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  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    July 15, 2014 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs. The vote was 367 to 55. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. The bill cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and... more »
  • House to take up highway bill as deadline looms Play Video

    July 15, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave... more »
  • Budget stalemate could continue in Gonzales Play Video

    June 23, 2014 9:47 PM

    GONZALES - The city council accepted a second budget proposal Monday evening after Mayor Barney Arceneaux vetoed the original last month. Arceneaux did not support amendments that were made by the council. The mayor warned when submitting another proposal, he will likely veto the budget again if the council... more »
  • Jindal admin pulls funding for PARCC Play Video

    June 18, 2014 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The political fracas over Common Core at the state's highest levels of government deepened Wednesday, as Governor Bobby Jindal's administration accused state education Superintendent John White of overstepping his authority. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says White and the Board of Elementary and Secondary may have... more »
  • SU considering bridge for damaged road

    June 16, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE -Southern University in Baton Rouge is trying to beat the school rush by coming up with a possible bridge to go over the washed-out road temporarily on Harrison street. It's been more than two weeks since the damaged road went down due to an old drainage system,... more »
  • West Baton Rouge council funds parish fire dept.

    June 13, 2014 7:18 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Council has adopted a $1.4 million half-year budget for the newly consolidated parish-wide fire department. Parish Financial Officer Phillip Bourgoyne says the budget, which takes effect July 1, sets aside $422,000 in salaries for 19 firefighters and $50,000 for overtime contingencies. The... more »
  • Cuts to colleges end this legislative session

    June 10, 2014 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After years of budget cuts, Louisiana's public colleges got most of what they sought in the recently-ended legislative session. Their budget is going up, and they're getting a new incentive fund to help funnel money to high-demand degree and worker training programs. University of Louisiana System President... more »
  • Budget relies on nearly $1B in piecemeal funding

    June 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration have patched their way through another budget year, assembling a $24.6 billion budget that relies on nearly $1 billion in piecemeal financing. Spending increases for health care services, public colleges and other favored programs muffled most criticism for the 2014-15 spending... more »
  • A master plan to save the LSU Lakes from becoming a swamp Play Video

    April 1, 2014 5:42 PM

    Baton Rouge- The LSU Lakes are reverting to their original state, but the Baton Rouge Area Foundation is trying to save them. The Army Corps of Engineers did a study in 2008, that showed sediment filling LSU and City Park lakes. "The fear is that in 20-30 years... more »
  • Study: Coastal plan would create jobs, grow economy

    March 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study says funding the state's 50 year plan for coastal protection would create 109,000 to 212,000 jobs and help grow the economy. The study by economist and former University of New Orleans president Timothy Ryan, was commissioned by Restore Louisiana Now. That group was formed... more »
  • Protest over CATS property tax gaining momentum Play Video

    December 19, 2013 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People are protesting the controversial CATS property tax passed last year by having their taxes saved instead of being given to the bus system. "People need to take a stand and not just take it," protestor Danny Johnson said. A lawsuit over the constitutionality of... more »
  • Decisions on public school funding delayed

    December 13, 2013 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The final meeting of a task force considering changes to Louisiana's public school financing formula has been abruptly canceled. Friday's meeting had been planned for deciding which recommendations to forward to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The cancellation came as some task force members... more »
  • Gulf gets more restoration projects from BP fund

    December 6, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says coastal resiliency is important to President Barack Obama's climate action plan. Jewell was at a national park outside New Orleans Friday to describe the latest round of efforts to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 BP oil spill. Money for... more »
  • EBR coroner's office asks for more money

    November 13, 2013 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner told the Metro Council his office is woefully underfunded, and requested 44 percent more funds than allocated in Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposed 2014 budget. Holden's budget, released last week, allocates nearly $2 million to the Coroner's Office. Coroner Dr. Beau Clark... more »
  • MLB likely to approve replay funding

