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  • Jindal orders state help to fix road through SU

    July 19, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the state transportation department to help fix a main road through the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge. The road has been unusable for nearly a month. E.C. Harrison Road gave way when an aging culvert crumbled. University officials sought state aid... more »
  • Jindal OKs 6-year driver's license renewal

    June 21, 2014 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will have a six-year driver's license. Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years. A bill by Republican Sen. Dan Claitor, of Baton Rouge, will change the renewal period to six years. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill Friday. The change kicks... more »
  • Jindal vetoes REAL ID bill

    June 21, 2014 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill that allows Louisiana to issue driver's licenses that comply with the security measures of the federal REAL ID law. Jindal said he vetoed the bill Friday at the request of Louisiana State Police, which pushed the change. Jindal says the... more »
  • Watch: Wednesday's Common Core debacle Play Video

    June 18, 2014 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday quickly became a power struggle for the governor and his appointed education chief, John White, over Common Core and if it should be taught in Louisiana classrooms. Each disagrees with the other: the Governor is against the educational standards while White is for them and said... more »
  • Jindal rejects bill to stall Common Core effects

    June 13, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to delay the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year has been rejected by Gov. Bobby Jindal. On Friday, Jindal vetoed a bill that would have pushed back the effects of the new standards to one year longer than... more »
  • Jindal rejects ban on loose dogs in pickup trucks

    June 13, 2014 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Loose dogs still will be allowed in pickup truck beds on Louisiana's interstates. Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill Friday that would have required dogs riding in the back of trucks to be secured with a leash, crate or a ventilated truck bed cover when on an... more »
  • Lawmakers hand Jindal decision-making on projects

    June 13, 2014 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have given Gov. Bobby Jindal all the power to choose among their favored projects in next year's construction budget. They packed the bill so it contains $389 million more than the state has money to spend, leaving the governor to pick and choose which water system... more »
  • Jindal-hired contractor releases its savings ideas

    June 3, 2014 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The contractor hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to find ways to save the state money has turned in its 425-page report, which outlines $2.7 billion in savings ideas over five years. Recommendations from Alvarez & Marsal include restructuring management, selling property, consolidating offices and cutting insurance... more »
  • Jindal delays signing bill to kill anti-oil suit

    June 2, 2014 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to delay signing a bill aimed at killing a lawsuit filed by a southeast Louisiana levee board against 97 oil and gas companies. Jindal said Monday he agreed to postpone at the request of the state attorney general, who wanted time to... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan

    May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana,... more »
  • Jindal to decide whether truck stop can keep tiger

    May 30, 2014 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have decided to let a Grosse Tete gas station owner keep a tiger onsite, overruling court decisions against him. The House voted 67-26 Friday to send the measure by Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward, a Republican, to the governor. Ward's bill would exempt Michael Sandlin -... more »
  • La. Senate approves $24.6B budget for next year

    May 29, 2014 4:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have approved a nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year. The spending plan includes new spending on health care and education programs. Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health insurance.... more »
  • Robertson to speak at Republican Leadership Conference

    May 28, 2014 6:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The patriarch of Louisiana's Duck Dynasty family will take his talking points to the Republican Party tomorrow. Phil Robertson will join Governor Bobby Jindal at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. It comes a week after comments he made during a Easter Sunday church sermon... more »
  • Tanning bed ban for minors signed into law

    May 23, 2014 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to ban Louisiana's minors from using tanning beds. The governor's office announced Friday that Jindal signed into law the bill by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using the tanning facilities. Supporters... more »
  • New law toughens registration law for sex offenders

    May 23, 2014 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law on Thursday that stiffens the punishment for sex offenders and child predators who fail to register with the state. Jindal said the bill makes failing to register a criminal offense and requires jail time for convicted offenders who... more »
  • Sorrento asks Jindal not to appoint interim police chief

    May 21, 2014 6:42 AM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento Town Council has asked Governor Bobby Jindal not to appoint an interim police chief to fill the vacancy left when Earl Theriot resigned in February. Three council members voted for the measure during a meeting Tuesday. The Governor's Office has said they would defer to the... more »
  • Jindal signs cigarette butt littering ban into law

    May 20, 2014 3:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you slapped with a hefty fine and community service. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that labels cigarette butts as litter and allows the fines. The measure by Republican Rep. Patrick Connick, from... more »
  • Surrogacy bill headed to Jindal for consideration

    May 15, 2014 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal again will decide whether Louisiana should have regulations governing surrogacy births, a year after he vetoed a similar bill. The House gave final passage to the bill by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto, of Metairie, with a 72-7 vote Thursday. Louisiana law has few regulations governing... more »
  • House votes in favor of online account privacy bill

    May 13, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation aimed at prohibiting employers and schools from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts is headed to the governor's desk after gaining full support from the House. The bill introduced by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, will prohibit employers... more »
  • Jindal to use $74M in savings ideas next year

    May 12, 2014 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thinner asphalt for some paving projects. Fewer toll-free numbers across state agencies. Allowing pregnant women on Medicaid to use midwives instead of traditional, more expensive delivery rooms. Expanded rehabilitation programs for inmates. Those are among plans from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to shrink spending across state government by... more »
  • Jindal: religious war against Christians in U.S.

    May 10, 2014 5:23 PM

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told graduates of Liberty University that many in this country are waging a religious war against Christians. Jindal said much of American culture has become secular, but religious freedom invented America and faith sustains it. He and university president Jerry Falwell Jr. spoke during a ceremony... more »
  • Jindal, Robertson take plunge for adoption

    May 9, 2014 3:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The women behind two of Louisiana's most famous husbands will step to the forefront Friday and off a 24-story building in Baton Rouge. Supriya Jindal and Korie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" will rappel 308 feet down the side of One America Place around 1 p.m. to help... more »
  • Jindal administration still planning on privatization

    May 5, 2014 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal's top budget adviser says the administration is going ahead with privatization of state-owned hospitals, despite federal approval problems. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers Monday that federal rejection of the privatization contracts won't force an adjustment. Nichols says the state will appeal the... more »
  • Parents, educators call Jindal on Common Core Play Video

    April 23, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Groups are calling on Governor Jindal to stand firm in his support of Common Core standards. The governor recently flip-flopped, backing off supporting the same standards he once endorsed. Parents and educators are trying to show the governor the strength in their numbers by delivering a... 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 »
  • La. legislative session reaches its midway point

    April 19, 2014 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's three-month legislative session has reached its halfway point with few issues settled. Lawmakers have taken a long Easter break before getting into the most intense work of the session that must end June 2. Efforts to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and let school teachers carry guns... 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 »
  • Higher ed leaders support incentive fund

    April 7, 2014 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal's plan for a new $40 million incentive fund is getting support from higher education leaders at the State Capitol. The fund would send money into high-demand degree and job training programs. The program is among Governor Jindal's budget recommendations discussed in the House... more »
  • Jindal's Asia trip costs taxpayers $57K

    April 1, 2014 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's weeklong business mission to Asia cost taxpayers roughly $57,000. More than half of the tab was for the governor and first lady's security team. Taxpayers picked up state troopers' lodging, meals, airfare, dry cleaning and subway tickets. Added expenses included breakfast meetings and rental cars... more »
  • Jindal to unveil human trafficking legislation

    March 11, 2014 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is set to unveil new legislation aimed at human trafficking. He will hold a press conference this afternoon around 2:50 p.m. at the State Capitol. According to a press release, the legislation will protect victims and punish criminals. The 2014 Legislative... more »
  • Jindal outlines session priorities

    March 7, 2014 6:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says aligning Louisiana's educational systems to state workforce needs will be his top priority for the legislative session that begins Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, the Republican governor outlined items he's pushing with lawmakers. At the top of the list, he'll... 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 »
  • Appeals court reverses block of Jindal education policies

    February 25, 2014 12:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A ruling that blocked some of Governor Bobby Jindal's education policies has been reversed by a federal appeals court. In 2012, U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle blocked the implementation of new laws in Tangipahoa Parish on teacher tenure and state-funded vouchers in private schools. Opponents said... more »
  • Jindal traveling to Washington for the weekend

    February 21, 2014 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to Washington this weekend, to meet with other governors, mingle at the Louisiana congressional delegation's Mardi Gras ball and have dinner at the White House. The Republican governor's office said Jindal left Friday. He'll attend events at the National Governors Association's winter meeting... 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 »
  • Governor talks about possible weed legalization

    January 22, 2014 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The governor said he may be open to considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Louisiana, but said he does not support full legalization. "It's an issue I'll look at closely and will consider closely and will consider under strict supervision for patients that will benefit from... more »
  • Gov. Jindal, Pennington open new pediatric research clinic

    January 22, 2014 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal, along with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, have announced the formation of a Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Research Program. They have also opened a new pediatric research center . Governor Jindal says the new center is necessary because childhood obesity... more »
  • Jindal proposes boost to higher education funding

    January 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After six years of cuts, Louisiana's public colleges stand to gain $142 million in increased funding under Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal to be unveiled later this week. Jindal on Tuesday announced his recommendations for financing Louisiana's colleges in the fiscal year that begins July 1. He... more »
  • Jindal meets with Taiwan president on Asian trip

