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  • Bipartisan plan would overhaul business taxes, fund highways

    July 8, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators are unveiling a bipartisan framework to overhaul the taxes paid by U.S. firms on foreign profits while potentially providing much-needed funding to repair the nation's roads and bridges. Many of the details need to be worked out, and huge hurdles remain. But if successful, it would... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge overhaul halfway done Play Video

    May 1, 2015 5:43 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Department of Transportation and Development says it's about halfway done overhauling the Sunshine Bridge, and the bridge should return to four-lanes by early next year. The bridge connects both banks of Ascension Parish, and DOTD estimates that 22,000 vehicles use the bridge daily. Humidity and other... more »
  • Special ed overhaul triggers new arguments

    February 6, 2015 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A task force has voted to form yet another panel to try to resolve problems plaguing a state law aimed at making it easier for students with disabilities to get a high school diploma. Thursday's decision followed nearly four hours of often pointed exchanges on who bears... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

    November 25, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans available through President Barack Obama's health care law. But experts say it's going to take time for families to find the best deal for their finances - even as a... more »
  • Hopes and fears as health law sign-up season opens

    November 15, 2014 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul opens Saturday, and the hope is that consumers will have a positive experience this time. The fear is that entrenched political opposition and renewed legal challenges could yet collapse the program. With 7 million paying customers in new... more »
  • 2 "hurricane hunter" planes will get $35M overhaul

    August 14, 2014 3:02 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Two "hurricane hunter" aircraft based in Florida will get a $35 million overhaul starting next year. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the refurbishing won't take the two Orion P-3 propeller planes out of service this hurricane season. Most of NOAA's flights into hurricanes are based... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • Conference committee approves $17B VA health bill

    July 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. The bill is intended to help veterans avoid long... more »
  • Insurance rate hikes sought in federal marketplace

    July 23, 2014 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could reach double-digits. More than 60,000 people who get health insurance through the individual marketplace - which was expanded by the federal Affordable Care... more »
  • Air and Space to get overhaul

    April 3, 2014 7:24 PM

    WASHINGTON- The National Air and Space Museum is getting an overhaul with a renovation to its largest exhibit, the Milestones of Flight. It's the centerpiece to Smithsonian and hasn't had a update since it opened in 1976. The new exhibit will have a more 21-st century look and... more »
  • BESE backs overhaul of La. career-track diploma

    March 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A redesign of Louisiana's career-track diploma has received overwhelming backing from members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Superintendent of Education John White's proposal centers on high school students getting job skills certifications to earn their diploma if they don't intend to go to a four-year... more »
  • Big part of health care overhaul to go into effect

    December 31, 2013 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - Many of the major features of the federal health care overhaul go into effect on January 1. They include new benefits, an insurance mandate, and the risk of more coverage disruptions. Almost all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Insurers can no longer... more »
  • Hollywood targeted to give health-care law a boost

    November 4, 2013 8:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES- The health care overhaul might get a Hollywood rewrite. The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama's signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched... more »
  • House OKs 40th effort to repeal health law

    August 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have pushed legislation through the House preventing the Internal Revenue Service from implementing any part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It's the 40th time the chamber has voted to repeal all or part of the 2010 law. The bill is sure to be ignored by... more »
  • McCain, Schumer express optimism on immigration

    July 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators who played a big role in an immigration overhaul in Congress say they're encouraged legislation will move forward despite resistance from the Republican-controlled House. Sen. Chuck Schumer says it seems that a "large percentage" of the House realizes that doing nothing on immigration is not an... more »
  • Pro-Obama group airing health ads

    June 17, 2013 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - An outside group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda plans to air a series of ads this summer promoting Obama's health care overhaul. Organizing for Action intends to spend at least $1 million this summer on ads to draw attention to the implementation of the health care law, including... more »
  • Senate committee backs Medicaid expansion model

    April 30, 2013 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal for Louisiana to tap into the federal health overhaul money available for expanding Medicaid has won approval from the state Senate's health committee, despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send a modified Medicaid expansion bill to the full Senate... more »
  • State seeks bids for pre-K overhaul

    February 7, 2013 7:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say they are soliciting bids from school districts and others for pilot projects to overhaul pre-kindergarten classes in Louisiana. The changes stem from a 2012 state law, which assigned details of the do-over to the state Department of Education and the state Board of Elementary... more »
  • Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time'

    January 29, 2013 4:05 PM

    LAS VEGAS - President Barack Obama says "now is the time" to fix broken immigration laws. And he says Congress is showing "a genuine desire to get this done soon." At a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, the president applauded a rare show of bipartisanship between the White House and... more »
  • Red states, too, get health care nod from Obama

    January 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON- Some bipartisan cooperation may finally be breaking out in the nation's contentious battle over health care overhaul. The Obama administration announced Thursday that four red states are on the list of those getting the initial go-ahead to build their own health insurance marketplaces. Open enrollment for millions... more »

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