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  • Texas Gov. Perry assembles high-powered legal team

    August 19, 2014 2:43 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is fighting a criminal indictment with a team of high-powered attorneys with formidable records in big cases. But as the potential 2016 presidential candidate plans trips to Washington and New Hampshire this week to continue courting GOP voters, it's unclear how much... more »
  • Gov declares emergency, imposes curfew in Ferguson

    August 16, 2014 3:58 PM

    FERGUSON, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Saturday and imposed a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago. Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the... more »
  • Anti-Common Core hearing today Play Video

    August 15, 2014 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The court battle over the future of Louisiana's education continues today. Later today, state District Judge Tim Kelley will hold a hearing for an anti-Common Core challenge filed by 17 state lawmakers. They claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) broke a state law... more »
  • Local parishioners weigh in on illegal immigrant issues Play Video

    August 3, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent influx of illegal immigrant children into the state, more and more people are joining the conversation on what to do about it. Governor Jindal has sent a letter to the White House blasting President Obama on claims that the government failed... more »
  • Edwards: If elected, state budget would be focus

    July 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, says Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme." He says Jindal's... more »
  • Vitter: "Haven't done my homework" on issues Play Video

    June 16, 2014 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Senator David Vitter was unprepared when he was grilled on the state's big issues today, said Democratic critics. After announcing he was running for governor five months ago, he was short on specifics Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club. "I'm not running for governor as... more »
  • Perry sees link between alcoholism, homosexuality

    June 12, 2014 2:11 AM

    SAN FRANCSICO, CA - Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality, during a talk Wednesday night that focused mainly on the economy. Perry's comments to the Commonwealth Club of California came after Texas' Republican Convention on Saturday sanctioned platform language allowing Texans to seek voluntary counseling... more »
  • Jindal to make reality TV debut tonight on Duck Dynasty

    June 11, 2014 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to make his reality television debut on tonight's season premiere of "Duck Dynasty". The governor's cameo appearance comes at the beginning of the sixth season of the hit show which airs tonight at 9 p.m. Bobby Jindal is among other... more »
  • Truck stop tiger may stay

    June 1, 2014 6:43 PM

    Grosse Tete- Tony, the truck stop tiger, may be able to stay in his home of 14 years afterall. Legislation that passed the house of representatives Friday, that would allow truck stop owner Michael Sandlin to keep Tony, is headed to the Governor's desk. Some people are in... more »
  • E-Cigarette bill clears final legislative hurdle

    May 15, 2014 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 has made it through the Louisiana Legislature. The Senate passed the bill 34-0 Thursday. It outlaws sales of e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and other alternative nicotine products to minors, just like cigarettes.... more »
  • Judge rules in favor of pro-Vitter super PAC

    May 2, 2014 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ruled that a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter can raise unlimited amounts of money for Vitter, who is running for governor in 2015. Judge Martin Feldman issued the decision Friday, declaring that the Fund for Louisiana's Future won't have to... more »
  • Bill for more elected BESE members rejected

    April 23, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to make more of the state education board's members elected by the public, rather than appointed by the governor, failed to win support Wednesday in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee. Currently, eight members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are elected from... more »
  • Senators reject Medicaid expansion bill

    April 23, 2014 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee. The definitive 6-2 vote Wednesday against expansion likely ends the Senate's debate on the issue for the session. Sen. Ben Nevers' bill would have... more »
  • Governor to announce health initiative

    April 14, 2014 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal will announce a statewide health initiative Monday afternoon in Baton Rouge. The announcement will take place 1:10 p.m. at Dufroq Elementary. more »
  • Big announcement expected from Edwin Edwards

    March 17, 2014 7:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former La. Gov. Edwin Edwards will announce today whether or not he will again seek public office. Many expect him to enter into the race for the 6th District Congressional seat. That is the spot currently held by Congressman Bill Cassidy, but will be vacated as... more »
  • Battle shaping up over 'Big Oil' lawsuit bill

