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  • Jindal, Kennedy budget dispute continues

    October 30, 2014 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration says Treasurer John Kennedy's refusal to sign state borrowing paperwork could cost the state money and delay construction projects if a deal can't be reached soon. And the administration is asking lawmakers to put pressure on Kennedy. Kennedy disputes the claim, saying... more »
  • Jindal, state officials ban new synthetic pot compound

    October 29, 2014 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal along with state health officials and police announced the ban of a new synthetic marijuana compound on Wednesday afternoon. The new compound, known as "MAB-CHMINACA", is yet another chemical compound that authorities determined to be a key precursor in the production of illegal... more »
  • Economist says Jindal 'misinterprets' jobs data

    October 29, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's chief economist and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration are at odds about what state employment data shows about Louisiana's job growth. Greg Albrecht, with the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Office, says the Jindal administration has been inaccurately describing Louisiana as outperforming much of the South and the... more »
  • GOP candidates in La. not embracing Bobby Jindal

    October 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While Democrats in Louisiana are largely dodging ties to President Barack Obama this election season, Republicans aren't necessarily embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked to grade the Republican governor's performance, GOP congressional contenders have answered with middling marks to outright avoidance of the question as support for Jindal... more »
  • Jindal says only other job he wants is president Play Video

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal told News 2 today that if he stays in politics after his term is over, it would be to run for president. Jindal told Michael Marsh Tuesday it was the only other job in politics he wanted. He said he and First Lady... more »
  • Jindal: report any state travel to Ebola countries

    October 20, 2014 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered every part of state government under his control to start reporting any travel to countries where people might catch the Ebola virus. He also ordered restrictions or advisories on such travelers' use of commercial transportation and going to gathering places including restaurants,... more »
  • La. surplus dispute likely to linger for months

    October 16, 2014 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Did the state close last year's books with a surplus or a deficit? Seems like an easy-to-answer question, a comparison of state expenses against revenues. But the Jindal administration's claims of a $179 million surplus have run into skepticism. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says the administration... more »
  • Supreme Court upholds 2012 education overhaul

    October 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill. Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed... more »
  • Jindal seeks reversal of military funeral cuts

    October 14, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans. The Republican governor, considering a 2016 presidential campaign, sent a letter Tuesday to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run... more »
  • Jindal declares emergency because of weather

    October 13, 2014 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency as severe weather moves across Louisiana ahead of a cold front, downing trees and power lines and leaving thousands without electricity. Jindal issued the proclamation Monday. It extends through Nov. 11 unless terminated sooner. The National Weather Service... more »
  • Preschool funding application approved by Jindal

    October 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A dispute over the Common Core education standards won't sideline Louisiana's application for up to $15 million in federal grant money for pre-kindergarten programs. With a Tuesday deadline looming, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced that the Republican governor will agree to support Louisiana's grant application for the... more »
  • Jindal admin: State has a $178.5M surplus

    October 9, 2014 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration says Louisiana has ended the 2014 fiscal year with a $178.5 million budget surplus. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said Thursday that creating a "fiscally responsible" plan for the surplus is the administration's next step with health care and higher education as the top... more »
  • Executive order issued over teacher comments

    October 8, 2014 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order reminding school administrators that the First Amendment still protects free speech after a report that a Louisiana school asked a teacher to take down a social media post critical of Common Core. The Town Talk of Alexandria reported that... more »
  • Small business aid program threatened with closure

    October 8, 2014 10:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and business leaders are asking Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to keep open a 25-year-old program that helps small businesses apply for federal government contracts. The state investment needed to save the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, known as PTAC, is small, about $185,000. But PTAC supporters... more »
  • Jindal: End flights from Ebola-stricken areas

    October 3, 2014 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging the Obama Administration to block flights coming into the United States from Ebola-stricken countries. In a statement Friday, Jindal said, "Even countries in Africa have cut back on or stopped accepting flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks." Jindal's comments come as... more »
  • Fired contractor: Indictment didn't disrupt case

