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  • Next year's state budget shortfall pegged at $1.2B

    August 14, 2014 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have gotten their first glimpse of next year's budget gap that they'll have to close, and it's another hefty shortfall: $1.2 billion. The grim news was delivered Thursday to the joint legislative budget committee. It barely raised eyebrows at the committee hearing, after more than... more »
  • Together BR to discuss "grocery gap"

    July 28, 2014 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Together Baton Rouge will hold a public meeting Monday night to discuss the "grocery gap" in East Baton Rouge Parish. The EBR Food Access Policy Commission was started by Together BR and the Mayor's Health City Initiative to address the lack of grocery stores in some... more »
  • Some in La. lost in new health care gap Play Video

    February 5, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana man says he's lost in the gap between government assistance and private insurance, despite claims by the state that he should be covered. Robert Reed says despite visits to numerous hospitals and attempts to get advice or help from several health care providers, he still... more »
  • Louisiana Medicaid program has $50M budget gap

    November 5, 2013 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state's Medicaid program has a $50 million budget gap. The shortfall was detailed in a financial update to the Legislature's joint budget committee from the Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says he doesn't expect any cuts to fall on services or the health... 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 »
  • No new plan for dealing with Citizens' budget gap

    April 3, 2013 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governing board for Louisiana's property insurer of last resort isn't revisiting a $100 million borrowing plan that has stalled at the state capitol. The board for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. didn't choose an alternate approach to balance the company's books. Instead, Steve Cottrell, chief... more »
  • Health stories for March 6, 2013 Play Video

    March 6, 2013 6:30 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 6, 2013 - Keeping the alcohol sealed may help reduce your risk of cancer. A report found a strong link between alcohol and cancer. Heavy drinkers face the biggest risk, but even a drink a day... more »
  • Citizens weighing options to close budget gap

    December 11, 2012 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-run property insurer of last resort is considering ways to close its multimillion-dollar budget gap. Both options would lead to increased costs to homeowners covered by traditional insurance companies. Steve Cottrell, chief financial officer for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., outlined the issue Tuesday. Citizens... more »
  • Next year's budget gap pegged at $963 million

    November 16, 2012 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The first snapshot of next year's state budget shortfall has been unveiled to lawmakers, and it's grim. Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget advisers said Friday the state is short $963 million to continue running all existing programs and account for inflationary growth in the budget year that begins... more »
  • Study: Income inequality continues to grow in La.

    November 15, 2012 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study says the gap between Louisiana's rich and poor has grown wider over the last three decades, with the poverty-ridden state having among the highest rates of income inequality in the nation. The richest 5 percent of households in Louisiana have average incomes more... more »
  • More women have driver's licenses than men in US

    November 12, 2012 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Women are passing men on the nation's roads. A study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute says more women have driver's licenses than men. That's a reversal of the longtime gender gap behind the wheel. Researchers say that's likely to lead to safer, smaller and more... more »
  • Funding gap in plans to build new Livingston Parish courthouse Play Video

    October 11, 2012 5:32 PM

    LIVINGSTON - People working on plans for a new Livingston Parish courthouse are considering changes to meet a $2 million funding gap. Bids for the project came in earlier this month. Architects involved in the plans say great steps were taken to make the project affordable, and options were... more »
  • House committee to unveil plan to fill state's $211M deficit

    May 1, 2012 8:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget-writing committee is unveiling its plans today for filling a $211 million deficit this year, after working behind the scenes with the governor's office on ideas for plugging the gap. The Appropriations Committee also is expected to rework next year's $25 billion budget proposal to... more »
  • Coalition pushes $940M in taxes to plug budget gap

    April 18, 2011 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A coalition of nonprofit organizations, unions and advocacy groups is pushing lawmakers to pass $940 million in tax hikes to help close next year's budget gap, an agenda unveiled Monday that faces strong opposition from the governor and Republicans. The group, calling itself Better Choices for... more »
  • October sales offer relief to merchants

    November 5, 2009 10:58 AM

    Consumers, enticed by cooler weather and an improving economy, spent a little more in October, handing the retail industry its second consecutive monthly sales gain after more than a year of declines. Even affluent shoppers, who had been tight with their purse strings since last year, spent more on... more »

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