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  • NFL unveils plans to mark league's 50th Super Bowl

    March 24, 2015 4:57 PM

    PHOENIX - The Super Bowl turns 50 this year and the NFL is planning a golden yearlong celebration. The league unveiled plans that include sending a gold-colored football to the high school of every player or head coach who played in the big game. The football will have the player's... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 3:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee is starting its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • Community members dream up plans for vacant hospital site

    March 12, 2015 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday night, people who live and work around the now abandoned Earl K Long hospital met to share their thoughts on what the 14-acre property should become. State and city representatives hosted the discussion. Developers joined them and listened to ideas. They urged, the discussion was... more »
  • Ferguson leaders, DOJ officials to meet again

    March 6, 2015 11:32 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Ferguson city leaders will meet with Justice Department officials in about two weeks and provide a plan for ways to improve the police department following a scathing report released this week. Mayor James Knowles III told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that the goal is... more »
  • Administration circulates plans for possible DHS shutdown

    February 27, 2015 6:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown. The 46-page document outlines what is exempt from the shutdown, including airport security checkpoints, Secret Service activities and border patrols. But employees involved in planning, auditing,... more »
  • Obama's war power plan seeks its first supporter

    February 12, 2015 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day after sending Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum... more »
  • Get a first look at designs to revitalize the lakes

    January 29, 2015 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Several meetings have been held over the past couple months for designers of improvements for the Baton Rouge and LSU Lakes to get public input. You can get a first look at the initial master plan tonight. Designers have combined some of the ideas from the... more »
  • Job cuts, fund sweep used to close budget gap check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 21, 2014 3:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's administration plans to use a combination of hiring freezes, open position cuts and extra funds such as TOPS money to fill a $180 million gap in the state's budget. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said the plan reduces costs across state agencies while... more »
  • Final day to pay overdue taxes, no questions asked

    November 14, 2014 5:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you've fallen behind on your taxes, Friday is your last chance to take advantage of Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2014. The Louisiana Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and cut accrued interest in half if you get up to date before midnight. Under the program,... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss changes to OGB health care plans check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 23, 2014 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are holding meetings this week to discuss changes to the health plans offered by the Office of Group Benefits. The agency will offer the new health care plans beginning next year, but there are still many concerns among retirees and state employees. Susan West... more »
  • More belongings found at Ukraine disaster site

    August 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    AMSTERDAM - The head of a team of international investigators says more personal belongings of victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in eastern Ukraine have been found, but no human remains. Speaking from the Ukrainian capital Kiev, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said 88 experts Sunday searched an area of six... more »
  • Deadly bacteria in the air

    May 21, 2014 7:12 AM

    When you fly, you may have have some dangerous and unwanted passengers on board. A recent study looked for potentially deadly bacteria on planes, including E. Coli and MRSA. Researchers found MRSA on jet seatback pockets. They say it can survive there for up to a week. MRSA is... more »
  • BRAF describes plans to save Baton Rouge lakes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 1, 2014 6:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Lakes are reverting to their original swampy state, but the Baton Rouge Area Foundation is trying to save them. The Army Corps of Engineers did a study in 2008 that showed sediment is filling LSU and City Park lakes. "The fear is that... more »
  • Study: Coastal plan would create jobs, grow economy

    March 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study says funding the state's 50 year plan for coastal protection would create 109,000 to 212,000 jobs and help grow the economy. The study by economist and former University of New Orleans president Timothy Ryan, was commissioned by Restore Louisiana Now. That group was formed... more »
  • State has plans to deal with terrible traffic

    March 11, 2014 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State leaders know there is a traffic problem, and they are trying to address the issue. "We are conducting a surface street study to see how we can address traffic when an incident occurs on the interstate," Rodney Mallett with the DOTD said Tuesday. Mallett was... more »
  • Insurance Dept.: 62,000 face canceled health plans

    February 18, 2014 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office says the number of people in Louisiana who won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul has dropped to 62,000. President Barack Obama allowed insurance companies the option for one year to keep offering consumers plans... more »
  • Gulf gets more restoration projects from BP fund

    December 6, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says coastal resiliency is important to President Barack Obama's climate action plan. Jewell was at a national park outside New Orleans Friday to describe the latest round of efforts to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 BP oil spill. Money for... more »
  • Corps levee plan leaves out Ascension check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 26, 2013 4:49 PM

    GONZALES - The Louisiana Army Corps of Engineers has decided to go forward with a levee plan that does not include protection for Ascension Parish. Tuesday, the Corps announced they would move forward with Alternative C, a plan which includes levee protection around St. John and populated portions of... more »
  • Demolition likely for Houston Astrodome

    November 6, 2013 8:17 AM

    HOUSTON - Texas voters have rejected a plan to convert the shuttered Houston Astrodome into a convention center and have likely doomed the iconic stadium to demolition. Tuesday's referendum would have authorized Harris County to issue up to $217 million in bonds to turn the world's first multipurpose domed... more »
  • Plan in the works to widen parks of Perkins Rd check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 2, 2013 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A congested stretch of road in Baton Rouge could get a much-needed upgrade. One section of Perkins Road from Siegen Lane is currently two lanes. Neighbors say that causes congestion and a traffic nightmare. There's a plan in the works to widen Perkins Road from... more »
  • Two Angola cellmates captured after escaping

    September 22, 2013 4:23 PM

    ANGOLA - Two Angola cellmates have been captured after attempting a daring plan to escape from jail. While in the prison yard this morning, the two inmates broke through the bottom of one gate and climbed over another before taking off into a wooded area. The Angola Chase... more »
  • Board backs assessor's plan to shore up tax rolls

    August 21, 2013 12:05 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board has voted to back Assessor M.J. Smiley Jr.'s plan using aerial imagery to find buildings and other improvements not on the tax rolls. The Advocate reports the unopposed vote on Tuesday means the school board agreed to chip in $235,000 for a $400,000... more »
  • Board to consider strategic plan for schools

    August 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is considering a set of recommendations broadly aimed at lifting performance. The Advocate reports the 21-page strategic plan is expected to create controversy. It suggests giving principals more say in hiring teachers and more control of their school budgets. The... more »
  • St. Helena school district adopts disaster plan

    July 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish School Board has approved a disaster operations plan for the parish's school district in case of any future major emergencies or disasters. The six-page document outlines a plan that can be used for inclement weather, fires, hazardous materials incidents, terrorist threats and "other potential... more »
  • Plan to seal leaking well gets federal OK

    July 11, 2013 12:14 PM

    PORT FOURCHON - Federal officials say they have approved plans to seal a gas well that began leaking Monday in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles southwest of Port Fourchon on the southeast Louisiana coast. Eileen Angelico, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says drilling fluid... more »
  • Landmark hospital may become New Orleans City Hall

    July 3, 2013 5:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The old Charity Hospital building in New Orleans may be the next City Hall. The massive 1930s-era art deco-style building never re-opened after it flooded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The state is building a new medical complex in New Orleans' mid-city neighborhood. The Charity building is... more »
  • Freedom Movement seeks to lower crime check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One man has a different plan to rid Baton Rouge's streets of crime. Ron Hardy created the "Freedom Movement" along with 300 young people, ages 18 to 35, to fight the city's crime problem with rallies, crusades, and marches where crime is an issue. They... more »
  • Ministry drops plan for Denham Springs site

    May 19, 2013 10:29 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. - A religious organization has withdrawn an application seeking the city's consent to open a home for young women. The Advocate reports the facility had been proposed by Door of Hope Ministry for a site on 4-H Road. After suitability of the site drew questions from the... more »
  • Reworked budget plan taking shape in La. House

    May 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he's confident the House has the two-thirds support needed to pass a bipartisan compromise budget plan Friday. The proposal - which has been tweaked several times - comes after lawmakers in the House refused to support budget sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal.... more »
  • Louisiana levee plan concerns Mississippi leaders

    May 5, 2013 11:07 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he's worried a proposed levee in Louisiana could place low-lying areas of south Mississippi in danger of flooding. Hosemann told The Sun Herald that he's concerned about a proposal being considered to build a 24-foot barrier levee near Lake Pontchartrain... more »
  • Black caucus drops tax plan, except cigarette tax

