September 13, 2014 12:09 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping Florida Republicans focused on trying to get Gov. Rick Scott re-elected. Jindal is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Florida's annual fundraising dinner being held Saturday at Walt Disney World. Jindal is another potential 2016 presidential... more »
September 9, 2014 3:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to wait a few months to have his day in federal court in his lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Common Core education standards. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick set a Nov. 20 hearing date to consider the Republican governor's claims.... more »
September 2, 2014 4:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Democrats blasted Governor Jindal over his healthcare policies as the threat to close the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City renewed calls for the governor to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
Ethel Wicker is grateful for Baton Rouge General having a working emergency room. She... more »
August 27, 2014 5:37 PM
LAFAYETTE - The governor's personal crusade over Common Core has now brought him to file suit against the federal government as he continues to try to remove the state from the Common Core.
Jindal opened up a new front in his war against Common Core, saying the feds are... more »
August 27, 2014 4:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers... more »
August 19, 2014 2:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled, according to the governor's office. Jindal spokesman Mike Reed said Tuesday the governor will support efforts to reverse the law change in the next legislative session.... more »
August 18, 2014 8:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - A group of teachers and parents who support Common Core is asking a state judge to invalidate Gov. Bobby Jindal's actions against the multi-state education standards. District Judge Todd Hernandez is hearing arguments Monday in the preliminary injunction request. The Common Core standards are math and English... more »
August 15, 2014 8:19 PM
CLINTON - State lawmakers say the wait times are too high at Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles locations, and it's created a problem for those who need to get their paperwork organized on time.
Rep. Kenneth Havard says he's had constituents call complaining of 90 minute wait times. In... more »
August 15, 2014 2:02 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new glass manufacturing facility is coming to Baton Rouge.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced Glaz-Tech will make a $4 million investment to bring their new facility to the capital city.
The new facility will create 50 direct jobs and 97 indirect jobs.
Glaz-Tech recently... more »
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 »
August 15, 2014 3:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has tapped a former congressman who gave him one of his first jobs to be the newest member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Jindal's office announced Thursday that the Republican governor has appointed Jim McCrery, of Shreveport, to the 16-member governing board. McCrery... more »
August 14, 2014 2:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers say they're getting hit with complaints about wait times at Office of Motor Vehicles locations around Louisiana, and they're asking for more details about the cause. Members of the Legislature's joint budget committee said Thursday they want agency leaders to explain why waits have spiked.... more »
July 31, 2014 2:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is blasting President Barack Obama's administration for providing few details to Louisiana officials about the more than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children who have been released to sponsors here. The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in... more »
July 29, 2014 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - While teachers and families prepare for classes to start in a couple of weeks, state leaders are swamped with lawsuits and political fights over the participation in Common Core.
The state's top school board voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit already filed against Governor Bobby Jindal... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »