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  • Officials see bright future for Medicaid expansion

    July 28, 2016 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state’s expanded Medicaid program, dubbed Healthy Louisiana, is expected by officials to become the blueprint for expansion of the program across the country. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says the state has created a plan that allows food stamp applicants to sign up for Medicaid, making... more »
  • Elmer Chocolate facility grows in size with $40M expansion

    June 24, 2016 11:11 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Gov. John Bel Edwards helped celebrate the $40 million expansion of Elmer Chocolate's facility in Ponchatoula. Elmer Candy Corp. announced the 70,000-square-foot addition to its Ponchatoula facility in 2014. On Thursday, Edwards joined others for a look at the expansion, which includes new production technology to make the... more »
  • Medicaid expansion sign-up begins Play Video

    June 1, 2016 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sign up for Medicaid expansion started Wednesday at CareSouth Health Clinic in Mid-City. There weren't lines out of the door since many people are signing up over the phone or by mail. "We're not being bombarded. A lot of people thought that would happen because today is the... more »
  • Enrollment for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion opens Wed.

    May 31, 2016 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana's new Medicaid expansion can begin signing up Wednesday. Residents can apply online at www.healthy.la.gov or by phone at 1-888-342-6207. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee also are expected to announce local application centers at... more »
  • Paychex announces 100-job expansion in Baton Rouge

    May 26, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Payroll and HR services company Paychex has announced a 100-job expansion for its operations in Baton Rouge. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Paychex Senior Vice President of Service John Gibson made the announcement Thursday. Paychex is a provider of human capital management solutions for payroll, human... more »
  • La. plans to use food stamp data in Medicaid expansion

    May 7, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health department officials say they are confident they will receive federal approval for a plan to use data from food stamp applications to qualify people for Medicaid. The Times-Picayune reports the approach will allow the Department of Health and Hospitals to automatically qualify tens of thousands... more »
  • New 911 center under construction in Ascension Parish Play Video

    April 20, 2016 6:22 PM

    GONZALES - As Ascension Parish grows, the sheriff's office is expanding with it. Construction crews have already broken ground for a state-of-the-art facility for first responder operations. Dispatchers and administrative staff are currently based out of the Ascension Parish courthouse in Gonzales. "We have the best trained employees,... more »
  • $145M expansion planned for Geismar manufacturing facility

    April 18, 2016 12:45 PM

    GEISMAR - Occidental Chemical Corporation plans a $145 million expansion of its OxyChem manufacturing plant in Geismar to produce material that will be used in refrigerants. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Occidental President Rob Peterson announced the plans Monday, saying the plant expansion will create 12 new jobs with an... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss expanding medical marijuana regulation Play Video

    April 13, 2016 8:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana legislators will discuss expanding regulations of medical marijuana for more patients on Wednesday. Some lawmakers are seeking to expand the regulations to include epilepsy patients. Last year, state lawmakers legalized cannabis oil, a form of medical marijuana. This medicine has very low level of... more »
  • Health department revamps Medicaid expansion hiring plan

    April 11, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is reworking its approach to hiring the staff needed to handle his Medicaid expansion effort after getting pushback from lawmakers. The agency initially proposed adding nearly 250 new workers to handle enrollment of the thousands of people expected to qualify for Medicaid... more »
  • Major expansion at Walker High moving forward Play Video

    April 4, 2016 5:28 PM

    WALKER - A major expansion is coming to Walker High School in Livingston Parish as the project is set to go out for bids this week. The $20 million project will add more than 30 new classrooms along with career and technology classrooms, a new band room, a new... more »
  • lawmakers-looking-to-expand-wedgewood-crime-district Play Video

    March 17, 2016 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Wedgewood neighborhood crime district could soon be expanded. Baton Rouge State Representative Barry Ivey is moving a bill at the legislature that would expand the crime district and raise fees. That bill passed a house committee this morning. Michael McCory has been living in... more »
  • Shell getting underway with $717M expansion at its Geismar plant

