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  • Search for Ascension Superintendent starts over Play Video

    June 24, 2016 6:15 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Finding a new superintendent hasn't been easy for school board members in Ascension Parish. After narrowing the search down to four finalists, board members decided to advertise the position again. "We have big shoes to fill," said Patricia Russo, president of the school board. ... more »
  • Murdered school board member's brother selected to take his place

    June 13, 2016 11:40 PM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board selected the brother of a murdered school board member to take his place. East Feliciana Parish School Superintendent Carlos Sam told News 2 Edward Brooks, Jr. will take Broderick Brooks' seat on the board. Broderick Brooks was found shot to... more »
  • Ascension Schools to re-advertise superintendent's job

    June 7, 2016 11:39 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board was expected to announce finalists for the vacant Superintendent position Tuesday night, but instead the board decided to start their search over again. The board interviewed four candidates for the position last week , and met Tuesday expecting to narrow that list... more »
  • Removing the "Robert E." from "Robert E. Lee High School" Play Video

    May 31, 2016 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Before the new Lee High School opens, there's some controversy over the origin of its name. At a meeting Tuesday evening, a committee came up with recommendations for new names in an attempt to distance the school from its confederate namesake, Robert E. Lee. ... more »
  • Florida school board votes to restrict transgender bathroom choices

    April 23, 2016 3:45 PM

    OCALA, Fla. - A school board in north Florida plans to restrict access to school bathrooms based on a person's biological gender. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the Marion County School Board reached a consensus on Thursday on a resolution to ban transgender students from using bathrooms for the gender... more »
  • Search for permanent CATS CEO begins

    April 8, 2016 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CATS board accepted Bob Mirabito's resignation and named his interim replacement at a special meeting Friday afternoon. William "Bill" Deville, who has more than 30 years of transit management experience and has been with CATS since December 2013. Deville started as the Chief Operation... more »
  • Statue of 'Pistol Pete' clears another hurdle

    February 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Athletic Hall-of-Fame gave its approval on building a Pete Maravich statue to honor the hoops legend. Two weeks ago, the LSU revised its policies so a monument to "The Pistol" could be built. Otherwise, Maravich would have been inelgible since he didn't accrue enough... more »
  • Applicants solicited for open school board seat Play Video

    November 2, 2015 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will appoint someone to serve as an interim board member until there is an election early next year. The board made discussed the procedure at its meeting Monday night since Tarvald Smith resigned. Smith was elected to serve as... more »
  • SEC forms group to review student-athlete conduct policies

    September 10, 2015 3:44 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference has appointed seven individuals from campuses across the league to review issues surrounding student-athlete conduct. Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin will chair the group. Other members include Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Georgia law professor David Shipley, Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams, Mississippi State... more »
  • Colorado rejects PTSD as ailment eligible for medical pot

    July 15, 2015 3:38 PM

    DENVER - Colorado's Board of Health has voted against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. The 6-2 vote Wednesday came despite the backing of the state's chief medical officer. The board has voted at least three times against adding PTSD to... more »
  • Iberville school board denies request for charter school

    July 14, 2015 11:13 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - After the Iberville Parish School Board denied its application to open a charter school, the group of North Iberville parents and community leaders pushing for the school will now have to appeal to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Advocate reports the board's unanimous... more »
  • Nail salon inspections center of dirty spat Play Video

    May 14, 2015 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some Vietnamese and Asian American salon owners believe they are being unfairly targeted because of their race. A lawsuit was filed over the situation, but the State Board of Cosmetology countered the group is trying to avoid salon inspections, meant to protect customers. Around the... more »
  • Ex-New Orleans school official pleads guilty

    May 13, 2015 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans school board member has changed his plea to guilty in a federal bribery case. Ira Thomas pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. The hearing comes more than two months after U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET')... more »
  • State board awards tax breaks, costing Lafayette millions

