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  • U. S. House approves Keystone XL pipeline

    January 9, 2015 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite a veto threat from the White House. The bill passed Friday on a 266-153 vote, one of the first pieces of legislation considered by the Republican-controlled Congress. It was the 10th vote the House... more »
  • FDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers

    December 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. The agency approved Opdivo for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma that cannot be removed through surgery or has spread throughout the body. The approval was based on preliminary... more »
  • House sends bill approving oil pipeline to Senate

    November 14, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has sent the Senate a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The House voted Friday 252-161 on a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana in a bid to boost his chances to take over Louisiana's Senate seat from Democrat Mary Landrieu.... more »
  • 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 »

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