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  • Teachers, parents want Jindal under oath in suit Play Video

    August 12, 2014 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The attorney representing parents, teachers, and charter school managers who sued to stop Governor Bobby Jindal's attempts to end Common Core in Louisiana said they want to put Jindal under oath and depose him for the suit. "I think we have a right because he's a... more »
  • Unaccompanied minors in La. to be enrolled in school Play Video

    August 5, 2014 9:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Unaccompanied minors, caught crossing the border illegally and then transferred to family members or sponsors in Louisiana, will soon be placed in schools around the state as they await a deportation hearing. Last week, the federal government revealed information that showed 1,071 immigrant children have been... more »
  • Jindal: time to stop flow of illegals crossing border Play Video

    August 4, 2014 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Following an afternoon trip to the United States border with Mexico, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the 1,071 unaccompanied minors that are being cared for in Louisiana. "What doesn't make sense is to send the word out that if you get here illegally, you can stay without... 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 »
  • Common Core defeats two bills in House committee Play Video

    April 2, 2014 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two bills that were supported by Governor Jindal and would have changed the foundation of the state's Common Core failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday. Representatives denied both HB 381 and HB 558 in a 12 to seven vote. HB 381... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Governor to appoint Port Allen mayor Play Video

    December 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Governor Bobby Jindal's office said Monday he will appoint an interim mayor for Port Allen in short order. The announcement came after a special meeting of the Port Allen City Council Monday afternoon was canceled. "I just felt like if we had another 3-2 vote... more »
  • Jindal offers list of suggestions to president Play Video

    November 7, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to New Orleans, Gov. Bobby Jindal offered suggestions on where the president should change course. He said Thursday the president should drop his administration's lawsuit against Louisiana's voucher program, agree to repeal his signature health care law and reverse new limits... more »
  • Jindal calls voucher letter to Boehner a PR stunt

    September 24, 2013 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says a court battle with Louisiana over the state's school voucher program may be nearing an end, but Governor Bobby Jindal claimed they're pulling a public relations stunt. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department says the state has agreed to... more »
  • Jindal demands feds drop suit against state

    September 18, 2013 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is demanding that the Justice Department drop its challenge to his state's school voucher system. Jindal says President Barack Obama wants "to trap these children in failing schools." Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush say Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder wouldn't send... 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 »
  • Justice Dept. tries to stop La. school vouchers

    August 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Justice Department is trying to stop the state from distributing school vouchers in any district that remains under a desegregation court order. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the Justice Department said Louisiana distributed vouchers in 2012-13 to nearly 600 public... 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 »
  • Voucher controversy and uncertainty leaves parents in limbo Play Video

    May 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Private schools and Governor Bobby Jindal tell benefactors not to worry, but parents are the ones left in a state of uncertainty when it comes to vouchers. Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled funding of the state's voucher program was unconstitutional. Lawmakers used money set aside... 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 »
  • Gov. Jindal to make economic announcement

    March 6, 2013 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal scheduled an announcement today that could mean more jobs in the Baton Rouge area. Jindal's office said he plans to make an economic development announcement at a 1 p.m. press conference at the governor's mansion. News Two's Ryan Naquin will be there... more »
  • Governor talks tax plan, doesn't elaborate Play Video

    February 14, 2013 10:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal talked about his plan to cut state income taxes Thursday, but didn't elaborate on specific details. Jindal plans to have a proposal ready for the upcoming annual meeting of lawmakers in Louisiana. He said while there is no concrete plan yet, he has... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces new executive counsel

    January 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top lawyer for Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has resigned from the job after only three months. The governor's office gave no reason Friday for Gary Graphia's decision to leave the position of executive counsel that he took in October. Instead, Jindal simply announced his replacement while... more »
  • Gov. Jindal names new press secretary

    January 11, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has recruited his latest press secretary from Wisconsin. Jindal announced Friday that he's hired Sean Lansing for the $65,000-a-year position. The move comes as the Republican governor has started unveiling proposals to rewrite Louisiana's tax code and ramping up efforts to sell the ideas... more »
  • Budget cuts hit domestic violence programs

