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  • Budget the top worry as legislative session reaches midpoint

    April 22, 2016 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have reached the halfway mark of their regular session, with financial decisions in limbo and the budget still the session's focus. Only six bills - out of more than 1,600 filed for consideration - had received House and Senate passage and reached the governor's desk... more »
  • Budget cut debate mired in uncertainty about special session

    April 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Budget debates always include uncertainty about how much money agencies will receive in the upcoming financial year and whether they might take cuts. But that uncertainty is worsened this legislative session, complicated by questions about whether lawmakers will consider raising taxes further and when they'd make those... more »
  • Senators reject school funding formula amid budget concerns

    April 14, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected the public school financing formula proposed by the state education board for next year, at the request of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Lawmakers in the current budget year boosted funding for K-12 public schools by $44 million outside of the annual financing formula. The... more »
  • La. Senate backs cost containment for TOPS tuition program

    April 13, 2016 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to restrict the growth of Louisiana's TOPS free college tuition program has sailed through the Senate. The measure by Sen. Jack Donahue, a Mandeville Republican, would lock in the TOPS payment rate at next year's tuition level, unless lawmakers vote to raise payments. That could... more »
  • LSU President warns current students they could lose TOPS under governor's proposed cuts Play Video

    April 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Healthcare and TOPS took the brunt of the cuts in the governor's proposed budget cutbacks presented to the legislature Tuesday. Here's most the cuts that matter #lalege pic.twitter.com/EShyf63key — Mark Armstrong (@TV_MarkA) April 12, 2016 Governor John Bel Edwards and his budget advisers... more »
  • Medicaid copay bills stall amid health provider opposition

    April 7, 2016 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Proposals to charge Medicaid patients copays for some prescription drugs and other services have fizzled in the Louisiana Legislature, including a measure backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Hearings on three Medicaid copay bills were scrapped in the House health committee Thursday. That included the bill by... more »
  • House budget hearings begin with uncertainty about cuts

    March 21, 2016 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have opened their hearings on next year's budget, while Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is still working to cut another $70 million this year. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told the House Appropriations Committee the governor will unveil the reductions to rebalance this... more »
  • Back in session: Higher education, healthcare could face cuts

    March 14, 2016 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new legislative session began today, and Governor John Bel Edwards delivered grim news to lawmakers regarding the state budget in his opening address. Lawmakers didn't raise enough money in the special session to keep critical services from being cut. Under state law, they can't raise... more »
  • Amended alcohol tax fails in the House

    March 4, 2016 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican lawmakers in the House who have shown resistance to raising taxes also have been slow to come up with places they'd recommend slashing government to rebalance Louisiana's budget. Senate leaders, both Republican and Democrat, have repeatedly pointed out the House members causing some of the special... more »
  • Parents plead for taxes to pay for their children's services Play Video

    March 2, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators weighing deep cuts to state services were wiping away tears as parents pleaded for them to pass tax hikes to protect programs that help them care for their children. Health care services that serve thousands with developmental disabilities are threatened as lawmakers decide how to close... more »
  • Louisiana hit with credit rating downgrade, blow to state

    February 25, 2016 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's credit rating has been downgraded, after years of budget instability that leave public colleges and government services wallowing in repeated financial uncertainty. The decision by Moody's Investors Service to drop the state's credit rating Thursday is another blow to a state teetering on the edge... more »
  • Budget cuts might close special needs day care

    February 15, 2016 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A special needs day care might have to close their doors if the state cuts the budget. Pediatria employees care for special needs children with ventilators and feeding tubes on a daily basis. "This is one of the jewels that we truly have," State Rep.... more »
  • Edwards addresses lawmakers as special session begins Play Video

    February 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two of Louisiana's prominent Republican politicians were targets in Gov. John Bel Edwards' speech to open the legislative session. The Democratic governor never named former Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Treasurer John Kennedy directly. But he took digs at Jindal as helping to create the state's financial... more »
  • Schumer slams Obama budget cuts to anti-terror funds

    February 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs. The New York Democrat notes that the recently released budget proposal would reduce the Urban Area Security Initiative from $600 million to $330 million. The initiative helps cities... more »
  • PAR wants cuts before taxes Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "good government" group wants Louisiana's leaders to get control of spending before they raise taxes. The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council released a report where it lists specific cuts. A few of the proposed measures include: - Control increased spending for state workers' health... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • DHH says cuts could be 'catastrophic' to Medicaid patients Play Video