    October 2, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company whose $200 million Medicaid contract was canceled by Gov. Bobby Jindal says the indictment of Louisiana's former health secretary won't harm its ongoing wrongful termination lawsuit. Michael McKay, lawyer for Client Network Services Inc., says the charges against Bruce Greenstein don't undermine CNSI's claims that... more »
  • Jindal holds meeting to discuss Ebola preparedness

    October 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal held a meeting Wednesday to gather updates from state agencies to ensure the state is prepared if a case of Ebola were to be confirmed in Louisiana. The governor said it is important to note that there are no known cases of Ebola... more »
  • State health insurance changes delayed until March

    September 30, 2014 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is delaying heavily-criticized changes to the state health insurance program by two months, but is not backing off the rewrite. The Office of Group Benefits announced Tuesday that the changes will begin on March 1, instead of Jan. 1. Also, members of the... more »
  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal campaigns with Havenstein

    September 26, 2014 5:13 PM

    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein on two education-related campaign stops, and both were quizzed by youngsters. Jindal, who's likely considering a run for president in 2016, and Havenstein visited a charter school in Manchester on Friday before touring US FIRST,... more »
  • Lawmakers hold hearing in health insurance dispute

    September 25, 2014 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the state employee health insurance program will face a dire financial scenario without the heavily-criticized changes planned by the Jindal administration. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers Thursday the program would be near broke by the end of the... more »
  • Lawmakers call for action on released fugitive

    September 23, 2014 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of Louisiana state legislators sent a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal recently, asking him to act "forcefully" after a fugitive from Mexico who was recently from released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison due to a clerical error. Bernardo Gomez, who authorities said has... more »
  • AG says Jindal health changes didn't follow law

    September 23, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana attorney general's office says state employee health insurance changes enacted by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration skipped required legal steps. In an opinion released Tuesday, the attorney general's office says modifications to health care plans for state workers and retirees in the Office of Group Benefits... more »
  • Panel backs oil lawsuit supporter

    September 18, 2014 12:47 PM

    HARAHAN - A supporter of a lawsuit against the oil industry has been re-nominated to a seat on a south Louisiana flood control board despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East on Thursday nominated coastal expert Paul Kemp to another term... more »
  • Jindal, Deal talk charter schools, reforms in Ga.

    September 10, 2014 4:57 PM

    ATLANTA - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is touting efforts in his state to expand charter schools and praising Gov. Nathan Deal for his support of school choice. Jindal was in Atlanta on Wednesday with Deal for a Republican Governors Association fundraiser. Jindal says the RGA is "very committed" to helping... more »
  • State Supreme Court hears arguments on teacher tenure

    September 5, 2014 3:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana is up for arguments before the state Supreme Court. Friday's high court hearing deals with a Baton Rouge judge's decision that the 2012 legislation that included the tenure changes was unconstitutional. State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the... more »
  • Future of 'Big Oil' suit at stake as panel meets

    August 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that's suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies. The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East discussed plans... more »
  • Perry, Jindal, Cruz plan Iowa visits in September

    August 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Republican presidential prospects are making plans to visit Iowa in September. Texas Gov. Rick Perry will campaign with 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Rod Blum on Tuesday. They plan stops in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Dubuque. On Sept. 27, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov.... more »
  • Feds release locations, numbers of unaccompanied minors

    August 26, 2014 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Conflicting information from the federal government shows, to a degree, how many illegal children have crossed into the United States and found refuge with sponsors in Louisiana. The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports on a state-by-state list that there are 1,275 children in Louisiana. Then, on... more »
  • Health benefit changes planned for state workers

    August 26, 2014 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State employees and retirees face increased out-of-pocket costs and higher deductibles as Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration reworks state health insurance plans to keep the program from financial disaster. Financial analysts say those in the insurance program in many instances will be paying more and getting less. Critics... more »
  • After win over Governor, state begins implementing tests

    August 19, 2014 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judge Todd Hernandez issued a defeat to Governor Bobby Jindal in the fight over Common Core in Louisiana Tuesday. The judge granted a request by parents, teachers, and charter school managers who sued Jindal to stop several executive orders and actions meant to remove the state... more »
  • Judge says he'll issue written ruling on Common Core

    August 18, 2014 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judge Todd Hernandez told attorneys involved in a lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal's actions to remove Louisiana from the Common Core educational standards that he will make a written ruling on the case. Both sides argued all day Monday. Hernandez did not say when he'd issue... 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 »
  • Common Core dispute heads to court next week