    May 12, 2015 1:50 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A state board exempted some Lafayette Parish businesses from paying millions in local taxes in 2013. The Louisiana Economic Development's Board of Commerce and Industry, not local governing bodies, approved the exemptions that waived local property taxes. In 2013 those exemptions amounted to $5.4 million over a 10-year... more »
  • Election dates changed to fill state education board seat

    February 3, 2015 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two days before the candidate sign-up period was set to start, Gov. Bobby Jindal changed the election date to fill a vacant Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seat. Jindal moved the election for the District 4 seat representing 10 north Louisiana parishes from March 28 to... more »
  • Jindal names new members to higher education boards

    January 7, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has named a former LSU basketball star and a state senator's wife among four new appointees to the state's top higher education policy board. The governor's office announced Wednesday the newest Board of Regents members: -Claudia Adley, of Benton, vice president and co-owner of... more »
  • With future in question, chief mum about decision Play Video

    December 4, 2014 10:52 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city's police chief left city hall without saying a word following the Denham Springs Civil Service Commission's decision to hold disciplinary hearings targeting the chief and a department captain. The pair could possibly lose their jobs once they face the commission, which is investigating allegations... more »
  • Former congressman named to LSU governing board

    August 15, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped a former congressman who gave him one of his first jobs to be the newest member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Jindal's office announced Thursday that the Republican governor has appointed Jim McCrery, of Shreveport, to the 16-member governing board. McCrery... more »
  • 2-year colleges could see a spike in tuition this fall

    June 12, 2014 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's community and technical colleges could start charging more for tuition and fees this fall. The Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System approved a measure on Wednesday to allow colleges the ability to raise their tuition up to 10 percent. The... more »
  • Board, BRAC at odds over legislation dealing with principal powers

    May 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill... more »
  • NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

    April 24, 2014 2:58 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS- The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization. The changes would allow the wealthiest schools to adopt some legislation on their own, including provisions for money beyond what... more »
  • Breakaway argument over fire board

    February 26, 2014 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In what some called a battle to change the dynamics of the push to create the City of St. George, the Baton Rouge Metro Council was to decide on changing three members of the St. George Fire Board but failed to get enough support to make drastic adjustments... more »
  • Spending rises for LA boards

    December 23, 2013 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to limit the costs of Louisiana's governing boards and commissions hasn't trimmed their spending. A report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's office shows Louisiana has nearly the same number of boards and commissions as when Jindal took office in 2008. Their spending... more »
  • LSU Board of Supervisors approves ticket price increase Play Video

    December 13, 2013 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors has decided to boost ticket prices for athletic events at the university. These include a ticket price hike for the 2014 football season and 2015 baseball season. There's no word on exactly how much they will increase, but the changes are... more »
  • Retired state workers could see bigger checks

    December 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Retired state workers could see an increase in their pension checks for the first time in five years. The four statewide retirement boards are preparing to ask the legislature to approve a cost of living increase for tens of thousands of retirees over the age of... more »
  • Board hopefuls will be asked about felony pasts

    November 13, 2013 12:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- People who apply to be a member of the board of directors for Capital Area Transit System will now be asked about their criminal history, or if they have one. The search committee will ask people if they have a record since background checks are not performed... more »
  • CATS board candidate has criminal conviction

    October 23, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least one city leader is raising a red flag about a candidate for an available seat on the board of directors of the bus system here. William Johnson pleaded guilty to felony attempted theft and conspiracy to commit fraud related to donations to DARE programs in... more »
  • CATS gets a new board member

    October 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved Ben Miller to fill a vacant seat on the Capital Area Transit System. Miller replaces former board president Isaiah Marshall. The vote to fill Montrell McCaleb's seat is deferred for two weeks. Metro Council members were deadlocked on two candidates after three... more »
  • Judge rules IG can investigate N.O. School Board.

