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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
December 21, 2010 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's employment growth rose a bit last month as the state recorded 22,800 more non-farm jobs than in November 2009, the state Workforce Commission announced Tuesday. The state's net gain of 22,800 jobs for the year, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, brings the total number... more »
December 17, 2010 2:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana labor officials say first-time claims for jobless benefits returned to their pre-Thanksgiving levels last week. The state Workforce Commission says that for the week ending Dec. 11, there were 4,231 initial claims in Louisiana. The previous week saw 5,170 filings following the short holiday week. The... more »
November 29, 2010 11:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits in Louisiana increase by over 250 during the week ending Nov. 20. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,293 of the newly unemployed seeking benefits. That's up from the previous week's total of 4,041. For the comparable week ending Nov. 21,... more »
November 23, 2010 4:51 PM
NEW ORLEANS - State labor officials say Louisiana's employment growth pace has risen a bit in October as the state recorded 19,200 non-farm jobs more than in October 2009. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Tuesday that over the past 12 months, 17,900 jobs have been added to the service sector.... more »
November 19, 2010 10:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits remained mostly unchanged last week in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,041 initial filings for unemployment payments for the week ending Nov. 13. That's up just a tad from 3,974 the previous week. The four-week moving average of first-time... more »
November 12, 2010 6:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - It's been almost one year since the Streamlining State Government Commission turned over its recommendations to cut state spending. But today, members of the commission reported that they didn’t get everything they needed, and that could be costing the state money. The state has already approved about... more »
November 5, 2010 11:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits increased by 100 last week in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says that for the week ending Oct. 30 there were 3,596 of the newly unemployed seeking benefits. That's up from the previous week's total of 3,496. For the comparable week ending... more »
November 2, 2010 1:11 PM
DENVER (AP) - It's got to be one of the most far-out ballot measures.
Today, voters in Denver will decide whether to set up a commission to track space aliens.
The proposition calls for the city of Denver to accept reports of UFO sightings on its Web page.... more »
October 21, 2010 4:31 PM
Lawmakers have slowed Jindal administration plans to build a new juvenile prison facility in East Baton Rouge Parish, questioning its cost and impact on state debt limits. The Bond Commission delayed a vote Thursday on the $25 million borrowing plan for the Baker facility after legislators on the panel raised... more »
October 15, 2010 12:23 PM
State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says despite the rain showers of Oct. 11 and 12, the statewide burn ban is still in effect. Strain says the rain was not enough to change the dry ground conditions. He says the drought index is still very high in most of... more »
October 4, 2010 10:03 AM
A federal audit calls for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to improve nuclear power plant security against infiltration by potential terrorists. The audit set to be released today recommends additional training in identifying suspected terrorists, greater access to criminal databases by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, stepped up "re-screening" of power plant... more »
September 21, 2010 6:46 PM
A master plan for Ascension Parish was scrapped even though hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on it. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted down a plan to outline parish growth over the next few decades. News 2’s Michael Shingleton got answers on what happens next. more »
August 24, 2010 5:54 PM
State labor officials say Louisiana lost 9,900 jobs last month, due mostly to the seasonal layoffs of education employees and the end of work for temporary Census workers. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state - on a non-seasonally adjusted basis - had 20,100 more non-farm jobs last month than... more »
May 27, 2010 6:08 AM
President Barack Obama is expected to announce Thursday that a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits will be continued for six months while a presidential commission investigates. Controversial lease sales off the coast of Alaska will be delayed pending the results of the commission's investigation, and lease sales planned... more »
May 3, 2010 6:09 AM
The process of forming an official commission to review the Home Rule Charter for Lafayette city-parish government is taking shape. A formal announcement will be made at Tuesday's City-Parish Council meeting, and resumes will be accepted until May 18. The commission will be comprised of four people who live outside... more »
April 8, 2010 9:55 AM
The Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission has received the 2009-2010 Professional Design Award, from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The award came in the category for Stormwater Best Practices Education Program.
It recognizes accomplishments in communicating practices for environmental sustainability in the design... more »
February 5, 2010 4:48 PM
Recommendations from the Tucker Commission are now set. State lawmakers and the governor can review them for possible action in the upcoming session. The commission, formally known as the Postsecondary Education Review Commission, wrapped up its meetings Friday.
Recommendations include eliminating the Board of Regents along with the LSU,... more »
February 5, 2010 2:32 PM
The final list of recommendations from a higher education restructuring panel would shift the way dollars are divvied up among Louisiana's public college campuses and reshuffle governance of the schools.
The Postsecondary Education Review Commission completed its work Friday. Now, the focus shifts to college leaders, who have given... more »
February 4, 2010 5:52 PM
The Tucker Commission wants to consolidate boards that oversees higher education. The Legislature approved forming the commission to develop ways to streamline higher ed.
Under the commission's plan, the UL, LSU and Southern Systems would be eliminated. There would instead be one board to govern four-year universities and one... more »
December 1, 2009 5:20 PM
The Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government Commission approved a plan asking state agencies to consider more furloughs.
Commission members say thousands of state employees often take days off before or after a holiday. State Representative Jim Morris says that can cost the state $16 million dollars a day. He... more »
November 18, 2009 4:38 PM
The State Streamlining Commission recommended Wednesday that some ferry operations in Louisiana be closed. They are St. Francisville, White Castle, Reserve and Melville.
Under the proposal, St. Francisville would stop after construction of the new Audubon Bridge over the Mississippi is complete.
State reports show the ferries cost... more »
November 18, 2009 9:56 AM
The Louisiana Commission on Streamlining Government is scheduled to take up two recommendations involving the Department of Transportation and Development. One involves reducing the number of DOTD districts by two. There are currently nine. That could reduce the number of sites and office workers needed for the department's current locations.... more »
October 27, 2009 12:29 PM
A Louisiana higher ed commission is recommending tougher admission standards for four year universities.
Members of the Postsecondary Education Review Commission say the change will improve graduation rates. The commission wants the standards changed by 2012.
The Board of Regents would be responsible for developing the new policy.... more »
October 13, 2009 1:05 PM
A report to a state commission indicates Louisiana has 12,700 public vehicles worth about $200 million. Members of a streamlining state government commission say that's too many vehicles.
The vehicles range from passenger sedans and vans to heavy equipment used for construction. The commission wants to eliminate 1,200 from... more »
September 28, 2009 4:42 PM
Louisiana has a surplus of four year college graduates and a growing demand for workers with vo-tech or community college levels of training.
State labor leaders told a higher education commission today that more resources needed to be placed into those systems.
Forecasts say Louisiana is not alone.... more »
September 3, 2009 5:30 PM
Merit raises have been suspended by 47 state agencies for civil service employees.
Merit raises have been targeted by lawmakers during budget talks. Agencies received approval for their plans from the Civil Service Commission this July and August. The plans last for one year and are designed to prevent... more »
August 25, 2009 12:34 PM
Members of a streamlining government commission reviewed information from the four retirement systems for state employees. One purpose is to determine if incentives are available to reduce the number of state employees. more »