    February 27, 2014 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Backers of a lawsuit against oil and gas companies in Louisiana are planning to fight legislation that changes how flood protection board members are chosen. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit over the erosion of coastal wetlands, blaming the oil and gas industry.... more »
  • Republicans lead fundraising for governor's race

    February 13, 2014 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republicans considering or already in the 2015 governor's race are sitting on more sizable campaign war chests than the lone Democrat who's announced plans to run. Campaign finance reports have been trickling into the state ethics board. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who says he'll be in the... more »
  • Edwards jabs Landrieu about governor's race

    February 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only announced Democratic candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race is sending a message that he wants re-elected New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to stay out of it. Rep. John Bel Edwards says he expects the Democratic mayor to keep his promise to serve a full, four-year... more »
  • Governor unveils $25 billion budget

    January 24, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed a $25 billion budget for next year that includes more money for higher education, public schools and disabled services. The budget was unveiled to lawmakers at the State Capitol Friday. The plan is $624 million lower than this year's budget,... more »
  • Head of bank bailout runs for California governor

    January 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and architect of the nation's bank bailout, says he is running for governor of California. He entered the race Tuesday as a Republican newcomer who faces long odds against incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat. Kashkari made the announcement in a... more »
  • Vitter to run for governor in 2015 Play Video

    January 21, 2014 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race. Vitter announced his plans in an email to supporters on Tuesday, saying "I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we... more »
  • Jindal traveling to Asia to market state

    January 8, 2014 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced plans today to travel to Asia in order to market Louisiana as a business partner to the region. The one-week trip would start Saturday, Jan. 11, and include Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret. Jindal said he plans to visit Taiwan, Japan,... more »
  • Gov. Jindal defends 'Duck Dynasty' star Play Video

    December 19, 2013 9:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal released a statement Thursday defending Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson in the wake of his removal from the show. In the statement, Gov. Jindal says he remembers when television networks believed in the first amendment. He says that he finds some of... more »
  • Vitter to decide on Governor's race by January

    December 3, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After months of dodging the talk, U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he's weighing whether he'll run to be Louisiana's next governor, with plans to decide by January. Vitter says he is sending an email to supporters Wednesday, announcing that he and his wife are considering the race for... more »
  • NJ voters weigh 2nd term for Gov. Christie

    November 5, 2013 7:57 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Polls are open in New Jersey as voters decide who will lead the state. Republican Gov. Chris Christie is seeking a second term against Democrat Barbara Buono. Under state law, he can't run for a third term. But Christie could leave before the term is... more »
  • New study calls on La. to change sentencing laws

    October 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study by right-leaning policy organizations recommends that Louisiana shrink its prison population and costs by repealing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes. The groups suggest that Louisiana could maintain public safety while also reducing a per capita incarceration rate that is the highest in the... more »
  • Fiscal analysts: LSU hospital deals $39M short

    September 11, 2013 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's financial analysts say Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize the LSU-run hospital network is bringing in $39 million less than expected for the current budget year. This year's budget was built on estimates provided to lawmakers by the Jindal administration that private hospital managers would... more »
  • Governor seeking AG's opinion on mayoral recall

    September 9, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal said today they asked for an Attorney General's opinion over the certified petition to recall Port Allen's mayor. Sean Lansing said they would ask the AG Buddy Caldwell's office to render an opinion on the validity of the signatures. ... more »
  • State asks for more time in federal voucher case

    September 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Education officials asked for more time today to respond to a Justice Department petition seeking a stop to Louisiana's voucher program. The state Department of Education's motion said they needed more time to prepare information about students who received vouchers for the 2013-2014 school year. ... more »
  • Groups protest Jindal opposition to oil and gas lawsuit

    August 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmental and pubic interest groups are lashing out at Governor Jindal over his opposition to a lawsuit against oil and gas companies. The lawsuit was filed last month by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, saying oil and gas activity contributed to the erosion of the... more »
  • Gov. Jindal, Dow Chemical announce $1B investment Play Video

    August 27, 2013 2:52 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Dow Chemical announced plans today to build two new chemical plants in Louisiana and upgrade their current facility in Plaquemine. The $1.06 billion plans include two new plants, one in Iberville Parish and the other in West Baton Rouge Parish, to produce next-generation synthetic rubber and high-performance... more »
  • Dwindling BP grant money a tourism concern

