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  • Ascension council seeks private group to create sewer system

    September 14, 2015 7:44 AM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council is expected to recommend late this year what team of engineers and financiers should design, build and operate a $300 million to $500 million regional sewer system. The partnership with the parish would last for the next three decades. Parish officials say advertisements asking for... more »
  • Clinton: I didn't 'stop and think' about email system

    September 4, 2015 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton says her use of a private email system at the State Department wasn't the "best choice" and acknowledges in an interview that she didn't "stop and think" about her email set-up when she became President Barack Obama's secretary of state in 2009. Clinton says... more »
  • Media wants Benson trial to be public

    May 29, 2015 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More people are getting involved in Tom Benson's legal battle. ESPN and other media outlets are saying the trial should be open to the public. Earlier this month a judge ruled the trial would be closed. Now, the media is asking to have that decision... more »
  • Baker makes DMV changes to avoid possible cuts

    May 4, 2015 7:45 PM

    BAKER - The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Baker should be considerably shorter after the city pushed the state for change. The DMV baker office is now being runned by a private company that owns Express OMV along with two other locations in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs.... more »
  • Leaders to host forum on community's desire for EKL site

    March 9, 2015 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City and state leaders want to hear what people would like to see replace the shuttered Earl K. Long Hospital. Thursday, there is a forum to discuss what people might envision. The meting is hosted by State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, State Representative Regina Barrow and... more »
  • Government friction with private email use

    March 7, 2015 11:31 AM

    SALEM - The types of transparency questions surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal email to conduct business while secretary of state are nothing new in statehouses across the country. Governors and other elected officials routinely use private emails, laptops and cell phones for government business, a popular strategy... more »
  • Idea suggested to fix prison with no tax increase

    February 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council say the parish should hire a private company to finance, build and operate a new jail without a tax increase. The proposal comes as local law enforcement leaders seek a new jail to replace one they say... more »
  • Officials set Feb. 27 application deadline for voucher program

    January 14, 2015 3:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The application period has opened for parents interested in sending their students to private school next year through Louisiana's taxpayer-funded voucher program. The state education department says applications for the 2015-16 school year are due Feb. 27. They're available at participating schools or online at www.louisianabelieves.com .... more »
  • Inside the 'Earl' check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 2, 2014 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The charity hospital along Airline Highway will soon be gone as the state works on securing a contract to begin demolition of Earl K. Long. The hospital was closed in April 2013, when the state dismantled its charity hospital system. It will cost about $2... more »
  • Report: BR parents rather private school over public than most cities

    August 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A national report released this week listed the Capital City as the fourth-largest percentage of private school enrollment. New Orleans topped the list and was followed by Honolulu, HI, San Francisco, CA, and then Louisiana's capital. According to data, 19.1% of students attend a private school here.... more »
  • Justice Dept. asks for delay in voucher case

    October 30, 2013 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program. The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a... more »
  • Final approval given to OLOL public-private partnership

    August 5, 2013 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office announced the state received final federal approval for Louisiana's public-private partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Jindal's office said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Serivces gave the final approval Monday to Louisiana's remaining Medicaid State Plan amendments... more »
  • 4 LSU hospitals turned over to private managers

    June 24, 2013 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four LSU hospitals are under new private management, and the shift in New Orleans has caused delays in non-emergency services. As part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize the university-run hospitals and clinics, operations of LSU facilities in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma and Lake Charles were... more »
  • 3 groups weigh in against vouchers

    March 15, 2013 6:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three organizations opposed to Louisiana's private school tuition voucher program are weighing in on the issue ahead of state Supreme Court arguments next week. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union said Friday they filed a... more »
  • LHSAA football playoff split debated at the capitol check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 5, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Members of a joint legislative committee got answers about a plan to split the high school football playoffs between public and private schools. Principals from the 389 schools within the Louisiana High School Athletic Association were allowed to vote. 291 of those schools have football programs. Supporters... more »
  • Lawmakers tackle LHSAA football playoff changes

    March 5, 2013 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are looking into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's decision to separate public school football playoffs from those held by other schools, including magnet and charter schools. A special joint Senate-House committee is reviewing the league's decision to scrap a system that has been in... more »
  • Football playoffs face legislative scrutiny

    March 4, 2013 8:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature is looking into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's decision to separate public school football playoffs from those held by other schools - including magnet and charter schools. A special joint Senate-House committee will review the league's decision to scrap a system that has been... more »
  • Governor Jindal at center of email debate

    December 10, 2012 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Top officials in the Jindal administration used personal emails to talk about budget cuts, according to a recent Associated Press report. It is the same type issue being debated around the country. Personal emails can make it more difficult to track information under public records laws. ... more »
  • Private hospital operator to lease LSU hospital

    December 10, 2012 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The nonprofit corporation that runs two private hospitals in New Orleans is taking over the operations of the city's LSU hospital and the new $1 billion public hospital set to open in two years. Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein and LSU hospital chief Frank Opelka announced the... more »
  • To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

    December 6, 2012 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - A team of former NASA executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon. The newly formed business is looking for countries willing to pay $1.5 billion for a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige. NASA's last trip to the... more »
  • Planned January layoffs delayed at LSU hospitals

