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  • 'Special inspection' underway at River Bend power plant

    February 9, 2016 12:15 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced they've begun a special inspection at the River Bend Station nuclear power plant following an unplanned shutdown of the reactor Jan. 9th. According to a press released issued Monday, a lightning strike caused a "momentary surge" at the plant's offsite power... more »
  • Long won't return as playoff committee chairman

    January 12, 2016 4:51 PM

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will not be chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee next season. Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday that the chair position was created with one- or two-year terms in mind. Long will still be a member of the 12-person... more »
  • Republican contender Jeb Bush names Louisiana campaign team

    November 24, 2015 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has named his Louisiana steering committee and finance chairs, ahead of the state's March 5 primary. Leading the fundraising efforts for the former Florida governor in Louisiana are New Orleans real estate developer, Joe Canizaro, Lockport shipbuilder Boysie Bollinger and Ruston... more »
  • PACs pump $1.3M so far into Louisiana governor's race TV ads

    October 1, 2015 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Outside political groups have poured $1.3 million into TV advertising for the Louisiana governor's race. An analysis of ad spending by the Center for Public Integrity shows the spending, largely on attack ads, accounts for 29 percent of all $4.5 million in TV advertising devoted to the governor's... more »
  • 'Snakes' in the Capitol Play Video

    June 9, 2015 8:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The session is nearly over which means special groups known as conference committees begin to form. Those are special committees where important bills go to get hashed out, but can also be the catalyst for legislative mischief. "This is the time of the year when the 'snakes'... more »
  • House committee kills Jindal-backed higher ed tax credit

    June 3, 2015 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a meeting filled with wrangling and amendments, the Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee ultimately chose to kill a Jindal-backed higher education tax credit which opponents said benefited nobody but the outgoing governor. The committee voted 10-9 to defer Senate Bill 284 , which would... more »
  • House committee kills Senate-backed equal pay proposal

    May 28, 2015 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the third time in recent weeks, a House committee voted down a proposal requiring employees to be compensated equally if they do the same work, no matter their gender. The equal pay proposal, sponsored by Sen. Ed Murray, a New Orleans Democrat, had been backed by... more »
  • Jindal forms exploratory committee for presidential race

    May 18, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Monday he's created an exploratory committee to examine his chances at running for president. Jindal's committee also launched BobbyJindal.com to seek donations and supporters. "We must fight to make sure the next generation is not the first generation to inherit fewer... more »
  • Bill giving workers paid sick time spurned by committee

    May 14, 2015 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to give all workers in Louisiana paid sick days was rejected by a Senate labor committee amid opposition from business. Bill sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, said 700,000 workers in Louisiana lose pay - and sometimes their jobs - when they call... more »
  • House Committee approves tax hike for road projects

    May 6, 2015 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan to fund road projects in Louisiana is moving forward at the Capitol. A House Committee approved two plans that would mean billions of dollars for road and bridge improvements over the next ten years. Lawmakers are considering a one cent sales tax increase, and a... more »
  • Senate committee approves medical marijuana bill

    April 29, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has approved a bill that could make medical marijuana available to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy. The proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Republican from Parks, would allow patients to consume refined forms of marijuana, but prohibits... more »
  • Lawmakers shoot down pay equality bill

    April 23, 2015 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers have shot down two proposals aimed at making sure women earn pay equal to their male peers. Advocates for the measures say Louisiana has the nation's worst pay gap, with women on average making just 66 cents to every dollar earned by a man. Rep. Kenny Cox,... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's $24.6B budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee has started its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

    January 28, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get underway as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general. If approved, Loretta Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the U.S. attorney for the... more »
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    November 12, 2014 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep... more »
  • New restrictions on Tulane scholarships killed

    May 21, 2014 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A legislative committee has derailed efforts to put new restrictions on Tulane University scholarships given out by legislators. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee killed the proposal by Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor Wednesday. The bill would have banned lawmakers from giving the scholarships to... more »
  • Rogers defends creation of select Benghazi panel

    May 13, 2014 6:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is defending creation of a special investigation into the attack at Benghazi. Republican Rep. Mike Rogers says Congress owes this to Americans who will be asked to conduct "expeditionary diplomacy" in an increasingly dangerous world. Rogers tells MSNBC lawmakers "want... more »
  • House votes to create new Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
  • Drone bill passes out of committee

    April 15, 2014 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Unmanned aircraft would be limited on private property around Louisiana, if lawmakers agree to a bill that has received the support of a Senate judiciary committee. Passage without objection Tuesday came over the opposition of the Louisiana Press Association, which said the bill by Baton Rouge Sen.... more »
  • House committee supports removing unconstitutional law

    April 9, 2014 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex. The criminal justice committee voted 9-6 Wednesday for the measure by Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith, over the objections of conservative and... more »
  • Bill allowing concealed guns in restaurants advances

