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  • Multi-million dollar expansion at BRCC announced

    June 26, 2017 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System announced a multi-million dollar expansion project at the Baton Rouge Community College Acadian Campus on Monday. The governor says the expansion will bring much needed workforce training and career opportunities to north... more »
  • $368M budget boost sought for Louisiana Medicaid expansion

    May 22, 2017 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are being asked to add $368 million in federal funding to the health department budget to keep from running out of money for the state's Medicaid expansion. The Louisiana Department of Health has enrolled more people than expected in Medicaid expansion since Gov. John... more »
  • Louisiana governor urges Congress to keep Medicaid expansion

    March 14, 2017 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Congress to keep the Medicaid expansion program intact as they work to replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Louisiana's Democratic governor sent a letter Tuesday to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. In it, he says he has "serious concern" with... more »
  • Muted response from Louisiana Republicans on health plan

    March 8, 2017 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's majority-Republican congressional delegation hasn't exactly embraced the GOP proposal to replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Only Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican and a member of the leadership team pushing the replacement plan, has given a full-throated endorsement to the legislation. Other Louisiana... more »
  • Pence says health overhaul won't leave poor out

    March 1, 2017 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence says "no one is going to fall through the cracks" as a result of Republican plans to replace the nation's health care law. Pence was referring to people on Medicaid, the federal-state program for low income Americans that is managed by the states. As... more »
  • More than 400,000 enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion

    February 18, 2017 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion has reached a new milestone, with more than 400,000 people enrolled for health services through the government-financed program started in July. The Department of Health announced the latest figures Thursday, saying the program is driving down Louisiana's uninsured rate. The agency says more than... more »
  • New Orleans expanding plans for new airport terminal

    January 18, 2017 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is expanding plans for a terminal being built to replace the international airport's current one, built in 1959. He says increased flights and passengers prompted the change in plans from 30 gates to 35. Officials say that will add... more »
  • Edwards defends Medicaid expansion, as GOP works on repeal

    January 12, 2017 10:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his defense for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion by having some of the program's patients describe the medical services they've received. Twenty-three-year-old Monika Calderon spoke of severe headaches that were diagnosed as a brain tumor. Medicaid expansion covered the cost of her surgery,... more »
  • Residents against landfill expansion in Sorrento Play Video

    January 3, 2017 6:29 PM

    SORRENTO – A controversial landfill is up for discussion in Sorrento Tuesday night. The BFI Colonial Landfill is trying to renew a permit and apply for a football field-sized expansion. However, residents who live close to the landfill are not happy with the proposed expansion. One resident, Tony... more »
  • Report: Deepen Mississippi River for bigger cargo ships

    December 13, 2016 10:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says the Mississippi River should be dredged so three southeast Louisiana ports can accept the bigger cargo ships built to take advantage of the Panama Canal's expansion. Many other U.S. ports either already have completed similar projects or are trying to get... more »
  • Medicaid expansion expected to cost $376M more than budgeted

    November 4, 2016 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program is costing $376 million more than expected this year, as older and costlier uninsured people sign up for the free coverage. That's according to the latest data released by Louisiana's health department. The higher-than-expected cost boosts the estimated price tag for the program... more »
  • Medicaid expansion expected to cost $376M more than budgeted

    November 3, 2016 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program is costing $376 million more than expected this year, as older and costlier uninsured people sign up for the free coverage. That's according to the latest data released by Louisiana's health department. The higher-than-expected cost boosts the estimated price tag for the program... more »
  • Leaders break ground on Howell Community Park expansion

    September 23, 2016 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Local leaders broke ground on the major expansion to Howell Community Park on Winbourne Avenue Thursday. The new expansion will repurpose the park’s existing 18-hole golf course into 75-acre area for playgrounds, athletic fields, basketball courts and a fishing and paddling pond. The Howell Community... more »
  • Medicaid expansion enrollment in Louisiana tops 300,000

    September 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of people who have signed up for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program continues to grow, surpassing 300,000. The Louisiana Department of Health released the latest figures Monday, saying more than 304,000 people are enrolled for the coverage that began July 1. The department says nearly 12,000... more »
  • Campus expansions announced for BRCC, Delgado, Central Louisiana Tech. College- Alexandria

    September 6, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced three new campus expansions within the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The expansions will take place at the Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, the Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria and Delgado Community College in New Orleans.... more »
  • Enrollment up 278,000 after Medicaid expansion

    August 10, 2016 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Since Medicaid eligibility expansion to cover working adults went into effect on July 1, more than 278,000 people have gained access to preventive and primary care through the Healthy Louisiana program, according to the State Department of Health. The DHH says the goal is cover 375,000... more »
  • 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 »

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