    November 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    ORLANDO- Baseball owners are likely to give the go-ahead this week to spend the money for expanding instant replay next season. A baseball official familiar with the deliberations said management probably would approve the additional video review by umpires in phases. The go-ahead to spend the funds probably will... more »
  • Temporary SNAP funds cut Play Video

    October 23, 2013 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may notice a smaller balance, starting Nov. 1. Stimulus money from the 2009 Recovery Act is ending at the end of this month. It gave SNAP extra money so low income families could keep food on the table... more »
  • House backs FEMA funding, La. rep votes no

    October 4, 2013 8:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday evening that would restore FEMA and the WIC programs back to normal operations. The measure heads next to the Senate, which has not added the item to its agenda yet. The vote in the House was mainly split... more »
  • Funding boosted for Course Choice, to add students

    August 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Superintendent of Education John White says he's adding another $1 million to the budget for the state's new Course Choice program to eliminate the waiting list. The program offers online and nontraditional high school course offerings to public school students. Academic courses and skills training are being taught... more »
  • School panel returns to examine funding options

    August 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Officials say the Lafayette Parish School System will need millions of dollars over the next few years if schools are to improve. Besides using reserve funds, the only option is for the district to ask for more money from taxpayers, either in the form of higher sales taxes,... more »
  • $3M gift will aid New Orleans teaching ranks

    August 4, 2013 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Teach for America, which trains high-achieving college graduates to enter troubled public school classrooms, is getting a $3 million donation to add 510 teachers in the New Orleans area. The Advocate reports the money will help to more than double the group's presence in New Orleans and... more »
  • Voucher school preps for increase in students Play Video

    July 31, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge voucher school is racing against time as they prepare for a significant increase in students. Hosanna Christian Academy is almost doubling its enrollment in voucher students. They'll have more than 500 this year, the largest amount in the parish. There was doubt earlier in... more »
  • LA Swift bus service to end July 31

    July 26, 2013 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials today announced that the LA Swift bus service will stop operations next week. The Department of Transportation and Development said they could not secure local funding to keep paying for the service, which was put in place after Hurricane Katrina to move affected... more »
  • Feds approve OLOL-EKL financing

    July 25, 2013 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials have signed off on two of the four financial commitments that support the public-private partnership between LSU and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. The approvals guarantee extra Medicaid funding for inpatient care of the poor and uninsured treated at Our... more »
  • House GOP considers food stamp work requirements

    July 24, 2013 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - About 47 million Americans received food stamps last year, but only a relative few are required to work or look for a job as a condition of receiving the aid. Now, House Republicans are considering whether the work requirement should be strengthened as they seek cuts to the... more »
  • Mississippi gets funds for anti-obesity program

    July 19, 2013 10:11 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health will receive $8.5 million over the next five years to help combat obesity and chronic disease across the state. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says in a news release that the funds come from the Centers for Disease Control and... more »
  • State seeks $68M for coastal restoration

    July 18, 2013 7:45 AM

    SLIDELL- The state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority board has approved sending a state proposal request for $68 million for barrier island restoration and river diversion work to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The foundation is directing about $2.5 billion received as part of a criminal settlement with... more »
  • Lawsuit claims public school districts owed $200M

    July 2, 2013 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board and a teachers union are suing the state for $200 million, saying school funding formulas approved by lawmakers for three years were not passed properly. The lawsuit claims financing plans passed in 2010, 2011 and 2012 should have been... more »
  • Fire fight could end with one fire district

    June 25, 2013 10:31 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Parish leaders are beginning discussions about consolidating firefighting operations in West Baton Rouge. Currently, there are six fire districts. Each has to split the tax collected for fire protection. The formula for distributing the money is outdated, according to many, so instead of drafting a new... more »
  • Need funding, Council on Aging chief says

    June 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    CLINTON, La. - The East Feliciana Parish Council on Aging director is asking the parish Police Jury to establish permanent funding for the council or call an election on a 1-mill tax to fund the agency. Director Brenda Gardner says the agency serves 49 elderly residents through its meal delivery... more »
  • Juban Crossing funds vetoed for second year in a row

    June 21, 2013 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal again vetoed a request by lawmakers to use state funds to help fund the new Juban Crossing shopping development in Livingston Parish. Jindal announced that veto and others in an emailed press release late Friday afternoon. In the statement he said the... more »
  • Lawmakers change rules for passing school formula

    June 5, 2013 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers have agreed to change the process for handling the public school financing formula, to comply with a recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling. The high court said the 2012-13 formula, called the Minimum Foundation Program or MFP, was unconstitutional because it didn't reach certain timeline and... more »
  • No new funds needed for Okla. tornado recovery

    May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers and officials say the federal government has plenty of money on hand to pay for recovery efforts in the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma. The government has more than $11 billion in its main disaster relief fund. Recovery costs in Moore, Okla., are expected to be... more »
  • Senators reject new school funding formula

    May 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have killed a $3.5 billion public school funding proposal submitted to lawmakers by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to reject the formula, because of concerns about proposed changes to special education and gifted student payments to schools. The... more »
  • Analyst says funding gap for LSU hospital deals

    May 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first three LSU hospital privatization deals appear to use up 94 percent of the funding Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration set aside for eight such arrangements. That was the assessment Friday of the Legislative Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan office that provided an update to the Senate Finance... more »
  • Local schools owed $30M because of court ruling

    May 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent of Education John White says the state owes local school districts $30 million because the Louisiana Supreme Court threw out this year's public school funding formula. The Supreme Court ruled that lawmakers couldn't fund a voucher program to send children to private school through the formula... more »
  • Bills to revamp early childhood education advance

    May 10, 2013 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Proposals to tie public funding to student performance and issue letter grades to Louisiana's public and private early childhood education programs are finding easy passage through the Legislature. Two Senate bills are the cornerstones of Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to restructure early childhood education and to create uniform... more »
  • Gay LSU students celebrating graduation with public funds Play Video

    May 9, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's called the Lavender Graduation Ceremony and who gets the bill is rubbing some the wrong way. This year, LSU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning community is flashing pride with lavender stoles and a ceremony. But there's push back because their ceremony is separate and... more »
  • Revised Medicaid expansion proposed to House panel

    May 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Republicans joined with Democrats on the House health committee to advance a proposal to tap into federal funding available to offer insurance to the working poor. But one of those Republicans says his vote was a mistake. The House Health and Welfare Committee already rejected a... more »
  • Future of school funding in question

    May 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers working on next year's budget now have new questions to answer when it comes to school funding. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state can't use its normal school funding formula for its voucher program. Critics of the program said doing so took... more »
  • La. Supreme Court rules voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's highest court ruled today that the funding formula for Gov. Bobby Jindal's key education reform, school vouchers, violates the state's constitution. Today's ruling was 6-1, with Justice Greg Guidry dissenting. It affects Act 2, which diverts per-student funding to private and parochial schools to... more »
  • House committee strips $500M from budget

    April 29, 2013 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget-writing committee stripped nearly $500 million in patchwork financing proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal from next year's $24 billion budget. The move would mean steep cuts on health care and colleges. But the proposed cuts approved Monday by the Appropriations Committee aren't necessarily expected to... more »
  • Jindal proposes restoring funding for some programs

    April 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's administration proposed restoring funding for several programs when the Appropriations Committee takes up next year's budget on Monday. The proposal includes $700,000 for breast and cervical cancer screenings at LSU hospitals, $1 million toward the Department of Children and Family Service's Family Violence Prevention... more »
  • Regents oppose community college funding bill

    April 26, 2013 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's top higher education board doesn't support the community college system's efforts to get construction funding outside of the traditional budget process. The Board of Regents on Thursday told the head of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System that the proposed legislation he is... more »
  • Donaldsonville shedding light on history Play Video