    December 5, 2012 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly all 1,500 state employee layoffs scheduled for January at LSU hospitals across south Louisiana have been put on hold. The delay comes as university leaders continue negotiating with private hospitals to take over some public hospital operations. The Advocate reports that LSU hospitals leader Frank Opelka... more »
  • Private memorials for "Dallas" star Larry Hagman

    November 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    DALLAS - "Dallas" actor Larry Hagman will be remembered this week during private, invitation-only services in Dallas and Los Angeles. The television actor known for starring as slick oilman J.R. Ewing on "Dallas" and Major Tony Nelson on "I Dream of Jeannie" died Friday of complications from cancer. He... more »
  • State may skip private school certification rule

    November 19, 2012 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Under Louisiana's Constitution, any nonpublic school getting state money must be certified as providing a curriculum at least equal to those required for public schools. But The News-Star reports that it's questionable whether that's true of the 377 schools with such approval, which gives their diplomas the... more »
  • Lawmakers back Jindal health outsourcing contract check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a shake-up on the House budget committee, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has gotten approval from lawmakers to outsource a state employee health insurance plan. The Senate Finance Committee backed the contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield in a 10-3 vote Friday,... more »
  • Virginia company chosen for debt collection work

    November 8, 2012 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has chosen a private company to help devise a strategy for improving collection of millions of dollars in unpaid debts owed to state agencies. Jindal's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, announced Thursday that CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. will do... more »
  • LSU seeking agreements with private health firms

    October 11, 2012 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A week after $152 million in cuts were levied across the LSU public hospitals, Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says no new formal arrangements have yet been reached with private hospitals to pick up the care. But he and LSU hospitals chief Frank Opelka said Thursday... more »
  • Private college costs up again but at slower rate

    October 4, 2012 2:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Tuition at private colleges and universities is up by 3.9 percent from last year. But while that rate is well above overall inflation, it's the smallest increase in at least four decades. And the increase is much smaller than the price hikes that have been seen at... more »
  • Voucher schools include some teaching creationism

    July 30, 2012 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Taxpayer dollars in Louisiana's new voucher program will be paying to send children to schools that teach creationism and question evolution, challenging the lessons central to public school science classrooms. Several religious schools that will be educating taxpayer-subsidized students tout their creationist views. Some schools question whether... more »
  • Some La. voucher schools to face performance score

    July 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some private schools who participate in Louisiana's statewide voucher program will face performance scores similar to public schools, under planned accountability standards. The scoring and penalties for low-performing schools will apply to schools with sizable numbers of voucher students, estimated to be a quarter of the schools... more »
  • Carencro chief seeks ruling on private duty

    July 23, 2012 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout wants to know if he and other chiefs can be hired to do private security, just like off-duty police officers. The Louisiana Board of Ethics postponed a decision Friday, opting to continue its analysis until next month's meeting. Board staff... more »
  • Missing OLOL laptop puts private information at risk

    May 18, 2012 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials at Our Lady of the Lake warned that some private information might have been compromised by a missing laptop. A spokesperson said more than 17,000 ICU patients' information was stored on the laptop, which was recently discovered missing from a local physician's office. News... more »
  • Jindal signs private school tuition tax break

    May 8, 2012 6:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that creates a new tax break program that will give rebates for donations to voucher programs that allow students to attend private schools. Jindal says it will give children in failing public schools more opportunities to get an... more »
  • Private school scholarship rebate passes La. House check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 13, 2012 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform package made it out of a House committee today. The House Ways and Means Committee passed HB 969, which would allow the state to give tax rebates to people who make donations for private school tuition scholarships.... more »
  • Private charged in Wikileaks says being gay influenced him

    December 18, 2011 11:07 AM

    FORT MEADE, Md- Lawyers for the Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history say he was influenced by his struggles with being a gay soldier. The military hearing continued Sunday to determine whether Pfc. Bradley Manning will stand trial at a court-martial for allegedly... more »
  • Friends of missing teacher want private investigator check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 8, 2011 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been five months since local teacher Sylviane Finch Lozada went missing. Now friends are desperate for information about the case, and say they're not getting any answers from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. "We're in the process of hiring a private investigator to hopefully... more »
  • DHH chooses 5 firms to run managed care networks

    July 25, 2011 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department has tapped five private companies to run much of Louisiana's Medicaid program in managed care networks. The "coordinated care network" contractors were announced Monday. The insurance-based model will begin in the New Orleans area Jan. 1. Under one option, the networks... more »
  • Ed Dept.: Too early to gauge voucher effectiveness

    July 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A day after an education advocacy group called attention to the poor performance of some private New Orleans schools that accept state-funded tuition vouchers, the state Department of Education said relatively few students in the voucher program have been tested so far. The group Educate Now!... more »
  • Board chair: private financing likely for hospital

    June 4, 2011 1:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Financing for a new medical center in New Orleans is likely to be completed by selling high-yield bonds on the private market, according to the chairman of the board managing the project. University Medical Center Corp. Chairman Bobby Yarborough tells The Times-Picayune that the private financing route... more »
  • LSU switching to private campus mail vendor

    January 29, 2011 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State University is switching from the U.S. Postal Service to a private vendor for on-campus mail services in a move that could increase student costs, university officials say. The plan also will shut down the school's copy and mail center. LSU opened the two bids... more »

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