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  • Baton Rouge Police Department receives DWI, traffic enforcement grant

    November 23, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local police have been awarded an enforcement grant funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to further crack down on seatbelt, drunk driving and speeding violations in the Capital City. Enforcement operations in connection with the grant... more »
  • Judge blocks Alabama from ending Planned Parenthood funding

    October 28, 2015 11:44 AM

    MONTGOMERY - A federal judge has blocked Alabama's effort to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Wednesday issued an order directing the state to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Southeast took Alabama to federal court, arguing the state didn't have a... more »
  • Texas cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

    October 19, 2015 11:34 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos of officials discussing fetal tissue - potentially triggering legal battles like the one unfolding in neighboring Louisiana. In a letter Monday, Texas health officials informed Planned Parenthood affiliates statewide that all Medicaid funding was... more »
  • No shutdown: House approves bill to keep government open

    September 30, 2015 5:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that would head off the threat of a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. Democrats helped embattled House GOP leaders pass the measure by a sweeping 277-151 vote with just hours to spare. The Senate passed the legislation by a 78-20... more »
  • House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

    September 30, 2015 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- A temporary government-wide funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama Wednesday with time to spare. The measure has already helped topple the top House GOP leader and exacerbated painful divisions between more pragmatic Republicans and... more »
  • Judge blocks order cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Utah

    September 29, 2015 4:19 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - A judge has blocked an order by Utah's governor to cut off federal money from going to the state's Planned Parenthood organization. Judge Clark Waddoups issued a restraining order Tuesday during a hearing in federal court to allow the money to keep flowing to the group... more »
  • House chair: Planned Parenthood doesn't need federal money

    September 29, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A House committee chairman is using Planned Parenthood's first congressional appearance since being embarrassed by surreptitiously recorded videos to say the organization does not need federal money. Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz lashed out at the organization for what he called "exorbitant" spending for salaries, travel, parties and... more »
  • Planned Parenthood supporters deliver thousands of letters to Gov. Jindal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2015 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than a dozen Planned Parenthood supporters showed up on the steps of the State Capitol Friday to stand against the governor's decision to halt state funding to the organization. The group delivered more than 6,000 personalized letters to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk, and they're all... more »
  • Senate blocks GOP bill to end Planned Parenthood fed funds

    August 3, 2015 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a Republican effort to shut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Monday's vote followed the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they sometimes provide aborted fetal tissue for researchers. The vote was 53-46... more »
  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch

    July 30, 2015 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has passed a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. The Senate has approved the bill on a 91 to 4 vote. The House passed the bill Wednesday. The bill extends the government's... more »
  • Judge: State should pay $137M more to local school districts

    July 20, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge says the state owes local public schools $137 million because lawmakers didn't properly pass previous school funding formulas. Judge Janice Clark issued her decision Monday. The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board filed a lawsuit claiming the Legislature didn't meet passage requirements... more »
  • State budget a setback to plans to restore the LSU Lakes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 18, 2015 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A setback has happened for those trying to restore the lakes around Baton Rouge City Park and LSU as the project is to receive less than a third of the total money expected from the legislature. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation revealed a rough draft of... more »
  • $3.7B school funding formula wins unanimous support in House

    May 28, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the Louisiana House have backed a nearly $3.7 billion financing formula for public schools that would boost funding $85 million next year. Nearly half of the increase - about $41 million - is because more students are expected to attend public schools in the upcoming... more »
  • School funding gets $78M boost from House

    May 13, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A $3.6 billion public school financing formula that would boost spending by $78 million next year started moving forward in the Legislature, getting approval Wednesday from the House Education Committee. The formula was devised by Superintendent of Education John White and the Board of Elementary and Secondary... 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 »
  • Another DOTD study to generate I-10 corridor solutions Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development has re-opened discussion to find a solution to traffic issues along the I-10 corridor. The state is asking drivers to take part in a study to help determine the feasibility of improvements to I-10 in the Baton Rouge area. The... more »
  • Louisiana Board of Regents commissioner talks budget cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The presidents of LSU and Southern University have already expressed they're extremely worried about what massive budget cuts will do to higher education in Louisiana. This morning, the Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Joseph Rallo, stopped by 2une In to talk about how he's approaching the... more »
  • Metro Council to talk pay raises and pageants check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a packed agenda for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting . The council could decide to put more money in the pockets of city workers. They will vote on a pay raise today that was promised by Mayor Kip Holden. Everyone but the firefighter's union had... more »
  • Vice President Biden touts funding for rape kit testing

    March 16, 2015 3:28 PM

    PIKESVILLE, Md. - Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country and solve crimes. Along with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Biden toured a Maryland State Police forensic laboratory in Pikesville on Monday and addressed the importance of... more »
  • La. education chief seeks $44M increase in school funding