    February 17, 2016 4:50 AM

    GEISMAR- Shell Chemical LP is starting a $717 million expansion at its plant in Geismar. Shell officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards say it will create 1,500 construction jobs and add 20 permanent jobs when it opens in 2018. Salaries for the permanent jobs average $104,000 a year. About 650... more »
  • Edwards delays Medicaid expansion hiring plan review

    January 29, 2016 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has postponed a legislative hearing on the hiring plans associated with the governor's efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program. The joint House and Senate budget committee had been scheduled Friday to consider a request from the Department of Health and Hospitals to... more »
  • Medicaid expansion expected to roll out in May

    January 27, 2016 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department hopes to start signing up eligible people for Medicaid expansion by May, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Officials at the Department of Health and Hospitals believe 300,000 more Louisianans will have Medicaid cards 'in hand' and can start using them July 1. DHH... more »
  • Edwards sets July 1 date for planned Medicaid expansion

    January 6, 2016 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has set an ambitious timeline for a Medicaid expansion, saying he wants to have government-funded health insurance cards in thousands more people's hands by July 1. To make that happen, his new health care leader says Louisiana will have to hire an estimated... more »
  • Popular Livingston Parish library expanding

    December 8, 2015 5:29 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The most popular library branch in Livingston Parish is set for a more than $3 million expansion. The Denham Springs-Walker branch sees about 200,000 people each year. That's equal to the other four Livingston Parish libraries put together. With all the growth going on in the parish... more »
  • Dongsung make $5 million investment in Lake Charles facility

    December 3, 2015 12:00 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - The South Korea based Dongsung FineTec Co. Ltd. Says it will create 250 new jobs and make a $5 million capital investment in a cryogenic insulation manufacturing facility in Lake Charles. Senior Vice President James Choi said in a news release the jobs will have an... more »
  • Medicaid expansion timeline under Edwards may be slowed

    November 24, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While he pledged to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program on "day one" in office, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is finding out that might be trickier than he thought. The financing plan enacted by lawmakers is caught up in a swirl of legal questions, and Edwards is saying... more »
  • Developer looks to expand industrial park in Ascension

    November 16, 2015 11:24 AM

    GONZALES - A New Roads land developer's plan to expand an Ascension Parish industrial park has hit some approval snags. L.J. Grezaffi is hoping to expand into the 345-acre interior of his Ascension Commerce Center, which has become home to industrial service businesses that line Louisiana Highway 30 and... more »
  • Vitter talks of his conditions for Medicaid expansion in La.

    November 13, 2015 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate for governor David Vitter defended his opposition to the federal health care overhaul even as he told an audience supportive of the law that he'd consider tapping into its Medicaid expansion provisions. The comments came at a forum held Friday in north Baton Rouge... more »
  • I-12 expansion nearly finished Play Video

    August 28, 2015 5:50 PM

    WALKER - Expansion work on Interstate 12 in Walker should be finished by October, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. The $26.5 million expansion started last year and will bring I-12 from four lanes to six lanes from Walker to nearly Satsuma. For motorists in Livingston Parish going... more »
  • Police department expansion a 'huge improvement' Play Video

    August 25, 2015 5:38 PM

    KILLIAN - A major upgrade is on the way for the Killian Police Department in Livingston Parish. Right now the department is without an interrogation room, and its evidence locker is in the same room as the department's toilet. Killian Police Chief Dennis Hill says first responders started brainstorming an... more »
  • Zatarain's celebrates $26M expansion in Gretna

    July 15, 2015 12:21 PM

    GRETNA - Nearly all of the 200 employees of the Zatarain's production facility in Gretna were on hand Monday to celebrate the end of construction that has tripled the size of the company's facility. New Orleans CityBusiness reports that by the end of next year the 80,000-square foot expansion will... more »
  • Monsanto considers spending $1B to expand Luling plant

    June 24, 2015 12:13 PM

    LULING - Monsanto Co. has announced preliminary plans for a potential $1 billion-plus expansion of its Luling plant. The company said in a news release Wednesday a final investment decision is expected in early 2016. The company said the expansion would take three to five years and allow the plant... more »
  • Lawmakers advance Medicaid expansion financing tool