    January 27, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals said on Wednesday that $131 million in cuts which could come from midyear budget negotiations could be "catastrophic" for those who rely on Medicaid. DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee said they submitted their plan Wednesday for how to spread the... more »
  • Southern revises budget plans, says closures aren't in the picture Play Video

    January 26, 2016 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The morning after saying deep cuts to state funding could effectively close their doors, Southern University said that is not the case. SU Baton Rouge spokesperson Henry Tillman sent out a narrative Monday night which described the effects of a proposed 32 percent mid-year cut in... more »
  • Loyola University president touts $11.5M savings plan

    November 27, 2015 2:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Loyola University New Orleans President Rev. Kevin Wildes has announced that he is planning to slice the university's spending by $11.5 million over the next five years. Wildes estimates Loyola would actually need to cut $25 million from its budget over the same period, but he hops... more »
  • More budget cuts coming: New $370M state deficit emerges Play Video

    November 16, 2015 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The budget hits keep on coming in Louisiana. The state has a $370 million midyear budget deficit, amid oil and gas price drops and lower-than-expected business tax collections. A downgrade of the state's income projections was approved Monday by the Revenue Estimating Conference. Gov.... more »
  • Experts expect cuts to state agencies before higher education

    November 3, 2015 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cuts for higher education and health care could roll out in three weeks. Governor Jindal's administration has vowed to close the latest budget hole before leaving office in early January. Jindal's plan to plug last year's budget deficit and the mid-year budget deficit will be presented to... more »
  • LSU administrators expressed interest in Reveille cuts

    September 9, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Records show LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander requested a briefing on student media strategy last month after leaders met with Reveille alumni and other interested parties about the future of the campus newspaper. Emails show that university administrators were interested in being kept up-to-speed on ongoing... more »
  • La. colleges owed $15M from racing commission, audit says Play Video

    August 24, 2015 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says higher education, which has struggled with budget cuts, has been shortchanged more than $15 million it was owed from the Louisiana State Racing Commission. The Legislative Auditor's Office says the money should have been paid from a slice of the license fee on... more »
  • Report: Social Security disability fund could dry up in 2016

    July 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government says people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year unless Congress acts. In a report Wednesday, the trustees that oversee Social Security said the disability trust fund will run out of money in 2016, right in the middle of a presidential campaign.... more »
  • Fort Polk to lose 388 troops amid Army cuts

    July 9, 2015 3:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Fort Polk Army base in central Louisiana is in line to lose 388 troops as the Army announces cuts in active duty forces. Members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday they were disappointed in the cuts, but added that the reduction at Fort Polk could... more »
  • Jindal's tax rules limit budget options for state lawmakers

    May 29, 2015 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers struggling to balance next year's budget and avoid deep cuts to colleges and health services are trying to follow a complicated set of rules set by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal won't support any tax changes he - or national anti-tax activist Grover Norquist - considers a... more »
  • Dedicated funds remain off-limits in Louisiana budget debate

    May 20, 2015 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers sift through ideas to solve financial gaps, one idea has been off-limits: scaling back budget protections that leave higher education and health care most vulnerable to slashing. Lawmakers have repeatedly lamented that too much of the state's budget is "dedicated," locked up by either... more »
  • Senators sail through tax bills

    May 18, 2015 8:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators sailed through 11 House-approved tax changes Monday that would raise $615 million dollars and save state colleges from devastating cuts. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee offered no amendments or objections to the bills, preferring to send them to the Senate Finance Committee next week. ... more »
  • Dow Chemical to trim about 3 percent of global workforce

    May 5, 2015 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Dow Chemical, which has several facilities in Louisiana, will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp. The company says the cuts will reduce... more »
  • Hundreds of LSU students march to protest budget cuts Play Video

    April 30, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of LSU students holding signs and wearing school colors marched to the steps of the Capitol Thursday to protest against further cuts to higher education. The rally was organized through social media and called on students to show up to make lawmakers see who would... more »
  • LSU exploring bankruptcy options, not there yet

    April 24, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU spokesperson said Friday that LSU has taken several steps to prepare for the possible budget fallout from the legislative session, but they've not actually taken the step of filing for academic bankruptcy yet. LSU released a statement from LSU Board Chair Ann Duplessis to... more »
  • Public talks budget at the Capitol

