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  • NC court preserves ACC lawsuit over Maryland exit

    November 19, 2013 9:03 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C.- A North Carolina appeals court is clearing the way for a lawsuit that could force the University of Maryland to pay a $52 million fee for leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference. A Court of Appeals panel rejected Maryland's bid to dismiss the lawsuit filed in the ACC's headquarters... more »
  • Ethics: Former Kenner mayor must pay late fee

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Ethics Board says former Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano must pay for the late filing of a campaign finance report. The board, according to The Times-Picayune, declined Friday to waive the fee and Capitano owes $600. Capitano, who lost a race to Mike Yenni in 2010,... more »
  • House committee approves fee increase bill for LSU

    May 8, 2013 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU students could see a $60 a year fee increase this fall, thanks to an approval from the House Education Committee. That fee could top out at $300 a year by the fall of 2017. Baton Rouge Rep. Franklin Foil, sponsor of the fee bill, said the money... more »
  • LSU-Alexandria OK'd to offer more sports

    April 18, 2013 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU-Alexandria will introduce five additional sports programs by the 2014-15 academic year. The additional sports will be financed through a student athletic fee, booster support, and other donor gifts. Students voted in mid-March to expand athletic programs and to increase student athletic fees. That vote... more »
  • Former DARE officer faces theft charges

    January 31, 2013 8:52 AM

    BAKER - A former sergeant from Baker is in custody, accused of theft and malfeasance in office. State police arrested Jason Doyle Wednesday, after allegations against Doyle surfaced regarding his time as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education and school resource officer for the Baker Police Department. Officers found... more »
  • New councilman withdraws Katrina tour fee proposal

    January 10, 2013 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A newly-elected New Orleans city councilman, whose district includes the Lower 9th Ward, has withdrawn a package of ordinances that would have required tour buses to pay special fees to access the neighborhood. Councilman James Gray, who took office last month, says he needs more time to... more »
  • Feds propose fee on health insurers in new market

    November 30, 2012 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Health insurance companies will have to pay to play in new health insurance markets coming under President Barack Obama's health care law. The federal Health and Human Services department said Friday it is proposing a "user fee" amounting to 3.5 percent of premiums for health insurers who want... more »
  • EBR Metro Council to vote next week on bar hours

    October 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Bar owners who wish to stay open until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays would have to pay a $40,000 fee under a proposal being considered by the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council. Some bar owners say the proposed annual fee to stay open... more »
  • College fee increase stalls with House lawmakers

    May 15, 2012 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A bid by higher education leaders to boost charges on college students has stalled, facing resistance from House lawmakers who question if students and families could afford the fee hike. Rep. Chris Broadwater shelved his fee increase bill Tuesday in the House Education Committee, likely dooming the push... more »
  • Pointe Coupee raises garbage pickup fee to $18

    March 1, 2012 6:49 AM

    NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has voted to increase monthly garbage pickup rates in a move intended to help defray the costs of cleaning up after future storms. Parish Administrator Jim Bello says the rate increase, from $14.50 to $18 per month, should also help the... more »
  • Bogalusa's public graveyards may get more pricey

    January 2, 2012 2:20 PM

    BOGALUSA - Some Bogalusa residents are upset by at a proposal to raise the price of plots at the two city-owned cemeteries. They now cost $100 at Bogalusa Cemetery and $150 at Ponemah Cemetery. City officials want to raise the price to $700. The Daily News reports that the City... more »
  • Verizon reverses on $2 fee for one-time payments

    December 30, 2011 3:26 PM

    NEW YORK - After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless is dropping a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards. In a statement on its website Friday, it says "customer feedback" prompted the decision to drop the "convenience fee"... more »
  • Landrieu backs bill cutting baggage fees Play Video

    November 22, 2011 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA, says people have been nickeled and dimed too much, which is why she's backing a bill to restrict some airline baggage fees. It would require airlines to allow one free, checked bag and one free, carry on bag. Senator Landrieu says bag... more »
  • Christmas tree fee delayed by Dept. of Agriculture

    November 9, 2011 5:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - A fee on Christmas trees that was scheduled to go into effect today has been delayed by the Obama administration, after backlash against the program from organizations who called it a tax. The program would have charged some growers 15 cents per tree to pay for nationwide... more »
  • Parking changes for LSU Football game days

    September 7, 2011 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting this Saturday there are some changes to parking on LSU Football game days. On campus parking spots located west of Highland Road, south of Chimes Street and north of Nicholson Extension will require either an Overnight Decal or a Game Parking Decal. The restricted area is... more »
  • Tuition, fee hikes part of budget discussion