    May 27, 2015 12:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to help pay for Louisiana to expand its Medicaid program if its next governor is interested continues to zip through the Legislature. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved the proposal by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley without objection Wednesday. The House already has agreed... more »
  • House agrees to financing mechanism for Medicaid expansion

    May 13, 2015 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers gave quick, unanimous passage to a proposal that would help pay for a Medicaid expansion if Louisiana's next governor wants to provide coverage to the working poor. With a 96-0 vote Wednesday, the proposal by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley was sent to the Senate... more »
  • Senate and House health committees reject Medicaid expansion Play Video

    April 29, 2015 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against a coverage expansion bill proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A few hours later, the House health care... more »
  • Shintech plans Iberville Parish expansion, 100 new jobs

    April 23, 2015 11:48 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Shintech will spend $1.4 billion to add an ethylene plant at its Iberville Parish facility. The company said in a news release that the plant will create 100 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $68,500, plus benefits. The new project will lift Shintech's total capital investment... more »
  • Renovation of state office building set to start Monday

    March 14, 2015 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction is set to begin Monday on a $1.4 million expansion and renovation of the Municipal Employees Retirement System of Louisiana's office building. The work will involve adding a new board room and a supply room to the property in Baton Rouge, along with replacing the roof... more »
  • Elmer Chocolate expanding Ponchatoula plant

    December 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Elmer Chocolate's Ponchatoula plant will undergo a $40 million expansion. The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000... more »
  • Honeywell completes $33M expansion in Baton Rouge

    December 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $33 million modernization project at Honeywell's chemical and refrigerant gases manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge has been completed. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies President and CEO Darius Adamczyk announced the completion Monday. The project extended the life of Honeywell's existing facility, retaining... more »
  • Tiger Stadium: Let's get loud Play Video

    September 12, 2014 9:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU fans and the sounds of a game in Tiger Stadium are getting louder, especially with the addition of the new end zone. About 100,000 people packed the stadium last Saturday. The additional fans and the new sound blew created noise that blew people away. But,... more »
  • Central considering police department expansion Play Video

    July 18, 2014 3:20 PM

    CENTRAL - Central city leaders will consider adding around $57,000 to the city's police department budget Tuesday. The ordinance would give the department enough money to hire an assistant police chief and fund the move to a larger suite in the same building. These are more potential changes for... more »
  • Tiger Stadium capacity will exceed 100,000

    July 11, 2014 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced that Tiger Stadium's capacity will easy clear the 100k mark with the new south endzone addition. The LSU Football facebook page says the final number will be 102,321. The previous capacity was 92,542, according to LSUSports.net. Based on the capacity of other stadiums... more »
  • Cubs to pitch another Wrigley expansion plan

    July 10, 2014 4:31 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - The squabble between the Chicago Cubs and the owners of the rooftop venues that peek over the walls of Wrigley Field is heading back to City Hall. The Cubs will ask the city's landmarks commission Thursday to approve a massive $500 million renovation project that is even... more »
  • Vitter says he'd consider Medicaid expansion

    June 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed... more »
  • Several Medicaid expansion bills fail at Capitol Play Video

    May 21, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One last, big push to get Medicaid expansion in Louisiana failed today inside a House committee at the Capitol. "If we accept Affordable Care Act, 240,000 will be eligible for affordable care," said Rep. Herbert Dixon (D-Alexandria). Dixon was first up Wednesday, pushing one of... more »
  • House health committee rejects Medicaid expansion

    May 21, 2014 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program appear dead for the legislative session, after a House committee rejected multiple bills to give government-funded health care to more adults. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 12-4 Wednesday against a Medicaid expansion proposal from Rep. Herbert Dixon, a Democrat... more »
  • $10 million expansion announced for coffee company

    May 21, 2014 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders announced a $10 million expansion is in the works for a Baton Rouge coffee supply business. The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Mayor Kip Holden announced Wednesday that Pod Pack International planned to expand their Baton Rouge facilities, building a new manufacturing area to... more »
  • La. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion proposal