    April 15, 2015 8:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Discussions on the budget will continue at the capitol today as day three of the legislative session gets underway. Several education items are also on the senate committee's agenda. Yesterday, the public got a chance to weigh in on the current financial fiasco that's facing the state.... more »
  • Public gets its turn to outline budget concerns to lawmakers

    April 14, 2015 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care services are urging lawmakers to reverse cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to balance next year's budget. Parents of disabled children on waiting lists for at-home care, leaders of community clinics that rely on state financing and hospitals... more »
  • Lawmakers unable to alleviate higher education woes Play Video

    April 8, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers had lots of questions for leaders of the state's higher education institutions, but offered few suggestions to cope with potentially crippling cuts. In a unanimous voice, leaders of state run universities and junior colleges begged lawmakers to spare them from devastating cuts proposed in the next... more »
  • Dardenne not ready to reveal higher education plan Play Video

    April 6, 2015 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne chose his former junior high school, Westdale Middle in Baton Rouge, as the place to launch a statewide announcement tour for his gubernatorial campaign. Dardenne is one of three Republicans in the race along with Sen. David Vitter and Scott Angelle. State... more »
  • LSU could cut 2,000 classes in fall Play Video

    February 23, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- If Governor Jindal's proposed cuts to higher education go into affect, then LSU plans to lay off hundreds of instructors and cut 2,000 classes by next fall according to LSU System President King Alexander. The Jindal administration plans to reveal its budget plans Friday for the next... more »
  • Superintendent worries student testing money is threatened

    February 23, 2015 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Education Superintendent John White says he's concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal will strip dollars for student testing. Jindal opposes Louisiana's use of testing tied to the Common Core education standards. But Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish says no such cuts are proposed in the governor's... more »
  • Lawmakers say TOPS cuts not on the table

    February 23, 2015 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers said at a higher education conference in Baton Rouge Monday that cuts to the popular scholarship program TOPS are not on the table as the legislature prepares to grapple with a massive state budget deficit. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, Senate education chairman Conrad Appel and... more »
  • LSU asks for budget input on new website

    February 13, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University launched a website Friday detailing the dire budget situation the school is facing and asked for help finding ways to save money. The budget site lays out LSU's proposed share of $383 million in higher education cuts being discussed among lawmakers and the... more »
  • Mason: Southern can't survive proposed cuts Play Video

    February 13, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University's system president said proposed cuts to their budget could break the SU System next year. Dr. Ronald Mason said Friday the Baton Rouge campus was already working on plans for a projected $8 million in cuts in next year's budget, only to find out... more »
  • Health care services threatened with deep cuts next year

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration looks to balance next year's budget, Louisiana's health care programs are threatened with even steeper cuts than the higher education slashing that has caused such worry. Cuts for services that take care of the poor, elderly and disabled could reach up to... more »
  • LSU outlines dire budget scenarios, layoffs and course cuts

    February 6, 2015 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Internal documents prepared by LSU leaders said deep budget reductions proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal would force widespread layoffs across LSU campuses, shutter academic programs and lessen the value of the degrees students obtain. LSU campuses from Shreveport to New Orleans were asked to explain how a... more »
  • Jindal administration releases mid-year cuts Play Video

    February 6, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration released their plans Friday to deal with a mid-year budget deficit of more than $103 million. The plan calls for $60.66 million in cuts from state agencies and includes $42.84 million in "revenue opportunities," mostly stopgap spending from state trust funds and one-time... more »
  • Jindal quiet about higher ed cuts Play Video

    January 27, 2015 6:47 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Big cuts are on the way for higher education, but Governor Bobby Jindal isn't saying much about what those cuts will look like. "It's too early to speculate," said Jindal, "certainly the agencies are looking for every opportunity to be more efficient. Everything's on the table." Tuesday... more »
  • Kennedy: Higher ed could be 'gutted like a fish' Play Video

    November 14, 2014 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After the state's Revenue Estimating Committee decided to trim back cash flow forecasts for the fiscal year, Treasurer John Kennedy warned Governor Jindal could take an axe to higher education to make up the difference. "Let me be blunt, they're gonna gut LSU and Southern and... more »
  • Fort Polk draws support against cuts