    April 16, 2013 2:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- With the House tax committee dropping debate of Gov. Bobby Jindal's income tax repeal, the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus says it won't push its alternate tax plan to lower the tax rates. Rep. Katrina Jackson, who is the chair of the group, says the caucus wouldn't seek hearings... more »
  • Lawmakers accuse Jindal of moving too fast on EKL closure

    April 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers today approved the closure of Earl K. Long Medical Center and the reimbursement shift necessary to pay a private hospital to take on the poor and uninsured. Some lawmakers say the plan had to be approved because EKL shuts down in five days, and if... more »
  • Jindal admin: Non-revenue neutral tax plans an option

    April 9, 2013 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's leader on tax issues is indicating to lawmakers that the governor is no longer seeking a dollar-for-dollar swap in an income tax repeal. Tim Barfield, executive counsel for the Department of Revenue, told a Senate committee on Tuesday that now that Jindal is supporting... more »
  • Sources: Jindal to scrap tax plan, propose 10-year rollout

    April 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to announce he's scrapping his plan to immediately eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, according to multiple sources at the Capitol. Those sources tell WBRZ News 2 the governor will instead propose rolling out the eliminations over the next decade, without... more »
  • Jindal scraps tax reforms, 10-year rollout proposed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 8, 2013 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced today he was scrapping his plan to immediately eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, and instead try to phase the changes in over the next decade. Jindal made the announcement during his joint address before the state House and Senate at the... more »
  • Jindal to speak on tax reform at session opening

    April 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will open the 2013 legislative session this afternoon with remarks about his tax reform plans. Jindal is scheduled to speak around 1 p.m. before the joint House and Senate, just after the two-month session opens officially at noon. The governor has proposed... more »
  • Consulting firm against part of Jindal tax plan

    April 5, 2013 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The consulting firm hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration for economic analysis of the governor's tax plan says states should not enact a key plank of Jindal's proposal. In a report released nationally, Ernst & Young economists say sales taxes on services bought by businesses are bad... more »
  • No new plan for dealing with Citizens' budget gap

    April 3, 2013 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governing board for Louisiana's property insurer of last resort isn't revisiting a $100 million borrowing plan that has stalled at the state capitol. The board for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. didn't choose an alternate approach to balance the company's books. Instead, Steve Cottrell, chief... more »
  • Lawmaker: Jindal tax plan faces hurdles to passage

    April 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Lafayette lawmaker sponsoring Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax rewrite proposals says no one should consider the tax package dead on arrival, as some critics have claimed. Rep. Joel Robideaux, Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, says opposition from a powerful business lobbying group and hundreds... more »
  • Jindal tax plan includes rebates for poor, retired

    March 29, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax package includes handing out rebate checks to the poor, military employees and certain retirees who otherwise could face hefty tax hikes under the restructuring. Those groups don't pay income taxes, so Jindal's proposal to eliminate income taxes in exchange for higher and more... more »
  • La. Dems sound off against Jindal tax plan

    March 27, 2013 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrats critical of Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax swap plan sounded off at the state Capitol today. Representative James Armes (D-La. 30) said Jindal's plan to eliminate the state income tax and increase the state sales tax would take from the poor and give to the rich,... more »
  • Jindal plan estimated to boost business tax costs

    March 26, 2013 1:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's leader on his tax rewrite says the plan would shift $500 million in tax costs from individuals to businesses. Tim Barfield, executive counsel for the Department of Revenue, says companies will benefit from the simplicity and stability of the rewritten tax laws. Lawmakers questioned... more »
  • Phase-In Recommended for Tax Plan

    March 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A government watchdog group says Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax plan should include a "margin of error" factor so the state doesn't end up facing new budget shortfalls. The Council for A Better Louisiana also suggests that if lawmakers agree to the tax system revamp, it should be... more »
  • Religious leaders say Jindal tax data is wrong

    March 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A group of Louisiana religious leaders say Gov. Bobby Jindal used flawed data to claim nearly all families won't see increased costs under the governor's tax code rewrite. Jindal wants to get rid of state income taxes, in exchange for higher and more state sales taxes. The clergy... more »
  • Citizens borrowing plan stalls in Bond Commission