    January 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At the start of his Asian business development trip, Gov. Bobby Jindal has met with the president of Taiwan and executives from Formosa Plastics Corporation. Jindal and President Ma Ying-jeou talked about shared economic interests between Louisiana and Taiwan, which imports agricultural, energy and chemical products from the... more »
  • Budget cuts increase driver's license wait

    January 9, 2014 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Wait times to get your driver's license are much higher due to state budget cuts. The Legislative Fiscal Office says they have shot up after the Jindal administration cut staffing levels. The analysis says personnel at the Office of Motor Vehicles has dropped by 23... 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 »
  • Spending rises for LA boards

    December 23, 2013 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to limit the costs of Louisiana's governing boards and commissions hasn't trimmed their spending. A report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's office shows Louisiana has nearly the same number of boards and commissions as when Jindal took office in 2008. Their spending... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces completion of I-12 widening

    December 19, 2013 2:53 PM

    WALKER - Governor Bobby Jindal announced the opening of six lanes of traffic on I-12 between Juban Road and Walker in Livingston Parish. The announcement was made this morning at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project widened this section of I-12 from four lanes to six. This... 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 »
  • Port Allen's interim mayor ready to pass budget Play Video

    December 17, 2013 9:46 PM

    PORT ALLEN - An empty seat in Port Allen has been filled, for now. Gov. Bobby Jindal chose a former mayor of Port Allen to fill the vacated seat when Deedy Slaughter was recalled last month. Marilynn "Lynn" Bergeron Robertson of Port Allen served as mayor from 1993 to... more »
  • Jindal: Artist Rodrigue was Louisiana ambassador Play Video

    December 15, 2013 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says George Rodrigue is leaving a legacy larger than the "Blue Dog" paintings that made the artist famous. Rodrigue, a southwest Louisiana native, died of cancer Saturday in Houston. He was 69. The family says funeral arrangements will be announced Monday. Jindal says... more »
  • La. higher education commissioner plans to quit

    December 5, 2013 6:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's higher education commissioner says he won't seek a contract renewal when his current deal with the Board of Regents ends in March. Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the board at its meeting Wednesday. The announcement wasn't necessarily a surprise. Purcell's... more »
  • LSU hospital layoffs reduce state retirement debt

    November 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's layoff of more than 7,700 LSU hospital workers has put a major dent in the state employee retirement system's debt, dropping it hundreds of millions of dollars. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed to turn over the operations of LSU hospitals to private companies. Seven deals... 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 »
  • State voucher program grows

    October 21, 2013 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawsuits, funding concerns and questions of quality haven't stopped the growth of Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program. The program added more than 1,800 students this year, according to the first official tally for the current school year released Monday. The state education department said 6,751 students are... more »
  • Jindal sets up conservative policy organization

    October 17, 2013 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal is creating a new nonprofit called America Next that will push conservative policy ideas, saying Republicans need to be more than a party that "says no to everything." Jindal said Thursday that conservatives have done a good job of talking about what they don't like,... more »
  • Jindal names 3 to board which sued oil companies

    October 16, 2013 5:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal has named three new members to a Louisiana flood control board that filed a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies over damage to coastal wetlands. Jindal had made clear that anyone who supported the suit would not be re-appointed to the nine-member Southeast... more »
  • Nat. Guard, Entergy prepare for Karen

    October 3, 2013 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's National Guard says Gov. Bobby Jindal has authorized mobilization of 650 guardsmen as Tropical Storm Karen swirls in the Gulf. Thursday's Guard news release also says 520 Louisiana National Guard technicians are being recalled from furlough to deal with the storm. Meanwhile, utility company Entergy... more »
  • Jindal invites Obama for school visit

    September 30, 2013 7:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked President Barack Obama to check out Louisiana's voucher program firsthand, saying the visit would make him reconsider an administration lawsuit against the program. Jindal sent a letter Monday to the White House, inviting Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to a private... more »
  • Lawmaker to Jindal: Keep La. out of Common Core

    September 23, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Jefferson Parish lawmaker is urging Gov. Bobby Jindal to stop the state from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing, called the Common Core. Republican Rep. Cameron Henry sent Jindal a letter asking him to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core, calling it... more »
  • Governor slams voucher lawsuit in new TV ad

    September 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal is running a new TV ad statewide that attacks a federal lawsuit challenging his voucher program. In the ad, which is being paid with campaign funds, Jindal says the federal government is out of control. He says "know-it-alls in Washington think they know better... more »
  • Gov. Jindal demands feds drop suit against state

    September 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - 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 their... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss possible hospital lease shortfall Play Video

    September 13, 2013 7:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A projected $39 million shortfall in the state's public-to-private hospital deal dominated discussion at the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget meeting Friday. Earlier this week the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Office projected a budget shortfall for the current fiscal year, saying Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to... more »
  • Jindal, BASF announce $42M investment in new facility