    August 27, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said today that even after a record-setting year for Louisiana tourism, the budget is still a concern. Dardenne said 26.3 million people visited the state in 2012, generating $665 million in tax revenue. He said the concern is over the dwindling grant... more »
  • Teacher's union calls for collaboration over Act 1

    August 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators called today for Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White to work with them over a teacher tenure law declared unconstitutional by two state judges this year. LAE leaders said they they will continue to push for policies... more »
  • Moret questioned closely on fuel plant incentives

    August 9, 2013 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's economic development chief has been undergoing close questioning by a panel of legislators over millions of dollars in state incentives for development of a huge new fuel plant in southwestern Louisiana. Some members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee complained to Stephen Moret it's... more »
  • Jindal to speak at Mich. GOP meeting

    August 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will attend a big Republican conference in Michigan in September. The Michigan Republican Party says Jindal will speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was previously announced as a speaker, and additional speakers... more »
  • Governor declares emergency over train derailment

    August 5, 2013 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a State of Emergency due to the train derailment and resulting hazardous material leak in St. Landry Parish. About 100 homes have been evacuated as officials work to clean up the site. The 26-car train derailment took place near the... more »
  • State suing Texas Brine over sinkhole damage

    August 2, 2013 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the Attorney General's Office is suing Texas Brine LLC for environmental damage caused by the Assumption Parish sinkhole. Jindal said the suit was filed on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, and other responding... more »
  • Edwards family releases first picture of new son

    August 1, 2013 8:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Edwards shared the first picture of their new son, Eli, on Facebook Thursday evening. The posting continues a nearly "live" status update session for the family that began Wednesday evening when Trina, wife of former governor Edwin Edwards, went into labor. Eli is Edwin and... more »
  • Trina Scott Edwards gives birth to son

    August 1, 2013 2:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The wife of former governor Edwin Edwards has given birth to the couple's first child, Eli Wallace Edwards. Trina Edwards confirmed the baby's arrival early Thursday on her Facebook page. Edwards says Eli was born at 12:52 a.m. and weighs 6 lbs., 3 oz. ... more »
  • Former governor Edwards' wife in labor

    July 31, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wife of former governor Edwin Edwards, Trina Scott Edwards, is in labor. The couple made the announcement on Trina's Facebook page earlier this afternoon, saying they were preparing to welcome Eli Edwards into the world. The two married shortly after Edwin Edwards was released... more »
  • Death penalty despite DA's plea

    July 24, 2013 7:32 PM

    COLUMBUS, OHIO- The governor of Ohio rejected clemency for a condemned killer despite a rare plea from a prosecutor for a life sentence without parole. Billy Slagle stabbed his neighbor to death in 1987 and his lawyers have long argued for clemency since he was 18 and a drug addict... more »
  • Jindal demands flood board drop coastal lawsuit

    July 24, 2013 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a "trial lawyer windfall." The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday. The lawsuit says oil and... more »
  • Tailing a speeding governor leads to firing

    July 17, 2013 8:04 PM

    IOWA CITY, IOWA- A top investigator who complained about the Iowa Governor's speeding SUV was fired following a disciplinary review. Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation got the axe on Wednesday. Last April, he pursued a SUV that was doing 90 miles per... more »
  • Governor commutes sentence of man doing life at Angola

    July 12, 2013 11:09 PM

    ANGOLA- The governor commuted the sentence of a man at the state penitentiary serving time for a murder in Baton Rouge years ago. Shelby Arabie was in prison for life but will now only serve 45 years. He has completed about half. Governor Bobby Jindal said Arabie is... more »
  • Jindal says no to US Senate race in 2014

    July 8, 2013 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite consistent speculation about his interest, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he has no plans to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu next year. The Republican governor offered a definitive rejection of the idea that he wanted to return to Congress, saying, "Absolutely not, emphatically no." He... more »
  • La. lawmakers pass bills to promote French roots

