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  • 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 »
  • Feds say states have time to decide on Medicaid

    July 13, 2012 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON- Administration officials are telling the states there's no pressure to decide whether to expand Medicaid for their low-income residents under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. The Supreme Court gave states the option of accepting or rejecting the Medicaid expansion. It's designed to cover about 15 million low-income... more »
  • Romney to propose voucher-like education overhaul

    May 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    NEW YORK- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is proposing a voucher-style system that could fundamentally change public education in the United States. The former Massachusetts governor was expected to outline the plan during a speech Wednesday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. A Romney aide said the candidate... more »
  • Livingston's "Worst Roads" could get overhaul Play Video

    May 17, 2012 5:47 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - After a News 2 Special Report on the worst roads in Livingston Parish, area leaders are stepping in to try and fix the problem. Roads in the South Point Subdivision are covered in potholes and shifting asphalt, something Councilwoman Joan Landry says she's aware of and... more »
  • Senate approves tenure overhaul bill Play Video

    April 4, 2012 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate backed Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to get rid of the statewide teacher pay scale and to make it tougher for teachers to get the job protection known as tenure. The Senate passed HB 974 in a 23-16 vote and sent it back to... more »
  • Justices take up heart of health care overhaul law

    March 27, 2012 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - Demonstrators are back on the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court, where justices today are hearing arguments on the key part of the health care overhaul bill -- the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance. Yesterday, the justices signaled that they are willing to rule on the constitutionality... more »
  • Bills to overhaul early childhood education advance

    March 21, 2012 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two bills that would overhaul the state's early childhood education programs are advancing through the capitol. The full Senate approved SB 581. The House education committee approved HB 933. Supporters say both bills require BESE to set goals for children to make them more kindergarten ready. ... more »
  • Zachary school system gets overhaul

    February 10, 2012 7:09 AM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary Community School Board has approved a reorganization of the central office and the transfer of some school administrators as it prepares to meet new national standards in education. Superintendent Warren Drake recommended splitting a central office instructional division to help the district get ready for new... more »
  • Federal officials approve La. Medicaid changes

    November 16, 2011 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health care officials have approved the Jindal administration's plan to overhaul Louisiana's Medicaid program and run much of the program through managed care networks. State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein announced the approval Wednesday of the program being called BAYOU HEALTH. ... more »
  • Florida judge strikes down health overhaul

    January 31, 2011 2:29 PM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida says the Obama administration's health overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that had sued to block it. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to... more »
  • House Republicans schedule health care repeal vote

    January 3, 2011 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders in the new House say they'll hold a vote next week to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The announcement of the Jan. 12 vote by the No. 2 House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, sets the stage for a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate.... more »
  • La. health dept. prepares for health care overhaul

    November 23, 2010 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Even as Louisiana fights the federal health care overhaul law in court, state officials are quietly putting in place the building blocks to enact its provisions, if they are upheld. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has called the new law an improper expansion of federal government. But while... more »
  • Some states suing feds also claim health reform subsidies

    August 31, 2010 10:18 AM

    Some states suing to toss out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are also lining up to claim a share of its subsidies for the medical costs of retired employees. An administration official says seven states suing the federal government applied for and will receive subsidies to help... more »
  • California tests next frontier of health reform - pets

    July 19, 2010 1:35 PM

    While states across the nation grapple with national health care reform, a new population of patients is gaining attention in California: Fido and Fluffy. Many feline and canine companions face health care challenges similar to those that confront humans. Veterinary care costs are skyrocketing with services including sonograms... more »
  • House panel OKs overhaul of oil drilling agency

    July 15, 2010 10:14 AM

    In Washington, a House panel approved legislation that would overhaul the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling. The bill sets to divide the agency into three parts: one for leasing and permitting; one for inspections and investigations; and another to collect revenue. The bill would... more »
  • La. House to debate federal health care overhaul

    May 4, 2010 1:18 PM

    The Louisiana House is set to debate an attempt to nullify the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. The proposal by Rep. Kirk Talbot declares no one can be mandated to pay a penalty if they don't have insurance or be required to participate in a health care system.... more »
  • Legislative update: Health care reform

    April 20, 2010 11:38 AM

    A bill that would attempt to nullify the national health care overhaul narrowly made it out of the House Insurance Committee. The committee voted 5-4 to allow the bill to move on. It's backed by Governor Jindal. The bill says Congress cannot force a person to have insurance... more »
  • Obama signs $938 billion health overhaul

    March 23, 2010 11:15 AM

    President Barack Obama has signed the $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and represents the biggest accomplishment of his presidency. The new law will be the main issue in this fall's midterm elections. Obama signed the bill at an elaborate ceremony Tuesday... more »

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