    August 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of traded accusations between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana's education leaders, the feud over the Common Core education standards gets aired in court next week. Up first is a Tuesday hearing in which Jindal is asking a judge to dismiss parts of a lawsuit filed... more »
  • Jindal to attend Family Leadership Summit in Iowa

    August 8, 2014 2:03 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls. But as conservative prospects flood the state for... more »
  • Jindal asks judge to bar use of Common Core tests

    August 6, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a judge to prohibit state education leaders from using testing material tied to the Common Core standards in Louisiana's public schools. Jindal filed a petition Wednesday seeking an injunction that would keep the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the... more »
  • Roemer tells Press Club that Common Core is staying Play Video

    August 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Summer vacation for most students ends in a matter of days, but the fight over Common Core won't end anytime soon. Chas Roemer is president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and said Common Core has turned into a fiasco caused by Governor Bobby... more »
  • Jindal goes to Mexico border for firsthand look

    August 4, 2014 7:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal visited Texas' border with Mexico to get a closer look at the nation's immigration crisis. The Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate is getting a helicopter view of the area Monday, taking a boat tour up the Rio Grande River and speaking... more »
  • Vitter describes strong support for Common Core

    August 1, 2014 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "strongly" supports the Common Core education standards. The position puts him at odds with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, but could bolster support from the business community as the senator raises money for the 2015 governor's race. In an interview taped... more »
  • Jindal files countersuit against CC supporters

    July 29, 2014 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's administration filed a countersuit Tuesday against supporters of Common Core in the ongoing political firefight over who controls the state's education system. Jindal's countersuit seeks to invalidate the Memorandum of Understanding filed with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,... more »
  • BESE votes to join Common Core lawsuit against JIndal

    July 29, 2014 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit filed to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal's efforts to stop Common Core in Louisiana. The board voted 6-4 to join the suit filed on behalf of several parents, educators, and charter school... more »
  • BESE special meeting planned over Common Core

    July 28, 2014 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state school board announced they would hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss recently filed lawsuits affecting the Common Core education standards. The Board of Secondary and Elementary Education scheduled the meeting for 11 a.m. at the Claiborne Building. The agenda included consideration of... more »
  • BESE effort to hire lawyer faces Jindal resistance

    July 24, 2014 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board has hit a roadblock from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration in its efforts to hire a law firm to pursue a possible lawsuit against the governor. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against... more »
  • Edwards: If elected, state budget would be focus

    July 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, says Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme." He says Jindal's... more »
  • Health benefit cuts planned for La. state workers

    July 18, 2014 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is raising health insurance rates and cutting benefits for state employees and retirees, to keep their insurance program solvent. A general outline of program changes was presented Friday to the Legislature's joint budget committee, which has raised concerns about the Office of Group... more »
  • No breakthroughs in Common Core meeting Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There were no dramatic breakthroughs during Thursday's much-anticipated meeting over Common Core between Governor Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White. Jindal and White scheduled the meeting to resolve their differences over the Common Core education standards and PARCC assessment test Louisiana is set to... more »
  • Jindal and White to meet about Common Core dispute Play Video

    July 17, 2014 3:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After weeks of public disagreement, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Education Superintendent John White are sitting down to talk about standardized testing for the upcoming school year. At issue in Thursday afternoon's meeting are the Common Core education standards and the education department's plans to use tests aligned... more »
  • Governor demands repairs on collapsed road at SU

    July 16, 2014 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency repairs are expected to begin this weekend on a collapsed stretch road near the heart of Southern University's campus. Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the repairs since the school was in limbo, trying to secure funding for emergency repairs after the washout a few weeks ago.... more »
  • Jindal accuses DOE of improper contracting

    July 16, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration says the Department of Education appears to have repeatedly sidestepped requirements of Louisiana procurement laws on testing contracts. The criticisms were levied in a letter sent Wednesday to Education Superintendent John White, in an ongoing dispute over testing aligned with the Common Core... more »
  • BESE offers "final" Common Core compromise