    July 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After Gov. Bobby Jindal struck out funding for an agency that promotes French culture during last year's budget vetoes, French-speaking state lawmakers sought new ways to celebrate Louisiana's Francophone heritage. In the recently-ended legislative session, that bipartisan group of lawmakers won passage of bills that celebrate the... more »
  • House speaker announces opposition to veto session

    July 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't want lawmakers to hold a veto session to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Kleckley, a Republican ally of the governor, released a statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to the session - though he said he doesn't... more »
  • Tobacco bond refinancing done, generates $83M

    July 2, 2013 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has refinanced Louisiana's tobacco settlement bonds, though the state received significantly less money than expected through the deal. Jindal's top financial adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, announced Tuesday that the deal was done. Instead of the more than $140 million in upfront... more »
  • Ag commissioner says he won't run for governor

    July 1, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he'll seek re-election to his current position in 2015, rather than running for governor. Strain, a Republican former lawmaker and veterinarian, announced his plans Sunday on his Facebook page. He says friends and supporters asked him to run again to lead the... more »
  • Gov. Jindal keeps construction budget intact

    June 27, 2013 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed next year's construction budget without stripping any projects with his line-item veto. The governor didn't need to remove anything he doesn't like because his office will have decision-making power over which new projects advance in the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July... more »
  • Texas gov. calls 2nd special session on abortion

    June 26, 2013 4:20 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry is calling for the Texas Legislature to meet in a second special session to pass restrictions on abortion. The first such effort died following a filibuster and rollicking late Tuesday night protest. The announcement gives Republicans another crack at passing sweeping anti-abortion rules that... more »
  • Jindal defends disabled services program veto

    June 25, 2013 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his decision to strip $4 million from next year's budget that would have expanded a program that provides at-home services to the developmentally disabled. The Republican governor has faced criticism for line-item vetoes that struck out that funding for a program called... 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 »
  • Gov. Jindal vetoes controversial surrogacy bill

    June 21, 2013 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has sided with conservative groups and vetoed a bill that would have created a new legal and regulatory framework for surrogacy births in Louisiana. Lawmakers had overwhelmingly voted to support the bill by Norco Sen. Gary Smith, who has two children with his wife... more »
  • Jindal strips items from next year's $25B budget

    June 21, 2013 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has removed $4 million slated to expand a program that provides at-home services to the developmentally disabled from next year's $25 billion budget. Jindal stripped that funding with his line-item veto power, along with other money set aside for disabled services, including for a... more »
  • Seafood board oversight shifted to lt. governor

    June 19, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has received new responsibilities from state lawmakers, giving him oversight of a board that promotes Louisiana seafood. Dardenne spoke to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board on Wednesday about the change. While Dardenne said he didn't seek the new responsibility, he said... more »
  • Gov. Jindal begins Louisiana statewide tour

    June 17, 2013 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he plans to visit all 64 Louisiana parishes in the coming months, as part of a statewide tour. The Republican governor's first stop is Monday in Alexandria. At a local community college there, Jindal planned to sign a bill that authorizes $252 million... more »
  • Jindal signs salt dome bills tied to sinkhole

    June 14, 2013 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law three bills tightening regulations on salt domes, a response to the 15-acre Assumption Parish sinkhole that caused evacuation orders for 150 homes. Stricter guidelines will be required for monitoring and assessing areas around salt domes, and stiffer penalties will be... more »
  • Barfield now officially Secretary of Revenue

    June 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal officially has a new revenue secretary, months after he named who he wanted in the job. Tim Barfield told lawmakers Thursday that he was formally appointed as secretary of the Department of Revenue. Barfield started working as department head in October, but he was... more »
  • Colo. governor signs marijuana regulations into law

    May 28, 2013 4:02 PM

    DENVER - Colorado's governor signed six marijuana regulatory bills into law Tuesday while the state awaits a federal response to recreational pot legalization. The new laws seek to regulate the newly legal drug and keep it away from children, without being so strict that weed stays in the black... more »
  • Jindal: Marine contractor plans $30M expansion

