »
  • Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices

    February 22, 2011 12:50 PM

    MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned Tuesday that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon. Walker said in a statement to The Associated Press that the layoffs wouldn't take effect immediately.... more »
  • Obama optimistic about bipartisan deal on taxes

    December 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he is optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will come to agreements on several issues in the coming weeks. Obama says the most important issue lawmakers must resolve is making sure taxes don't increase for middle-class families when Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end... more »
  • Terrebonne Parish looks to expand public transit

    November 25, 2010 1:01 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - A proposal to expand public transportation in Thibodaux has been placed on the back burner until the new mayor takes office in mid-December. City officials say discussion of a proposed agreement between Terrebonne Parish and Good Earth Transit is deferred until Dec. 21 so Mayor-elect Tommy Eschete... more »
  • Board of Regents signs GRAD Act agreements

    October 27, 2010 12:04 PM

    The state Board of Regents approved agreements with all of Louisiana’s public colleges and universities to increase their graduation rates by seven percent over six years, in return for more control over their schools. The six-year agreements are a requirement of the GRAD Act which was signed into law this... more »
  • Hawker Beechcraft deal could keep jobs in Kansas

    October 5, 2010 9:45 PM

    An agreement has been reached that could keep "the vast majority" of the Hawker Beechcraft general aviation jobs in the Wichita, Gov. Mark Parkinson said late Tuesday. Parkinson said he brokered a "long-term deal" with the company and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union. He declined to... more »
  • Plea agreement could be reached in drunk driving case

    September 22, 2010 5:51 PM

    A plea agreement could be reached surrounding a drunk driving case in Hammond. Derek Quebedeaux is accused of plowing into a group of people last year. Three people died, and two more were severely injured. He didn't have anything to say as he walked into court Wednesday. Attorneys... more »
  • Spirit Airlines make a deal to end pilots' strike

    June 17, 2010 6:18 AM

    The union for striking pilots at Spirit Airlines says it has reached a tentative agreement with the airline. The vice chairman of the pilots' union says they're still working out the details of when pilots will return to flying, but they're aiming to do it as soon as possible. Spirit... more »
  • Zachary wants to break away from parish sewer infrastructure

    February 23, 2010 4:23 PM

    The City of Zachary wants to break away from East Baton Rouge Parish's sewer infrastructure. Councilman Randall Bouley believes the city is paying for sewer fees that aren't addressing the immediate needs in the city. "The pipes that the city of Zachary own will not be fixed by money... more »
  • Concealed handgun permit may be tweaked

    February 15, 2010 4:53 PM

    Louisiana currently has dozens of agreements with other states involving concealed handgun permits. The agreement makes a Louisiana permit valid in that state, and that state's permit valid here. A proposed bill would modify those agreements. Under the bill, Louisiana would only acknowledge a concealed weapons permit from the... more »
  • Blue Cross and FMOL come to tentative agreement

    January 21, 2010 9:54 PM

    There's a tentative deal between Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Franciscan Missionary of Our Lady Health System. Right now details are vague, but the agreement should last 27 months. Negotiations between Blue Cross and FMOL broke down late last year when the two parties could not reach an... more »
  • Rhodia union OKs new contract

    November 16, 2009 6:52 AM

    Union workers at Rhodia's Baton Rouge chemical plant are returning to work after they ratified a new three-year labor agreement, ending a strike that began Nov. 3. The new agreement is similar to an agreement rejected by the workers Nov. 2, but it includes changes to an after-hours callout procedure.... more »
  • Plaquemine may get new power contract

    October 8, 2009 5:23 PM

    Residents in Plaquemine could begin seeing cheaper utility bills if an interim agreement with a power supplier is approved. Plaquemine is one of 19 cities that owns a power plant. Right now, it gets electricity from the Louisiana Energy and Power Authority or LEPA. After dozens of residents... more »

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