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  • 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 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 »
  • Federal gov't provides grant for new Gonzales police station

    October 12, 2010 4:59 PM

    Police in Gonzales will get a new police station, thanks to a $1 million grant from the federal government. The city council is working with Ascension Parish Government to help fund the new facility. The total cost is $4 million. $3 million was set aside by the city, and the... more »
  • New Orleans man pleads guilty in Road Home case

    September 29, 2010 5:57 AM

    A New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds he received after Hurricane Katrina. Hubert Sentino Jr. applied to the Louisiana Road Home Program on Oct. 8, 2006, claiming that a property he owned that was damaged by the storm was his primary residence. On Tuesday, he... more »
  • BP fund czar promises bigger, faster claims

    September 25, 2010 3:14 PM

    The administrator of the fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill says people should start getting bigger payments. And he says they will be getting them faster. Kenneth Feinberg, administrator for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, said in a news release Saturday that he is responding to criticism from... more »
  • Lacombe woman sentenced in Katrina fraud case

    September 24, 2010 6:40 AM

    A Lacombe woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for two felony counts of theft of government funds she obtained after Hurricane Katrina. According to court documents, in 2005 Denise Stobaugh and her husband applied for a loan from the SBA based on damage purportedly... more »
  • Officials surprised by low number of BP fund applicants

    September 14, 2010 5:54 PM

    Less than a quarter of oil rig workers who've been without a job due to the moratorium on deep water drilling have applied to get their cut of a check from BP. Earlier this summer, the oil giant gave the Baton Rouge Area Foundation $100 million in grant funds to... more »
  • Feds giving state $147 million for education

    September 14, 2010 7:04 AM

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Louisiana will get $147 million in federal funds to aid teachers and other educators. Duncan said Monday that the funds stem from a $26 billion federal bill that backers called a state stimulus measure. The legislation includes a $10 billion education fund to support... more »
  • HUD hurricane funds to help N.O. health clinics

    August 27, 2010 4:49 AM

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is allowing the state to use $32 million in unused disaster funds to keep 90 community health clinics open in the greater New Orleans area. The funding for the health clinics comes from HUD's Disaster Community Development Block Grant money. The clinics... more »
  • Former Monroe lawyer sentenced for felony theft

    August 26, 2010 7:24 AM

    A former Monroe attorney has been sentenced to seven years hard labor on each of six counts of felony theft of funds belonging to his former clients. However, all but two years of the seven-year sentence were suspended. Bernard Grenrood was sentenced to five years probation and ordered him pay... more »
  • Experts ask why Louisiana wasn't a "Race to the Top" winner

    August 25, 2010 1:59 PM

    An article on The Christian Science Monitor's website is attempting to answer what many in Louisiana have been asking after the latest winners were announced in the "Race to the Top" competition. Why wasn't Louisiana, which has been recently praised for education reform, among those getting a slice of... more »
  • Foundation creates Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund

    May 5, 2010 5:22 AM

    The Greater New Orleans Foundation has created a fund to help the communities hit hardest by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund will help recovery in Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and lower Jefferson Parishes. It's also meant to help strengthen coastal communities against... more »
  • Landrieu wants funds approved for black farmers

    March 25, 2010 6:05 AM

    U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is calling on Congress to approve a $1.15 billion deal with black farmers that could end a years-long stalemate over alleged racial discrimination by the Agriculture Department. Landrieu says the settlement isn't "just about correcting past wrongs - it is about ensuring future prosperity." She said... more »
  • State makes final bid for 'Race to Top' funds

    March 18, 2010 6:30 AM

    State officials have made their final pitch for $314 million in federal prize dollars to improve public schools. State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek led a delegation of five that met with federal officials for about 90 minutes in Washington on Wednesday. The competition is called "Race to the Top."... more »
  • Audit tells of 2009 misappropriation by deputy

    March 2, 2010 5:25 AM

    The civil sheriff of Orleans Parish is working to improve internal financial controls after a deputy misappropriated $50,000. An audit said a deputy falsified payroll records for special events. The sheriff's office discovered the problem last year and the deputy eventually pleaded guilty to misappropriation of public funds. The audit... more »
  • Citywide art show postponed until 2012

    February 23, 2010 5:10 AM

    The nation's economic downturn has delayed the return of a citywide art exhibit originally planned to start in November. Producer Dan Cameron says "2009 was really bad for fund-raising and 2010 didn't look much better." So the second "Prospect New Orleans" show will begin in November 2011 rather than November... more »
  • $3.2M in 2nd round of Katrina fisheries relief

    February 16, 2010 8:56 AM

    Commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and charter boat operators who got help from a $27 million disaster relief program after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may be getting a second check before long. A biologist with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says that when the original program wrapped up last... more »
  • 9th Ward field gets big support

    February 5, 2010 5:45 AM

    The plan to build a football stadium and track that would be used by the Carver High School teams as well as the public, picked up a couple of big supporters. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former NFL running back Marshall Faulk hope to raise the money necessary... more »
  • Coastal restoration in 2011 White House budget

    February 3, 2010 5:04 AM

    In its 2011 budget proposal, the White House wants to spend $35.6 million on coastal restoration projects in Louisiana. But the amount for Louisiana fell far short of spending on restoration in other parts of the country. For example, the president's budget would give the Environmental Protection Agency $300 million... more »
  • Lawmakers talk about higher ed cuts, roads

    January 22, 2010 5:13 PM

    House Speaker Jim Tucker, (R)-Terrytown, says Louisiana funds higher education well above the southern regional average. He says that's not the problem. He claims tuition at state universities is well below other southern states. The Legislature currently has control over tuition hikes. Rep. Tucker says he expects legislation to... more »
  • Jindal addresses education cuts

    January 19, 2010 4:46 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal says money for education will be restored once the economy bounces back. When that happens, the governor says he wants more accountability. "It's not just the amount of money we give, it's the results we demand," said Governor Jindal. "For years we've been increasing the funding, but... more »
  • Funds for HIV/AIDS testing in La. fall short

    December 1, 2009 5:52 PM

    "Get Tested" is the mantra of a Baton Rouge group trying to raise awareness about the AIDS virus. Baton Rouge ranks third, nationwide, for AIDS in large metropolitan areas. 240 of almost 900 new AIDS cases state-wide are from the Baton Rouge area. Baton Rouge also accounts for almost 300... more »
  • West Feliciana caps parish's rainy day fund

    November 11, 2009 6:56 AM

    The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury has voted to cap its "rainy day fund" at $2.4 million, invest it in long-term certificates of deposit, and spend the interest the fund earns. The jury created the fund with cash infusions after the River Bend nuclear power plant's industrial property tax exemptions... more »

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