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  • No paying for interviews

    January 23, 2015 7:52 PM

    BRIMINGHAM, ALABAMA- A judge in Alabama made an unusual ruling banning the media from paying for interviews in the upcoming trial of a woman charged with murder for running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death. The same judge previously issued a gag-order in the case of 49-year-old Joyce Garrard. A... more »
  • Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts

    September 24, 2014 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP wanted its money back - hundreds of millions of dollars of it - but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business. BP argued Wednesday that... more »
  • DEA informant illegally paid

    August 11, 2014 7:49 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Drug Enforcement Administration is said to have illegally paid an Amtrak secretary $850-thousand to obtain confidential information about train passengers. The Associated Press says the money was paid out over a 20-year period and that the information could have been obtained for free legally through a law... more »
  • Con Ed pays 87 victims following NYC blast

    March 20, 2014 10:44 AM

    NEW YORK - Con Edison has made compensation payments to 87 survivors and residents displaced by the fatal building explosion last week in New York City. The utility says it began making the payments last Thursday, a day after the blast. This week, federal investigators found a leak in the... more »
  • Town of Slaughter corrects bookkeeping problems

    November 13, 2013 8:17 AM

    SLAUGHTER - A financial audit for the town of Slaughter for the fiscal year 2012-2013 shows late payments for insurance and employee health care coverage, improper bank reconciliation of funds and late bond reserve payments. Auditors say the problems were all due to a town clerk out on an... more »
  • Audit: DHH paid $1.9M for Medicaid for deceased

    November 4, 2013 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana paid nearly $1.9 million last year through the state's privatized Medicaid programs for 1,727 people who had died. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released the audit Monday, looking at fees that the state Department of Health and Hospitals paid in the... more »
  • Sentencing Thursday for 2 former councilmen

    September 23, 2013 9:48 AM

    SHREVEPORT- Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert Stevens are scheduled to be sentenced this week for accepting bribe payments. The News-Star reports they are set to appear for sentencing at the federal courthouse in Shreveport on Thursday. They each face up to 20 years in prison. Gilmore and... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    August 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    July 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while... more »
  • Judge urged to let BP settlement payments continue

    July 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A team of plaintiffs' lawyers has urged a federal judge to reject BP's bid to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. In a court filing Thursday, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with... more »
  • Judge to hear BP bid to halt payouts

    July 17, 2013 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP's bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. On Tuesday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while... more »
  • Bayou Corne residents taking offers

    June 20, 2013 10:07 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - The company responsible for the ever-expanding sinkhole in Assumption Parish has delivered 91 settlement offers to Bayou Corne residents. Texas Brine has reached out to homeowners in Bayou Corne to negotiate potential property buyouts. Of the 91 offers made recently, 28 were accepted by property... more »
  • Committee backs phase-in of property tax payments

    April 29, 2013 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee agreed that property owners whose tax assessments increase by 15 percent or more in one year should be able to spread the increase over three years. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley as an attempt to give property owners an adjustment... more »
  • Interior Dept. cuts mineral payments to 35 states

    March 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting federal mineral payments to Louisiana and 34 other states by a total of roughly $110 million this fiscal year. It's part of the automatic federal spending cuts that started this month. Louisiana stands to lose more than $347,000. Wyoming Gov.... more »
  • North Carolina officials probe agent

    March 12, 2013 10:05 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by sending cash payments and other benefits to former Tar Heels football players. According to search warrants, investigators with the Secretary of State's office say Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency sent $2,000... more »
  • No more water for Brandywine residents

    March 4, 2013 8:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city plans to shut off water services at Brandywine Apartments today, after the complex's owner failed to pay the bills. Many units lost power and last month after residents refused to pay rent. They said they shouldn't have had to because management owed thousands in... more »
  • Casino program nets $806K in back child support

    January 30, 2013 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Children and Family Services has intercepted more than $806,000 in casino winnings from 599 parents to cover back child support payments. Secretary Suzy Sonnier said Tuesday that the casino intercept initiative has been a very successful tool in collecting overdue support. The department... more »
  • BRCC payroll error costs teachers during holidays check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2012 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Teachers at Baton Rouge Community College got a rude awakening today, when the school's administration informed them they'd been overpaid and would have pay back the error. Nearly 100 teachers were included in the accounting mistake, which average about $5,000 in over payments over half the year.... more »
  • Ex-N.O. pastor to be sentenced for stealing $1M

    July 12, 2012 7:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans church pastor is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for stealing nearly $1 million in disaster loan payments meant to rebuild the church after Hurricane Katrina. Toris Young faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District... more »
  • Electronic Social Security payments

    March 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Department of Treasury today kicked off a one year countdown to all-electronic Social Security payments. Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios started the official countdown clock today. On March 1, 2013 all federal benefit recipients must receive their Social Security, and other... more »
  • Verizon reverses on $2 fee for one-time payments

    December 30, 2011 3:26 PM

    NEW YORK - After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless is dropping a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards. In a statement on its website Friday, it says "customer feedback" prompted the decision to drop the "convenience fee"... more »
  • New law boosts payments for wrongfully imprisoned