    March 21, 2013 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A decision on whether the state's property insurer of last resort should borrow $100 million to help close an anticipated budget gap has stalled in the Bond Commission. The commission, which includes lawmakers and statewide elected officials, didn't take any action today on the request from the board... more »
  • Jindal details tax reform plan at Capitol Play Video

    March 14, 2013 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said the Louisiana's sales tax rate would increase from 4 percent to 5.88 percent under his plan to eliminate both the individual income tax and corporate income and franchise taxes. If approved, the tax reforms would also boost Louisiana's combined local and state... more »
  • BESE approves K-12 funding plan check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Gov. Bobby Jindal's school funding formula for the 2013-2014 school year, which protects his school voucher program. Last year a judge ruled the funding formula unconstitutional. That case is on appeal with the state Supreme Court. ... more »
  • CATS releases $15 million dollar improvement plan check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2013 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System will make $15 million dollars in improvements over the next three years, according to CEO Brian Marshall. The office has drawn criticism for not making the changes fast enough. Marshall says improvements have to deliberate to avoid other problems. Marshall says... more »
  • CATS CEO to unveil transit revamp

    March 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO for the Capital Area Transit System is set to reveal his plans to overhaul Baton Rouge's public transit system today. Brian Marshall will present the plans at the CATS board committee meeting Wednesday morning. It will include how he plans to spend the 10.6... more »
  • Gov. Jindal to reveal budget plan today

    February 22, 2013 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his proposed $24.7 billion budget for next year relies heavily on privatization plans for LSU's charity hospitals to offset the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funding. Congress cut Louisiana's Medicaid payment rate last year. That's a significant factor... more »
  • Judge refuses to modify desegregation decree

    February 7, 2013 6:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge overseeing Tangipahoa Parish's decades-old desegregation case has denied the school board's request for a status conference to discuss possible modifications to the court-ordered desegregation plan. U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle instead directed the attorneys to meet in an effort to reach a consensus... more »
  • White House allies produce preschool-for-all plan

    February 7, 2013 6:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - A think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan to provide preschool for all children within five years. The Center for American Progress released a road map Thursday for providing pre-kindergarten programs for all 3- and 4-year-olds. For families with younger children, federal... more »
  • Jindal tax plan expected to include cigarette tax

    February 4, 2013 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two years after strongly opposing a 4-cent cigarette tax renewal, Gov. Bobby Jindal is considering his own larger proposal to raise tobacco taxes. The Jindal administration has floated the idea to lawmakers for the upcoming legislative session that begins in April, as part of a proposed rewrite... more »
  • Group shows support in Tangi desegregation plan

    January 23, 2013 6:58 AM

    AMITE - A Hammond group's show of unity and support for the Tangipahoa Parish school system exposed a deepening rift among school board members regarding possible modifications to the district's desegregation plan. About 30 parents and community leaders attended the board's Tuesday meeting wearing purple to show their unity... more »
  • PAR raises concerns about Jindal tax swap plan

    January 18, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A nonpartisan government watchdog organization says Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to get rid of state income taxes in favor of higher sales taxes could weaken the state's revenue base. The Public Affairs Research Council's tax advisory panel says a shift to a sales tax-focused system could fall more... more »
  • Jindal tax plan would keep incentive programs

    January 15, 2013 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The leader on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposed tax code rewrite, Tim Barfield, says the administration wants to keep most of the state's economic development incentive programs as part of the revamp. Many of the programs give credits or exemptions to income taxes. Though Jindal is proposing to... more »
  • Plan for NYC Ferris wheel rolls on, despite Sandy

    January 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    NEW YORK - While New York City grapples with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, developers are pressing ahead with plans to build the world's largest Ferris wheel on the shoreline of storm-torn Staten Island. Sandy's flooding spurred some changes to the nearly $500 million project, which includes an outlet mall and... more »
  • Obama tax plan no small deal to small businesses

