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  • LSU's PMAC to add largest hung video board in nation

    July 20, 2017 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center will be home to the largest centrally-hung video board in college basketball, the university announced on Thursday. The board will rank 11th in size among all centrally hung boards in NBA arenas, school officials say. The school is set to... more »
  • TWG Contractors, owned by man arrested in 3 parishes for contractor fraud, gets licenses revoked

    July 19, 2017 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Residential Contractors Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors revoked three licenses from TWG, LLC. The owner of the company, Michael Simmers, has been arrested several times in at least three different parishes for contractor fraud. The company's commercial, residential and home improvement... more »
  • Contractor accused of fraud says, it's 'not the complete truth' Play Video

    June 14, 2017 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor facing fraud charges in three parishes went before the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors Wednesday morning. Michael Simmers with TWG LLC stepped in front of a podium prepared to address alleged violations against him, but his hearing has been postponed. "My lawyer... more »
  • Edwards appoints Angelle's replacement on LSU Board of Supervisors

    June 13, 2017 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards has announced the replacement for former Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle on the LSU Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, Edwards announced that Mary Werner will take over Angelle's vacated seat for the remainder of his term representing the 3rd Congressional District. Werner,... more »
  • Louisiana K-12 education board tweaks public school formula

    May 11, 2017 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has redrafted its proposal for financing the state's public schools next year. Action Thursday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education came at the request of lawmakers. They wanted two provisions added to the $3.7 billion financing formula proposal for the... more »
  • Report: Council on Aging board member placed on administrative leave

    April 26, 2017 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Council on Aging board member and attorney, Dorothy Jackson, has been placed on administrative leave by the Southern University Law Center, where she is an associate clinical professor for the Elder Law Clinic , according to The Business Report . According to the... more »
  • Contractor hired in good faith had no license, but does now Play Video

    April 7, 2017 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor facing fraud charges in Baton Rouge has bonded out of jail. A homeowner who filed charges against Sargent Pitcher is worried he'll wreak havoc in another's home. Rick Bueche says he hired Pitcher in good faith and had two criteria to meet. "You... more »
  • Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

    March 20, 2017 8:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says a Texas school board can continue to let students offer public prayers at its meetings. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a lower court ruling dismissing a lawsuit against the Birdville Independent School District. It was filed... more »
  • 3-year-old killed, two others hurt in Pennsylvania hoverboard fire

    March 11, 2017 5:44 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has died following a Pennsylvania fire that also critically injured two others and appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard. The Lehigh County coroner's office said Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead at an area hospital just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday.... more »
  • Science standards rewrite wins support, with evolution tweak

    March 7, 2017 8:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board is poised to back a rewrite of the state's science standards for public schools, the first revamp of the teaching benchmarks in two decades. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave preliminary support Tuesday to the standards. They were drawn up by... more »
  • Puerto Rico gets more time to propose fiscal plan

    January 28, 2017 1:28 PM

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A federal control board is giving Puerto Rico's government more time to figure out how to confront its financial crisis. Saturday's action gives the territorial government a little more time to negotiate with creditors and stave off possible lawsuits. The deadline for presenting a fiscal... more »
  • Mom arrested for beating child with wooden board

    October 31, 2016 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police have arrested a mother after she allegedly beat her son with a wooden board. Baton Rouge Police were dispatched to the 4900 block of Hammond Street on Sunday, Oct. 30 when a boy told officers that his mother, 40-year-old Liza Joseph, beat him after she... more »
  • Chancellor search at SUNO extended; vote postponed

    October 25, 2016 8:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three days before its system board planned to choose a new chancellor for Southern University New Orleans, a vote has been delayed so the board can seek more candidates. System President-Chancellor Ray Belton did not immediately give a reason for Tuesday's decision. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports at an... more »
  • Consultant to oversee Ascension Parish school rebuilding

    September 14, 2016 9:21 AM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board has picked CSRS, a Baton Rouge firm, to oversee rebuilding flood-damaged school buildings and seeking FEMA reimbursement dollars. Chad Lynch, director of planning and construction for Ascension Parish schools, told board members at a special meeting Tuesday, CSRS was recommended by a selection... more »
  • 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 »

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