    March 31, 2011 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If today's budget talks were any indication, Louisiana college students will soon be taking on a larger financial burden. There are $88 million dollars in tuition and fee hikes planned for students at Louisiana's public universities next year. If Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed budget goes through,... more »
  • LSU Union renovations complete

    March 4, 2011 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a three year delay, construction and renovations are complete in the LSU student union. The project was delayed 96 times because of change orders. Work was also slow because the union never closed during construction. Students will continue to pay a $89 a semester... more »
  • Truck fee changes examined by lawmakers

    December 16, 2010 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Annual permits for heavy trucks cost more in states like Texas and Mississippi. Permits in those states can be transferred to other oversized vehicles within the same company. Annual permits in Louisiana are less expensive, but they are limited to one vehicle. State lawmakers are looking... more »
  • Tuition, fee hikes considered during budget crisis

    December 1, 2010 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU System President John Lombardi laid out a menu of tuition and fee hikes to the Louisiana Board of Regents, in an effort to mitigate much of the expected pain from next year's budget shortfall. The changes could increase student costs at public universities anywhere from... more »
  • Library book returned 35 years late

    October 23, 2010 11:48 AM

    A novel checked out in 1975 from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. library is back in the stacks. The long-term lender is alumnus Pat Harkin, who found the book of Leon Uris' "QB VII" in a box. He says he planned to return it for... more »
  • LSU submits $2.2 million mid-year budget reduction plan

    October 15, 2010 6:13 PM

    LSU has submitted its plan to meet a $2.2 million mid-year budget reduction after a $108 million deficit in last year’s state budget. Officials said the University will accommodate the reduction with tuition and fee revenue coming from a higher-than-expected enrollment this fall. “Had there been no reduction in state... more »
  • Jaguar money given to SU Student Government

    September 26, 2010 5:46 PM

    Plans to get a new Jaguar at Southern University are on hold indefinitely. Students voted to use money in the Lacumba fee account for student government projects instead of purchasing a new Jaguar. "I think the students understood what times we were in. The fact of the matter... more »
  • Court strikes down part of SLU free speech policy

    July 28, 2010 4:44 AM

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says universities cannot require a security fee for speaking on campus without any guidelines for what security is needed. It ruled Southeastern Louisiana University's free speech policy is unconstitutionally vague on that point. Jeremy Sonnier challenged the policy after trying to evangelize individual... more »
  • Senators get rid of drivers license fee

    May 11, 2010 10:17 PM

    Your drivers license is one step closer to becoming cheaper. The state Senate voted to repeal a $15 fee enacted in March. State Police say the fee covers the $13 million cost to run background checks on the ID's. A 21-year-old law allowed police to tack on the charge,... more »
  • Bill would reverse license price hike

    May 11, 2010 5:27 AM

    The Senate will debate the $15 increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license today. Lawmakers were caught unaware when the Department of Public Safety ordered the increase- and several lawmakers say they should have to approve any price hike. A new or renewed basic license now costs $36.50... more »
  • Proposed GSU fee would go to library

    April 15, 2010 8:36 AM

    Grambling State University's Student Government Association Senate has approved a $12-per-semester fee for full-time students that would help finance renovation of the university's library or construction of a new library. Part-time students would pay $7.50 per semester under the proposed plan. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors still... more »
  • Lawmaker opposes controversial drivers license fee increase

    March 26, 2010 10:17 AM

    A fight is brewing over a recent fee increase for drivers licenses. State Senator Joe McPherson, (D) Woodworth, filed a bill to terminate the increase. State Police cited laws from about two decades ago allowing them to add the 15 dollar hike. Troopers say the increase is needed to cover... more »
  • Possible action to block driver's license fee hike

    March 16, 2010 5:24 PM

    State lawmakers are looking at ways to challenge a new driver's license fee increase. Sen. Joe McPherson, (D) Woodworth, is asking the state attorney to determine if the increase is legal. There will also be legislation possibly blocking the $15 increase considered this session. State Police say a new... more »
  • PSC approves increase in towing rates

    March 10, 2010 11:43 AM

    Drivers who discover their vehicles have been towed away will be paying more to get them back. The Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved a 20 percent increase in rates for nonconsensual tows. Until regulators approved an 8 percent interim increase in 2008, the rates had not changed since 1999.... more »
  • Lafayette council set vote on security fee

    February 16, 2010 7:22 AM

    The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote this week on whether to scrap a security fee for downtown bars implemented last year. Councilman Brandon Shelvin is seeking to rescind a security fee the council imposed on downtown bars to help pay for a stronger police presence to handle weekend crowds. Shelvin,... more »

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