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  • Jindal presidential campaign decision to come after session

    March 23, 2015 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will wait until the state legislative session ends in June before announcing whether he'll enter the 2016 presidential race. The Republican governor's chief political adviser, Timmy Teepell, said Monday that Jindal wants to stay focused on the final session of his term before deciding... more »
  • Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

    March 23, 2015 10:31 AM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives. One of several Republican hopefuls to rise from the tea party movement, Cruz spoke at Liberty University, the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry... more »
  • Ted Cruz set to announce 2016 presidential bid on Monday

    March 22, 2015 5:27 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - First-term Texas senator, Ted Cruz, will announce he is running for the Republican presidential nomination Monday. He is the first candidate to do so in what is expected to be a competitive GOP primary. He is one in over a dozen other Republicans expressing interest in... more »
  • Bush says all students must be held to high expectations

    March 19, 2015 11:13 AM

    ATLANTA - Jeb Bush says the nation's education system must hold all schoolchildren to high expectations or they won't succeed. The former Florida governor addressed Georgia lawmakers Thursday after a swing through the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In his remarks, Bush made only indirect... more »
  • Trump in New Hampshire as he eyes presidential bid again

    March 19, 2015 2:05 AM

    AMHERST, N.H. - Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is heading to New Hampshire as he again considers a presidential run. Trump will attend a reception Thursday at the Amherst home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek. The visit comes one day after Trump announced plans to... more »
  • Cruz hones pitch as he visits rural voters

    March 16, 2015 2:45 AM

    LINCOLN, N.H. - As he prepares for of his expected presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping voters from rural New Hampshire and his home state of Texas share a similarly dour view of government. The Republican is promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and scrap the Education Department.... 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 »
  • Christie building up campaign while sticking close to home

    March 13, 2015 2:56 AM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's team is pushing back against the impression that he's struggling in his expected presidential bid. Lest there be any doubt his presidential prospects are alive, Christie's supporters announced new hires and donors Thursday, as well as the launch of a super PAC... more »
  • In New Hampshire, Bush finds a familiar state for his family

    March 13, 2015 2:55 AM

    CONCORD, N.H. - Seeking support in the state hosting the nation's first presidential primary, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush faces a mixed history of voting for members of his family. Bush arrives in New Hampshire on Friday for two public events and a series of private meetings with party leaders... more »
  • Artist: Clinton museum portrait has nod to Lewinsky's dress

    March 2, 2015 6:21 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia artist says that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress. Nelson Shanks tells the Philadelphia Daily News that a shadow beside Clinton is a literal reference to the dress and a symbolic nod to the... more »
  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC

    February 27, 2015 2:28 AM

    PALM BEACH, FL - Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials - tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor. But convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His... more »
  • Former president backs David Vitter in La. governor's race

    February 26, 2015 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is getting fundraising help for his campaign to be Louisiana's next governor from former President George H.W. Bush. The Vitter campaign Thursday was sending an email to supporters to announce the Republican ex-president's endorsement of Vitter for governor. In the email, Bush says... more »
  • Gov. Jindal speaks tonight at CPAC

    February 26, 2015 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Conservative Political Action Conference begins today in Washington, D.C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is a featured speaker on the first day of the weekend-long event. Jindal has spoken at the event in the past. The Straw Poll at CPAC is often an indicator of potential... more »
  • Southern votes to combine chancellor, president check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Southern University System Board of Regents voted to combine the SUBR chancellor and system president's positions into a single job Friday. Only one board member voted against the merger, Rev. Joe Gant Jr. The move will save the university money and is... more »
  • Jindal spends $1.5M from campaign, though no La. race to run

    February 19, 2015 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has been spending handily from his state campaign account, though he isn't up for re-election and doesn't plan to run for any other office in Louisiana. In his latest campaign finance report, the Republican governor documents nearly $1.5 million in spending over 2014. More... more »
  • At summit, Obama aims to broaden world approach to extremism

    February 18, 2015 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. is not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion. Some have criticized the White House for avoiding linking terrorism directly to Islamic extremism. But Obama says those fighting for the Islamic State group and al-Qaida are not... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans suicide prevention bill today

    February 12, 2015 3:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and top government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. First lady Michelle Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald... more »
  • Americans applaud Obama's unemployment efforts

    February 8, 2015 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months. On the rise, too, are opinions about the direction of the country and the health of the economy. A slim majority now approves of the way Obama is... 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 »
  • Obama, Dalai Lama due at prayer breakfast