    December 10, 2012 2:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional budget experts say President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on top earners will have only a small impact on the economy. Don't tell that to the 940,000 small business owners who will pay more. All together, they will account for more than half the $1.3 trillion... more »
  • Dredging and drawdown planned for False River check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2012 5:21 PM

    NEW ROADS - A dredging and drawdown on False River could begin within the next two years. State Representative Major Thibaut, D-Oscar, updated the Baton Rouge Press Club about a comprehensive plan involving the oxbow lake. Thibaut says it utilizes local, state and federal resources. One of the... more »
  • Obama to paint Republicans as obstacles to a deal

    November 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - During his visit to the Philadelphia area today, President Barack Obama is planning on insisting on higher taxes for the top two percent of earners. That's according to White House officials, who say Obama will cast Republicans as an obstacle to a deal that would avoid the "fiscal... more »
  • Neighborhood buyout set to be discussed Wednesday

    November 27, 2012 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to talk about buying out a neighborhood near a sewerage plant in the northern part of town. On Wednesday's Metro Council agenda is a discussion about the $6,000,000 plan to solve on-going issues with people who live in University Heights. For years,... more »
  • Controversial Southdowns issue pulled from consideration check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2012 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A controversial plan to rezone a property at the corner of Perkins Road and Stuart Avenue is dead. Opponents say it was part of a purchase agreement which would have allowed two psychiatrists to open an office on the site. Homeowners in the Southdowns neighborhood say... more »
  • NYC man sentenced to life in subway terror plot

    November 16, 2012 2:51 PM

    NEW YORK - A Bosnia-born U.S. citizen has been sentenced to life behind bars for his role in a foiled suicide-bomb plot on New York City subways in 2008. Adis Medunjanin received the sentence Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors had accused Medunjanin and two high school classmates of... more »
  • Mississippi sent insurance plan to feds

    November 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    Despite being discouraged not to, Mississippi insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney sent the state's plan for an insurance exchange to the federal government as required by the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare. Chaney has steadily worked to create the plan of an online marketplace for people to buy insurance despite... more »
  • Vote shelved on Jindal health outsourcing plan check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 1, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser scrapped a planned legislative vote on the governor's proposal to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols pulled the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield... more »
  • NATO: Afghanistan drawdown plans unchanged

    October 18, 2012 6:55 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO says its drawdown plans for Afghanistan remain unchanged and that the coalition will stay on in the country until 2014, despite calls for a quicker withdrawal. Thursday's remarks by visiting Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen come amid speculation that the U.S.-led alliance could accelerate its departure... more »
  • Obama: Romney's economic plan a 'sketchy deal'

    October 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - President Barack Obama is ridiculing rival Mitt Romney's five-point plan for the economy as a "sketchy deal" that boils down to helping the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Obama told a political rally at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that Romney won't... more »
  • Mental hospital closing could affect BR region check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 3, 2012 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial plan to close Southeast Louisiana Hospital could affect drug and alcohol treatment available to people in several parishes, including Livingston. The privately-operated Florida Parishes Human Services Authority operates a 64-bed treatment center on the mental hospital grounds. FPHSA directors say they will not be... more »
  • Engineer to unveil Gonzales roads plan draft

    September 25, 2012 10:14 AM

    GONZALES - Gonzales officials are a few weeks away from unveiling a comprehensive transportation improvement plan that includes upgrades to many of city's major roads. Glenn Shaheen, a consultant and engineer working on the transportation plan, called The Go Program, presented a preliminary report to the city council on... more »
  • Tangipahoa board delays altering deseg plans

    September 19, 2012 7:14 AM

    AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has effectively killed a proposed timetable for considering revisions to the district's desegregation plan by voting to delay the discussion until the next meeting. Board member Brett Duncan has questioned the need to build $54.5 million worth of new schools, as specified... more »
  • Meetings set to review East Feliciana plan

    September 10, 2012 10:36 AM

    CLINTON - Meetings are scheduled this week for the public to review a draft plan for economic development, land use and transportation in East Feliciana Parish. The Advocate reports the first meeting will at J.D.'s Restaurant in Clinton Monday night. The second meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday... more »
  • Lawsuit filed against new state retirement plan

