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  • Parents say NAACP leader has lied about her racial identity

    June 12, 2015 2:26 PM

    SPOKANE, WA - NAACP leaders have responded to questions about the racial identity of the woman who leads a local chapter in Washington state by noting that ethnicity is not a qualifying criterion for leadership in the organization. Rachel Dolezal has led the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the African-American civil... more »
  • Southern continues search for new leader

    March 14, 2015 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University has revived its stalled search for a new leader. Sources say officials expressed optimism at the new search committee's first meeting: They will find the right leader, despite the financial struggles the historically black university system has faced in recent years. They are looking for... more »
  • Politicians, community & business leaders unite to smush litter bugs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 11, 2015 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Keep Louisiana Beautiful has removed litter and debris from roadsides, highways and waterways with the help of more than 23,000 volunteers. This weekend, even more people will join in the fight against litter. "We've invited business leaders, community leaders, (and) elected officials to join us in... more »
  • Holocaust survivor asks students for hope check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 15, 2014 5:48 PM

    GEISMAR - A Holocaust survive shared her strength and hope for a better world with students in Ascension Parish Wednesday. Marion Blumenthal Lazan was taken to a concentration camp when she was just four years old. She spent six years there, constantly terrified. "The hardest thing was to... more »
  • Poland's last communist leader hospitalized

    December 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    WARSAW, Poland- A doctor says that Poland's last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has been hospitalized due to heart problems. Spokesman for Warsaw's Military Medical Institute, Col. Grzegorz Kade said Tuesday the 90-year-old Jaruzelski was admitted a day earlier with general weakness. Jaruzelski has been repeatedly hospitalized in recent years... more »
  • CATS to interview two finalists for top job

    May 28, 2013 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials with the Capitol Area Transit System plan to interview Tuesday the two remaining candidates vying to become the system's next leader. The search committee narrowed down a list of 10 to local businessmen John Conroy and Robert Mirabito. Conroy owns a local pest control... more »
  • Obama: Hagel 'leader our troops deserve'

    January 7, 2013 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Chuck Hagel, his choice as the new secretary of defense, is "the leader that our troops deserve." Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on... more »
  • GOP leader Cantor opposes Senate 'cliff' bill

    January 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 2 Republican in the House leadership says he opposes a Senate-passed measure to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor told reporters after a two-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday with his GOP lawmakers that he did not support the bill. He said House leaders were... more »
  • McConnell: 2 sides close on 'fiscal cliff' deal

    December 31, 2012 2:06 PM

    WASHINGTON- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he and the White House have agreed on preventing tax hikes that the "fiscal cliff" will trigger after midnight. And he says they are very close to an overall deal that would also prevent budget-wide spending cuts. The Kentucky Republican did not provide... more »
  • NO likely to cap emergency OT pay

    December 18, 2012 10:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering new rules that would limit extra pay for city officials during hurricanes and other emergencies. It's a move that comes after a dozen of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's top lieutenants accrued more than $10,000 apiece in emergency bonuses during... more »
  • Texas out to seize Warren Jeffs' polygamist ranch

    November 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - The state of Texas is trying to seize ownership of Warren Jeffs' polygamist ranch where prosecutors say the convicted sect leader and a dozen followers sexually assaulted children. The Texas attorney general's office filed a seizure warrant Wednesday in rural Schleicher County. A judge will determine whether... more »
  • Gaza militant group says top fighter killed

    November 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. Monday's strike in downtown Gaza City was part of a widening 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire. It's the second strike... more »
  • US quickly going through commanders in Afghan war

    November 13, 2012 5:15 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The job of commanding U.S. forces in Afghanistan is starting to seem like it's cursed. At least, that's the joke around international military headquarters in Kabul. The last four U.S. generals to run the Afghan war were either forced to resign or saw their careers tainted by... more »
  • Senate GOP leader: Obama should offer deficit plan

    November 13, 2012 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says it's up to President Barack Obama to present a deficit reduction plan rather than a campaign slogan to Congress. The Kentucky Republican said that like House Speaker John Boehner, he is ready to support new revenue as part of a deal that... more »
  • LSU board considers reorganizing university system

    November 2, 2012 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU System's Board of Supervisors discussed the challenges they faced today as they begin their nationwide search for a new leader. At today's meeting, board members said there were an unusually large number of openings for university presidents around the country, all in competition for... more »
  • 14 applicants so far to run U of La system

    October 31, 2012 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fourteen applicants to lead the University of Louisiana System include university chancellors, former chancellors and department heads from Maine to the Midwest. The applicants include Gary Lawler, chancellor of the Hazleton campus of Pennsylvania State University; Michael Wartell, Chancellor Emeritus and chemistry professor at Indiana University-Purdue... more »
  • AP sources: al-Qaida leader in Yemen killed

    September 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials are confirming that the No. 2 al-Qaida leader in Yemen has been killed, dealing a major blow to the terror group. The officials said Saeed al-Shihri was killed, but could not confirm any U.S. involvement in the airstrike Monday that Yemeni leaders say killed the... more »
  • BR civic leader John Barton Sr. dies

    March 5, 2012 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- John W. Barton Sr., A local philanthropist and civic leader who helped found the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, died Saturday night at his home in Wilson in East Feliciana Parish. John W. Barton, Sr. helped create the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in 1964, which helps local philanthropists... more »
  • Jindal calls for resignation of union leader

    February 3, 2012 3:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has called on the executive director of the Louisiana Association of Educators to resign. At issue is a dispute between Jindal and the education union over the governor's bid to allow children in poor-performing schools to attend private schools with state tax dollars. Jindal... more »
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dies

    December 19, 2011 2:27 AM

    SEOUL - Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69. Kim's death was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from... more »
  • Jindal picks St. Tammany chief as emergency leader

    November 30, 2011 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis has been chosen by the governor to be in charge of Louisiana's emergency preparedness office. He will start as director of the Governor's Office on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Dec. 9. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced the appointment... more »
  • Coast Guard gets a new commander in New Orleans

    June 28, 2011 4:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A Coast Guard captain who worked on the BP oil spill disaster is taking over the command of the Coast Guard sector in New Orleans. Capt. W. Gautier took over the job Monday from Capt. Edwin M. Stanton at a change-of-command ceremony. The Coast Guard says Stanton is... more »
  • House to get quick start on spending cut pledge

    January 18, 2011 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is promising a vote next week backing up the GOP's promise to cut spending for most Cabinet agencies back to the levels in place before President Barack Obama took office. Such a vote would put all House members on record behind cutting $100... more »

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