    January 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest round of budget cuts are falling on shelters that take in battered women and other domestic violence prevention providers. The reductions were made to help close a $166 million midyear budget deficit. The Advocate reports that funding for family violence prevention and intervention... more »
  • AG refuses to enter debate over budget tactics

    December 5, 2012 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office isn't lodging an opinion about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics are in line with the state constitution. A letter was sent this week to Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot declining to rule on his question of whether the state budget uses unconstitutional... more »
  • Jindal on the road for GOP events Play Video

    October 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to return to Louisiana on Thursday after hitting the road again for Republican candidates and groups. Jindal's office said the Louisiana governor traveled to Iowa on Wednesday for a Mitt Romney presidential campaign event, followed by a speech at a Republican Party... more »
  • Jindal on the road in Iowa, Florida for GOP events

    October 24, 2012 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is on the road again for Republican candidates and groups. Jindal's office said the Louisiana governor traveled to Iowa on Wednesday for a Mitt Romney presidential campaign event, followed by a speech to the Scott County Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner. A day later,... more »
  • Vote delayed on Jindal health privatization plan

    October 18, 2012 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have scrapped a planned Thursday vote on Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. The delay, announced a day before the scheduled hearing, has prompted claims the Jindal administration didn't have enough votes from the... more »
  • Jindal to campaign for Romney in Virginia

    October 10, 2012 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is spending Wednesday in Virginia, campaigning for Republican Mitt Romney's presidential bid. A schedule put out by the Romney campaign says Jindal will join Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for three campaign stops throughout the day, to rally Romney supporters. The Louisiana governor's... more »
  • Jindal, Christie tapped to lead GOP governors

    October 8, 2012 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been tapped to lead the Republican Governors Association. Both are Republican rising stars considered likely White House contenders in 2016 if Mitt Romney loses in November. Jindal will chair the group next year, with Wisconsin... more »
  • Kennedy: Tax credit cost La. millions more Play Video

    September 25, 2012 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A controversial alternative fuel tax credit could cost Louisiana about $24 million dollars, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. Earlier estimates from the 2,500 filed claims put the cost at around $7.5 million, but Kennedy says it could wind up being much higher. Former revenue secretary... more »
  • Gov. Jindal on the road much of this week

    September 24, 2012 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling around the country much of this week for Republican causes. The governor's office says Jindal headed to Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday for Republican Governors Association events. On Wednesday, Jindal's office says the governor will be in Iowa for a campaign bus... more »
  • Tangipahoa added to FEMA individual assistance list

    September 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tangipahoa has been added to the list of parishes eligible for individual FEMA disaster assistance. Governor Bobby Jindal made the announcement this morning. A total of 11 parishes in South Louisiana, including Livingston and Ascension, are now eligible for individual assistance. FEMA says $10 million... more »
  • Jindal orders flags to fly at half-staff

    August 16, 2012 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal ordered flags at state buildings to fly at half-staff after two sheriff's deputies were killed in the line of duty today. Jindal issued an executive order this afternoon to honor the St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputies killed in a shooting this... more »
  • Lawsuit filed against new state retirement plan

    August 16, 2012 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An organization representing Louisiana's retired state employees is challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new pension plan for future rank-and-file state workers. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claims the law, passed earlier this year, is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of... more »
  • Former Jindal cabinet secretary running for PSC

    August 9, 2012 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former natural resources secretary, who resigned from his cabinet position this week, is running for the Public Service Commission, the state's utility regulatory board. Scott Angelle, a Republican from Breaux Bridge, announced his candidacy Thursday, a day after he left the Department of Natural... more »
  • Evacuation shelter opens 8a.m. Saturday after sinkhole forces people out Play Video

    August 4, 2012 9:57 AM

    BAYOU CORNE- Saturday morning, a shelter was set to open for the people who were evacuated from this area of Assumption Parish after a sinkhole developed Friday. The sinkhole, a bubbling phenomenon, and tremors may be caused by a failure in an inactive salt dome, or salt mining operation,... more »
  • People living near sinkhole ordered to evacuate

    August 3, 2012 6:09 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - The Assumption Parish president called for people in the Bayou Corne community to evacuate tonight after a sinkhole formed in the area. Emergency preparedness officials said the evacuation affects about 100 homes in the Bayou Corne community from Highway 70 south. President Martin Triche told News... more »
  • Jindal, Moret say no reason to panic over Shaw merger Play Video

