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  • Restore La. conducting door-to-door outreach survey to help flood-impacted homeowners Play Video

    July 21, 2017 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program began door-to-door canvassing this week to speak with homeowners impacted by the 2016 August flood to help them fill out and complete the survey program. Staff members will have official Restore Louisiana vests and name badges and record... more »
  • Louisiana's film tax credit program to continue, with a cap

    June 2, 2017 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reached a deal to place a long-term cap on, but not get rid of, spending for Louisiana's film tax credit program, which is both derided as wasteful spending and championed as an economic driver. With a 33-2 vote Friday, the Senate gave final passage to... more »
  • Outreach sessions for homeowners to finish flood-damage survey

    May 19, 2017 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Homeowners who still need to complete the flood-damage survey will have the opportunity to attend outreach events to receive assistance from program representatives. The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program encourages homeowners to complete the survey, even if they do not believe they will qualify for assistance.... more »
  • NKorea says it will speed up nuke program in response to US

    May 1, 2017 9:25 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - North Korea's Foreign Ministry says the country will speed up measures to bolster its nuclear program "at the maximum pace" in response to the new U.S. policy that calls for new sanctions and "maximum pressure and engagement." A statement from the Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday that... more »
  • Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

    April 19, 2017 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed a bill extending a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector. The extension will give Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin time to develop a more comprehensive plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA health... more »
  • Truck stolen from New Orleans mentor program

    April 14, 2017 12:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – A truck stolen from a New Orleans non-profit mentor program Wednesday afternoon and has been spotted around the area, but still not returned. According to a report from WWL, the truck is a silver F-150 truck with the Son of a Saint logo on the side... more »
  • Louisiana picks contractor to manage flood aid program

    April 13, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company chosen to manage Louisiana's $1.3 billion flood aid program for homeowners is the same firm that was earlier selected for the work and then saw its contract scrapped and the bid process redone. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that IEM was selected to oversee... more »
  • TOPS again a target in Louisiana session, budget negotiation

    April 6, 2017 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers, struggling with budget shortfalls, are again looking to restructure the TOPS college tuition program to lessen costs. Proposals include boosting the grade point average required to get the award or steering more of the money to needy students. Another measure would require students who receive... more »
  • Auditor finds $1.4M in improper, duplicate Medicaid payments

    April 3, 2017 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new audit says Louisiana's Medicaid program paid what appears to be $1.4 million in improper, duplicate payments for services over a five-year period. The report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's Office says auditors reviewed Medicaid eligibility files and claims data covering January 2011 through October... more »
  • Louisiana senators reject closure of mental health program

    March 22, 2017 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state senators blocked plans by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to shutter a Medicaid program that provides mental health services to more than 47,000 children. The Edwards administration planned to close the program April 1, to save Louisiana more than $2 million this year, in response... more »
  • Ascension Parish road overlay program begins

    March 16, 2017 12:20 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Parish officials announced that the parish's road overlay program has begun. The Department of Public Work's Pavement Management Division has started patching and repairing streets throughout the parish. The goal of the program is to work on smaller parish roads in rural areas and subdivision roads.... more »
  • Deadline extended to apply for BR youth work program

    March 2, 2017 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that the deadline has extended to apply for the EmployBR Young Adult Services Out-of-School Youth Program. The deadline has been extended until Mar. 3 at 5 p.m. The program, Making a Positive Step, runs for eight weeks starting March 13... more »
  • Work program to hire 100 youth begins in March

    February 22, 2017 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The EmployBR Young Adult Services program is looking to hire 100 of the community's youth who are out of school for an eight-week work experience program, Mayor-President Sharon West Broome announced. The program, Making a Positive Stop (MAPS), is open to applicants between the ages of... more »
  • Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programs

    January 30, 2017 7:24 PM

    DALLAS - The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys only programs. The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on... more »
  • Denham Springs High School to receive donations for welding program

    January 17, 2017 3:50 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Students in the Denham Springs High School welding program will get nearly $30,000 worth of welding supplies donated to them by Airgas, Inc. and the American Welding Society. According to school officials, Airgas, Inc. is donating supplies to the program, including helmets, gloves, coveralls, face shields, safety... more »
  • Edwards defends Medicaid expansion, as GOP works on repeal

    January 12, 2017 10:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his defense for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion by having some of the program's patients describe the medical services they've received. Twenty-three-year-old Monika Calderon spoke of severe headaches that were diagnosed as a brain tumor. Medicaid expansion covered the cost of her surgery,... more »
  • Curbside Christmas tree collection for EBR begins Jan. 9

    January 9, 2017 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The City-Parish will begin collecting Christmas trees for its recycle program on Jan. 9. Trees will be collected for East Baton Rouge residents, except for Baker and Zachary. Trees should be placed curbside between Jan. 9 and Jan. 21. According to parish officials, there will... more »
  • Zipcar pilot program launched in downtown BR

    December 14, 2016 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City leaders and representatives launched the Zipcar pilot program on Wednesday morning in downtown Baton Rouge. Zipcar, a car-sharing service, allows members to reserve cars on-demand 24/7. Members can reserve a car by the hour or by the day for up to seven days. Reservations for... more »
  • Department of Corrections promises action after state audit Play Video

    December 12, 2016 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Corrections has promised to take swift action following an audit released by the State Legislative Auditor's Office looking into DOC's trustee program. Trustees are criminals that have been given jobs in and out of the prison for things like janitorial services, grass cutting and trash... more »
  • State to receive $26 million from FEMA mitigation grant program

    December 12, 2016 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will receive $26 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding from FEMA for the March floods. Through the program, funds may be used for projects that support both state and parish hazard mitigation plans to reduce losses from future... more »
  • Louisiana gets $10M grant to improve preschool programs

    November 30, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is getting just over $10 million from the federal government to improve preschool programs for children from low-income families. U. S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services said in a news release Wednesday Louisiana is one of 18 that will divide $247 million. The... more »
  • Swiss reject plan to speed up exit from nuclear energy

    November 27, 2016 11:29 AM

    BERLIN - Swiss voters have rejected a plan to force their government to accelerate the country's exit from nuclear energy. A majority of cantons (states) voted against the plan in Sunday's referendum. Under Switzerland's direct democracy system, proposals need a majority of both cantons and votes to pass. The plan... more »
  • EBR Christmas Crusade applications to be taken next week

    November 21, 2016 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office will begin taking applications next week for the annual Christmas Crusade for Children. The program allows for local agencies to donate and deliver holiday gifts to children in need. The program started in 1988 by Sheriff Elmer Litchfield. Parents... more »
  • Officials report 8,000 homes repaired through Shelter at Home

    November 18, 2016 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials report that almost 8,000 homes have been repaired through the Shelter at Home Program following August’s historic flooding. “We are vigorously attempting to bring families back to their homes by the holidays,” a statement released Friday said. Officials report that another 1,900 homes... more »
  • Chief: Body cameras on all Baton Rouge officers by spring

    November 11, 2016 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department hopes to wrap up a body camera pilot program and begin rolling the devices out to all front-line officers by this spring. Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. told the Baton Rouge Body Camera Task Force on Thursday a decision on how or whether... more »
  • $46M Medicaid contract extension supported by La. lawmakers

    October 6, 2016 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to another one-year, $46 million contract extension for the firm that processes bills and handles health provider enrollment for Louisiana's Medicaid program. The contract renewal has become a yearly point of contention with House and Senate health care committee members, who feel stuck in... more »
  • Louisiana officials ramp up Shelter at Home program

    September 23, 2016 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Shelter at Home program has "ramped up" in recent days. Julie Baxter Payer and others, including officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, issued an update on the flood recovery. Payer touted the Shelter at Home program,... more »
  • Medicaid expansion enrollment in Louisiana tops 300,000

    September 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of people who have signed up for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program continues to grow, surpassing 300,000. The Louisiana Department of Health released the latest figures Monday, saying more than 304,000 people are enrolled for the coverage that began July 1. The department says nearly 12,000... more »
  • Officials see bright future for Medicaid expansion

    July 28, 2016 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state’s expanded Medicaid program, dubbed Healthy Louisiana, is expected by officials to become the blueprint for expansion of the program across the country. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says the state has created a plan that allows food stamp applicants to sign up for Medicaid, making... more »
  • Medicaid expansion sign-up begins Play Video

    June 1, 2016 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sign up for Medicaid expansion started Wednesday at CareSouth Health Clinic in Mid-City. There weren't lines out of the door since many people are signing up over the phone or by mail. "We're not being bombarded. A lot of people thought that would happen because today is the... more »
  • Enrollment for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion opens Wed.