    April 2, 2014 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill allowing concealed handgun permit holders and off-duty police officers to come armed to restaurants serving alcohol has the backing of the House Criminal Justice Committee. The committee voted 9-4 to advance the bill Wednesday. Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto says he sponsored the measure to clear... more »
  • Under 18 e-cigarette ban passes through committee

    March 18, 2014 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 has passed through a committee of the Louisiana legislature. The bill would add e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products to the list of items that can't be sold to minors. It passed through... more »
  • City establishes peddling committee

    December 10, 2013 10:34 PM

    ZACHARY- City leaders will gather in a special committee to look at enacting stricter rules to deal with peddlers after a number of complaints and even arrests recently. The city's police chief was among those who complained about annoying knocks at the front door. Often, the people knocking don't... more »
  • Livingston animal control asks for change Play Video

    November 12, 2013 6:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A fight over animal control is getting ugly in Livingston Parish. Recently three members quit a five-person advisory committee created to find ways to fix the parish shelter's problems and increase services to cover the parish. "They really need an experienced shelter staff and an experienced... more »
  • 3 members quit Livingston animal control committee

    November 11, 2013 8:14 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Three members of the Livingston Parish Animal Control Advisory Committee have resigned, leaving officials scrambling to determine how to fix the parish's stray animal problem. The parish operates the shelter in the town of Livingston, but it can only house dogs and will pick up strays only in... more »
  • College Football Playoff panel announced

    October 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    IRVING, Texas - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014. The selection committee was officially unveiled Wednesday, though the names of... more »
  • LSU-A continues search for new chancellor

    October 4, 2013 11:44 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - LSU - Alexandria continues its search for a new chancellor. The search committee will meet for the third time later this month, with a deadline for applications on October 21. A new chancellor is expected be named late this year to start work by June or... more »
  • Senate Committee clears nomination of new FBI head

    July 18, 2013 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of James Comey to be director of the FBI, clearing the way for a full Senate vote. The 18-0 committee vote will send Comey's nomination to the Senate floor. The soonest a vote could take place would be early... more »
  • More people talking about 'outdated' car seat law Play Video

    May 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    GONZALES- More experts suggest a state law needs to be changed, so drivers have a clearer understanding of the proper way young children should be restrained in car seats. A WBRZ News 2 Investigation found the law is outdated. Doctors recommend babies remain rear facing until they are two-years-old.... more »
  • Senate budget committee stalls Medicaid program

    May 20, 2013 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposal for Louisiana to tap into federal health overhaul money available for expanding Medicaid has been stalled by senators. The Senate Finance Committee rejected the bill Monday, with all but one Republican voting against expansion. The measure would seek federal approval to use the expansion money to... more »
  • Senate panel approves bill to create national ID

    May 15, 2013 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate Transportation Committee has backed a proposal to use Louisiana driver's licenses to comply with federal law requiring each state to create a national identification card for air travel, including domestic flights. Senators added that language into a bill by Rep. Johnny Guinn, seeking to reverse... more »
  • Lawmakers to look at conflicting law after News 2 report Play Video

    May 14, 2013 9:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers plan to take a look at resolving the frontwards/backwards child seat requirements. State law tells parents to face kids a year and older forward in their car seats. But a American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 study showed children under two are 75 percent... more »
  • Breakaway school district bill before committee

    May 14, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge gathered at the Capitol today for a committee hearing over the bills to create it. The House Education Committee scheduled a hearing for the two bills this morning. Both were approved in the Senate last week.... more »
  • Senate committee takes up immigration bill

    May 9, 2013 7:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bill to remake the nation's immigration system for the first time in decades faces its first congressional test Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the 844-page legislation to secure the border, provide new avenues for workers to come to the U.S. legally, crack down... more »
  • House committee approves fee increase bill for LSU

    May 8, 2013 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU students could see a $60 a year fee increase this fall, thanks to an approval from the House Education Committee. That fee could top out at $300 a year by the fall of 2017. Baton Rouge Rep. Franklin Foil, sponsor of the fee bill, said the money... more »
  • House committee rejects gay discrimination ban

    May 1, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ban on discrimination against state employees because of their sexual orientation has been rejected in a House committee. The 6-3 vote shelves the proposal by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon. Badon says people should be judged on their employment qualifications, rather than on whether they are gay.... more »
  • Senate committee backs Medicaid expansion model

    April 30, 2013 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal for Louisiana to tap into the federal health overhaul money available for expanding Medicaid has won approval from the state Senate's health committee, despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send a modified Medicaid expansion bill to the full Senate... more »
  • Bill allowing colleges to set their own tuition passes in committee

    April 30, 2013 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two bills that would take lawmakers out of setting college tuition rates has advanced in the Louisiana House. The House Education Committee approved a bill that would allow boards for the state's four public college systems to increase tuition and fee amounts under a policy that would be... more »
  • House committee strips $500M from budget