    July 30, 2012 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal vows to work with CB&I after the company announced plans to merge with Baton Rouge based Shaw Group. Jindal says companies have invested billions of dollars in Louisiana over the past few years. He says the company may have decided to act now with the... more »
  • Jindal heading to Florida for Romney event

    July 27, 2012 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is campaigning for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in Florida this weekend. The Romney campaign says Jindal will be in Coral Springs on Saturday to meet Romney supporters at the candidate's campaign office. The Louisiana governor is often mentioned as a potential vice presidential... more »
  • Governor Jindal campaiging for Romney Play Video

    July 18, 2012 9:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal returned to Louisiana Wednesday night, after more campaigning for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. Jindal was in Ohio. "It is so important that we elect Mitt Romney, as our next president of the United States ... also important we take the Senate back,"... more »
  • More teachers filing suit to stop education changes Play Video

    June 21, 2012 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers say new education laws touted by Governor Bobby Jindal do not support them, despite what Jindal's administration may say, and they're filing a lawsuit to stop the laws from going into effect. The Louisiana Association of Educators plan to file the suit tomorrow morning in... more »
  • Questions about Alternative Fuel Tax Credit

    June 15, 2012 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal issued a letter rejecting a rule which provided a big tax break to people who buy a car in Louisiana. Some lawmakers who oversee the state budget process say it could wreck state fianances. Since 2009, a tax credit on some alternate fuel... more »
  • Teachers union challenging new education laws

    June 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Federation of Teachers will hold a news conference at 11am in front of the 19th Judicial District Court in Downtown Baton Rouge to discuss a lawsuit to be filed against the state and Governor Bobby Jindal. It targets the administration's recently signed laws changing... more »
  • Lawmakers concerned about vouchers funding Muslim school

    June 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Legislature passed a funding plan for public schools on the last day of session, but not before debate which included a discussion about what types of schools could benefit from Governor Bobby Jindal's voucher plan. The plan makes vouchers or scholarships available to some students... more »
  • La. Gov. Jindal campaigns for Wis. Gov. Walker

    May 24, 2012 5:00 PM

    WAUKESHA, Wis. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says Wisconsin's recall election is being watched around the nation, but it ultimately comes down to whether Wisconsinites choose to retain their strong conservative leader. Jindal was in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha (WAH'-keh-shaw) on Thursday with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a fellow... more »
  • State worker retirement contributions could change

    May 23, 2012 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another key component of Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reform package advanced at the Capitol today. Senate Bill 52 by Senator Elbert Guillory, D- Opelousas, could require state workers to contribute more towards their retirement plan. About 47,000 workers could be affected. The list does not include K-12... more »
  • Jindal signs private school tuition tax break

    May 8, 2012 6:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that creates a new tax break program that will give rebates for donations to voucher programs that allow students to attend private schools. Jindal says it will give children in failing public schools more opportunities to get an... more »
  • Jindal to sign voucher bill

    April 18, 2012 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Catholic elementary school in Baton Rouge is the setting for Gov. Bobby Jindal as he signs legislation reshaping numerous aspects of public education in Louisiana, including a bill allowing the state to fund private school tuition for some students. Wednesday's bill signing ceremony takes place at... more »
  • Jindal heading to New Mexico later this month

    April 17, 2012 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Secure in his second term, Gov. Bobby Jindal is continuing to help other Republican candidates and organizations with their fundraising efforts. Jindal is scheduled to attend an April 27 luncheon to raise dollars for the Republican Party of New Mexico. An invitation obtained by The... more »
  • Director fired after speaking out against Governor's Plan Play Video

    March 7, 2012 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former director of the Office of Elderly Affairs lost her position just 24 hours after speaking out against the governor's plan to place the office under the Department of Health and Hospitals. Martha Manuel says it was a now or never moment. If she hadn't... more »
  • Jindal: Honored to support Perry

    January 19, 2012 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal says it was an honor to support Texas Governor Rick Perry in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Perry dropped out of the race this morning. Lagging in the polls, Perry said he concluded there was no "viable path forward" for... more »
  • Outline of Gov. Jindal's proposed education reforms