    September 1, 2011 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana has paid out nearly $2 million to exonerated prisoners who spent years behind bars for crimes they were later found not to have committed, and the compensation for the wrongfully convicted is going up. Under a change to state law that takes effect Thursday,... more »
  • "Happy Days" Cast Not Happy

    July 20, 2011 7:38 PM

    Some "Happy Days" cast members aren't happy with payments they got from CBS Studios saying they're a fraction of the millions they should get. Lawyer Jon Pfeiffer represents four actors and the wife of the late Tom Bosley, who starred in the TV show. Pfeiffer says CBS sent checks of... more »
  • Man wanted for misapplication of payments in Tangipahoa Parish

    March 29, 2011 2:20 PM

    AMITE - Authorities in Tangipahoa Parish are on the lookout for a man accused of the misapplication of payments in the amount of $96,000. Deputies say Pirvu Marrian, of Gonzales, neglected to pay sub-contractors and local suppliers for the items purchased to complete a construction job for a resident... more »
  • State jobless claims largely stable

    March 4, 2011 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment payments were almost unchanged last week in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 3,196 initial claims for the week ending Feb. 26. The state took in 3,167 initial claims the previous week. For the comparable week ending Feb. 27,... more »
  • Feinberg: "Gulf should recover in 3 years"

    February 2, 2011 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The man in charge of dolling out BP's $20 billion compensation fund, says he expects the gulf to recover within three years. The assessment will be used to determine how much to pay spill victims in their final settlements. Ken Feinberg says "various data and expert... more »
  • 91,000 Gulf oil spill claims, just one final payment

    January 31, 2011 2:52 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Thousands of people and businesses are awaiting final settlement payments from BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill compensation fund, but records show that only one has been paid - after BP intervened. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility was set up in August to independently administer BP's... more »
  • Insurance license fees rejected

    January 28, 2011 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have rejected plans for the Louisiana Department of Insurance to allow credit card payments for licenses, because they objected to the sliding scale of fees tacked onto card payments. The department had proposed the use of credit and debit cards for insurance agents, claims adjusters and... more »
  • Bank of America stops handling WikiLeaks payments

    December 18, 2010 10:10 AM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Bank of America Corp. has joined several other financial institutions in refusing to handle payments for WikiLeaks. With its announcement, the Charlotte-based bank joins a fray that has ratcheted financial pressure on the website that released thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, but has also prompted cyber... more »
  • Denham Springs man sentenced in wire fraud case

    December 10, 2010 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former service manager of a Baton Rouge engine and equipment manufacturer is prison-bound after admitting he diverted more than $460,000 in customer payments to his personal bank account. The Advocate reports 47-year-old Ricky L. Morrow of Denham Springs was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in federal... more »
  • Doctor Medicare Cuts put off for a Month

    November 29, 2010 7:26 PM

    Congress put off cuts in Medicare payments to doctors for a month, giving a slight reprieve to a looming crisis over treatment of the nation's elderly. It postpones a 23 percent cut in doctor's pay that was scheduled to take effect this Wednesday. It gives lawmakers a month to come... more »
  • Feds to outline anti-fraud efforts after spill

    August 24, 2010 5:15 AM

    Justice Department officials are outlining their efforts to curb fraud in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. The Justice Department launched a similar effort to combat fraud after Hurricane Katrina. After the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP PLC, the company set aside $20... more »
  • Deadbeat parent roundup

    June 23, 2010 9:08 AM

    Last night law enforcement rounded up parents who have missed court appearances and owe substantial amounts in past-due child support. Clyde Maten along with five other men were taken to parish prison for not paying child support. Officials say Maten alone owes $90,673.72 in child support. Officials arrested 12 people... more »
  • BP to expedite payments

    June 10, 2010 11:31 AM

    Washington D.C. (AP) - The Obama administration says BP has agreed to expedite the payment of claims to businesses and individuals whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Tracy Wareing, who is with the National Incident Command office, told reporters in Washington that the... more »
  • La. food aid won't count BP payments

    May 13, 2010 5:23 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Social Services says oil spill payments from BP won't count as income for deciding who can get food cards and other cash-based aid programs. The department says that business accounts also won't count as assets. The rule is designed to help coastal residents who have lost... more »
  • Foreclosure notices drop in NO, rise in BR

    April 29, 2010 5:34 AM

    The number of homeowners behind on their monthly payments dropped in the New Orleans area during the first quarter, while rising slightly in Baton Rouge and jumping sharply in Houma-Thibodaux. Irvine, California-based RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosure actions nationwide, also reported drops in the number of homeowners in Shreveport-Bossier City and... more »
  • La. to pay $122M settlement to federal government

    March 23, 2010 12:47 PM

    Louisiana will pay $122 million back to the federal government, as part of a settlement to repay Medicaid money federal officials say was misspent years ago. Lawmakers gave final approval to the repayment plan Tuesday. The first payment of $30 million is due next week. All the money... more »

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