    September 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The inspector general for the city of New Orleans can investigate the Orleans Parish School Board. State District Court Judge Christopher Bruno made the ruling that was released today. The School Board was denied a request to throw out a subpoena of the board's financial... more »
  • CATS board member Ryan Heck resigns

    September 10, 2013 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another member of the Capital Area Transit System's board resigned down today, but said he'll continue to serve until a replacement for his position is found. Ryan Heck submitted his resignation Tuesday, and told News 2 it is effective Oct. 1. However, Heck said he... more »
  • Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

    September 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore endorses the lawsuit in a full-page advertisement in Monday editions of The Advocate newspaper.... more »
  • Raises to be considered for Southern System employees

    September 5, 2013 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of employees in the Southern University System may soon get raises. On Friday, the Southern Board of Supervisors will consider across the board salary increases for faculty and staff at Southern's Law School, Ag Center and New Orleans campus. The raises will be up... more »
  • Plan to buy former GM plant approved in Caddo

    August 23, 2013 11:57 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish's Industrial Development Board is set to become the new owners of the former Shreveport General Motors assembly plant. The Times reports parish commissioners voted 11-1 Thursday to allocate $7.5 million in parish funds to purchase the facility, land and mineral rights of the 529-acre property. The... more »
  • Loftus resigns from CATS board in heated letter

    August 22, 2013 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Entrepreneur Jared Loftus stepped down today from the Capital Area Transit System board, calling the board corrupt and unwilling to work for the betterment of the system. Loftus accused other board members of beind closed-minded, inept, and unethical in his resignation, and said he'd witnessed criminal... more »
  • CATS under investigation by federal agency Play Video

    August 21, 2013 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge bus system CATS, is under fire for chartering its vehicles for use by employees, breaking federal rules, as we told you exclusively last night on NEWS 2 at 10. The Federal Transit Administration is now investigating CATS. Tuesday, interim CEO Bob Mirabito alerted... more »
  • Ethics: Former Kenner mayor must pay late fee

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Ethics Board says former Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano must pay for the late filing of a campaign finance report. The board, according to The Times-Picayune, declined Friday to waive the fee and Capitano owes $600. Capitano, who lost a race to Mike Yenni in 2010,... more »
  • Oil & gas suit likely topic at flood board meeting

    August 15, 2013 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a southeast Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies greeted the board with enthusiastic applause as its monthly meeting was gaveled to order. More than a dozen stood and applauded at Thursday's opening of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, which oversees... more »
  • Leaders: if you're on CATS board, know what you are doing

    August 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders now require leaders overseeing the Capital Area Transit System to know something about public transit. The metro council approved setting tougher standards for members of the CATS board, which has been under fire for its handling of recent scandals. Accountants found irregularities in bus... more »
  • Board to consider strategic plan for schools

    August 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is considering a set of recommendations broadly aimed at lifting performance. The Advocate reports the 21-page strategic plan is expected to create controversy. It suggests giving principals more say in hiring teachers and more control of their school budgets. The... more »
  • CATS CEO promises transparency after resignations

    July 26, 2013 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO of Baton Rouge's embattled transit system said today he hopes things will move forward after the recent resignation of CATS board chair Isaiah Marshall. Marshall resigned last night amid concerns about thousands of dollars missing from the bus system and accusations another board member,... more »
  • Jindal demands flood board drop coastal lawsuit

    July 24, 2013 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a "trial lawyer windfall." The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday. The lawsuit says oil and... more »
  • State ethics board vice-chairman resigns

    July 24, 2013 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's a vacancy on the Louisiana Board of Ethics. Vice Chairman Scott Schneider has resigned from the 11-member board, without providing a reason for stepping down. In his July 3 letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal, Schneider called his time on the board "a wonderful experience." The Times-Picayune... more »
  • News 2 Investigators: other cities don't have trouble with their bus system Play Video

    July 23, 2013 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The scandal that has the Capital Area Transit System searching for missing money keeps rolling along. "We've had these reconciling differences since we had the fareboxes," CATS CFO Gary Owens said. What he calls 'reconciling differences' adds up to more than $100,000 missing over a three-and-a-half... more »
  • St. Helena school district adopts disaster plan

