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  • EBR launches city-parish services feedback app

    November 2, 2015 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new app designed to give East Baton Rouge residents a way to give instant feedback on city-parish services launched Monday, according to Mayor-President Kip Holden's office. Director of Information Services Eric Romero said the new app, called "Expresit", lets anyone with a smart phone or... more »
  • FBI to collect better data on police shootings, use of force

    September 28, 2015 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey says the agency will collect and make public more information about police shootings of civilians. Comey on Monday said the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Reporting program, which releases information on crimes nationwide, will begin collecting data about non-fatal shootings involving local law officers. He... more »
  • Cool Schools: Southeast Middle Magnet Digital Arts and Technology Academy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 15, 2015 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Southeast Middle is teaching students how to get comfortable on both sides of the camera. The school just implemented the Southeast Middle Magnet Digital Arts and Technology Academy, a magnet program that enrolls about 20% of the school's students. Students that are enrolled in the program are able... more »
  • Under fire for data breach, Obama personnel chief steps down

    July 10, 2015 5:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting demands following an unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect. Director Katherine Archuleta had come under scathing criticism amid revelations this year that hackers - widely believed to... more »
  • US officials: Massive breach of federal personnel data

    June 4, 2015 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press has learned that the Obama administration is scrambling to assess the impact of a massive data breach involving the agency that handles security clearances and employee records. A congressional aide familiar with the situation, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to... more »
  • Federal data reports over 1,000 bad bridges in La.

    April 5, 2015 3:57 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A federation of consumer advocacy groups federal data show Louisiana has more than 1,800 bridges that need repairs. The United States Public Interest Research Group analyzed Federal Highway Administration data. Sources report that the group found 1,837 structurally deficient bridges out of nearly 13,000 total. The report comes... more »
  • Obama to focus on cybersecurity

    February 13, 2015 2:36 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - President Barack Obama is responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks by encouraging members of the private sector to share information with each other and with the federal government as a first line of defense. Obama is headlining a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer... more »
  • Anthem: Hacker tried to breach system as early as Dec. 10

    February 6, 2015 6:48 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The hackers who stole millions of health insurance records from Anthem Inc. obtained the credentials of five different employees to try to penetrate the network, and may have been inside the system since December, the company says. Hackers stole names, social security numbers and other information for... more »
  • City-parish launches open data initiative

    January 30, 2015 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish leaders launched a new service Friday designed to make information about East Baton Rouge Parish more accessible to the public. Mayor-President Kip Holden said Open Data BR is the first of several digital initiatives intended to make city-parish government more accessible and transparent. "The... more »
  • Obama to call for laws on data hacking, student privacy

    January 12, 2015 2:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama would announce the proposed... more »
  • Hottest year on record

    December 1, 2014 7:53 PM

    WASHINGTON- This year is shaping up to be the hottest on record. The first ten months of 2014 have been the warmest since record-keeping began more than 130 years ago. This data is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It says the combined global and ocean temperature between January... more »
  • Jimmy John's says customers' card data stolen

    September 24, 2014 2:29 PM

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- Jimmy John's sandwich chain said Wednesday that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops between June and September. The Champaign, Illinois-based chain said in a news release that stores in 37 states across the United States were affected. Jimmy John's believes... more »
  • Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

    September 12, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Justice Department officials are pressing Congress for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. It's part of an effort to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries. Authorities say the current law is too weak because it... more »
  • US to present intelligence data on plane crash

    July 22, 2014 10:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - The United States says it's preparing to present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the intelligence community will have some additional data to present Tuesday. No additional... more »
  • NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal

    July 2, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An independent panel says the National Security Agency's collection of Internet data within the United States passes constitutional muster and employs "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has largely endorsed a set of NSA surveillance programs that... more »
  • New law aims to keep student information private

    June 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law today that stiffens penalties for educational institutions found guilty of collecting or sharing certain types of personal student information. Gov. Jindal said children and parents shouldn't have to fear the involuntary exposure of private information when they enroll... more »
  • Data problems could jeopardize health insurance coverage

    June 4, 2014 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government document provided to The Associated Press says more than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some. Two million people works out to about one out of four who signed up, creating a... more »
  • Audit: NOPD not properly reporting crime stats

    October 28, 2013 11:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Police Department may not have properly reported crime data, according to a legislative audit. The report on dispatch data says the NOPD answered calls that did not appear in information reported to state and federal officials. The audit looked at 1,000 calls... more »
  • La. insurance companies stonewall on enrollee data

    October 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The three companies offering health insurance plans to Louisiana residents on the federally-run online health marketplace won't say how many people have been able to sign up. The marketplace website has been plagued with computer problems. Though the problems are not of their own making, representatives of... more »
  • Judge raises concern about data meddling at Angola

