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  • Lawmakers increase retirement age for new workers

    May 14, 2014 3:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to raise the retirement age for public school teachers and rank-and-file state workers hired on or after July 1, 2015. Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the... more »
  • Committee approves Green for La. U.S. Attorney

    May 1, 2014 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Walt Green's nomination to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Green has been serving as Acting United States Attorney since Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. resigned in July of 2013. Green was recommended for the position by... more »
  • Bill mandating life support for pregnant women approved

    April 23, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family's wishes. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed the proposal Wednesday without objection. The measure by New... more »
  • Bill approved to overhaul school textbook review process

    March 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are considering an overhaul to Louisiana's process for reviewing textbooks to give school districts more freedom to decide which instructional materials they want to use. The Senate Education Committee agreed Wednesday without objection to the proposal. Sen. Conrad Appel, the committee's chairman, says he's trying to address... more »
  • Fobbs' hiring at Grambling approved by UL board

    December 6, 2013 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Grambling State University's hiring of new football coach Broderick Fobbs has been approved by the University of Louisiana System governing board. Fobbs will receive a $195,000 annual salary. The board unanimously agreed Friday to his selection and praised the hiring, which university leaders hope can improve a... more »
  • LSU privatization deals approved for 4 hospitals

    May 28, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved contracts to privatize four more of its public hospitals, in agreements still missing key financing details. Approval from the board Tuesday handed authority to sign off on final deals, including items like the amount for rental payments, to LSU System President... more »
  • Senate panel approves 2-cents tax on cell phones

    May 23, 2013 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new 2-cents monthly tax on cell phones to help provide services for people with hearing impairment has been approved by the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. The House-backed bill would change the current law by reducing the amount of tax levied per month from 5... more »
  • Senators back plan to push Juban Crossing

    May 20, 2013 10:29 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Lawmakers backed a plan that could fuel the development of a planned shopping center in Livingston Parish. The Louisiana Senate approved using state money for infrastructure improvements and bond payments for Juban Crossing. The development is going at the intersection of I-12 and Juban Road. The... more »
  • List of approved BRPD chief applicants released

    April 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board released a list of 17 applicants approved to take the civil service exam to replace fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. The Board approved the following applicants at its April 18 meeting: * Carl... more »
  • Commission approves $30 million dollar bond plan for Juban Crossing Play Video

    January 17, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The La. State Bond Commission approved the sale of $30 million in bonds for Juban Crossing. It is more good news for the Livingston Parish retail center after delays caused by downturn in the economy. Developer Scott Crawford says deals with stores have been finalized.... more »
  • Congress approves deal to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

    January 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill's... more »
  • Judge approves settlement in BP class action suit

    December 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given final approval to BP's settlement with businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP PLC estimates it will pay $7.8 billion to cover economic and medical claims from more than 100,000 businesses and individuals.... more »
  • Shaw shareholders vote for sale

    December 21, 2012 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE-The Shaw Group, Baton Rouge's only Fortune 500 company, is set to be sold to CB&I. Shareholders voted today to approve the $3.04 billion sale to the Netherlands-based company. The deal is worth $46 per share in cash and stock and is expected to close in mid-February. ... more »
  • School for dyslexic students approved

    December 6, 2012 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board has granted tentative approval to a plan to establish a charter school in Baton Rouge that would serve students with dyslexia. The decision by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education overrides the recommendation of a national evaluation group. The proposed school -... more »
  • Judge urged to approve Chinese drywall settlements

    November 13, 2012 2:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for thousands of Gulf Coast property owners have urged a federal judge to give his final approval to a proposed class-action settlement that calls for a Chinese drywall manufacturer to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to repair homes damaged by their product. U.S. District Judge... more »
  • DSNAP approved for East Baton Rouge Parish

    September 20, 2012 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has approved the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for East Baton Rouge Parish. The program will begin on Monday. DCFS Secretary Suzy... more »
  • Residents worried as drilling approved near sinkhole Play Video

    August 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - State leaders approved a permit today for Texas Brine LLC to begin drilling a relief well near a large slurry area in Assumption Parish. The well would look into a cavern that experts believe could be causing mysterious bubbles in Bayou Corne and the nearby sinkhole,... more »
  • College football playoff approved for 2014

    June 26, 2012 5:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season. The move completes a six-month process in which the commissioners have... more »
  • Bond sale bid approved for library

    June 21, 2012 7:37 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury accepted a better-than-expected bid for $3.5 million in construction bonds for a new library. Parish voters approved the bond issue on March 24. Bond attorney Alan Offner said during this week's police jury meeting he used a conservative estimate of... more »
  • Voucher program framework approved by BESE panel

    June 18, 2012 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education board has agreed to a framework for a new statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools. But that framework does not have accountability standards required by the Legislature and still being devised by the Louisiana Department of Education.... more »
  • School cuts approved by Tangipahoa board

    April 18, 2012 7:38 AM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has approved the continuation of a package of one-year cuts that should save the system $2 million during 2012-13. The cuts include suspending professional leaves, most medical leaves and not awarding annual pay increases known as step raises. Bret Schnadelbach, the system's financial... more »
  • Child sex abuse bill approved

    March 29, 2012 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Senate has approved a bill that would make it a crime to not report child sex abuse. The bill states any adult who sees child abuse would be required to report it, or face a felony charge with a prison sentence up to five years.... more »
  • $2 million approved for new aquarium roof

    December 13, 2011 3:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government has approved spending just over $2 million to replace the roof of the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Patchwork repair was completed on the roof in May 2006 for its reopening after Hurricane Katrina. Aquarium officials say that the repair... more »
  • Senate remapping plan approved by divided Senate

    March 29, 2011 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- A plan to reshape the Louisiana Senate's 39 districts - and boost its minority districts from 10 to 11 - has won approval from the Senate with a vote of 27-12. Opposition came from black lawmakers who disagreed with the redesign of the minority districts, from... more »
  • East Feliciana official receives $16K pay raise

    November 2, 2010 6:15 AM

    CLINTON - The director of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management in East Feliciana Parish is getting a $16,000 salary increase after the police jury approved the raise. The increase brings Henry Weigand's salary of $30,000 to the state average of $45,860 for parish Homeland Security directors. The salary... more »
  • FDA: Johnson & Johnson business breaking law

    August 24, 2010 10:33 AM

    The FDA says a Johnson & Johnson business that makes joint replacements, is breaking the law with its marketing of two products. Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics is selling one product that was never approved for sale and is selling another product for uses that have not been specifically... more »
  • Congressional money for La. coast moves forward

    July 21, 2010 5:08 AM

    A key Senate appropriations subcommittee has approved $35.6 million in coastal restoration work in Louisiana. The Senate Appropriations subcommittee for energy and water approved spending $19 million for new coastal restoration work and $16.6 million on new coastal studies. The money still has to be OK'd by the full Congress. more »
  • State Lawmakers approve ban on "cyberbullying"

    June 21, 2010 2:08 PM

    Louisiana lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill that would create the misdemeanor crime of "cyberbullying". It would ban harrassing or intimidating someone under 18 by text message, e-mail or posts on social networking sites. The bill now heads to the Governor's desk. more »

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