    September 12, 2013 2:19 PM

    GEISMAR - Governor Bobby Jindal, along with BASF officials have announced the company's plans for another major expansion in Louisiana. A new polyurethanes blending facility is set to be built in Geismar. The $42.6 million project now makes more than $350 million that BASF has invested 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 »
  • Signatures certified for recall election of Port Allen Mayor

    September 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... 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 »
  • Hospital privatization plan approved

    September 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration can move forward with the privatization of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe after getting approval from the Civil Service Commission today. It was the final step needed for an October 1 date for an outsourcing contract. It also allows LSU to... more »
  • BRAC hires Jindal aide

    August 28, 2013 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Area Chamber has announced the hiring of a Jindal administration official. Michael DiResto, spokesman for the Division of Administration, starts next month as BRAC's senior vice president for economic competitiveness. BRAC's president and CEO Adam Knapp said DiResto "brings a wealth of public policy experience,... 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 »
  • Governor defends state's voucher program

    August 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    AMITE- Governor Jindal and some national advocacy groups sound off on a lawsuit filed against the state over private school vouchers. Over the weekend the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit to put a block on the voucher programs in court ordered desegregated districts in the state. 34... 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 »
  • La. backs off health care act-funded program

    August 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has withdrawn an application to participate in a home-health care program for low-income people that would have been funded through President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The state had applied to take part in the law's Community First Choice Program, which increases federal... 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 »
  • Audit: Mental health privatization increased costs

    August 19, 2013 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment programs has created confusion and added costs for the local human services districts that provide the care. The review by the Legislative Auditor's Office was released Monday. It looked at the first... more »
  • Judge: Part of teacher tenure law unconstitutional

    August 16, 2013 5:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A north Louisiana judge has declared part of a 2012 law overhauling teacher tenure law in the state unconstitutional. State District Judge Benjamin Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit against the Monroe City School Board. He said the constitutional rights of a teacher facing dismissal were violated... 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 »
  • Lawmakers approve property sales Thursday

    August 1, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to let Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration sell state property in Iberville Parish and downtown Baton Rouge. The House and Senate natural resources committees approved the sales Thursday at a special meeting in Grand Isle, held where lawmakers were attending a weekend fishing rodeo.... more »
  • Jindal spends this week in Colorado with GOP

    July 25, 2013 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is on the road in Colorado this week, mingling with his Republican colleagues. Jindal's office said the governor left for Aspen on Tuesday to attend Republican Governors' Association events. Jindal is chairman of the association. On Thursday, he'll speak as part of... 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 »
  • Gov. Jindal's ex-counsel draws in state contracts

    July 24, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A law firm run by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's former executive counsel has received more than $1.1 million in no-bid contract work from Jindal appointees and state agencies since leaving the governor's office. The Faircloth Law Group, headed by Jimmy Faircloth, is becoming a fixture in high-profile legal... more »
  • LABI chief: Jindal tax commission reversed reforms

    July 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of a powerful state business organization says Gov. Bobby Jindal has backpedaled reforms in the oversight of local tax assessors who decide property taxes. Dan Juneau, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, says Jindal's appointees to the Louisiana Tax Commission appear to... more »
  • State worker layoffs reach 1,900 in fiscal year

    July 16, 2013 1:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 1,900 state employees received pink slips in the just-ended budget year, nearly as many workers as were laid off during the four prior years of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The layoff figures were released Tuesday by the Department of State Civil Service for the 2012-13 fiscal... more »
  • $2 million gift for LSU Engineering Complex Play Video

    July 16, 2013 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Roy O. Martin and the Martin family are giving $2 million for a new Engineering Complex at LSU. The donation will help with the $100 million public-private project to renovate and expand Patrick F. Taylor Hall. So far, the engineering school has raised about $30... more »
  • Jindal to make major gift announcement at LSU

    July 16, 2013 10:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - University leaders will join Gov. Bobby Jindal this morning to announce a gift involving the public-private partnership for LSU's new engineering complex. Officials say the gift will go toward the Breaking New Ground campaign, which supports the renovation and expansion of Patrick F. Taylor Hall. ... more »
  • Senators vote against holding veto session

    July 12, 2013 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Twenty-six of 39 senators voted to cancel this year's veto session, according to a tally released Friday by the Senate. The session's scrapping came despite a push from advocates for... more »
  • Jindal administration draining elderly trust fund

    July 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- To cope with budget troubles, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has steadily depleted a trust fund for elderly services created with an infusion of federal cash a decade ago. When Jindal took office, the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly contained more than $830 million. Today, the balance has... 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 »

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