    March 4, 2015 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education department wants to ask lawmakers for a $44 million increase in the public school funding formula next year above Gov. Bobby Jindal's request. Education Superintendent John White released the proposal Wednesday. It will be considered Thursday by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which... more »
  • Jindal budget links college financing to uncertain proposals

    March 2, 2015 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of worry that Louisiana's colleges would face steep cuts next year, campuses remain in a precarious position with the release of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget. Much of the funding Jindal proposes to pay for higher education, $372 million, is dependent on uncertain tax credit changes.... more »
  • House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

    February 27, 2015 10:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown. The vote was 240-183, and it came just hours ahead of a midnight deadline to fund the agency. The procedural vote cleared the... more »
  • House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

    February 26, 2015 1:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say that House Republicans are considering passage of a stand-alone, short-term funding measure to prevent a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at week's end. They say the plan at the same time envisions pressing ahead with an attempt to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration... more »
  • New money is green light for some Green Light projects

    February 25, 2015 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city will jump start five Green Light road construction projects thanks to bond refinancing that will generate $40 million. The entire project is paid for by a 2005 half-cent sales tax program. So far, about $508 million has been spent on upgrades across the parish.... more »
  • Senate moves ahead on bill to fund Homeland Security agency

    February 25, 2015 1:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to move forward on a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department, days ahead of a threatened partial agency shutdown. The vote was 98 to 2 as senators of both parties overwhelmingly signaled their support for funding the department without including contentious immigration provisions.... more »
  • $26M crime lab gleams, but lacks key funding

    February 20, 2015 1:04 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory being constructed in Shreveport promises to offer high-level forensic testing services, some of which aren't currently available anywhere in the state. But despite receiving $26 million from the government in capital outlay funds the crime lab doesn't have enough money to staff and... more »
  • Hundreds agree to lobby lawmakers to swing ax elsewhere

    February 9, 2015 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 700 people have signed up to lobby lawmakers in some sort of fashion when they discuss how to deal with the state's $1.6 billion budget shortfall soon. Last week, the LSU Alumni Association created Tiger Advocates. Association president Cliff Vannoy said the group's first goal... more »
  • LSU lobbying group forms to battle higher ed cuts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 4, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced Wednesday that a group of alumni have formed a grassroots advocacy group to lobby legislators in Louisiana not to make further cuts to higher education in the upcoming legislative session. The group, called Tiger Advocates, is sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association. Association president... more »
  • Task force looking for ways to spend more on La. roads

    January 12, 2015 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rather than offer specific recommendations for directing new cash to Louisiana's roadways, a legislatively-created task force is forwarding all the ideas it heard. The Transportation Funding Task Force, which ends in March, isn't prioritizing proposals it submits to lawmakers, instead letting them sift through concepts to see... more »
  • Charter schools fight back in court over funding check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 29, 2014 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Charter schools fought back in court Wednesday after a state teachers group sued to challenge a formula that provides money to schools. The Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) say $60 million going to certain charter schools is illegal. "The funding of these Type 2 charter... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over charter school funding in La.

    September 29, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state teachers' union has filed a lawsuit challenging the use of Louisiana's public school funding formula to pay $60 million for certain charter schools. The Louisiana Association of Educators says the spending is illegal because the charter schools are created and operated outside of parish and... more »
  • Ascension Parish looking for ways to fund road project

    September 29, 2014 3:29 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez is looking for money for a four-lane alternate route from Lamar-Dixon Expo Center after the project failed to win a federal grant. The one-mile, $12 million road to Lamar-Dixon was not among the projects the U.S. Department of Transportation said earlier this month... more »
  • 'Duck Dynasty' family members cut ad for nephew

    September 24, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican congressional candidate Zach Dasher is getting an advertising assist from his famous "Duck Dynasty" family. The TV clan's patriarch, Phil Robertson, and his wife Kay are featured in a new radio ad released Wednesday across the northeast Louisiana-based 5th District. Dasher, a political newcomer, is one... more »
  • Obama declares Napa earthquake major disaster

    September 12, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Northern California because of the Napa Valley earthquake, releasing emergency federal funding for the state. The White House announced the move in a statement Thursday night. It comes nine days after Gov. Jerry Brown sent a letter to... more »
  • Panel looking for traffic fix in Louisiana

    September 7, 2014 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This Wednesday, a special bridge panel is holding a public hearing to discuss road and traffic problems in Louisiana. State Rep. Karen St. Germain, chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee and a member of the panel, says there is a $12 billion backlog of road and... more »
  • St. Helena Parish makes strides in bridge construction check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish is coming closer and closer to finishing a project they started at the beginning of the year. A total of 5 bridges are a part of a project that the parish has started in order to rebuild the old structures. Residents say the... more »
  • Iberville School Board sues BESE over charter funding check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:00 PM

    IBERVILLE - The Iberville Parish School District is suing the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than $3 million saying BESE is wrongfully giving district money to a charter school. The Iberville School Board voted Monday to file suit saying state funding is being inappropriately allocated. ... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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