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  • Commission recommends moving NOLA Confederate monuments

    August 13, 2015 5:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A city commission recommended Thursday that New Orleans officials move four monuments to Confederate-era leaders from their current locations. The Historic District Landmark Commission voted to recommend relocating the statue in Lee Circle, the Liberty Monument and statues to both P. T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis.... more »
  • Wildlife and fisheries to consider early fall shrimp season

    July 20, 2015 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday to consider open dates for the 2015 autumn shrimp season. That means the season will likely open before the commission's next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 6. At the commission's July meeting, Louisiana Department... more »
  • Hwy 42 expansion 2 years from completion

    July 17, 2015 7:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Bond Commission re-approved millions of dollars to keep dozens of state road projects moving along. Several projects are in the Capital Area. Juban Road in Livingston Parish is being expanded from I-12 to US 190. Essen Lane in East Baton Rouge Parish is being... more »
  • Holden quietly settles up with Ethics Commission

    July 17, 2015 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden ended a years-long dispute with the state Ethics Commission when he paid a $2,500 fine he's owed since 2008. Holden paid the fine on May 29 with little fanfare. He's publicly disputed the fine for months, telling News 2's Investigative Unit he planned... more »
  • OIG report says deaf commission wasteful, used copied signatures

    June 2, 2015 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of the Inspector General released a report Tuesday which said a two-year investigation found nearly one million dollars in questionable spending from the state Commission for the Deaf and its director, as well as evidence people used photocopied signatures to authorize payments. The OIG... more »
  • NFLPA setting up commission on domestic violence

    December 1, 2014 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the NFL Players Association says the union is establishing an eight-member commission to advise it about domestic violence prevention and discipline. In a letter sent Monday to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith... more »
  • Recommendations proposed to combat food deserts

    July 28, 2014 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For some people, finding a fresh head of lettuce or an orange is not easy since parts of East Baton Rouge Parish lack grocery stores and have been labeled "food deserts." Monday night, The East Baton Rouge Food Access Policy Commission presented five recommendations to fix... 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 »
  • Bond Commission approves borrowing $500 million

    December 19, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Bond Commission gave approval to a plan to borrow nearly $500 million for construction projects. The money will replenish a fund that pays for the projects. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the details will be worked out next month. Right now the plan... more »
  • Still not singing Kumbayah

    December 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The first meeting of peacemakers didn't do enough to settle issues among leaders in Livingston Parish, it appears. The drama, shouting, and hollering returned to Thursday night's council meeting a day after a special commission met for the first time to address such issues. The council and... more »
  • Special group will address why 'they' can't all get along check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2013 9:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president. The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter. "What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear... more »
  • Meeting held to discuss how taxpayer money is spent at U.S.S. Kidd check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 23, 2013 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Naval War Commission discussed finances after a News 2 Investigation highlighted questionable business practices at the U.S.S. Kidd. Monday, the commission focused on two state audits which highlighted issues with poor recordkeeping dealing with receipts for reimbursements and approval of travel and expenses. ... more »
  • Hospital privatization plan approved

    September 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration can move forward with the privatization of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe after getting approval from the Civil Service Commission today. It was the final step needed for an October 1 date for an outsourcing contract. It also allows LSU to... more »
  • Citizens Insurance gets line of credit increase

    August 15, 2013 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials have given Louisiana's property insurer of last resort the approval needed to bump up its bank line of credit to $125 million. Backing Thursday from the State Bond Commission gives the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. more resources to cover claim costs if the state... more »
  • Bayou Corne commission seeks normalcy

    June 30, 2013 5:30 PM

    BAYOU CORNE, La. - The Blue Ribbon Commission on Bayou Corne Safety released what it thinks should be done for the community of Bayou Corne. The commission highlighted three major things that need to happen for the mandatory evacuation to be lifted: -gas pressure near the sinkhole needs to... more »
  • Civil service panel agrees to LSU hospital deals

    June 10, 2013 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Civil Service Commission has reversed course and agreed to privatization plans for four LSU hospitals, with nearly 4,000 layoffs set to take effect June 23. The commission's 3-2 vote Monday was the final step needed for Gov. Bobby Jindal to turn over management of university-run hospitals... more »
  • PSC to revisit energy efficiency program debate

    May 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program. The Public Service Commission has been sued over its handling of the issue, with three organizations claiming the commission broke the state's open meetings law by refusing to allow public... 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 »
  • Community meeting tonight over sinkhole tour