    February 5, 2015 2:35 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - How much will President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama interact during the National Prayer Breakfast? Heaven only knows. Obama is to sit at the head table Thursday morning with other speakers. Event organizers say the spiritual leader of Tibet will be seated in the audience of... more »
  • Budget troubles slow Grambling State presidential search

    February 3, 2015 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's budget problems are making Grambling State University's presidential search more difficult. University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley released a letter from the search firm hired to recruit candidates that says the threat of deep budget cuts has stymied efforts to find a new Grambling leader.... more »
  • Jindal slips in Iowa GOP polls

    February 2, 2015 11:05 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Bobby Jindal's numbers slipped among Iowa Republicans according to a new poll of likely voters one year away from the presidential caucuses. Fewer respondents said they were favorable of Jindal today than when the previous poll was taken in October, 39 percent today to... more »
  • Senate takes up bill to lower suicide rate among veterans

    February 2, 2015 2:23 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans appears headed to the president's desk. The Senate is expected to take up a bill Monday named for Clay Hunt, a 26-year-old veteran who killed himself in 2011. The bill is aimed at reducing a wave... more »
  • Romney will not run for president in '16

    January 30, 2015 10:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race.... more »
  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    January 29, 2015 11:27 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Closing in on a decision on whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several of his past donors have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. They include Chicago investor Craig Duchossois, who is among several former Romney supporters who plan to... more »
  • Jindal walks fine line at prayer rally check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 24, 2015 8:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Saturday Governor Bobby Jindal walked a fine line between religion and politics. The governor was a central figure at the Response prayer rally and the Louisiana Life March South, an anti-abortion demonstration. Both events were held on the LSU campus. First Jindal led the prayer rally held... more »
  • Super PAC created to boost Bobby Jindal presidential bid

    January 22, 2015 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal are creating a super PAC to back a possible 2016 presidential campaign by the Louisiana governor. Paperwork setting up the political action committee, called the Believe Again PAC, was to be filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, according to Brad... more »
  • Obama says US must up its game on cyberthreats

    January 13, 2015 3:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military's U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the U.S. Obama unveiled a proposal for cybersecurity legislation at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center just outside Washington. He says cyberthreats pose "an enormous challenge."... more »
  • Obama threatens veto on immigration, regulatory bills

    January 12, 2015 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Another week, another round of veto threats from President Barack Obama. The White House says Obama would veto legislation backed by House Republicans that would undo the immigration executive orders the president issued late last year. The GOP wants to include provisions blocking the executive actions in a... more »
  • White House: US should have sent other officials to Paris

    January 12, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it erred in not sending a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday. More than 40 world leaders attended the rally, which was aimed at showing unity following terror attacks by Islamic militants that left 17 people dead. The Obama administration... more »
  • Obama to propose free community college program

    January 8, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says in a videotaped message that he wants to make community college free "for everybody who is willing to work for it." Obama says in the video posted on Facebook that he will announce his plan to make community college accessible to anyone during a... more »
  • White House issues veto threat on Keystone XL pipeline bill

    January 6, 2015 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline. A bill that would have forced Obama's hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the Congress that convened Tuesday is Republican-controlled... more »
  • Weighing 2016 bid, Bobby Jindal to meet with pastors in Iowa

    January 6, 2015 3:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed back to Iowa to meet with local pastors and again look for support among Christian evangelicals for a possible White House campaign. The stated reason for Jindal's trip on Tuesday is to talk about his appearance later this month at a... more »
  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush returns home

    December 30, 2014 11:58 AM

    HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital after a stay of about a week for treatment of shortness of breath. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Tuesday the 90-year-old Bush had left Houston's Methodist Hospital, was resting at home and was "grateful to the... more »
  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospital

    December 26, 2014 4:55 PM

    HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush is spending a fourth night in a Houston hospital where he's being treated after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Friday evening the 90-year-old Bush "remains in high spirits and continues to make progress." No other details... more »
  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital

    December 24, 2014 2:05 AM

    HOUSTON, TX - Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath. Spokesman Jim McGrath said in statement that Bush was taken Tuesday evening by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a "precaution." McGrath says the 90-year-old Bush "will be held... more »
  • Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

    December 22, 2014 2:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell heard arguments Monday in a case brought by an Arizona sheriff who claims the program will let more... more »
  • A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers

    December 18, 2014 4:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is using a streak of recent activism to shake up the governing status quo and create a new normal for his successors. Obama has taken aggressive steps on immigration, Internet access, climate change and Cuba. With them, he is laying down a foundation that while... more »
  • Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays

    December 18, 2014 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush is stepping down from an advisory role with British banking giant Barclays. A Bush spokesman said Thursday that the former Florida governor would resign his senior advisor position at the end of the year. Bush has been with the banking and financial services firm since 2009.... more »
  • US judge says Obama immigration action invalid

    December 16, 2014 3:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of... more »
  • Baton Rouge-based Amedisys names new CEO

    December 16, 2014 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge-based home nursing giant Amedisys Inc. has hired health care industry veteran Paul B. Kusserow to serve as its president and chief executive officer. Kusserow's career includes stints at Humana Inc., where he served as senior vice president, chief strategy, innovations and corporate development officer, and... more »
  • Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

    December 10, 2014 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds 86 percent of Americans lack confidence that Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the nation's problems. Approval ratings for the president and Congress are about the same as before the election, with 41 percent approval for... more »
  • 1849 Lincoln letter up for sale for $40,000

    December 3, 2014 3:11 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A 165-year-old letter from Abraham Lincoln could be just the thing for the history buff in your family. That is, if you have $40,000 to spare. A rare documents dealer in Philadelphia is selling an 1849 letter penned by Lincoln that offers insight into his stint as a... more »
  • Multistate coalition sues over immigration order

    December 3, 2014 2:27 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is leading a multistate coalition in suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration. Many top Republicans have denounced the president's unilateral move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation. But Texas Gov.-elect... more »
  • Appeals court hears challenge to health care law

    December 2, 2014 11:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of President Obama's health care overhaul law say Democrats used an unconstitutional amendment process to get it through Congress. Health care law opponents told a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the bill violates the Constitution's requirement that tax-raising measures... more »
  • Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

    December 1, 2014 1:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Spurred by the Ferguson, Missouri shooting, President Barack Obama is calling for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians. However, Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local... more »
  • Southern University System suspends leader search

    November 28, 2014 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The board supervising the Southern University System is suspending its search for a new president until January. On Friday, the board - meeting in New Orleans - voted 10-4 to suspend the search amid concerns over the short timeline for finding a new leader. The search will... more »
  • Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

    November 26, 2014 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is announcing steps to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for a new, lower threshold for ozone pollution of 65 to 70 parts per billion. That's down from the current standard... more »
  • Which turkey will Obama pardon - Mac or Cheese?

    November 26, 2014 10:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, but which of two gobblers will get the presidential pass? Will it be Mac? Or is it Cheese? The White House was running an online contest until Wednesday afternoon to let the public decide which of the two nearly 50-pound... more »
  • Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom

    November 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom made the world stronger, wiser, more beautiful and more humane. Obama is praising the artists, activists and lawmakers receiving the award at a White House ceremony. Among the recipients are Ethel Kennedy, actress Meryl Streep... more »
  • Forgetful Obama? President leaves something behind

    November 21, 2014 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - Anyone can relate. You get in your mode of transport -- car, boat, helicopter -- and you realize you forgot something: glasses, wallet, cell phone. So it went for President Barack Obama Friday. On his way to Las Vegas to promote his immigration executive actions, Obama boarded his... more »
  • Locals split on Obama's immigration changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People around Baton Rouge have mixed feelings about President Obama's expected changes to immigration policy. Legal immigrants we spoke with say the new policy gives them and their family members hope. "It's a great opportunity. Everyone is waiting for that, and it's been so long... more »
  • Obama's net neutrality stance draws fire from GOP, Big Cable

    November 10, 2014 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - When it comes to the issue of "Net Neutrality," the White House is coming down on the side of consumer activists. They're afraid that if Internet providers are allowed to charge more money to Netflix and other big sources of content -- to make sure their material is... more »
  • 3 charged in presidential helicopter scheme

    November 6, 2014 1:12 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three men are facing charges in a fraud scheme involving a helicopter fleet that transports the president. U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker said in a news release Thursday that Craig Kolhagen, Dennis Pennington and James Bowling had been indicted on charges including wire fraud and procurement fraud.... more »
  • Jindal says only other job he wants is president check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal told News 2 today that if he stays in politics after his term is over, it would be to run for president. Jindal told Michael Marsh Tuesday it was the only other job in politics he wanted. He said he and First Lady... more »
  • Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY cafe