    January 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    Plan for Rewarding Teachers: Allowing districts to use compensation to keep good teachers by stopping forced pay increases to ineffective teachers, allowing them to pay effective teachers more, and allowing them more flexability in how they structure salaries. ban the practice of using seniority to make personnel... more »
  • Jindal campaigning for Perry in Iowa this week

    December 20, 2011 3:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Iowa this week to help Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign in the last push before the first-in-the-nation Jan. 3 caucuses. Jindal spokesman Frank Collins says the Louisiana governor will be campaigning Tuesday and Wednesday in Iowa for Perry, who... more »
  • Jindal hires relatives of former chief of staff

    November 28, 2011 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has hired the brother and brother-in-law of his former chief of staff, Timmy Teepell. Jindal tapped Matt Parker to become his intergovernmental affairs director and Taylor Teepell to be his deputy legislative affairs director. Parker, from Virginia, is brother-in-law to Timmy Teepell.... more »
  • Jindal: Perry gaffe doesn't change his support

    November 10, 2011 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal said today that a flubbed debate answer by GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry doesn't change Jindal's support for him. The Texas governor said during last night's debate that he would eliminate three federal agencies if elected, but could only name two of them,... more »
  • Jindal casts ballot for Nov. 19 runoffs

    November 8, 2011 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's governor and his wife cast their ballots for the Nov. 19 runoff elections this morning. Bobby and Surpiya Jindal voted early at the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk's office. Statewide runoffs on the ballot include three Board of Elementary and Secondary Education positions, a... more »
  • Scientists urge La. to protect netted sea turtles

    November 2, 2011 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Dozens of scientists are asking Gov. Bobby Jindal to scrap a 1987 law that bars state marine agents from enforcing federal rules requiring shrimpers to have special devices on their nets that allow ensnared sea turtles to swim to safety. On Wednesday, more than 60 scientists... more »
  • Jindal has $6M in campaign account for final days

    October 12, 2011 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal spent more than $1.3 million on advertising over the last month, even as he faces no major competition to his re-election bid. In his latest campaign finance reports, Jindal shows more than $6 million remaining in his campaign account leading into the Oct.... more »
  • Gov. orders flags to half-staff for archbishop

    October 4, 2011 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff Thursday, the day of the funeral of Archbishop Philip Hannan. Hannan died last week at age 98 and will be buried in religious ceremonies at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday. Jindal... more »
  • New Jersey governor fundraising for La. GOP

    September 29, 2011 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a rising national GOP star, is helping Louisiana's Republican Party fundraise for the fall elections. Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will hold a rally Thursday afternoon before heading to the private cash-generating event for the state GOP, where tickets range... more »
  • Gov. Jindal endorsement comes with financial help

    September 21, 2011 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing up his campaign endorsements with cash. Sitting on a hefty campaign account nearing $8 million and with little chance of losing his re-election bid, Jindal has spread his campaign dollars to a list of lawmakers and state education board members for... more »
  • Highway 61 widening project complete

    September 19, 2011 5:42 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- Governor Bobby Jindal helped officially open Highway 61 after major improvements through St. Francisville. Nearly five miles of highway between Thompson Creek and Bains have been widened. That means drivers now have four lanes of traffic from Baton Rouge into Mississippi. Some business owners say they... more »
  • Jindal announces endorsements for state office

    September 13, 2011 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's re-election campaign released the list of candidates he supported for state offices today. Absent from the list were any picks for lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Jindal did endorse all four incumbents for state insurance commissioner, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture and... more »
  • Jindal: Be prepared for rain, wind through Tuesday

    September 2, 2011 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today that southeast Louisiana needed to prepare for heavy wind and rain possibly through Tuesday as a tropical depression moves in on the Gulf coast. Last night Jindal issued an emergency declaration for the storm that formed in the Gulf. That allows... more »
  • Jindal orders flags at half-staff

    August 8, 2011 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday in remembrance of two Louisiana Navy Seals killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. Lt. Com. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves, both of Shreveport,... more »
  • Jindal continues state's partial hiring freeze