    March 28, 2013 6:14 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A piece of history along Donaldsonville's Mississippi river front is getting a face-lift. Crescent Park, and the area around the park, will be updated with a new pavilion, a paved plaza, park lighting, trees and a dominant gateway, leading people to downtown. The city will use $780,000... more »
  • Donaldsonville approves funding for riverfront

    March 28, 2013 7:50 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Council members have approved two line-item issues for next year's budget, both aimed at improving the city's image. One item will bring $780,000 in state funding to the city for use with its plan to renovate Donaldsonville's Mississippi riverfront. Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said the funds were originally... more »
  • La. Supreme Court hears arguments in voucher appeal Play Video

    March 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Arguments lasted for about an hour today at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the state's appeal of the school voucher funding formula. At stake is the ability to pay for Governor Bobby Jindal's centerpiece school reform, which a lower court ruled violated the state's constitution. The... more »
  • State appeals voucher ruling in court Play Video

    March 19, 2013 10:03 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court justices will hear arguments this afternoon from state attorneys as they appeal the ruling against the controversial school voucher program. Supporters of the program gathered on the courthouse steps to hold a rally this morning. District Court Judge Tim Kelley ruled the... more »
  • Senate Democrats prepare government funding bill

    March 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are preparing a catchall government funding bill that denies President Barack Obama money for implementing signature first-term accomplishments like new regulations on Wall Street and his expansion of government health care subsidies but provides modest additional funding for domestic priorities like health research. The measure is... more »
  • BESE approves K-12 funding plan Play Video

    March 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Gov. Bobby Jindal's school funding formula for the 2013-2014 school year, which protects his school voucher program. Last year a judge ruled the funding formula unconstitutional. That case is on appeal with the state Supreme Court. ... more »
  • BESE considers 2013-14 school funding formula

    March 7, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials heard a briefing this morning on the school funding formula for the 2013-2014 school year. Superintendent of Education John White held the teleconference at the start of BESE's regularly scheduled meeting. News 2's Mike Steele is at the meeting and will have... more »
  • West Feliciana resumes counseling program

    February 27, 2013 8:14 AM

    ST FRANCISVILLE - The West Feliciana Parish School Board has voted to resume a career counseling program it dropped several years ago when state funding was frozen. Supervisor Al Lemoine told the board Tuesday the money to resume the program is coming from a federal grant routed through Baton Rouge... more »
  • School district prepares for funding uncertainties

    February 15, 2013 9:48 AM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish School Board has approved a reduction in force policy for 2013-14 in case declines in state funding and federal and local grants require the district to cut employees. Superintendent Kelli Joseph says school officials are not certain that a reduction in force would be... more »
  • DHH: Hospice program to stay open, get reforms Play Video

    January 23, 2013 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials announced late this afternoon that the Medicaid Hospice Program would not end on Feb. 1 as scheduled. Secretary Bruce Greenstein with the Dept. Of Health and Hospitals said enough money from existing grants had been found to keep the program going until reforms... more »
  • Obama taking 23 actions aimed at gun violence

    January 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime. The executive actions are part of an overarching... more »
  • Judge rules school voucher funding unconstitutional Play Video

    November 30, 2012 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A district court judge ruled today the funding formula in Gov. Bobby Jindal's school voucher program violates the state's constitution. Judge Tim Kelley made the ruling after a week of arguments and testimony in Baton Rouge. He said it was against the constitution to send tax... more »
  • Foundation to invest $25M in NO charter schools

    November 29, 2012 8:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Texas-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation will invest $25 million to help create and expand high-performing charter schools in New Orleans. The foundation focuses its investments across the country in the areas of education, criminal justice, public accountability and research integrity. Caprice Young, vice... more »
  • Iberia school board: Halt federal cuts

    November 8, 2012 8:01 AM

    NEW IBERIA - The Iberia Parish School Board has voted to support a resolution asking Congress to prevent $810,000 in cuts from impacting the school system's budget as it relates to funding for special education. Superintendent of Schools Dale Henderson says the 2011 federal Budget Control Act includes automatic... more »
  • Major funding initiative to be announced for LSU

    October 2, 2012 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Jindal's office said a major announcement for LSU would be made later this morning. Jindal's office did not include any details about what the announcement concerned, just that it would be a "major funding announcement." The announcement is scheduled for just before noon. Mike... more »
  • Southern new model for fund-cut schools

    September 27, 2012 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's colleges limp along after losing nearly half-a-billion dollars in state funding over the past four years, educations officials say Southern University may emerge as the model for how universities restructure themselves going forward. The Advocate reports representatives from the state's four public college systems appeared... more »
  • LSU seeking hospital partners amid funding woes

    August 13, 2012 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the LSU System, William Jenkins, says he's talking to private hospital leaders about ways to partner and keep the university-run hospitals open despite ongoing budget woes. But he acknowledged Monday that with shrinking funding and large numbers of uninsured patients, LSU will have a... more »
  • LSU comes up with temporary fix to limit cuts

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU health care leaders say they will use patchwork funding to keep their safety net hospitals open and lessen the blow of budget cuts that threatened to shutter facilities. Plans outlined to the university governing board Friday will cut about $50 million from public hospitals and clinics,... more »
  • Moody's takes note of La. Medicaid cut

    July 17, 2012 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Moody's Investors Service says Louisiana's loss of as much as $859 million in Medicaid financing is a "credit negative" for the state. The notation from the bond-rating agency does not yet affect the state government bond rating - currently high investment grade and stable - but denotes... more »
  • Balloon championship delayed to October

    July 16, 2012 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers announced today that the 2012 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship is being pushed back two months to October. Ascension Parish officials said they rescheduled the event, which was to take place in two weeks, to Oct. 5 and 6 for more favorable weather conditions. ... more »
  • State announces health cuts from Medicaid loss Play Video

    July 13, 2012 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's system of public and charity hospitals and clinics face the deepest cuts in Louisiana's plans on how to deal with the loss of $859 million in federal Medicaid funding. The system will lose $316.5 million in funding, the bulk of the $523 million in cuts... more »
  • Islamic school no longer on La. voucher list Play Video

    June 5, 2012 5:51 PM

    KENNER - A fight over funding for the state's new voucher program caused a heated debate over an Islamic school. The Louisiana House approved a funding plan for public schools on the last day of session. Before the approval, state Representative John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, spoke about the Islamic... more »
  • Lawmakers concerned about vouchers funding Muslim school

    June 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Legislature passed a funding plan for public schools on the last day of session, but not before debate which included a discussion about what types of schools could benefit from Governor Bobby Jindal's voucher plan. The plan makes vouchers or scholarships available to some students... more »
  • $3.4B school funding plan gets final passage

    June 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has given final legislative passage to a $3.4 elementary and secondary school spending plan, without reaching the vote threshold needed to pass a bill in the chamber. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley decided that since the multibillion dollar spending plans were contained in a legislative... more »
  • House approves school funding plans

    June 4, 2012 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House passed a bill regarding school funding plans. They approved the $3.4 billion elementary and secondary education funding formula. Senators previously agreed in a 24-15 vote to approve the BESE-crafted plan without any changes. Some have complained the state Board of Elementary and Secondary... more »
  • House, Senate clash over $3.4B school funding plan

    June 1, 2012 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House and Senate are at odds over a $3.4 billion public school funding formula, with days remaining before the legislative session ends. The House backed a formula Friday that stripped language that would have created a new college scholarship program sought by the Jindal administration.... more »
  • Metro Council likely to cut CATS funding in 2013 Play Video

    April 23, 2012 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The majority of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council said it will pull funding from the Capital Area Transit System starting in 2013. CATS CEO Brian Marshall said the annual operating budget for the transit system is roughly $12 million, and $3 million of that... more »
  • First votes set on voucher, tenure bills Play Video

