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  • Ascension, St. James Airport gets more land

    July 20, 2015 8:07 AM

    GONZALES- The Louisiana Regional Airport just outside Gonzales grew by about 30 acres last week. The Ascension-St. James Airport and Transportation Authority, which operates the airport, purchased 28.3 acres of undeveloped woodlands south of the airport for just over $677,000. Jared Amato, a member of the airport authority, says the... more »
  • Agent: Pelicans, center Alexis Ajinca agree on 4-year deal

    July 1, 2015 3:30 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Pelicans and 7-foot center Alexis Ajinca have agreed on a four-year, $20.2 million extension. The 27-year-old Ajinca's new contract was confirmed by his agent, Mark Bartelstein, in an email to The Associated Press. Ajinca, who is French, was used last season primarily as a reserve.... more »
  • Oil spill claims assistance centers officially closing Friday

    June 19, 2015 6:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gulf Coast claims centers that were established to assist people in filing claims under a settlement for property and economic damages from the 2010 BP oil spill are officially closing. Friday's closure comes nearly two weeks after the June 8 deadline for filing claims. Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
  • Superdome manager slated for five-year contract extension

    January 27, 2015 3:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The private company that manages the Superdome and Smoothie King Center in New Orleans is in line for a contract renewal through 2022. The Interim Emergency Board - a panel of lawmakers and other state officials - agreed Monday to the five-year contract extension. The action also... more »
  • At superintendent's request, contract review pulled check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A member of the East Baton Rouge Parish school board pulled her request Thursday to extend the contract of the district's departing superintendent. Mary Lynch said at Thursday night's board meeting she wanted to withdraw her item at the request of Superintendent Bernard Taylor, whose contract... more »
  • Alleva gets contract extension at LSU

    September 12, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU athletic director Joe Alleva's proposed three-year extension has been approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors. The board approved the extension without discussion at its September meeting on Friday. The extension comes without a raise for Alleva, who has been LSU's AD since 2008. It will... more »
  • Patrick Peterson confident he will get contract

    May 13, 2014 8:51 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - Cornerback Patrick Peterson says he's confident he will get a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He just doesn't know when. Peterson says the Cardinals and his agent are in the early stages of negotiations with no timetable on reaching an agreement. One thing for sure -... more »
  • Senators strike bipartisan jobless benefits deal

    March 14, 2014 6:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One partisan election-year battle that senators seem likely to resolve when they return from recess later this month is the fight over renewing expired benefits for the long-term unemployed. Bipartisan Senate negotiators say they've struck a $9.7 billion compromise over the issue. They say they've agreed to... more »
  • Pinkel gets raise, extension at Missouri

    March 6, 2014 2:28 PM

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri football Coach Gary Pinkel has signed a new contract that boosts his annual salary above $3 million and extends his previous deal by three years. The new deal increases his guaranteed salary from $2.8 million to $3.1 million and boosts the total salary of his assistant... more »
  • SU Board member resigns

    February 27, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors has resigned effective immediately. Calvin Braxton sent in a resignation letter late Wednesday night. He was a close supporter of James Llorens, the chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus. The Board of Supervisors voted not to... more »
  • New Orleans Bowl extends ties with Sun Belt

    August 20, 2013 1:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Bowl has extended its relationship with the Sun Belt Conference for an additional six years, running through the 2019 season. The bowl was created in 2001 to give the then-fledgling Sun Belt Conference a post-season tie-in. The conference and bowl game are now in... more »
  • Judge extends time to select jail reform monitor

    August 19, 2013 5:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman are asking a federal judge for more time to discuss selection of a monitor for planned reforms at the New Orleans jail. Those reforms are outlined in a court-approved agreement between Gusman and the U.S. Justice... more »
  • Roman Banks signs contract extension with Southern

    April 16, 2013 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University announced this afternoon that head men's basketball coach Roman Banks agreed to a contract extension with the university. "We have reached an agreement, in principle, to extend the contract of Head Coach Roman Banks as the leader of the Southern Jaguars Men's Basketball team,"... more »
  • Louisiana state tax extensions must be filed online

    March 26, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Taxpayers in Louisiana who need more time to submit their individual income or Corporation Income and Franchise Tax returns can no longer file an extension the traditional paper way, according to the state Department of Revenue. A spokesperson said extensions must be filed online before the... more »
  • State tax extensions must be electronically filed

    March 26, 2013 8:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State taxpayers who require more time to file their 2012 income taxes must submit their extension requests electronically. The Louisiana Department of Revenue implemented the requirement beginning with returns due in 2013. Filing extension requests must be submitted no later than the tax filing deadline. 2012 Louisiana... more »
  • Extension to file Hurricane Isaac claims

    February 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 60 days to file claims for their flood-related losses. Policy owners now have until April 22 to complete their proof of loss claims. The National Flood Insurance Program says... more »
  • Miles gets pay raise

    February 1, 2013 3:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors signed-off on a pay raise for the school's head football coach, Les Miles. Sports 2 Director Michael Cauble Tweeted that there were "no questions, no opposition" to the increase. Miles received a $549,000 annual pay raise. The change bumps his salary... more »
  • Board to decide on Les Miles contract extension

    January 24, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A pay increase and extension for LSU head football coach Les Miles' contract will go before the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 1, according to the university. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said the amendment to the contract was agreed upon in December, increasing his annual... more »
  • 2nd top La extension service official is retiring

    January 14, 2013 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second top official of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is retiring. The LSU AgCenter said Monday that Dwight Landreneau - an AgCenter associate vice chancellor and associate director of the extension service - will retire June 1. On Jan. 4, extension service director and AgCenter vice... more »
  • Deadline approaching for Isaac-delayed taxes

    January 7, 2013 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The IRS reminded people today that this Friday is the deadline for certain tax filings delayed by Hurricane Isaac. After Isaac passed through Louisiana on Sept. 5, the IRS postponed several tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers in Louisiana and Mississippi, giving them until Jan.... more »
  • Real ID deadline pushed back

    December 21, 2012 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana travelers can rest easier. The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that states will be given an extension to meet the new standards of the Real ID Act. Without this extension a state driver's license would not have been accepted as a proper form of... more »
  • Obama takes middle class tax cut pitch outside DC

    November 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    HATFIELD, Pa. - President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass an extension of tax cuts for middle class families, saying a tax increase for them would be like a "lump of coal" for Christmas. In his first campaign-style event to sell his solution on the "fiscal cliff," Obama says... more »
  • Report: Extending jobless benefits creates jobs

    November 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says extending the current level of long-term unemployment benefits for another year would add 300,000 jobs to the economy. A report from the nonpartisan office estimates that preserving jobless benefits would cost the government $30 billion. But it would also lead to more spending... more »
  • Florida gave Muschamp extension before season

    November 27, 2012 11:03 AM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - No. 5 Florida didn't wait to give coach Will Muschamp a contract extension. The Gators (11-1) gave him one before the season. President Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley met in August and agreed to extend Muschamp's contract for a year, through 2017. The Gainesville Sun... more »
  • FEMA extends assistance in 8 parishes

    October 2, 2012 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is extending federal disaster aid in eight parishes to include supplemental funding for infrastructure repairs in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Eligible applicants in Catahoula, Franklin, Lafayette, Morehouse, St. Landry, St. Martin, Union and Vermilion parishes can now apply for FEMA... more »
  • Federal tax deadline pushed back because of Isaac

    September 6, 2012 7:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Individuals who filed for an extension on their 2011 federal income tax returns will get a little extra time to make their filing, thanks to Hurricane Isaac. The Internal Revenue Service says it will push the deadline for filing extended returns back to Jan. 11, 2013.... more »
  • Saints extend P Morstead 6 years, $21.9 million

    July 27, 2012 10:04 AM

    METAIRIE - The agent for Thomas Morstead says the Saints' punter and kickoff specialist has agreed to a six-year extension worth $21.9 million. Vann McElroy says the deal pays Morstead an average of $3.65 million during the final six years of what now becomes a seven-year deal running through... more »
  • New BR casino gets construction extension

    July 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana gambling regulators have given Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. another month to wrap up construction of its $368 million Baton Rouge casino and hotel. Anthony Sanfilippo, president and CEO of Pinnacle, said that L'Auberge Baton Rouge will open by Labor Day, Sept. 3. The Gaming Control... more »
  • White House: Obama wouldn't sign partial extension

    July 9, 2012 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says if Congress sends him a bill to extend tax cuts for everyone -- even households making more than $250,000 a year -- President Barack Obama wouldn't sign it. Obama today urged lawmakers to extend the cuts for those making less than that amount, instead... more »
  • Hooper Road extension plan on track check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    CENTRAL- Plans to build a new bridge connecting East Baton Rouge Parish with Livingston Parish are on track, according to Central city leaders. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development revealed plans for the route connecting Central to the Watson area last week. A new bridge crossing the Amite... more »
  • File state tax deadline extension before May 15th

    April 18, 2012 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana taxpayers who need more time to file their 2011 state individual income tax returns must request an extension on or before the May 15, 2012, due date. Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/extensions to request a filing extension electronically. This is the fastest and most convenient method of requesting... more »
  • State wants money owed from cane mill

    March 24, 2012 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials have denied a Colombian businessman's request for a 90-day extension to get his finances in order while he tries to turn a profit with a cane mill. Members of the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority thumbed through the charts Friday, listened to Luis Santacoloma's offer,... more »
  • IRS kicks off 2012 tax season with deadline extension

    January 4, 2012 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today opened the 2012 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 17 to file their tax returns. The IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file as it is the best way to ensure accurate tax returns and get faster refunds. The... more »
  • BRFD: Extension cord causes early-morning fire

    November 29, 2011 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters blamed an overloaded extension cord for starting a duplex fire in central Baton Rouge this morning. Barry Mounce with the Baton Rouge Department said they were called to 2028 Kentucky Street just after 6 a.m., and that the fire started in a bedroom. The... more »
  • Bayer extends GM rice settlement deadline to Nov.

    October 25, 2011 4:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Rice farmers have nearly a month to file for part of a $750 million settlement to claims they lost money because Bayer CropScience inadvertently allowed genetically modified rice seed onto the market in the United States. The original deadline was Oct. 10, but Bayer extended it... more »
  • Saints coach Sean Payton gets contract extension

    September 5, 2011 2:19 PM

    METAIRIE, La. - The New Orleans Saints have given coach Sean Payton a contract extension through 2015. The team says Monday that Payton has agreed to the deal. Payton took over as coach in 2006 and led the Saints to the NFC South title. Three years later, he... more »
  • West will test free agency

    June 27, 2011 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Hornets leading scorer David West says he will test free agency. The two-time All-Star was drafted by New Orleans in 2003. He started 70 games last season, averaging 18.9 points to go with 7.6 rebounds before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament during a game on... more »
  • 11 lawmakers switch sides in failed veto vote

    June 16, 2011 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite rallying cries by lawmakers, the state House voted to keep Gov. Bobby Jindal's veto of a cigarette tax extension in place. That means the 4 cent tax per pack will expire next year. When combined with the loss of matching federal funds, that totals nearly... more »
  • St. Helena Schools to ask for another finance plan extension

    April 24, 2011 7:15 PM

    GREENSBURG-The St. Helena School Board plans to ask for another extension for submitting a plan to the state detailing how the troubled school system's finances will be fixed. School administrators already are operating under a 90-day reprieve so they could hire a new superintendent. School board member Alton Travis... more »
  • Deadline extended to apply for BRPD Chief

    January 20, 2011 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Police and Fire Civil Service Board decided to extended an approaching deadline for Police Chief applicants by about two weeks. The original deadline, February 3rd, will be pushed back until February 15th to allow for more applicants to apply. So far, the board has received only... more »

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