    September 29, 2014 3:31 AM

    FORT POLK - Once more, Fort Polk has drawn more support than any other base facing potential cuts. Fort Polk Progress, a nonprofit created to advocate for the base, says Army Environmental Command got more than 111,200 comments from 30 communities nationwide - and 34,619 were against cuts at Fort... more »
  • House GOP plan seeks health cuts to balance budget Play Video

    April 2, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are pressing ahead with a plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax hikes and Medicare cuts engineered by President Barack Obama. The GOP... more »
  • Jindal proposes boost to higher education funding

    January 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After six years of cuts, Louisiana's public colleges stand to gain $142 million in increased funding under Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal to be unveiled later this week. Jindal on Tuesday announced his recommendations for financing Louisiana's colleges in the fiscal year that begins July 1. He... more »
  • Food stamp cuts go into effect

    November 1, 2013 8:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Food stamp benefits are set to drop today for more than 47 million Americans. A temporary benefit from the 2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars will no longer be available. The Department of Children and Family Services says the cuts will impact some 388,000... more »
  • Grambling football dispute draws attention to cuts

    October 22, 2013 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The leader of Grambling State University says a nearly weeklong boycott by the university's football team has drawn awareness to the campus's financial struggles and drummed up donation interest around the country. Grambling President Frank Pogue told his university system's board Tuesday that he's using the national attention... more »
  • Budget cuts could close fire station in Baker Play Video

    September 10, 2013 5:53 PM

    BAKER - Thousands of people in Baker could lose their fire protection in November, which is when the fire chief plans to close one of their two stations due to budget cuts. The Lavey Lane fire station will close Nov. 1 if funds aren't found to keep it open,... more »
  • Saints use IR, PUP to help trim roster to 75

    August 27, 2013 6:17 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have placed linebackers Will Smith and Chris Chamberlain and receiver Joseph Morgan on injured reserve, designated linebacker Victor Butler as physically unable to perform and cut three players. The Saints have also added two players - trading with San Francisco for linebacker Parys Haralson... more »
  • Falcons cut 3 more to get to 75-player limit

    August 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have completed their latest round of cuts by waiving receivers Rashad Evans, Marcus Jackson and Marcus Sales. The cuts announced Monday came after the team waived 11 players the previous day. The roster now stands at 75 heading into Thursday's final... more »
  • Hundreds of Entergy layoffs to hit Louisiana

    July 30, 2013 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy announced this week they would lay off 800 employees to cut costs company-wide, and that a quarter of those layoffs would happen in Louisiana. A spokesperson for Entergy said around 240 positions would be eliminated in Louisiana, with 25 of those happening in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • CBO: Reversing cuts would boost jobs, economy

    July 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new study says that reversing more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts hitting the economy this year and next would boost the economy by 0.7 percent and increase employment by 900,000 jobs. The Congressional Budget Office study is similar to prior estimates by the agency. The... more »
  • Obama: House GOP budget is 'bad bargain'

    July 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Barack Obama says the House Republican budget is a "bad bargain" for the middle class. Obama says the House GOP wants to cut spending on education, science and clean energy when the country should be investing in those sectors. He says cutting back in those areas... more »
  • Landrieu bill bans some religion-based fund cuts

    July 11, 2013 2:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has introduced a bill to forbid the federal government from withholding money from programs whose participants engage in voluntary religious activity. The Louisiana Democrat introduced the Freedom to Pray Act on Thursday. Landrieu says she has been working on it since a constituent told... more »
  • House speaker announces opposition to veto session

    July 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't want lawmakers to hold a veto session to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Kleckley, a Republican ally of the governor, released a statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to the session - though he said he doesn't... more »
  • Amid Army cuts, Fort Polk will see small reduction

    June 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say Fort Polk will lose fewer than 250 troops as the Army moves ahead with restructuring plans that will cut 80,000 nationally. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and Rep. John Fleming claimed it as a victory for the base's supporters. ... more »
  • House, Senate on diverging paths on agency budgets

    June 18, 2013 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have unveiled slashing cuts to a program that helps localities build community development projects. Their rivals in the Democratic-controlled Senate are moving to restore Republican cuts to international food aid and nutrition help for pregnant women. Senate Democrats are pressing to restore deep cuts to domestic... more »
  • White House threatens veto of House farm bill