    July 16, 2014 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials sent a final compromise proposal over Common Core issues to Governor Bobby Jindal Wednesday, offering to bid out for contracts on new standardized tests for the next school year if certain conditions were met. The proposal came from Board of Elementary and Secondary... more »
  • LSU hospital deals cost less than expected

    July 16, 2014 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana spent $52 million less than was budgeted for Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization deals for the LSU hospitals that provide care to the uninsured in the recently-ended fiscal year. Data provided by the state health department shows the deals cost the state just over $1 billion in... more »
  • Jindal leasing away state parking garage for $2M

    July 14, 2014 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is leasing away the rights to a state-owned parking garage and its annual income stream for $2 million. The deal appears to have the state taking a loss for upfront cash to balance Louisiana's budget. The 91-year lease will generate less money than... more »
  • Jindal signs extradition warrant for Bourbon St. suspect

    July 11, 2014 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed a warrant Friday to begin the extradition process for Bourbon Street shooting suspect Trung Le, according to the governor's office. Le, 20, was arrested in Mississippi on the afternoon of July 4. He's accused of firing into a New Orleans crowd, injuring... more »
  • Jindal sets July 17 meeting with education chief

    July 9, 2014 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has scheduled a July 17 meeting with Education Superintendent John White to try to negotiate a compromise in their dispute over testing tied to the Common Core education standards. White was directed by the state education board last week to seek a meeting with... more »
  • Silicon Valley startup expanding into Louisiana

    July 7, 2014 2:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A business software outsourcing startup based in Milpitas, California, plans to open a tech center in Louisiana by the end of September. Gov. Bobby Jindal says salaries will average $64,300 a year at the first offices outside Silicon Valley for Enquero Inc. Co-founder Hemant Asher says he... more »
  • Jindal removes superintendent's contract rights

    July 3, 2014 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In the latest round of political maneuvering over Common Core, Governor Bobby Jindal revoked the ability of state education Superintendent John White to approve some contracts. Jindal's administration sent White a letter on July 2 saying he could no longer approve any contracts for "professional, personal,... more »
  • BESE special meeting on Common Core testing today

    July 1, 2014 3:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a special meeting to consider responses to Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools. The Jindal administration has suspended a state contract to try to keep the education department from buying... more »
  • Common Core controversy heats up Play Video

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The controversy over the Common Core education standard is heating up, and several Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members have called for a meeting next week about the issue. Last week, Governor Jindal announced plans to scrap Common Core for Louisiana. Jindal claims the State Department... more »
  • Jindal leader: Summer test scores won't be delayed

    June 26, 2014 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration says there shouldn't be delays in scoring standardized tests taken by some public school fourth-graders and eighth-graders this summer. Those retests for students who previously failed determine if the students advance to the next grade. Jindal suspended the education department's testing contract to... more »
  • LSU hospital closure ruled unconstitutional

    June 23, 2014 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge says lawmakers didn't follow the Louisiana Constitution in authorizing Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville. But the decision doesn't require the Jindal administration to slow plans to shutter the Huey P. Long Medical Center within a week. Judge... more »
  • Jindal contests video quoting his Common Core support Play Video

    June 19, 2014 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A video making the rounds on the internet is causing controversy within Governor Bobby Jindal's office. The video was released on April 2, 2014 by the United States Chamber of Commerce and has a quote from Jindal supporting the Common Core education standards. On Wednesday, Jindal... more »
  • Jindal says he won't ask for White's resignation

    June 19, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he would not ask for the resignation of John White, the state's superintendent of education, over the recent Common Core political struggle. Jindal said during an event in Baton Rouge that he and White, whom Jindal recommended for the superintendent's post, just... more »
  • BESE: La. will continue to implement Common Core

    June 18, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials defied Governor Bobby Jindal Wednesday afternoon, saying Louisiana will continue to implement Common Core education standards. This came just an hour after Jindal's announcement that he would seek to remove the state from the program. Superintendent John White, whom Jindal appointed, said... more »
  • Jindal announces plans to end La. Common Core

    June 18, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today he's taken several actions designed to remove Common Core educational standards from the state and its associated PARCC assessment test. "It's no secret that I'm opposed to the Common Core," Jindal said as he got to the podium. "We need Louisiana... more »
  • Education secretary hits Jindal on Common Core