    March 14, 2012 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal assured members of a House panel that his plan to expand public funding of some students' private school tuition is constitutional, as lawmakers opened hearings Wednesday on his proposals. The Republican governor - in a rare appearance before a legislative committee - disagreed... more »
  • BESE considers 2012-13 school funding formula

    February 27, 2012 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state's top education board is considering a $3.4 billion public school funding formula that would keep spending per student flat for a fourth straight year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a Monday special meeting to talk about the proposal, which is supported by... more »
  • CATS funding goes to voters Play Video

    January 11, 2012 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters will decide whether or not to increase property taxes to bail out the struggling bus system. The proposed plan raises property taxes within the city limits of Baker, Zachary and Baton Rouge. For a property valued at $150,000, owners would pay an additional $159 a... more »
  • Dispute over fire coverage, funding Play Video

    December 30, 2011 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards says he was given an ultimatum by the District 1 Fire Protection Board. He was told to take less money for help covering Northwest East Baton Rouge Parish or receive none of the tax money from that area. Baker did not accept... more »
  • LSU head alleges funding error

    December 24, 2011 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La - The leadership of the flagship LSU campus is alleging the university was manipulated out of millions of dollars by the LSU System and the Louisiana Board of Regents through the state's higher education funding formula. The disagreement highlights a growing rift between the leadership teams... more »
  • College study panel pushes more power for Regents

    November 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest commission studying the governance of Louisiana's public colleges is suggesting that the Board of Regents have more power over college management boards and state funding for them. The panel backed 21 recommendations Tuesday to forward to lawmakers. Among the suggestions that would need... more »
  • Louisiana gets another $390M in FEMA aid

    November 15, 2011 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is receiving another $390 million in federal hazard mitigation money, to raise homes and make other improvements to protect against future storms. The money comes from FEMA. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the additional money Monday. Landrieu says Louisiana had... more »
  • Secretary of State candidates diverge on funding

    October 18, 2011 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- In office less than a year, Secretary of State Tom Schedler isn't guaranteed to keep his spot come January. Schedler is heading into the final days of a tough fight to hold onto the job, in an election battle with the politically-seasoned and term-limited speaker of... more »
  • Galvez Plaza canopy in limbo

    September 14, 2011 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council votes tonight to approve funding of a massive stainless-steel canopy hanging over a stage in downtown Baton Rouge. The canopy and stage will be used for outdoor concerts and other performances. The $1 million project has drawn some... more »
  • Pre-kindergarten programs under microscope

    August 21, 2011 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State officials say Louisiana's pre-kindergarten programs have become a confusing array of efforts with varying standards, costs and successes. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Walter Lee says they need better organization, structure, and services. He spoke during a special forum last week. The Advocate... more »
  • Pennington military announcement

    August 10, 2011 6:42 PM

    Pennington Biomedical research center has a new $6 million grant to help keep our military going. It's good news for the center as it helps with funding issues. more »
  • Public hospital board scraps federal finance idea

    July 7, 2011 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The management group overseeing plans to build a New Orleans public medical center has withdrawn its request for federal financing to back any debt involved in the hospital construction. The University Medical Center request was scrapped Thursday, in a letter to the U.S. Department of... more »
  • 4 schools get $25M for oil spill health studies

    July 7, 2011 1:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Studies at four Gulf Coast universities will focus on continuing fear that last year's oil spill is making people sick, especially if they eat lots of fish. All four will look at people's mental and physical health over the next five years. Three will also look... more »
  • La. construction budget: No money for BR toll loop

    June 24, 2011 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The legislature dealt another blow to the proposed toll loop around Baton Rouge. Funding for the project was not included in the $2.7 billion construction budget. Iberville, Ascension and Livingston Parish Presidents opposed to loop for various reasons. East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden... more »
  • Report given on new hospital's projected costs

    June 2, 2011 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Consultants are telling the board overseeing development of a medical complex in New Orleans that their projections show the facility will need 330 to 400 beds by 2020 - shy of the 424 beds currently planned for the $1.2 billion facility. The report by Kaufmann Hall... more »

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