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  • Audit: Oversight of La. veteran homes needs improvement

    August 17, 2015 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit found the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs didn't properly address deficiencies at its five veteran homes or adequately monitor contractors who provide services. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office reviewed the oversight of veteran homes in Bossier City, Jackson, Jennings, Monroe and Reserve. These facilities... more »
  • Council settles with firm, details not released

    January 22, 2015 10:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - In a tie-breaking vote, the council approved settling a lawsuit with Parish President Layton Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates . The suit is over numerous issues, including money the company says it is owed for debris removal following Hurricane Gustav. FEMA has refused to pay... more »
  • Another twist in Livingston's debris saga

    December 17, 2014 10:43 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The long, drawn out court battle on who should get paid for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish took another twist Wednesday. A federal judge ruled that engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates can sue the parish for work the company said it performed following the September... more »
  • Obama signs order on contractor labor violations

    July 31, 2014 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says federal contractors that violate labor laws shouldn't get a competitive advantage over companies that play by the rules. Obama is signing an executive order requiring contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes. The order requires companies to disclose labor violations when... more »
  • Livingston's uneasy future because of Gustav debris check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:30 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders are not sure what the future holds dealing with handling Gustav debris cleanup since arbitrators ruled in FEMA's favor. Following a week-long hearing in May, the group released Monday the federal government should not cover $59 million in costs related to the 2008 storm. The... more »
  • Road work sends drivers over the edge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2014 10:40 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Contractors are advising drivers to avoid La. 73 in Ascension Parish at all cost due to massive repairs underway. Drivers in Ascension Parish claim they are falling off the highway because of the road construction that started in the fall of 2011. "I didn't have enough... more »
  • 60,000 jobs needed in Louisiana through 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 60,000 jobs are needed in Louisiana, by next year. The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced the top industries for job growth in the state, construction and engineering are at the top of that list. Through 2015, those two industries alone are expected to grow by... more »
  • Former Plaquemines sheriff gets 46 months, $10K

    July 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Plaquemines Parish sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle must spend nearly four years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for taking bribes from a jail construction contractor. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance on Wednesday rejected Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Chester's request for a 31-month sentence on the... more »
  • Home builder booked with felony theft

    February 7, 2013 6:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities have arrested a Baton Rouge home builder accused of failing to pay more than 30 subcontractors more than $528,000 on four home building projects in 2012. Quinn Martin, was booked Tuesday on 54 counts of misapplication of payments by a contractor and four counts of felony... more »
  • Liens filed against Baton Rouge casino

    October 24, 2012 8:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Four of the subcontractors that helped build L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge have filed liens against the property, claiming they haven't been paid for more than $3 million worth of work. The liens were filed with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court. The... more »
  • Residents stuck with debris after contractor scam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 27, 2012 4:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Dozens of people in Central are stuck with Hurricane Isaac debris in their yards. This, after contractors who collected it told them the city would haul it away. City leaders warn that DPW workers will not pick up debris cut down by paid contractors. David Barrow,... more »
  • Livingston FEMA appeal denied

    May 19, 2011 6:18 PM

    LIVINGSTON- FEMA has refused an appeal involving $46 million dollars worth of debris removal in Livingston Parish. The work centered on clean streams and canals after Hurricane Gustav. A report from FEMA cited numerous problems with contractors hired to oversee the work, picking up debris ineligible for FEMA reimbursement... more »
  • Immigration check in public works goes to La. House

    May 10, 2011 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House transportation committee has approved a proposal to require contractors doing business with state government to verify that their employees are U.S. citizens. The bill was amended Tuesday to remove any liability a contractor might face for refusing to hire an illegal immigrant. Rep.... more »
  • Livingston debris lawsuit

    February 25, 2011 6:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A group of contractors is suing Livingston Parish for $52 million dollars, part of a lingering dispute over debris cleanup after Hurricane Gustav. The contractors say the work was supervised by the parish and the crews deserve to be paid. Some landowners have complained about the... more »

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