    May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    THIBODAUX - An oilfield service company plans a new $10 million headquarters in Gray and a $20 million manufacturing and fabrication plant at a Louisiana port. President and CEO Hank Danos says Danos & Curole Marine Contractors LLC is considering at least two ports. The manufacturing site to be selected... more »
  • Jindal orders review of Texas Brine permits Play Video

    May 20, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal today ordered a review for all permits given to Texas Brine, the company which owns land a massive sinkhole appeared on last year, after he accused the company of dragging its feet in paying costs associated with the cleanup. "It has become clear... more »
  • Governor to discuss sinkhole response efforts

    May 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Buyouts and outstanding costs for dealing with a sinkhole in Assumption Parish could be on Governor Bobby Jindal's agenda for a press conference scheduled for this afternoon. The governor scheduled the event for 1:20 p.m. at the Bayou Corne Sportman's Landing on Hwy 70 South. ... more »
  • House backs big budget compromise Play Video

    May 10, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $25 billion budget today which sways from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The House stripped $500 million from Jindal's plan which was either one-time money, or not guaranteed. They instead opted for cuts to state... 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 »
  • Bryant: $69M more from BP for Gulf restoration

    May 2, 2013 3:14 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - BP PLC has agreed to pay $69 million more for restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following, says Gov. Phil Bryant. The money is part of $1 billion the oil giant agreed two years ago to pay for early restoration work after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon... more »
  • Christie proposes measures to curb gun violence

    April 19, 2013 3:39 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie has announced a multi-faceted plan to curb gun violence. The proposal calls for expanding government-funded mental health treatment, requiring parental sign-off before minors can buy or rent violent video games and mandating would-be gun owners show government-issued IDs. The New Jersey governor also recommended... more »
  • Jindal says he'd veto cigarette tax without offset

    April 18, 2013 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'll veto any cigarette tax increase that wins passage from lawmakers, unless it's coupled with a corresponding cut in taxes somewhere else. Jindal says he will oppose anything he considers a net increase in state tax revenue. A few weeks ago, Jindal was... more »
  • Jindal won't seek legislative backing on LSU deals

    April 18, 2013 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't seek legislative approval of his administration's LSU hospital privatization agreements, though both the House and Senate have voted that they want such decision-making authority. Jindal said Thursday that he believes the legislative resolutions that have received support in the House and... more »
  • Flags at La. buildings lowered to half-staff

    April 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered that state flags at government buildings in Louisiana be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday. The executive order issued Tuesday is an expression of respect for victims of Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon. Similar gestures are being made by local governments.... more »
  • Sources: Jindal to scrap tax plan, propose 10-year rollout

    April 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to announce he's scrapping his plan to immediately eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, according to multiple sources at the Capitol. Those sources tell WBRZ News 2 the governor will instead propose rolling out the eliminations over the next decade, without... more »
  • Jindal scraps tax reforms, 10-year rollout proposed Play Video

    April 8, 2013 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today he was scrapping his plan to immediately eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, and instead try to phase the changes in over the next decade. Jindal made the announcement during his joint address before the state House and Senate at the... more »
  • Jindal to speak on tax reform at session opening

    April 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will open the 2013 legislative session this afternoon with remarks about his tax reform plans. Jindal is scheduled to speak around 1 p.m. before the joint House and Senate, just after the two-month session opens officially at noon. The governor has proposed... more »
  • Trina Edwards hospitalized

    April 5, 2013 10:13 PM

    GONZALES- Trina Edwards, the wife of infamous former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, was recently in the hospital. She's pregnant, and posted on her Facebook page the baby is doing okay. "The baby is fine and completely healthy," she wrote. She was having kidney problems, according to a post... more »
  • Consulting firm against part of Jindal tax plan

    April 5, 2013 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The consulting firm hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration for economic analysis of the governor's tax plan says states should not enact a key plank of Jindal's proposal. In a report released nationally, Ernst & Young economists say sales taxes on services bought by businesses are bad... more »
  • Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

    April 4, 2013 12:22 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's governor has signed into law some of the country's tightest gun restrictions in response to December's shooting massacre at a Newtown school. The measure adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and outlaws the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines similar to the... more »
  • Higher Ed Commissioner says budget has problems