    August 16, 2012 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An organization representing Louisiana's retired state employees is challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new pension plan for future rank-and-file state workers. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claims the law, passed earlier this year, is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of... more »
  • BESE approves accountability plan for vouchers

    July 24, 2012 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's top education board has backed accountability standards suggested by Superintendent of Education John White for the private schools that will get taxpayer-subsidized students through the voucher program. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 9-2 Tuesday for the criteria. Schools in the voucher program that hit... more »
  • BREC's tax millage plan may have opposition

    June 25, 2012 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission leaders say rolling a tax millage forward will help the office meet the public's needs. The millage covering BREC's operations would roll back by .4 mills this year, unless two-thirds of commissioners vote to roll it forward. They're scheduled... more »
  • Plan your Louisiana coastal vacation with WBRZ

    June 20, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you're still thinking about where to go on your summer vacation, let WBRZ and the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition help with a free getaway guide. Visit WBRZ.com or area McDonald's stores to get your free copy of LTCC's new "Getaway Guide", packed with information and... more »
  • Tax plan would improve Ascension Parish Roads

    June 14, 2012 5:37 PM

    GONZALES - A proposed half cent sales tax increase could pave the way for infrastructure improvements in Ascension Parish. The proposal first has to be approved by the parish council before a final decision by voters in November. The plan would widen Airline Highway to six lanes from... more »
  • $3.4B school funding plan gets final passage

    June 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has given final legislative passage to a $3.4 elementary and secondary school spending plan, without reaching the vote threshold needed to pass a bill in the chamber. House Speaker Chuck Kleckley decided that since the multibillion dollar spending plans were contained in a legislative... more »
  • Judge outlines new plan for Gulf oil spill trial

    May 31, 2012 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has outlined a new structure for a trial of Gulf oil spill claims that wouldn't be resolved by a proposed class-action settlement between BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys. In an order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the trial scheduled... more »
  • Legislature passes coastal master plan

    May 23, 2012 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A $50 billion, 50-year proposal aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana has passed the state Legislature. The Senate voted 94-0 Tuesday in favor of the 2012 coastal master plan. By law, the state has to update it every five years. Funding for the plan remains... more »
  • Master plan notes concerns in Walker growth

    May 21, 2012 7:46 AM

    WALKER - Walker's new master plan suggests there are needs for creating new thoroughfares, updating development codes, improving drainage and considering major annexations. The plan states the city is in the early stages of a significant development expansion. With Walker projected to grow 89 percent to a population of 11,600... more »
  • $325M borrowing plan for rural roads near complete

    May 9, 2012 8:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A $325 million borrowing plan to repair and upgrade rural roads across Louisiana is near final legislative passage. The proposal by Jonesboro Rep. Jim Fannin is up for a House vote Wednesday. If approved there, it heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it. Every parish but... more »
  • Plan shelved to convert power plant to coal

    April 12, 2012 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Low natural gas prices and plentiful gas supplies have put aside plans to convert a gas-fired power plant to New Roads to coal power. NRG Energy Inc. spokesman Dave Knox says the company has allowed a state permit to convert the Big Cajun I plant to coal... more »
  • Residents get say in Livingston Parish growth

    April 9, 2012 10:21 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS-- Monday night will be the first in a series of meetings to determine the future of Livingston Parish. Leaders there are working on a comprehensive master plan for the area, and they want input from people who live there. Monday night at 6:00, people will be able... more »
  • Google unveils augmented reality glasses project

    April 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - Adding to their reputation as technology pioneers, Google unveiled their "Project Glass" Wednesday; a technology that has been compared to a smartphone for your eyes. The glasses, as demonstrated in a YouTube video posted by Google, are planned to superimpose calendar events, weather forecasts, directions,... more »
  • House approves Republican deficit-cutting plan

    March 29, 2012 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have pushed an election-year $3.5 trillion budget through a divided House that showcases their plans for trimming federal deficits and contrasts sharply with how President Barack Obama and Democrats would tackle the nation's fiscal problems. The GOP package would revamp Medicare, slice everything from food stamps to... more »

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