    April 29, 2013 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget-writing committee stripped nearly $500 million in patchwork financing proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal from next year's $24 billion budget. The move would mean steep cuts on health care and colleges. But the proposed cuts approved Monday by the Appropriations Committee aren't necessarily expected to... more »
  • Committee backs phase-in of property tax payments

    April 29, 2013 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee agreed that property owners whose tax assessments increase by 15 percent or more in one year should be able to spread the increase over three years. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley as an attempt to give property owners an adjustment... more »
  • Committee to hear breakaway school district bill

    April 29, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate Finance Committee scheduled a hearing this morning for another attempt to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge. The bill, filed by Sen. Mack "Bodi" White, is similar to the measure which failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority in the last... more »
  • House committee working on 2013-14 budget

    April 29, 2013 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are making their first changes to Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.7 billion budget proposal for next year in the House Appropriations Committee. Among the largest points of contention for Monday's committee hearing is whether to use piecemeal financing from land sales, legal settlements and fund sweeps... more »
  • La. House committee retains letter grade formula

    April 24, 2013 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- House Education Committee members have approved a proposal requiring the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to delay using new methods for calculating school performance letter grades. The new grading formula would include ACT test scores at high schools. It is set to apply to school and... more »
  • Search committee named to pick LSU-A chancellor

    April 24, 2013 11:37 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - LSU System President Dr. William L. Jenkins has named a 20-member search committee of faculty, staff and students, as well as community leaders to help select the next chancellor for LSU-Alexandria. The Town Talk reports Dr. Haywood Joiner, chair of LSU Alexandria's Department of Allied Health, and Charles... more »
  • Cigarette tax increase stalls

    April 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An attempt to raise cigarette taxes by $1.05 per pack has stalled in the House tax committee. Bogalusa Rep. Harold Ritchie pulled his proposal before a vote Monday, saying he knew he didn't have the support to advance the measure to the House floor. It would have... more »
  • Committee backs social media privacy bill Play Video

    April 22, 2013 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill that would ban employers and school officials from requesting personal online login and passwords of employees or students is working its way through Louisiana legislature. State House Representative Ted James introduced the bill that passed the House Commerce Committee Monday. It will next be considered... more »
  • Committee to look at privatized Medicaid plans

    April 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state Senate committee scheduled to meet this afternoon will look at compromises other states have made with the Obama administration over expanding health coverage for the poor. Governor Bobby Jindal said he would not accept the Medicaid expansion under the president's health care reforms, saying... more »
  • Committee approves state property sale

    March 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A joint legislative committee today approved the sale of a state property as proposed in Governor Jindal's executive budget. Wooddale Towers has been vacant since April 2011. State budget officials say some of the last tenants were state offices that have since been consolidated. A... more »
  • CSULB president named finalist for LSU post Play Video

    March 18, 2013 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's search committee named Dr. Fieldon King Alexander, the president of California State University, Long Beach, as their pick to be the school's next president. The decision was announced at the Board of Supervisors meeting this afternoon, and came at the end of an extensive nationwide... more »
  • Finalist for LSU President to be named today

    March 18, 2013 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee organized to vet candidates for the LSU president's position will recommend a finalist this afternoon at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Whomever the committee names will go before the full board for consideration and vote. No official action on the recommendation is... more »
  • Committee shown worst-case scenarios for sinkhole

    March 18, 2013 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - While they warned it's not likely, contractors showed Louisiana lawmakers details about worst-case scenarios at the Assumption Parish sinkhole today. Experts told members of the Joint Natural Resources Committee Monday there would be months of warnings before anything like those scenarios happened. The 9-acre sinkhole... more »
  • Packed house for Senate sinkhole meeting

    February 19, 2013 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Spectators packed the Senate committee room at the state capitol this morning ahead of a scheduled committee meeting to discuss developments at the Assumption Parish sinkhole. The state Senate's Natural Resources Committee scheduled two meetings, one today and another later in Assumption Parish, to get more... more »
  • Husband of wounded lawmaker says Congress must act

    January 30, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The husband of wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says that while curbing gun violence is a complex problem, it is no excuse for inaction by lawmakers. Former astronaut Mark Kelly told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he and his wife, former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,... more »
  • Armstrong getting little sympathy from IOC

    January 18, 2013 10:34 AM

    LONDON - The vice president of the International Olympic Committee is weighing in on Lance Armstrong's televised interview with Oprah Winfrey. In an interview with The Associated Press, Thomas Bach says Armstrong's doping confession is "too little, too late" and fails to provide any new information that will help clean... more »
  • Lawmakers to look at La. school security today

    January 17, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state committee convened this morning to see how Louisiana schools could be better protected in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut. Members of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security gathered at 10 a.m. to look over security procedures already in... more »
  • Clinton to testify on Libya assault Jan. 22

    January 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya on Jan. 22. That's the day after President Barack Obama's inauguration and the first day the Senate returns to Washington after a... more »

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