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  • Gretna woman indicted after stealing Isaac relief funds

    September 26, 2015 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 42-year-old Gretna woman has been indicted for theft of federal funds related to aid received after Hurricane Isaac. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, in a news release Friday, said Danielle Randall submitted an application for disaster assistance for damage to her apartment and personal property.... more »
  • BESE approves plan to make childcare more affordable check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 12, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some federal dollars will now be used in Louisiana to help parents in need save hundreds of dollars on child care each year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved additional federal funding for child care assistance this week. The money will be used to... more »
  • Two Baton Rouge women wanted for bank fraud

    July 28, 2015 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are looking for two women accused of bank fraud and theft. Police say Jontell Poole and Geneal Shavers went to the Pelican State Credit Union in June and deposited three checks worth about $1,350. According to police the checks were written from Poole's... more »
  • St. Francisville bridge to be replaced, so residents aren't stranded

    February 8, 2015 6:55 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Some residents who live off of Graham road have to cross the bridge in order to get to their homes. If the bridge goes out or needs emergency repair, it could leave people who live behind it stranded. Graham Road Bridge is on the agenda,... more »
  • New library in the works for St. Helena Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 28, 2015 5:07 PM

    ST. HELENA - A new library is in the works for St. Helena Parish. After complaints the current library was too small to serve the entire parish, officials went to the state to ask for funds. "Through capital outlay and appropriations, they gave us enough funds to start... more »
  • December court date set for BESE member Walter Lee

    October 12, 2014 2:15 PM

    MANSFIELD, La. - A new court date has been set for a state education board member accused of stealing public funds through double-dipping. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Walter Lee will be in a DeSoto Parish courtroom Dec. 10. The date was set last week during a pretrial... more »
  • EBR Redevelopment Authority running out of money

    September 29, 2014 6:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority, a public agency responsible for reviving blighted areas in Baton Rouge, is running out of money. The organization, formed in 2007, is responsible for kicking off two high-profile projects in Ardendale - formerly called Smiley Heights - and the redevelopment... more »
  • Local church recovers from burned bus check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 13, 2014 8:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The New Philadelphia Full Gospel Baptist Church is moving forward after losing a major means of transportation for the congregation. Pastor Curtis Shepherd says, since the church's bus caught fire last week the church has come together in supporting one another. The bus was used... more »
  • Ascension breaks ground on new government complex check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2014 7:52 AM

    GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension Parish broke ground on a new governmental complex Wednesday morning. The goal is to have more offices under the same roof. Prep work began about two weeks ago, but the official ribbon cutting began at 9:00 a.m. The new complex is being constructed... more »
  • Dat's How We Roll: Cycling for MS check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 8, 2014 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Dat's How We Roll is a two-day cycling ride across 150 miles to raise funds and awareness for the National MS Society. The ride starts on October 4th at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Participants will pedal all the way Percy Quin St. Park in McComb,... more »
  • House panel bars US funds for Guantanamo transfers

    June 10, 2014 11:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - A House panel has overwhelmingly backed a measure barring the use of U.S. funds for the transfer of detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The move comes amid a congressional outcry over the swap of five Taliban leaders for an imprisoned American soldier. The Appropriations Committee... more »
  • Louisiana first in recovered Medicaid fraud money

    August 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare... more »
  • Questions raised after CATS passes audit

    August 12, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Auditors promise a new check of the books at the headquarters of the Capital Area Transit System will show irregularities in the accounting department, even though the latest audit from the state found no issue. CATS was awarded an "A" by the Legislative Auditor's office. The audit... more »
  • CATS board member: I did not take money from system

    July 18, 2013 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A recently former board member of the Capital Area Transit System said he is innocent of allegations he used CATS money to pay for personal expenses. "I didn't take any money from CATS," said Montrell McCaleb. McCaleb resigned from the board of directors Thursday, hours before reports... more »
  • BESE to consider funds for 'Course Choice' program

    June 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is being asked to allocate $2 million for a pilot program to expand online high school course offerings to public school students. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education considers Tuesday the funding plan for the "Course Choice" program to begin in the... more »
  • Audit: Students missed out on financial aid check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Capital Area Technical College missed out on financial aid, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The reports says 693 students attending CATC did not receive academic excellence and operational fee waivers totalling $58,635, although they were later identified as being eligible. Almost 3,500... more »
  • Unclaimed property a more likely payout than the lotto check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 27, 2012 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state has more than $500 million in unclaimed property waiting for its rightful owner. The state treasury collects the money from businesses who can't find the owner. "Some of this gets lost and if a business can't find you and has your money it can't... more »
  • Landrieu, Richmond: $1.3M for Port of New Orleans

    October 24, 2012 7:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu and Congressman Cedric Richmond says the Port of New Orleans is getting $1.3 million in federal funds to help its recovery efforts associated with 2008's Hurricane Gustav. The grant, announced Tuesday, is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance... more »
  • Ryan called stimulus wasteful, then sought funds

    August 15, 2012 12:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus package. But that hasn't stopped the Wisconsin congressman from trying to help companies in his home state tap into the funds. Ryan's actions in Congress are drawing fresh scrutiny since he was... more »
  • Ex-SU president must repay foundation funds

    August 1, 2012 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state judge has ruled that former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter must repay $275,000 to the school's private fundraising arm. The Advocate reports the amount includes a $200,000 salary supplement from the private Southern University System Foundation that Slaughter received in March 2009, the day... more »
  • Former abstinence director sentenced

    March 1, 2012 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's former director for the Governor's Program on Abstinence has been sentenced to six years in prison. 64-year-old Gail Ray Dignam was convicted last year on two counts of mail fraud. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady also ordered Dignam to pay restitution and to... more »
  • Grant feud continues between Mayor and Sheriff

    July 6, 2011 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux are violating state law. He says the sheriff's signature is not needed to collect millions of dollars in federal grants distributed by GOHSEP. The situation and developed into... more »
  • Scientists fret over BP funds for Gulf research

    April 24, 2011 1:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Scientists say it is taking too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact by the time studies begin. The spring nesting and spawning season is a... more »
  • Jindal pushing bills to ease protection for funds

    February 22, 2011 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal will again ask lawmakers to make it easier to tap into protected funds when Louisiana faces a budget shortfall. The governor wants lawmakers to allow dedicated funds that are usually protected to be cut up to 10 percent when the state faces... more »

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