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  • Court filing: New jail won't fix old problems

    May 24, 2013 12:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Inmates' lawyers and the U.S. Justice Department say the current design of a $145 million jail under construction in New Orleans won't meet requirements of a reform agreement signed by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. In papers filed Thursday at federal court, they say the facility lacks... more »
  • Man gets 8 months for failing to file income taxes

    May 23, 2013 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Denham Springs attorney Roderick Dewitt Aguillard III has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to eight months in federal prison after admitting that he did not file income tax returns on $2.3 million he earned over a four-year-period. Failure to file a federal income tax return is a... more »
  • Taxpayers can start filing their state tax returns

    January 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People can now file their state income tax returns, but the state revenue department says the earliest tax filers will get their refunds is Feb. 26. The department announced Wednesday that new computer software designed to prevent fraudulent electronic filing is being rolled out. That identity verification software... more »
  • La. income tax filing begins Jan. 30

    January 11, 2013 6:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Revenue will begin processing 2012 state individual income tax returns on Jan. 30. On that date, officials say 2012 state individual income tax forms will be available on the department website, http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxforms , at department offices and at public libraries throughout the... more »
  • Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

    January 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns. The agency said Tuesday that more than 120 million taxpayers - about 80 percent of all filers - should be able to start... more »
  • Piccadilly files for bankruptcy protection

    September 12, 2012 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge-based restaurant chain Piccadilly's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week. According to The Advocate, Piccadilly Restaurants LLC said the filing was to head off "an aggressive legal maneuver" by its lender, Atalaya Capital Management. Piccadilly filed for protection in U. S.... more »
  • Sign-up period for Nov. 6 election runs this week

    August 14, 2012 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's decision-time for anyone still on the fence about jumping into a race for Louisiana's Nov. 6 election. Candidates must file paperwork this week if they want to run for office. Qualifying starts Wednesday morning and runs through Friday at 5 p.m. Top of the ballot around... more »
  • More teachers filing suit to stop education changes Play Video

    June 21, 2012 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers say new education laws touted by Governor Bobby Jindal do not support them, despite what Jindal's administration may say, and they're filing a lawsuit to stop the laws from going into effect. The Louisiana Association of Educators plan to file the suit tomorrow morning in... more »
  • Digital court filing to save money

    June 5, 2012 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new computer program connecting the federal court clerk's office in Baton Rouge with the Louisiana State Penitentiary is expected to save taxpayers $50,000 in annual expenses tied to prisoners' civil lawsuits. Chief Deputy Clerk Donna Gregory says they're calling it the Prisoner Electronic Filing Project. Gregory... more »
  • Landlord charged with theft of housing funds

    April 16, 2011 10:04 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A former landlord from Metairie has been charged with illegally receiving housing subsidies. Federal prosecutors say the Jefferson Parish housing Authority assigned 71-year-old Jefferson Thompson a tenant whose rent was federally subsidized. A contract barred him from receiving any other government funds to pay for the tenant's... more »
  • Judge asked to intervene in BP claims process

    February 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s governor and attorney general want a judge to step in and oversee communications between people claiming a portion of BP’s oil spill compensation fund and the fund’s administrator, Ken Feinberg. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed the motion in federal court in New Orleans today. It asks... more »
  • Income tax deadline pushed back for La. residents

    January 8, 2011 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents have one more day to prepare their income taxes this year. State officials have set a May 16 filing deadline for Louisiana indvidual income tax returns. The Department of Revenue normally sets a May 15 deadline, but that date falls on a Sunday this... more »
  • No one requests 'red tape' waiver under new law

    December 20, 2010 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - No school districts have filed requests for relief under Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to let districts get waivers from what they consider burdensome restrictions. Jindal called the measure the "Red Tape Reduction Act." It was signed into law in June. At the time, supporters said the change... more »
  • Judge confesses: out-of-order phone was his

    August 20, 2010 8:44 AM

    A cell phone went off in the Shreveport courtroom of U.S. District Judge Robbie James during the trial of former state Sen. Charles D. Jones, who is fighting charges of tax evasion and filing false tax returns. Judges usually clamp down on the use of cell phones in the courtroom,... more »

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