    May 31, 2016 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana's new Medicaid expansion can begin signing up Wednesday. Residents can apply online at www.healthy.la.gov or by phone at 1-888-342-6207. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee also are expected to announce local application centers at... more »
  • License plate reader program refused by House lawmakers

    May 24, 2016 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have spurned a proposed program that would allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists' license plates. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 7-3 Tuesday to kill the Senate-backed bill by Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Republican. Johns had... more »
  • State to revive mercury testing program

    November 8, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State regulators are reviving a program to test the mercury levels of fish caught in Louisiana waters, providing consumers with updated warnings for the first time since 2008. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality staff in January will begin taking a fresh look at fish in waters put... more »
  • Program scheduled to aid domestic violence victims Play Video

    October 5, 2015 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A program scheduled to help domestic abuse victims which will begin in January, focuses on getting victims of violence in the home out of dangerous situations in an attempt to end domestic-related disturbances in the future. The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office received a... more »
  • Big Buddy holding 17th annual Day of the Mentor Play Video

    October 1, 2015 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Big Buddy program is getting ready to celebrate their 17th Day of the Mentor. The annual event is meant to increase awareness for the program and tell people how they can get involved and make a difference in a child's life. "It's our biggest recruitment event for... more »
  • Baton Rouge looking at bike share rental program

    July 27, 2015 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Environmental Protection Agency staff and experts are coming to Baton Rouge to talk about choices for a bike share program that would let people rent and drop off bicycles at kiosks. The EPA gave the city-parish a grant this year to help develop the program. A public forum... more »
  • Cox Conserves Heroes Play Video

    June 25, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program that recognizes people for their efforts to improve, preserve, create, or enhance shared outdoor areas in the community. The deadline is quickly approaching to nominate your very own environmental "hero". The program was created back in 2008 by Cox Enterprises... more »
  • UAB to restore football program for 2016 season

    June 1, 2015 3:11 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - UAB President Ray Watts is bringing the football program back. Watts decided on Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend. He says donors have pledged to make up the estimated $17.2 million deficit over the next five years... more »
  • Louisiana school voucher program before US appeals court

    June 1, 2015 4:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments on whether the state must report to the U.S. government about schools and families in Louisiana's program to provide some students with taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear... more »
  • Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center Play Video

    May 19, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Veterans spend years serving our country, so when they come home it's only right that we return the favor. Dr. Charles Achane was on 2une In Tuesday to tell John Pastorek more about what the Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center is doing to make veterans' lives easier. ... more »
  • Special education programs in Catholic schools Play Video

    May 7, 2015 8:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Catholic schools in the capital area are known for their quality education. Now, seven of those Catholic schools are implementing brand new programs for students with special needs. The Catholic diocese performed a three year study on special education needs in our area, and beginning next semester,... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • APSO Christmas Crusade comes to aid of 300+ families

    January 14, 2015 10:48 AM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that last year's Christmas Crusade program assisted 323 families and about 886 children during the 2014 holiday season. "This was the 17th year of the program," said Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeffrey Wiley. "The program helps thousands of children in... 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 »
  • New mentoring program helps students STEMUp Play Video

    November 19, 2014 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of students have the chance to be part of a program that helps them with science, technology, engineering and math. Janet Pace with the Foundation for EBRSS and Nancy Stich from Capital one stopped by 2une In to tell you how you can help them STEMUp.... more »
  • Unclaimed property program returns $36M last year

    November 18, 2014 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unclaimed property program gave back more money during the last budget year than at any time in its 42-year history. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the program returned $35.5 million to 116,000 people in the fiscal year that ended June 30, exceeding the previous record by... more »
  • Latest Louisiana tax amnesty period closes Friday

    November 14, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With a deadline looming, Louisiana's latest tax amnesty program was close to reaching its collection goal from delinquent taxpayers. The state's revenue forecasting panel was told Friday that as of midday, the program had collected $96 million. The program needed to bring in $100 million to keep... more »
  • $2 million collected from gamblers for child support program

    August 26, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state confiscated over $2 million in gambling winnings Tuesday as part of a state law that allows the government to collect casino winnings from parents behind on child support. It is the most money collected yet since the program's $1 million milestone in August 2013.... more »
  • BRAVE to hold 'Gas for Guns' exchange Aug. 23

    August 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In the continued efforts of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program to clean up the city's streets, the organization will hold a "Gas for Guns" exchange and neighborhood cleanup day on Saturday, Aug. 23. The gun exchange will allow residents to safely dispose of firearms... more »
  • More schools added to Louisiana voucher program

    February 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More schools have been approved for Louisiana's voucher program next year, which means the number of students using taxpayer dollars to go to private schools will likely grow as well. The state Department of Education said another 16 schools were approved to take voucher students next... more »

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