    May 1, 2013 6:38 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - A community meeting with members of the governor's blue ribbon commission for the Assumption Parish sinkhole is going on now. The commission has been in Bayou Corne for the past few days examining the sinkhole site. The group was formed to ensure the long-term safety of... more »
  • Sinkhole panel to follow 'aggressive' schedule check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 5, 2013 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A leader of the panel recently appointed in response to the Bayou Corne area sinkhole says the group will follow a "very aggressive" schedule to make recommendations on when evacuated residents can return to their homes. Gary Hecox stressed the need for quick work at the 13-member... more »
  • First meeting today for sinkhole safety commission

    April 5, 2013 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of a new blue ribbon commission scheduled their first meeting today to examine public safety at the Bayou Corne sinkhole. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz said today's meeting would focus on getting the new members of the commission familiar with the sinkhole... more »
  • Superdome commission meets about outage

    February 27, 2013 2:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The manager of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is recommending that dome officials have an engineering study done with an eye toward changing the stadium's emergency power systems. Doug Thornton says that idea has been in the works since well before the Super Bowl - when half... more »
  • Commission approves $30 million dollar bond plan for Juban Crossing check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Obama '08 campaign fined $375,000 by FEC

    January 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign. The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem... more »
  • Hospital privatization plan gets commission approval check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 12, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Civil Service Commission approved a play to layoff 350 employees at the state-run Southeast Louisiana Hospital, a mental facility located in Mandeville. The state is closing the hospital and allowing it to reopen under the control of private contractors. State health leaders say it's no... more »
  • Phone calls to get cheaper at La. prisons

    December 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The costs of many prison phone calls are set to drop over the next couple of years. The Louisiana Public Service Commission agreed Wednesday to a revamped proposal that will shrink the price tag for prisoners to call home, after complaints that current rates were too high... more »
  • Bond Commission backs loan for coal port facility

    November 15, 2012 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An Ascension Parish coal port facility has received permission from state officials for a $130 million tax-exempt borrowing plan that will be used to expand the plant. The Bond Commission approved the bond sale without objection Thursday, despite requests for postponement from New Orleans-based Alliance for Affordable Energy,... more »
  • Angelle takes open Public Service Commission seat

    November 6, 2012 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Jindal administration official Scott Angelle has won an open seat on Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission. He took more than half the vote Tuesday over four other candidates, securing the south central Louisiana seat left vacant by retiring commissioner Jimmy Field. Angelle, of... more »
  • La. asks for grant to pay unemployed for cleanup

    September 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Workforce Commission asked the U. S. Department of Labor for $3.35 million to pay unemployed people to to do cleanup work from Hurricane Isaac. The National Emergency Grant application would pay for work in 20 parishes, as well as other career counseling and assessment... more »
  • AG: Bickford to plead guilty for stealing $1.8M

    June 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    AMITE - The state Attorney General's Office said a former secretary is scheduled to plead guilty today to charges she stole more than $2 million from a juvenile justice commission over nine years. A spokesperson said Brenda Bickford is scheduled to enter the plea this morning to theft and... more »
  • Former LSU pitcher named to stadium commission

    June 22, 2012 7:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gregg Patterson, a former LSU pitcher, has been named to a commission that oversees the Louisiana Superdome and other stadiums. Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Patterson to the Louisiana Board of Commissioners of the Stadium and Exposition District. The district has jurisdictional authority over the John A.... more »
  • FTC: Shoe buyers eligible for refunds

    May 16, 2012 10:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - Claims that Skechers' fitness shoes can help shed pounds and tone muscles are sketchy at best, according to the government. The fitness shoe advertising campaign is going to cost the company millions of dollars. The footwear company will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal... more »
  • News 2 investigates Airport Commission travel

    March 15, 2012 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some Airport Commissioners are calling for limits on their own travel after a News 2 investigation. We looked at four years worth of conference trips, from Boston to San Diego, and found thousands were spent to learn about airports across the country. The Airport Commission spent... more »
  • Civil service commission rejects DHH layoff plan check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 1, 2012 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan that involves laying off dozens of IT workers in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been defeated. Members of the Civil Service Commission complained about a lack of information from DHH to make a decision. The move included privatizing most of the information... more »
  • Trade Commission sides with Apple in patent dispute

    December 20, 2011 5:18 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal agency is siding with Apple and ordering an import ban on HTC phones that infringe on a patent belonging to the iPhone maker. The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday that the ban will take effect April 19 so that wireless carriers will have... more »
  • College study panel pushes more power for Regents

    November 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest commission studying the governance of Louisiana's public colleges is suggesting that the Board of Regents have more power over college management boards and state funding for them. The panel backed 21 recommendations Tuesday to forward to lawmakers. Among the suggestions that would need... more »
  • New amateur MMA safety regulations considered

    November 16, 2011 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state boxing commission wants to make sure amateur, mixed martial arts regulations are as strong as professional levels. Commission members tell News 2 Louisiana was one of the first states to implement pro standards years ago. They discussed several changes at a meeting today. One may... more »
  • Judge cuts current scope of sanity commission

