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  • Avian flu causes turkey prices to skyrocket

    November 12, 2015 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- If you're planning to buy a huge turkey for Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may need to shell out a few extra buck. According to Purdue University, the price of turkey is up 15 to 20 cents a pound this year. The price hike is due to... more »
  • Costs of Jindal's state police security detail has doubled

    October 13, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The cost of Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail has doubled to more than $3 million since the Republican governor entered office nearly eight years ago. The Louisiana State Police says the hefty price increase isn't largely driven by Jindal's frequent out-of-state travel, but more by a sizable pay... more »
  • McComb raises cost to march in Christmas parade

    September 26, 2015 2:28 PM

    MCCOMB, Miss. - The joy of Christmas may be priceless, but marching in the McComb Christmas parade will cost participants $30. In a debate that exuded little of the happiness usually associated with the holiday, McComb's mayor and Board of Selectmen have agreed to raise the fee for units to... more »
  • Clinton pushes plan to address rising drug costs

    September 22, 2015 6:13 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is outlining a sweeping plan to hold down the rising cost of prescription drugs and target drug companies that flood the airwaves with ads. The Democratic presidential candidate says at a forum in Iowa that she wants to protect consumers while promoting... more »
  • East Feliciana Middle gets ready for school year by cleaning up check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 16, 2015 6:13 PM

    CLINTON - School officials are gearing up for the upcoming school year by making sure the halls and classrooms are clean. Schools Superintendent Carlos Sam told News Two a private maintenance company was hired to clean up East Feliciana Middle School. Over the summer, the school hosted kids... more »
  • Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K

    April 9, 2015 3:54 PM

    NEW YORK - The cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. An industry survey says the median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,000 a year. The report says the cost has increased four percent every year over the last five years. The... more »
  • Court prodding people to pay tickets check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 9, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 19th Judicial District Court spent nearly $600,000 more than it took in last year, it's why they're hoping more people will pay outstanding ticket fines to help make up the difference. The court has millions of dollars worth of outstanding tickets on file and now... more »
  • Entergy customers brace for possible bill increase

    December 29, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher Entergy bills might be coming to a mailbox near you as the company sets to meet the demands of Louisiana's booming industrial renaissance. Entergy is looking at ways to create more power for the state. New plants and plant expansions need more electricity and new... more »
  • Money men tally cost of climate change

    June 24, 2014 2:11 AM

    NEW YORK - Climate change will exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and higher health expenses, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience. The report, released Tuesday, is designed to convince businesses to... more »
  • Former Sorrento mayor back on the payroll check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 18, 2014 6:32 PM

    SORRENTO - A former mayor who cost Sorrento half-a-million dollars in a car crash settlement is back on the town's payroll. Brenda Melancon was arrested, but never indicted, after a deadly wreck with a motorcycle in 2007. Now she's the clerk for Sorrento Police after the former clerk resigned.... more »
  • Latest treatment for hepatitis C is $1,000-a-pill

    June 17, 2014 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The latest pill for hepatitis C sounds like a your-money-or-your-life choice. Sovaldi cures the liver-wasting illness in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. Leading medical societies recommend Sovaldi. Patients clamor for it. But insurance companies and state Medicaid programs are gagging on the... more »
  • Thaw reveals cost of freeze preparation and cleanup check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 30, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A few icy spots remained around southern Louisiana Thursday, but the numbers for how much the storm cost parish governments are already trickling in. "We were concerned about some ice breaking and causing damage, but that didn't happen," West Baton Rouge Parish President "Pee Wee" Berthelot... more »
  • Utility company asking to double rates check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 26, 2013 6:05 PM

    CENTRAL - Residents in five parishes could be facing a rate increase to cover their sewer fee. Mo-Dad Utilities wants the Public Service Commission to approve a rate increase to cover maintenance and repair costs. Many Mo-Dad customers currently pay between $22 and $25 for services. The company is... more »
  • Blue Cross describes health law impact on premiums

    July 10, 2013 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, estimates two-thirds of its customers who buy their own policies will pay the same premiums or less under the federal health care overhaul. But that's only if people take advantage of federal subsidies being offered... more »
  • Higher fees put on hold for fireworks sellers

    June 20, 2013 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge allowed an out-of-state fireworks retailer today to avoid paying a higher permit fee to do business in Louisiana so they wouldn't miss the summer fireworks season. Judge Wilson Fields issued a preliminary injunction to allow C & A Pyro to buy the... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Crime camera costs, criticisms check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A News 2 investigation into crime cameras in the city of Baton Rouge revealed thousands of dollars are being spent on the current system, but there hasn't been one conviction in court as a result of the expensive crime fighting tools. At least one Baton Rouge Metro Council... more »
  • ExxonMobil found liable in NH pollution trial