    May 5, 2014 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters won't be asked to decide whether to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program to give government-funded health care to more adults. The Louisiana Senate voted 22-15 Monday against Sen. Ben Nevers' proposal to add the item to the fall ballot. A similar proposal already had been defeated by... more »
  • Senators reject Medicaid expansion bill

    April 23, 2014 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee. The definitive 6-2 vote Wednesday against expansion likely ends the Senate's debate on the issue for the session. Sen. Ben Nevers' bill would have... more »
  • Lawmakers look to expand Medicaid Play Video

    April 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are looking for ways to expand coverage to the uninsured without Governor Jindal's help. They call it the "Jindal gap," since the governor's dismissal of Obamacare leaves more than 200,000 without health insurance. With reduced work hours and a disabled husband, Jan Wells of... more »
  • LA 42 widening begins in Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 25, 2014 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A long-awaited expansion of LA 42 in Ascension Parish began Tuesday as crews start the initial phase of the upgrade. "Today is a dream come true, that I've waited 19 years, seven months, and five days for," said Loretta Templet, who lost her daughter during a... more »
  • Medicaid expansion debate to resume in Louisiana

    January 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Efforts to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands through an expansion of Louisiana's Medicaid program will again be pushed in the upcoming legislative session. Former Louisiana health secretary David Hood said Monday he'll be involved with a coalition of Medicaid expansion supporters seeking to persuade state lawmakers who... more »
  • Essen expansion slated for November 2014

    December 17, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Engineers announced work could begin in about a year for a planned expansion of Essen Lane. The plan calls for expanding the street between Perkins and I-10 to six full lanes: three travel and a possible center turning lane. But, utility work has delayed the construction. ... more »
  • Chevron gives $2.7M for LSU engineering upgrades

    August 28, 2013 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced today that Chevron will give the university $2.7 million for renovations and upgrades to their Engineering and Science schools. An LSU spokesperson said $2 million will go toward the Patrick F. Taylor Hall renovation and expansion for the College of Engineering, while 700,000 will... more »
  • Chimp Haven sanctuary expanding

    August 19, 2013 11:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The national sanctuary for retired federal research chimpanzees is expanding to bring in the 60 federally owned chimps remaining at a New Iberia laboratory. Spokeswoman Ashley Gordon says work has begun to finish seven play areas left incomplete because construction costs skyrocketed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.... more »
  • Jindal to make major gift announcement at LSU

    July 16, 2013 10:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - University leaders will join Gov. Bobby Jindal this morning to announce a gift involving the public-private partnership for LSU's new engineering complex. Officials say the gift will go toward the Breaking New Ground campaign, which supports the renovation and expansion of Patrick F. Taylor Hall. ... more »
  • Plastics firm plans $500M expansion at La. plants

    June 23, 2013 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A Japanese plastics maker will spend $500 million to expand its plants in Plaquemine and Addis, part of an ongoing investment boom by refiners and chemical producers in Louisiana. Shintech will expand its production capacity by more than 10 percent, Japanese parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical Co.... more »
  • Jindal: Marine contractor plans $30M expansion

    May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    THIBODAUX - An oilfield service company plans a new $10 million headquarters in Gray and a $20 million manufacturing and fabrication plant at a Louisiana port. President and CEO Hank Danos says Danos & Curole Marine Contractors LLC is considering at least two ports. The manufacturing site to be selected... more »
  • Kleckley says Medicaid expansion a no-go this year

    April 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't believe any proposal to tap into the federal Medicaid expansion money will win passage in the Louisiana Legislature this year. Kleckley, a Republican from Lake Charles, says lawmakers are interested in differing models that could access money from the Affordable... more »
  • Lawmakers weigh in on Medicaid expansion

    April 24, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are taking their first votes on whether they want to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. Both the House and Senate health care committees have hearings scheduled Wednesday on Medicaid expansion bills. ... more »
  • Jindal disputes savings estimate for expansion