    July 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish School Board has approved a disaster operations plan for the parish's school district in case of any future major emergencies or disasters. The six-page document outlines a plan that can be used for inclement weather, fires, hazardous materials incidents, terrorist threats and "other potential... more »
  • Ascension board projects budget surplus

    June 22, 2013 11:17 AM

    GONZALES, La. - The Ascension Parish school district expects to achieve a budget surplus for the second consecutive year. The Advocate reports the School Board has approved a 2013-14 budget that projects $201 million in general fund revenue, an increase of nearly $7 million from last year. The anticipated general... more »
  • BESE to review student data storage and sharing

    June 19, 2013 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top education board is reviewing how the state education department stores and shares public school student data. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Wednesday to create a task force looking at the issue after concerns were raised about a state data-sharing agreement with an... more »
  • Seafood board oversight shifted to lt. governor

    June 19, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has received new responsibilities from state lawmakers, giving him oversight of a board that promotes Louisiana seafood. Dardenne spoke to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board on Wednesday about the change. While Dardenne said he didn't seek the new responsibility, he said... more »
  • East Baton Rouge school board to tackle budget

    June 19, 2013 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is scheduled Thursday to approve its annual operating budget, but board members remain divided on some of Superintendent Bernard Taylor's proposed spending and cutting plans. The School Board is debating a proposed $426.6 million budget that includes $6.2 million worth... more »
  • BESE to consider funds for 'Course Choice' program

    June 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is being asked to allocate $2 million for a pilot program to expand online high school course offerings to public school students. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education considers Tuesday the funding plan for the "Course Choice" program to begin in the... more »
  • 2004 conviction costs St. Landry school board member seat

    June 11, 2013 3:04 PM

    OPELOUSAS- A state district judge has ordered St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard (Ree-shard) to vacate his long-held seat. Judge James Doherty agreed with District Attorney Earl Taylor that Richard was ineligible to hold public office in 2006 when he was elected to the School Board. Richard pleaded... more »
  • Wrestling, 7 other sports take case to IOC

    May 29, 2013 9:47 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Wrestling and seven others sports are making their case to be included in the 2020 Olympics. Three months after being dropped from the 2020 program, wrestling has a chance on Wednesday to take a big step toward keeping its Olympic status. Wrestling body FILA... more »
  • LSU board votes to appeal public records ruling

    May 28, 2013 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that requires the university system to turn over names of three dozen candidates considered during it presidential search. The board's lawyer recommended the appeal, and board members agreed Tuesday without objection. LSU has refused to release... more »
  • Ethics board okays role of LSU Board of Supervisors member

    May 20, 2013 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's ethics board says an LSU Board of Supervisors member can serve on the governing board and also lead a private group that wants to take over operation of LSU's Shreveport hospital. The Board of Ethics signed off an advisory opinion clearing the way for Dr. John... more »
  • GOP boycotts health care advisory board

    May 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The battle over President Barack Obama's health care law continues to play out today -- with congressional Republicans saying they won't nominate candidates for an advisory board that's supposed to play a role in holding down Medicare costs. The board would have the power to force payment cuts... more »
  • Video: School bus fight has driver in trouble Play Video

    May 6, 2013 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A video obtained by News 2 shows two teen girls fighting while the rest of the students watched, and the bus driver did nothing. The parents of one of the girls is outraged and said in an email, "I am furious and concerned that our children... more »
  • Cubs chairman makes case for huge board at Wrigley

    May 1, 2013 10:02 AM

    CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts says the team needs to install a 6,000 square foot video board at Wrigley Field because it would bring in much needed revenue. Addressing the City Club of Chicago Wednesday, Ricketts said the Cubs could be making $20 million a year more in... more »
  • Higher education boards closer to increasing tuition Play Video