    April 9, 2013 11:47 AM

    CONCORD, N.H.- A jury in New Hampshire has found ExxonMobil liable in a long-running lawsuit over groundwater contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE. The oil giant could pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean it up. The jury must now deliberate the cost of damages. Jurors sat through nearly... more »
  • Livingston talks cost of beefing up school security check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 19, 2013 8:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - In the current social and educational climate, keeping children safe at school is more difficult and expensive than it once was. Especially after the number of mass shootings -happening around the country-- is on the rise. That's why the Livingston Parish School Board and the Livingston Parish Sheriff... more »
  • La. AG's oil spill tab nears $24M

    January 14, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general has spent nearly $24 million building the state's legal case against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And records show much of the money has gone to outside law firms that have contributed to his campaigns. The $15.4 million that Attorney... 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 »
  • Motorcycle deaths, injuries cost $16 billion

    November 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government watchdog says direct costs from deaths and injuries in motorcycle crashes were $16 billion in 2010, but the full cost is likely higher. The report by the Government Accountability Office said motorcyclists are involved in fatal crashes at higher rates than drivers of other types... more »
  • Revenue dept. issues proposed rule for tax break

    September 26, 2012 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Revenue is proposing new regulations governing Louisiana's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit to limit estimated program costs to $10 million a year. That's far higher than initial estimates of the tax break's price tag. But the move to eliminate "flex-fuel vehicles" - which... more »
  • Isaac costs Entergy at least $400 million check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 18, 2012 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Entergy Corp. says its estimated damages from Hurricane Isaac range from $400 million to $500 million, and the storm is expected to reduce the utility's third-quarter revenue. In a news release on Tuesday, Entergy said it will pursue all reasonable avenues to recover storm costs, including using... more »
  • La. solar tax credit price tag far above estimates

    August 9, 2012 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A tax break passed by lawmakers four years ago to spur investment in solar energy has become a costly deal for the state, siphoning millions of dollars more than expected from Louisiana's coffers. When lawmakers passed the Wind and Solar Energy Systems Tax Credit in 2007, fiscal... more »
  • Trash pick-up costing Port Allen check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 2, 2012 5:54 PM

    PORT ALLEN- After a rate increase on Wednesday, Mayor Roger Bergeron noticed the cost of trash pickup would put a significant dent in the city's budget, to the tune of nearly $320,000. "For some time now, the city has been subsidizing the recycling portion of the garbage contract and... more »
  • Gov't report: health cost relief only temporary

    June 12, 2012 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's been enjoying a respite from rising health care costs, but government experts say don't look for it to last. Health care spending will grow faster than the economy for the foreseeable future, says a report Tuesday from Medicare's nonpartisan economic analysts. President Barack Obama's health care... more »
  • White House pushes for college cost transparency

    June 5, 2012 9:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is partnering with dozens of colleges to provide new students with easier-to-understand information on costs and financial aid. Vice President Joe Biden is announcing the partnership Tuesday along with representatives from several schools, including Syracuse University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.... more »
  • Bogalusa's public graveyards may get more pricey

    January 2, 2012 2:20 PM

    BOGALUSA - Some Bogalusa residents are upset by at a proposal to raise the price of plots at the two city-owned cemeteries. They now cost $100 at Bogalusa Cemetery and $150 at Ponemah Cemetery. City officials want to raise the price to $700. The Daily News reports that the City... more »
  • Survey: Thanksgiving costs down this year

    November 15, 2011 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will cost Louisiana families less this year, according to LSU. A survey by the LSU AgCenter found the basic cost for a meal to feed 10 people this year will be $39.10. That's a slight decrease from last year's... more »
  • EBR Schools preparing for bus cameras

    August 25, 2011 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The process of installing cameras on East Baton Rouge school buses is about to begin, but the school district isn't footing the bill. The school board recently approved a measure to put the cameras on 35 of the district's 600 buses, at a cost of $7,000... more »
  • La. computer upgrade delay adds $25M cost

    May 31, 2011 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's decision to slow plans for a $100 million upgrade to state government computer systems has boosted the price tag for completing the project by another $25 million. Senators learned of the cost hike Tuesday as they combed through the 2011-12 budget. Rather... more »
  • The Meth Effect: Part 2

    March 1, 2011 10:17 PM

    You already pay for fire equipment and training for law enforcement and emergency agencies. But to keep them safe from meth labs and their hazards, you could soon be paying to clean those labs and foot the bill for extra classes on dealing with the drug. Rural parish authorities... more »
  • EBR school board looks to trim travel costs

    January 23, 2011 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is discussing ways to cut back on the cost of professional travel. The Advocate newspaper said expense reports showed 167 different trips costing more than $240,000 that 17 different board took since January 2005. The issue was brought up... more »

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