    June 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, 5-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry. The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually from food... more »
  • Senators rework $25B budget, reverse House cuts

    May 29, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate's budget-writing committee has taken its turn at next year's $25 billion spending plan, adding $350 million in state dollars to reverse many cuts sought by the House. The 2013-14 budget proposal backed by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday looks quite different from the House... more »
  • Delgado, Nunez community colleges to lay off staff

    May 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Delgado Community College in New Orleans plans to lay off more than a hundred employees, including dozens of faculty members, while Nunez Community College in Chalmette also is letting go staff. Both moves were approved Wednesday by the schools' governing board and come as the campuses seek... 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 »
  • Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

    April 5, 2013 9:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is proposing cuts to Social Security as an attempt to compromise with Republicans on the budget. A senior administration official says the budget Obama will offer to Congress next Wednesday would reduce the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years. It includes a revised inflation... more »
  • Following Obama, Kerry to donate part of salary

    April 4, 2013 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The richest member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet is giving back some salary too, in the spirit of government-wide spending cuts. A day after Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said they'd return 5 percent of their paycheck to the Treasury, Secretary of State John Kerry followed in... more »
  • Interior Dept. cuts mineral payments to 35 states

    March 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting federal mineral payments to Louisiana and 34 other states by a total of roughly $110 million this fiscal year. It's part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month. Louisiana stands to lose more than $347,000. Wyoming Gov.... more »
  • Coca-Cola to cut 750 jobs in US

    March 21, 2013 9:28 AM

    NEW YORK - Coca-Cola says it's cutting 750 jobs in the U.S. as it continues to streamline its business. The world's biggest beverage maker says the jobs cuts will be across the board and that affected individuals will be notified in coming weeks. The cuts represent roughly 1 percent of... more »
  • Obama: may take weeks, months to fix budget mess

    March 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it may take a couple of weeks or a couple of months to reach a deal to end Washington's battle over spending cuts. The president spoke after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that go... more »
  • Obama: We will get through cuts

    March 1, 2013 10:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Americans will get through the automatic spending cuts kicking in Friday. Obama says the nation shouldn't be making "dumb and arbitrary" cuts. He says Republicans have allowed the cuts to happen. Obama stays he still believes the cuts can be replaced, but he wants... more »
  • Expert testifies BP cuts led to Gulf oil disaster

    February 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The first testimony in the civil trial over the Gulf oil spill came from an expert who said he found evidence the company's penchant for cutting costs led to the disaster. Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor, said BP PLC did not put... more »
  • Jindal budget calls for $424M in one-time cash

    February 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers questioned Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration today about decisions in their proposed budget for next year. Jindal's $24.7 billion budget calls for the use of $424 million in one-time cash and college tuition increases to prevent deeper cuts to higher education. Commissioner of Administration Kristy... more »
  • Saints cut TE Thomas, CB Patrick

    February 19, 2013 5:25 PM

    METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has cut veteran tight end David Thomas and third-year cornerback Johnny Patrick. Loomis says releasing Thomas on Tuesday was an "extremely difficult decision," given seven-year veteran's leadership and versatility, which allowed him to fill in at several... more »
  • White House seeks 'balanced way' to budget fix

    February 17, 2013 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The new White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect the automatic budget cuts scheduled for next month will have on America's middle class. Denis McDonough tells ABC's "This Week" that the economy has been getting stronger over the past few months.... more »
  • Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

    February 6, 2013 7:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about... more »
  • Vigil planned to protest Medicaid hospice cut

    January 23, 2013 5:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Families of the terminally ill and health care workers are holding a protest of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to shutter the state's Medicaid hospice program in February. Supporters of the program, which provides at-home, end-of-life care for people who can't afford private insurance coverage, scheduled a... more »
  • Obama: Debt limit increase can't be tied to spending cuts

    January 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is demanding that Congress quickly raise the nation's $16.4 trillion debt limit, telling reporters, "we are not a deadbeat nation." At a White House news conference less than a week before he takes the oath of office for a second term, Obama warned that if... more »
  • Women's shelters hard-hit by state budget cuts Play Video

    January 4, 2013 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Last week Governor Jindal cut the Department of Children and Family Services by more than 20 percent. Now those cuts are trickling down to domestic violence shelters. "I felt like I had been kicked. It's such a devastating feeling," said Audrey Wascome, the interim director for... more »

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