    April 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is disagreeing with a nonpartisan financial analysis done for lawmakers that estimates the state could save more than $500 million over 10 years by expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program under the federal health law. The estimates by the Legislative Fiscal Office came in advance of... more »
  • $650 million expansion planned at N.O. airport

    April 17, 2013 10:14 AM

    KENNER - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city plans to build a new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in suburban Kenner. The terminal would be on the north side of the existing terminal structure. Landrieu says officials hope to have the $650 million building open... more »
  • Gun background check deal close

    April 10, 2013 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators who've been working on gun control legislation are expected to announce today that they've reached a compromise. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania have been looking at expanding federal background checks to include purchases at gun shows and online. Right now,... more »
  • Jindal won't seek to follow Arkansas on Medicaid Play Video

    April 9, 2013 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's private hospitals are supporting the expansion of the state Medicaid program under the federal health care law. The Louisiana Hospital Association's announcement Tuesday puts the organization at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes the expansion. The announcement comes the same day the Jindal administration said... 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 »
  • Council approves facility project in Gonzales

    April 8, 2013 9:45 PM

    GONZALES- City leaders approved plans for Emerson Process Management to build a new headquarters in Ascension Parish. It will be built on West Edenborne Parkway, off I-10 and adds about 60 jobs. It was briefly stalled because city leaders could not agree on zoning change until late last... more »
  • Roadway changes proposed for Airline Hwy Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At the top of the The Capital Region Legislative Delegation's agenda is a study to improve Airline Highway. On their Facebook page , legislators outlined plans to study turning Airline into a corridor of a regional freeway system. "The new interstate-style roadway would link I-10... more »
  • DHH report: La. could save on Medicaid expansion

    March 27, 2013 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has quietly released a new financial analysis that estimates the state could save as much as $368 million over 10 years by expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program under the federal health law. The analysis was posted on DHH's website this week with... more »
  • Plans show a 6-laned Essen

    March 26, 2013 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State transportation leaders unveiled plans for an expanded Essen Lane Tuesday night. The project, still in its early stages, could possibly add a lane in each direction, creating six travel lanes. There is also discussion about a center turn-lane, or a median design. Plans aren't expected... more »
  • Council backs zoning change for Emerson project

    March 25, 2013 7:56 PM

    GONZALES - City leaders were able to agree on a zoning change, paving the way for a planned Ascension Parish headquarters for Emerson Process Management. Monday night, the city council was able to settle a disagreement by making changes over the type of special use permit the facility would... more »
  • Huntsman group expanding Geismar chemical plant

    March 21, 2013 3:02 PM

    GEISMAR - The Huntsman Corporation announced today plans to build a $78 million expansion at their Geismar chemical facility. State economic officials said the expansion will create 17 new direct jobs and 60 indirect jobs, as well as retain the 397 existing jobs at the plant. "We know... more »
  • 2 former health chiefs push La. Medicaid expansion

    March 15, 2013 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two former Louisiana health care secretaries are urging Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his opposition to the Medicaid expansion allowed under the federal health overhaul. David Hood was secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals under Republican former Gov. Mike Foster. Fred Cerise was DHH secretary... more »
  • Legislators hold hearing on federal health care law

    March 13, 2013 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - This morning, state lawmakers plan to weigh the pros and cons of expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program to cover more uninsured adults. During the hearing, The Senate and House insurance committees will get information about the federal health care law that allows for the expansion. Gov.... more »
  • Jindal says he won't reconsider Medicaid expansion

    February 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding firm to his decision not to expand Louisiana's Medicaid coverage under new health care reforms, despite the participation of several other Republican governors. Jindal said Thursday he won't be including the federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in his state budget proposal... more »
  • Baton Rouge General Mid City adds ER beds

    February 7, 2013 6:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid City is in the process of expanding its emergency room as LSU winds down operations at Earl K. Long Medical Center in north Baton Rouge. Maryann Rowland, a hospital spokeswoman, says the expansion comes as the Mid City hospital has been... more »

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