    April 4, 2013 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's higher education commissioner says the governor's budget would leave colleges uncertain of their funding levels next year and create cash flow problems at schools. Commissioner Jim Purcell told the House Appropriations Committee that he's troubled by Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendation. Jindal's spending plan would plug... more »
  • Treasurer pushes for vote on Jindal tax plan

    March 29, 2013 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy says he thinks voters should decide whether to rewrite Louisiana's tax laws, if lawmakers pass Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax swap. Kennedy said in a column Thursday that the governor's proposal would impact every Louisiana taxpayer, so voters should decide in a statewide election if... more »
  • Jindal cancels Medicaid contract under grand jury review

    March 21, 2013 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is scrapping a lucrative state Medicaid contract that is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols issued a statement Thursday announcing the termination of the more than $185 million contract with Maryland-based CNSI. Nichols says she made... more »
  • Jindal travels to sinkhole, says buyouts progressing Play Video

    March 19, 2013 3:56 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today he met with people in Bayou Corne who'd been "uprooted" from their lives because of a sinkhole in the area, and received the latest information about work being done to deal with it. Jindal said Texas Brine, the company which owns... more »
  • Gov. Jindal to visit Bayou Corne community

    March 19, 2013 10:27 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Governor Bobby Jindal scheduled a meeting today with families and officials in the Bayou Corne community, which has been battling the effects of a large sinkhole. Buyouts began this week for property owners evacuated or affeted by the sinkhole, which is on land owned by Texas... more »
  • Jindal to reveal tax code revamp proposal Thursday

    March 14, 2013 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- After months of behind-the-scenes discussion, Gov. Bobby Jindal is unveiling the details of his tax code rewrite proposal to lawmakers. Jindal wants to eliminate state income taxes and replace them with other tax hikes. The Republican governor will describe his plan in person to the House and Senate... more »
  • Jindal: Buyout process for sinkhole starts this week

    March 13, 2013 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today Texas Brine will buy out property owners affected by a massive sinkhole which appeared in Assumption Parish last year. Jindal said the buyout process will begin this week, starting with property appraisals. People who volunteer to be bought out will be... more »
  • Lawsuit against Jindal considered over reef money

    March 13, 2013 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's appointees on the state's wildlife and fisheries regulatory panel are threatening to sue the Jindal administration. At issue is Jindal's continuing diversions of millions of dollars donated by oil companies to turn old drilling rigs into artificial reefs to instead pay for other items across... more »
  • Jindal to visit sinkhole, push for buyouts Play Video

    March 11, 2013 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office said he plans to visit the site of the Bayou Corne sinkhole next week, and push for buyouts of property affected by evacuations in the area. Jindal met today with Assumption Parish President Marty Triche and other parish leaders to discuss the... more »
  • Governor Jindal responds to Treasurer on budget Play Video

    March 4, 2013 10:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal used a statement to respond to Treasurer John Kennedy's rebuff of the state's budget. You can see the entire statement here: Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said: "We appreciate the Treasurer's opinion, but given his long track record of half-baked gimmicks and his... more »
  • Jindal calls for eliminating 25 boards, commissions

    March 1, 2013 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office released a list of 25 state boards and commissions he's asking state lawmakers to eliminate. Jindal's office said the groups were either inactive, fulfilled their original mission or could be absorbed into existing boards and commissions. Jindal also proposed legislation to... more »
  • Landrieu: Jindal an obstructionist on Medicaid

    February 26, 2013 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Gov. Bobby Jindal's refusal to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is tied to his presidential ambitions at the expense of benefits for Louisiana. The Democratic senator accused the Republican governor of obstructionism. Landrieu said Jindal seems adamant about putting his political future ahead of... more »
  • Jindal budget calls for $424M in one-time cash

    February 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers questioned Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration today about decisions in their proposed budget for next year. Jindal's $24.7 billion budget calls for the use of $424 million in one-time cash and college tuition increases to prevent deeper cuts to higher education. Commissioner of Administration Kristy... more »

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