    July 7, 2011 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has started the new budget year by ordering a partial hiring freeze that will require most state agencies to get approval from Jindal's budget chief before adding new workers. The executive order announced Thursday, covers the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ends June 30.... more »
  • Vote to override cigarette tax veto not likely today

    June 14, 2011 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and Capitol personnel tell News 2 that a vote to overturn Gov. Bobby Jindal's veto of a cigarette tax renewal isn't likely to happen today. Jindal issued the veto to the 4-cent tax extension late Monday. It was set to expire in 2012 but a... more »
  • Corrections department sends out layoff notice

    June 3, 2011 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's corrections secretary sent a memo to wardens at five state prisons, ordering them to ready for layoffs to shut down the jails, in case the Senate agrees to budget cuts proposed by the House. Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc sent the layoff timeline to wardens this... more »
  • House delays consideration of $25M retirement hike

    June 2, 2011 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to raise state employee retirement costs to fill budget gaps has stalled in the House amid questions about whether the bill should be considered a payroll tax hike on workers. Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot, the sponsor of the measure, scrapped a House... more »
  • House panel backs single college management board

    May 24, 2011 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to do away with the state's five college management boards and create one higher education board to oversee campuses has crossed its first hurdle. The House Education Committee backed the bill in a 10-4 vote Tuesday. But first, lawmakers stripped out... more »
  • Jindal: Flood chasing animals out of swamps

    May 17, 2011 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for wildlife fleeing floodwaters. The governor said four bears have been seen in areas around the rising water, and that state officials anticipate an increase in snake bites as animals move... more »
  • Jindal: Threat of back water flooding lessened

    May 17, 2011 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Estimated water levels from the opening of the Morganza Spillway are being scaled back, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal. During his daily briefing on flood-fighting efforts in the state, Jindal said water from the Spillway was moving much more slowly than anticipated. As a result, back... more »
  • Four barges sunk to protect Morgan City from flooding

    May 16, 2011 3:39 PM

    AMELIA - Gov. Bobby Jindal watched this afternoon as workers sank a barge into the Atchafalaya River at Bayou Chene to help prevent back flooding in that area. Jindal was touring flood preparation measures around the Morgan City area, one of the bigger towns in the path of floodwaters... more »
  • Jindal "confident" Morganza will open this weekend

    May 13, 2011 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal said he was "extremely confident" the Morganza Spillway would be opened either Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Jindal moved up his scheduled press conference after talking to the commander in charge of opening the Morganza, and said they could get to... more »
  • Jindal: State still waiting on Morganza decision

    May 12, 2011 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal said today the state was still waiting for notification that the decision to open the Morganza Spillway had been made to relieve the rapidly-swelling Mississippi River. At his daily press update on river levels, Jindal said he had told the Mississippi River Commission... more »
  • Jindal: Triggers will "likely" be hit to open Morganza

    May 10, 2011 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal reiterated his call today for people who could be affected by the Morganza Spillway to make evacuation plans now. Jindal said according to Corps of Engineers estimates, the Mississippi River would probably reach the point where it "triggers" the opening of the Morganza... more »
  • Jindal orders partial spending freeze for agencies

    May 9, 2011 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered a partial freeze on state spending for travel, supplies, contracts and other operating services in most state government agencies for the remaining two months of the fiscal year. Jindal's executive order was issued Monday, to help free up some money in... more »
  • Gov. Jindal gives update on river levels

    May 5, 2011 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Goverrnor Bobby Jindal is warning people that could be affected by spillways on the Mississippi River being opened to start making their evacuation plans now. The governor gave an update on river levels this morning after a meeting with the Unified Command Group in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Governor warns about backwater flooding

    May 4, 2011 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state is preparing for backwater flooding in areas along Louisiana's Mississippi River tributaries, in addition to record water levels on the river itself. Morgan City is one area vulnerable to backwater flooding. Jindal says water is already overtopping the outer... more »
  • Jindal: News about river "has gotten worse"

    May 3, 2011 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says news about the Mississippi River has "gotten worse" for Louisiana in the last 24 hours, prompting them to begin evacuating the Angola prison and possibly opening more spillways. At a press conference today the governor said the latest forecasts predict the river... more »

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