    June 17, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent opposition to the Common Core education standards is politically-driven. Duncan made his comments Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," when questioned about the English and math benchmarks adopted by most states and Jindal's criticism of them. The secretary... more »
  • Business groups to Jindal: Don't scrap Common Core

    June 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A coalition of Louisiana business and civic groups are calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to keep the Common Core education standards in Louisiana schools. The groups - which include many of the state's chambers of commerce - noted in a letter Friday that state lawmakers and education... more »
  • Sorrento voters can abolish police department

    June 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing the Sorrento Town Council to ask voters to abolish the elected office of police chief and the police department. Legislation was introduced by state Sen. Jody Amedee. Mayor Mike Lambert asked for the legislation after Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. resigned... more »
  • Jindal signs anti-abortion bills in West Monroe

    June 12, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed new restrictions against abortion in Louisiana into law, including a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Republican governor held the bill signing Thursday at a West Monroe Baptist church. He says the bill protects... more »
  • Jindal to make reality TV debut tonight on Duck Dynasty

    June 11, 2014 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to make his reality television debut on tonight's season premiere of "Duck Dynasty". The governor's cameo appearance comes at the beginning of the sixth season of the hit show which airs tonight at 9 p.m. Bobby Jindal is among other... more »
  • Jindal press secretary leaving after 2 months

    June 9, 2014 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest press secretary is leaving after two months on the job. Sarah Haley's hiring was announced in April. On Monday, the governor's spokesman, Mike Reed, confirmed that Haley was leaving the administration at the end of the week. No official word was given for... more »
  • Jindal signs bill to kill levee control board lawsuit

    June 6, 2014 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law today that was created to derail a lawsuit filed by a levee control board against 97 oil companies which the suit claimed destroyed wetlands as part of their operations. Jindal said SB 469 would stop "unnecessary, frivolous lawsuits"... more »
  • La. optometrists to perform surgeries

    June 5, 2014 8:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law today that will allow optometrists with no medical school certification to perform eye surgeries. Many ophthalmologists, medical doctors who are certified to perform surgery, are against the new law. They argued optometrists are not trained enough to perform operations.... more »
  • AG recommends vetoing levee lawsuit bill

    June 4, 2014 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office recommended Governor Bobby Jindal veto a bill designed to kill a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies claiming their work damaged the state's wetlands. However, Jindal's chief counsel said they "respectfully disagree" with the AG's objections. Caldwell said he's... more »
  • Budget relies on nearly $1B in piecemeal funding

    June 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration have patched their way through another budget year, assembling a $24.6 billion budget that relies on nearly $1 billion in piecemeal financing. Spending increases for health care services, public colleges and other favored programs muffled most criticism for the 2014-15 spending... more »
  • Common Core debate now moves to Jindal's office

    June 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With lawmakers refusing to scrap the Common Core, the fight over Louisiana's use of the education standards is shifting to Gov. Bobby Jindal. Opponents of the standards are pressuring Jindal to take some sort of executive action to remove the state from the Common Core and its... more »
  • Jindal to sign bills on oil-related lawsuits

    June 2, 2014 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is getting ready to sign a bill aimed at killing a south Louisiana levee board's lawsuit against the oil industry over coastal wetlands damage. Jindal was set for a Monday afternoon news conference to sign the levee board lawsuit bill. He also was to... more »
  • Jindal savings recommendations to be delivered soon

    May 28, 2014 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser said she hopes to give lawmakers a copy of the final money-savings recommendations from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal by Friday. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols provided an update to the House and Governmental Committee on Wednesday about the work done... more »
  • Group asks Gov. Jindal to veto payday loan bill

    May 22, 2014 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A national organization that advocates for minorities has asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to veto a bill calling for mild restrictions to the payday loan industry. The Center for American Racial Equality says the measure by Baton Rouge Rep. Erich Ponti will create a monopoly for payday lenders... more »
  • $65M more available to plug into next year's budget

    May 19, 2014 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have another $65 million to add to next year's budget, after the state's income forecasting panel revised its tax collection estimates. But members of the Revenue Estimating Conference refused Monday to go along with a push from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to increase the forecast by... more »

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