    August 5, 2013 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal judge is questioning whether state officials damaged independent data collection of temperatures on Louisiana's death row. The information was being collected at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as part of a lawsuit claiming that three condemned killers are forced to live in dangerous heat conditions.... more »
  • Report: Red light cameras working check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2013 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five years of data collected on red light cameras in Baton Rouge indicate they're doing what they were designed for reducing red light runners and crashes. Baton Rouge commissioned a study on camera performance and according to the data, crashes are down and fewer people are... more »
  • BESE to review student data storage and sharing

    June 19, 2013 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top education board is reviewing how the state education department stores and shares public school student data. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Wednesday to create a task force looking at the issue after concerns were raised about a state data-sharing agreement with an... more »
  • Audit: Unreliable data used for tuition hikes

    June 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says 79 percent of community and technical colleges using a program that lets them raise student tuition didn't provide reliable data to gain that permission. The review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office was released Monday. It echoed findings from a year earlier, which... more »
  • GOP raps agency's data collection

    April 23, 2013 7:43 PM

    WASHINGTON- Republicans in the Senate criticized the newly established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau headed by Richard Corday for collecting anonymous data on consumers. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho complained the agency should be watching out for consumers, not watching them. Cordray told the Senate Banking Committee his bureau is using... more »
  • Facebook says it was hacked, no data compromised

    February 15, 2013 4:45 PM

    UNDATED - Facebook Inc. says it was the target of hackers but no user information was compromised during the attack. The social media giant said Friday on its security blog that the company discovered in January that its system had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. The attack occurred when... more »
  • Lawmakers target operations of data-mining firms

    November 8, 2012 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - A group of lawmakers say data-mining companies that collect and sell personal information about consumers should make their operations more transparent. Members of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus said Thursday that responses they received from nine major data brokers provided only a glimpse of a multibillion-dollar industry "that... more »
  • Sandy knocks off big chunk of retail sales

    November 6, 2012 3:32 PM

    NEW YORK - A retail data service says Superstorm Sandy knocked off nearly $4 billion of retail sales last week in the hard-hit Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, nearly 20 percent of the usual total. MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse says Tuesday that the region, which accounts for about 24 percent of retail... more »
  • Census data says poverty rates in La. on the rise

    September 21, 2012 9:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly released census data says poverty levels in Louisiana have continued to climb while household incomes declined in the last year, making the state one of the poorest in the nation. Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey released Thursday say the median household... more »
  • Emory Universtiy fudges data to ranking groups

    August 17, 2012 7:45 PM

    The President of Emory University in Atlanta says the school intentionally misreported data about its students to groups that rank colleges and it went on for more than ten years. Emory is routinely listed as one of the nation's top colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Students and parents... more »
  • DOTD data shows new I-12 lanes show improved travel times

    June 13, 2012 2:49 PM

    Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced that data gathered by the department's traffic management center since new lanes were opened on I-12 between O'Neal Lane and Juban Road show a major improvement in travel times for drivers traveling the corridor. The data shows... more »
  • Oil drops on disappointing US growth data

    May 31, 2012 10:28 AM

    NEW YORK - The price of oil is falling again on reports that the U.S. economy isn't growing as expected. Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.28 to $86.54 per barrel while Brent crude lost $1.13 to $102.34 per barrel. Oil is now the cheapest it's been all year. Prices have been... more »
  • Hospital: Missing hard drive may have patient data

    February 21, 2012 7:46 AM

    GRETNA - A suburban New Orleans hospital is notifying patients that their personal information may have been contained on a missing computer hard drive. Ochsner Medical Center said Monday that the external hard drive missing from its West Bank campus was used to back up data for bone density scans... more »
  • Shrimp trawl data big problem in sea turtle study

    September 14, 2011 1:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Duke University and Conservation International researchers say lack of data from shrimp trawlers is a huge problem in getting a national picture of sea turtle deaths on fishhooks and in fishing nets. They say total federal estimates of such deaths fell 90 percent from 1990 to... more »
  • Lawmakers hope to match laws to census data

    March 21, 2011 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Hundreds of state laws governing individual localities in Louisiana are up for revisions during the redistricting special session. That's because many statutes are tied to state population estimates - and with the latest census data, some of the laws no longer match the municipalities and... more »
  • Census data sheds light on travails of Katrina

    February 14, 2011 4:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Census data highlights the travails tens of thousands of people faced after they were forced out of their homes by Hurricane Katrina. The data shows that nearly 30,000 households in the New Orleans metro area lived in five or more homes after Katrina while 7... more »

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