    October 2, 2011 12:16 PM

    THIBODAUX, La.- A state district judge has decided that psychiatrists won't yet consider whether a 30-year-old Thibodaux man was sane when he allegedly beheaded his disabled 7-year-old son. Judge John LeBlanc says that for now, the sanity commission must decide whether Jeremiah Wright can help his lawyers defend him... more »
  • Louisiana 2nd worst in poverty

    September 13, 2011 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report 21.6 percent of Louisianians live in poverty. Only Mississippi fares worse at 22.7 percent. The nation's poverty rate rose from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 15.1 percent in 2010 up from 14.3 percent the year before. Even... more »
  • Legislature liable for steel plant borrowing

    August 19, 2011 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Bond Commission has put the Legislature on the hook for repaying $35 million in borrowing for steel producer Nucor Corp. The Advocate reports the commission's action on Thursday means the legislators will have to come up with as much as $975,382 by next summer... more »
  • Entergy shareholders will foot bond mistake bill

    August 11, 2011 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana utility regulators have voted unanimously that Entergy Corp. shareholders - and not its customers - will foot a $1 million bill for a mistake in publicizing a bond sale. According to The Advocate the Public Service Commission ordered Entergy Louisiana to refund customers on their... more »
  • No charges against Ascension Parish Planning Commissioners

    August 4, 2011 5:47 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish District Attorney Ricky Babin says there will be no charges filed against two members of the Parish Planning Commission accused of abusing their positions. Houmas House Plantation owner Kevin Kelly says commissioners Daniel Saterlee and Milton Clouatre, Jr., asked him to back a parish zoning... more »
  • Commission gives public transit recommendations

    June 2, 2011 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A commission put together to find public transit solutions in Baton Rouge gave their recommendations to local leaders today. The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Together Baton Rouge gave a presentation to city stakeholders this morning on suggestions to improve public transportation. The commission was... more »
  • Former Jindal counsel fined by state ethics board

    April 15, 2011 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's former chief lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, has been fined by the Louisiana Board of Ethics for violating state ethics law. The board decided Friday that Faircloth shouldn't have entered into a contract to represent the Louisiana Tax Commission six months after he resigned as... more »
  • Some state employees now on third year without raises

    April 6, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Civil Service Commission has approved a plan to block merit raises for about 60 thousand state employees. It will be the third year without a merit increase for about one-third of those workers, whose departments asked to have their raises suspended two years ago. ... more »
  • PSC, BESE remap plans coast through La. House

    March 30, 2011 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District redesigns for Louisiana's utility regulators and top education board have easily sailed through the Louisiana House. Lawmakers asked no questions Wednesday about the remapping for the five districts of the Public Service Commission or for the eight elected districts of the Board of Elementary and... more »
  • Commission created for Baton Rouge transit

    March 24, 2011 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new commission has been created to address the parish's public transit challenges. 17 community members will be tasked with the following: -Gather community input to prioritize future projects -Estimate costs of the projects and consider alternative and sustainable revenue services to fund the projects... more »
  • First-time jobless claims down in Louisiana

    February 7, 2011 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits in Louisiana decreased for the week ending Jan. 29. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 3,872 initial unemployment filings for the week, down from the previous week's total of 3,934. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,827 from... more »
  • Formal request made to block state employee raises

    February 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Jindal Administration has formally requested a move suspending merit raises for about 56,000 state employees. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater told the LA Civil Service Commission this was a difficult decision, but the right one given the state's $1.6 billion dollar budget shortfall. Some members... more »
  • "Twilight", "Battleship" spend big in Baton Rouge

    February 2, 2011 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Blockbuster movies based on vampires and a board game made up most of the money spent by film companies in Baton Rouge last year, according to Mayor-President Kip Holden’s office. An economic impact report released to the Baton Rouge Film Commission said film companies spent about $196... more »
  • US shrimpers push to keep tariffs on imports

    February 1, 2011 5:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. shrimpers want the United States to extend tariffs imposed on shrimp imports from Asian and South American countries. At a hearing Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission began looking into whether the tariffs should be renewed five years after they were first imposed on shrimp imports... more »
  • La. gains more than 26,000 non-farm jobs in 2010

    January 25, 2011 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana labor officials say the state added 26,300 non-farm jobs in 2010. Figures from the state Workforce Commission show, though, that Louisiana still had 42,200 fewer jobs last month than in December 2008 - three months after the national economic meltdown began. Louisiana lost 900... more »
  • First-time jobless claims down in Louisiana

    January 21, 2011 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits in Louisiana decreased for the week ending Jan. 15. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,999 initial unemployment filings for the week, down from the previous week's total of 6,503. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,606 from... more »

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