    April 30, 2013 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State colleges and universities are one step closer to setting their own tuition rates without having to go to the legislature for approval. House Bill 194 would allow higher education boards to raise their tuition without permission of the legislature passed 13 to 4 out of the... more »
  • School board makes campus switch, no decision on school days

    April 22, 2013 9:36 PM

    CLINTON- Students at some schools in East Feliciana Parish will attend different schools next school year. Monday, the school board voted to swap locations for the high school and middle school. The high school campus will move to Clinton and the middle school will move to Jackson. A judge... 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 »
  • Report issued on helicopter crash

    April 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation and Safety Board finds the two tail rotors were missing from a helicopter that crashed near the Calcasieu/Cameron Parish line in March. The American Press reports three people were killed when the Era helicopter went down while on a... more »
  • Student newspaper editor sues LSU governing board

    April 1, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The editor of LSU's student newspaper is suing the university system's Board of Supervisors for refusing to provide information about the candidates considered to be LSU president. Andrea Gallo, editor of The Daily Reveille, filed her lawsuit Monday. The Board of Supervisors hired F. King Alexander last... more »
  • Security upgrades coming to Pointe Coupee schools

    March 28, 2013 8:55 AM

    NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office has submitted a school crisis response plan to the school board outlining new security recommendations to better protect the district's five campuses. Sheriff Bud Torres also handed the board a proposal on Wednesday to spend about $120,000 a year to hire... more »
  • Small jet crash kills 5 in eastern Georgia

    February 21, 2013 8:55 AM

    THOMSON, Ga.- The National Transportation Safety Board says in a statement that a small jet "overran" a runway during its landing and crashed into a wooded area in eastern Georgia. Authorities say five people died in the crash shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday and two others were taken to a... more »
  • Monopoly to get new lineup of tokens

    February 6, 2013 6:35 AM

    PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The classic Monopoly game is set for its most significant change in decades after fans voted to add a new token to replace the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron after they received the least support in an online contest. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. will announce the new token... more »
  • Miles gets pay raise

    February 1, 2013 3:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors signed-off on a pay raise for the school's head football coach, Les Miles. Sports 2 Director Michael Cauble Tweeted that there were "no questions, no opposition" to the increase. Miles received a $549,000 annual pay raise. The change bumps his salary... more »
  • CATS members blast management

    February 1, 2013 6:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The parish bus system's governing board began a series of meetings Thursday to discuss how to move the system forward following a recent report that recommended replacing CATS' top managers with contracted employees from a transit management firm. The Advocate reports some members of the Capital Area... more »
  • Board to decide on Les Miles contract extension

    January 24, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A pay increase and extension for LSU head football coach Les Miles' contract will go before the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 1, according to the university. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said the amendment to the contract was agreed upon in December, increasing his annual... more »
  • 2 BESE appointees leaving the board this month

    January 18, 2013 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two of Gov. Bobby Jindal's appointees to the state's top school board are leaving the positions, and the governor has tapped his former chief of staff to fill one of the vacant spots. Penny Dastugue of Covington and John Bennett of Port Allen announced Friday that they... more »
  • WBR school board to discuss security tonight

    January 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    PORT ALLEN - School administrators in West Baton Rouge will meet with law enforcement tonight to discuss school security in the parish. Tonight's committee meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the school board office in Port Allen. The committee will primarily decide if the topic warrants further... more »
  • 2 armed men carjack Sewerage & Water Board truck

    January 3, 2013 3:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are looking for two men who carjacked a Sewerage and Water Board truck. Police say the men demanded the keys at gunpoint about noon Thursday from three sewerage board employees who were working in the back of the truck. Nobody was hurt. The truck... more »
  • Natchitoches School Board says no to new charter

    January 3, 2013 9:16 AM

    NATCHITOCHES - The Natchitoches Parish School Board has denied an application for a new charter school. The school was to serve at-risk middle school students. But the application was deemed inadequate by Kimberly Williams of the Baton Rouge consulting firm New Millennium Education. The board had hired the firm... more »

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