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  • Fed officials stress patience in rate hike talks

    February 18, 2015 1:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policymakers do not appear ready to start raising interest rates anytime soon, with officials expressing concerns about inflation and lingering weakness in the labor market. Minutes of the Fed's Jan. 27-28 meeting released Wednesday show that officials struggled to determine the appropriate timing for a rate... more »
  • Final day to pay overdue taxes, no questions asked

    November 14, 2014 5:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you've fallen behind on your taxes, Friday is your last chance to take advantage of Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2014. The Louisiana Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and cut accrued interest in half if you get up to date before midnight. Under the program,... more »
  • 'Person of interest' wanted in Ascension Parish burglaries

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM

    PRARIEVILLE- Detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office are searching for Sean Patterson, of Prarieville. Patterson is a "person of interest" in numerous threats and burglaries. Patterson also has an active bench warrant for cruelty to animals. Anyone with any information on Patterson's whereabouts, is urged to... more »
  • Another "person of interest" in Bourbon Street shootings

    July 4, 2014 2:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Police in New Orleans have interviewed another "person of interest" caught on video at the scene of last weekend's deadly shooting on Bourbon Street. But so far, no arrests have been made in connection with the gunfire that broke out early Sunday on the famous street of nightspots.... more »
  • State construction projects back on track

    October 11, 2013 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Higher revenue forecasts and low interest rates have Louisiana's construction projects back on track. Louisiana had been close to its constitutional limit on debt. State Treasurer John Kennedy said the money to pay for ongoing construction was running out, with no room to borrow more.... more »
  • EBRSO looking for guy who tried to pass fake check

    January 29, 2013 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives are looking for a man they said tried to purchase two generator using a stolen cashier's check. Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said on Oct. 22 the man entered Bozeman Distributor on Airline Highway and presented a Citibank cashier's check to pay... more »
  • Boehner says debt limit should be part of talks

    November 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says any deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff should include lower tax rates, eliminating special interest loopholes and revising the tax code. Speaking to reporters Friday, the Ohio Republican insisted that changing the tax code and making it more efficient would lead to... more »
  • Developer must pay $201M for loans, interest

    September 5, 2012 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge says a Baton Rouge developer owes an Ohio lender $201.9 million in loans and interest on a mixed-use project called Perkins Rowe. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady added that J.T. "Tommy" Spinosa and his firms also must pay Cleveland-based KeyBank National Association... more »
  • Obama signs student loan, road-building bill

    July 6, 2012 5:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a bill to keep construction workers on the job and prevent a spike in interest rates on new loans to college students "will make a real difference" for millions of Americans. Obama signed into law legislation allowing more than $100 billion to be spent... more »
  • Senate rejects GOP, Dem plans on student loans

    May 24, 2012 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected Democratic and Republican plans for averting a doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for 7.4 million students. The election-season standoff means efforts to resolve the dispute will be delayed until next month. Beginning July 1, interest rates for subsidized Stafford loans for... more »
  • Judge removes herself from Trayvon Martin case

    April 18, 2012 4:17 PM

    ORLANDO - The judge presiding over the Trayvon Martin shooting case has removed herself after George Zimmerman's attorney said she had a possible conflict of interest. Florida Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler recused herself Wednesday because of a potential conflict that relates to her husband. He works with Orlando attorney Mark... more »
  • "Person of Interest" found in fatal MSU shooting

    March 26, 2012 2:27 PM

    JACKSON - Authorities say a man arrested in Tennessee on an outstanding robbery warrant is also a person of interest in the death of a Mississippi State University student who was gunned down in a campus dorm. University spokeswoman Maridith Geuder says Mason Perry Jones is a person of interest... more »
  • Alcohol amendment stirs interest in Bogalusa

    February 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    BOGALUSA, La. - A proposed amendment to the Bogalusa city ordinance that prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property will get a public hearing this week. The proposed amendment would only exempt documented nonprofit organizations that would be required to get Special Event Permits and to... more »
  • House Speaker refuses request to change remap firm

    April 27, 2011 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Jim Tucker says he won't hire a different law firm to represent the House in its remapping effort, despite complaints the current firm has a conflict of interest. Tucker says he chose Washington, D.C.-based Holtzman Vogel PLLC because of its expertise. He denies his... more »

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