    October 17, 2014 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet? When his credit card was declined last month while dining in New York, President Barack Obama wondered if he had become a victim of identity theft. Obama said Friday at the Consumer Financial... more »
  • Afghanistan swears in new president

    September 29, 2014 3:34 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Ghani Ahmadzai became president of Afghanistan in a peaceful transition Monday after a six-month election season that... more »
  • Jindal campaigns in New Hampshire

    September 26, 2014 8:59 PM

    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein on two education-related campaign stops, and both were quizzed by youngsters. Jindal, who's likely considering a run for president in 2016, and Havenstein visited a charter school in Manchester on Friday before touring US FIRST, a student... more »
  • Vannoy takes over as LSU Alumni president

    August 27, 2014 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cliff Vannoy, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the LSU Alumni Association, was named president and chief executive officer of the alumni organization last Friday. Vannoy served as interim CEO after previous alumni president Charlie Roberts resigned in the midst of a job-for-sex scandal... more »
  • Obama trumpets proposals to lower college costs

    August 16, 2014 10:35 AM

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress and colleges to help make the cost of higher education more manageable. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says higher education is "the surest ticket to the middle class." But he says paying for that education is a... more »
  • Obama set to begin 2-week summer vacation

    August 9, 2014 10:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is opening a two-week summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard just as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. Obama is due to arrive on the Massachusetts island Saturday afternoon. He's breaking up his vacation with a two-day return to Washington... more »
  • President: we can not turn blind eye to genocide check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 7, 2014 11:01 PM

    WASHINGTON- In an address to the nation that interrupted television shows Thursday, the president said he authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the critical city of Irbil, where the U.S. has a consulate and a military operations center. ... more »
  • Local parishioners weigh in on illegal immigrant issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 3, 2014 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent influx of illegal immigrant children into the state, more and more people are joining the conversation on what to do about it. Governor Jindal has sent a letter to the White House blasting President Obama on claims that the government failed... more »
  • Rick Perry to take over as TAF president and CEO

    July 25, 2014 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ronald Richard announced on Friday that he is stepping down as President and CEO of the Tiger Athletic Foundation and will be replaced by current Senior Vice-President Rick Perry. Richard will remain with the nonprofit organization that supports LSU athletics as president and CEO Emeritus. ... more »
  • Obama's return to White House delayed by suspicious package

    July 18, 2014 2:10 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama was held aboard Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base until the package at the White House... more »
  • Obama pushing research on cars that talk to cars

    July 15, 2014 2:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is envisioning a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America's roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline. Obama on Tuesday will visit a federal highway research center in northern... more »
  • Obama wants large companies to help small businesses

    July 11, 2014 5:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says companies like Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small business. President Barack Obama will launch an initiative Friday called SupplierPay. Twenty-six companies have agreed to participate. The companies are committing to pay... more »
  • Obama tries to shift border crisis political debate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:37 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - President Barack Obama is seeking to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to skip a chance to view the crisis first-hand. Obama turned to one of his chief critics,... more »
  • Rocket strikes Afghan president's helicopter

    July 3, 2014 9:25 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says militants fired two rockets into the military side of the Kabul airport, striking President Hamid Karzai's helicopter as it sat on the tarmac. Abdul Wahab Wardak, the commander of the military airport, says only one of the two rockets exploded in Thursday's attack... more »
  • Obama to promote fixing bridges, highways

    July 1, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is mixing a little Fourth of July patriotism with a pitch to fix the nation's bridges and highways. For good measure, he wants his Cabinet to hit the road. Obama on Tuesday will call on Congress to close tax loopholes and use the money... more »
  • Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 5:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq. Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in... more »
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    June 12, 2014 2:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway... more »
  • Clinton says she would release medical records

    June 6, 2014 6:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton says if she seeks the White House again she will release her medical records in the same manner of past presidential candidates. The former secretary of state tells ABC News that she would, in her words, "do what other candidates have done. Absolutely." Clinton was... more »
  • GOP pressing Obama to confront Russia over nukes

    May 27, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty. The Obama administration has acknowledged concerns over Russia's testing of a ground-launched cruise missile, which would violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed... more »
  • Police commissioner calls President Obama n-word

    May 16, 2014 6:05 AM

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. - A police commissioner in New Hampshire is under fire after he referred to President Obama as the "n-word'. A town resident claims Robert Copeland uttered the phrase aloud while dining at a restaurant late last year. It has many people calling for his resignation. Copeland... more »
  • Obama California-bound for speech, fundraisers

    May 7, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - President Barack Obama is set to come to California for a series of fundraisers and a speech at a Holocaust history foundation. The president is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. From there he'll attend a fundraiser for Democratic... more »
  • Obama blames Republicans for blocking wage vote

    April 30, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama blames Republicans for blocking an election-year increase in the federal minimum wage and says their vote denied millions of Americans a way out of poverty. Republicans argue that an increase in the minimum wage would result in job losses. In a mostly partisan vote, the... more »
  • Obama pushes again for minimum wage increase

    April 26, 2014 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is again encouraging Congress to pass a bill raising the minimum raise to $10.10 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says increasing the pay for minimum-wage workers would help 28 million workers. He says Republican lawmakers not only don't want to... more »
  • Obama visits South Korea

    April 25, 2014 4:25 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - President Barack Obama's visit to South Korea is being tinged by the nation's mourning over this month's ferry disaster. Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of America's White House, on Friday for an evening of talks with President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay).... more »
  • Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

    April 23, 2014 6:04 AM

    TOKYO, JAPAN - President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister... more »
  • Support grows to stall levee construction check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Neighboring parishes are teaming up to study the impact of a proposed levee system before construction can begin. "Let's really look at the whole region," Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. Ricks and the Livingston Parish Council are urging leaders of a proposed levee system around... more »
  • President Obama calls for equal pay for women

    March 20, 2014 2:45 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla.- President Barack Obama is blending his economic and political pitches by calling for equal pay for women and for Congress to pass more family-friendly workplace policies. Obama says women should get equal pay for equal work and says they should be able to have a baby without fear... more »
  • Obama picks Michigan St. as men's basketball champ

    March 19, 2014 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men's basketball championship over defending champion Louisville. In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday. Florida and Arizona rounded out... more »
  • Southern students protest board's decision check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 11, 2014 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students at Southern University staged a sit-in at the system president's office Tuesday to protest the recent decision not to renew Chancellor James Llorens' contract. The Board of Supervisors voted not to the renew the contract last week. Llorens' last day of his three-year tenure would... more »
  • Debate building over SU chancellor contract

    February 10, 2014 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A large crowd gathered Monday evening, mostly to protest the Southern University board's decision not to renew Chancellor James Llorens' contract. Llorens contends he was not happy with the new deal that appeared to give the system president, Ronald Mason, more power and gave less power to... more »
  • Minimum wage talk hits Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 31, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some business owners in Baton Rouge say raising minimum wages to $10.10 per hour as President Obama suggests would cost consumers more money. But workers like Khadija Lamraoui say minimum wage increases would make day-to-day life better. "There's some people out here that get paid... more »
  • Shreveport's Centenary buys into Obama's minimum wage

    January 29, 2014 10:51 PM

    SHREVEPORT- A private college in north Louisiana is taking the president's State of the Union address seriously and raising what the school considers minimum wage for its employees. The president of Centenary College, David Rowe, said that the wage scale is increasing for its regular, full-time and part-time staff... more »
  • 'Duck Dynasty' takes over State of the Union

    January 28, 2014 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As one journalist put it, the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night was the collision of pop culture and political life as Louisiana reality star Willie Robertson and his wife attended as guests of lawmakers. Robertson is part of the Duck Dynasty gang and became... more »
  • Obama vows to improve education at all levels

    January 28, 2014 8:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising to improve American education from preschool to college in his State of the Union address. Obama promised to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed broadband in the next two years. It's part of the goal he announced last summer to... more »
  • Jindal meets with Taiwan president on Asian trip

    January 13, 2014 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At the start of his Asian business development trip, Gov. Bobby Jindal has met with the president of Taiwan and executives from Formosa Plastics Corporation. Jindal and President Ma Ying-jeou talked about shared economic interests between Louisiana and Taiwan, which imports agricultural, energy and chemical products from the... more »
  • Livingston Parish made a deal!

    December 17, 2013 10:28 PM

    LIVINGSTON- An olive branch has apparently been extended among feuding parish leaders in Livingston Parish. Leaders, upset over roads, have been at odds over hiring a contractor to do repairs. Parish council members were upset the parish president hired a firm without their consultation. After a discussion, the... more »
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame to carry Bush name

    November 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    LUBBOCK, Tx - A National College Baseball Hall of Fame complex planned for West Texas will be named after America's 41st president. Groundbreaking for the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame will be held next June in Lubbock. Hall officials on Thursday announced plans to name the... more »

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