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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Stands up for our Youth check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:38 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church is Standing Up for our Youth this weekend with a new youth program. Ministers Demetre Jackson and Jeffrey Nelson joined us on 2une In this morning with more information. They say the program is designed to help children and teenagers who are struggling... more »
  • La. Culinary Institute offers management program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 10, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chief Instructor Jeremy Coco from the Louisiana Culinary Institute joined us in the kitchen on WBRZ News 2 at 4 to talk about a new program aimed at those looking to break into management careers in the food service industry. Jeremy said the program is designed... more »
  • La. voucher program enrollment again on the rise

    July 9, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 8,800 students have been awarded vouchers to attend Louisiana private schools with taxpayer dollars in the upcoming school year, a 30 percent growth in the program championed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Louisiana's voucher program, approaching its third year, has continued to grow since it was expanded... more »
  • New Roads to get seniors involved

    May 22, 2014 6:58 AM

    NEW ROADS - City of New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has announced a Senior Citizens Employment Program. It will give people 62-years and older the chance to earn more, use their skills and develop new ones, all while doing meaningful work in the city. Twelve people will be chosen... more »
  • Plenty of options with library summer reading programs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 20, 2014 7:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - School is out for summer, but learning and reading never stop. You and your kids can continue to explore new books through the East Baton Rouge Parish Library's Summer Reading Program. Pabby Arnold joined us on 2une In Tuesday to tell us all about it. ... more »
  • Official says immigration program up for review

    May 16, 2014 2:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson is offering the first public hints of executive action the Obama administration might take on immigration. He says he'll be taking a fresh look at a program called Secure Communities that runs the names of people who are booked for local... more »
  • LSU of Alexandria offers summer academy for high school students check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 15, 2014 6:37 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - High school juniors and seniors have a chance to earn some college credit before then even graduate high school. LSU of Alexandria's Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Heather Poole visited 2une in Thursday morning to talk about the program. The program will give students the full college... more »
  • Summer lunch program for EBRP

    May 13, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Children 18 years old and younger in East Baton Rouge will be eligible for free meals this summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program provides the meals, regardless of household income. There will be more than 80 dining centers in East Baton... more »
  • Amnesty program set to begin in Denham Springs

    March 4, 2014 2:36 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- An amnesty program for anyone with an outstanding warrant is set to begin this month in Denham Springs. The program, offered by the Denham Springs Marshal's Office, will allow those who have an outstanding warrant to pay their fines and court costs without being arrested or paying... more »
  • Film consultant program in Pt. Coupee Parish

    January 13, 2014 2:32 PM

    Pointe Coupee Parish- A program that will connect the film industries with businesses has been set up in Pt. Coupee Parish. Film Pointe Coupee Consultants is made up of a filming committee organized by the Pointe Coupee Parish Office of Tourism and The Greater Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce.... more »
  • Self-reliance through special education check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Special education students in the Livingston Parish Public Education Community Program learn to live on their own and hold a job before graduating. The program allows students to get real life experience in one of 23 participating businesses, some of which even hire their students full... more »
  • La. tax amnesty program reaches $200M

    November 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE -The 2013 state tax amnesty program has reached its goal of $200 million in collection for the 2014 fiscal year. That's according to the state Department of Revenue. The program offered noncompliant taxpayers an opportunity to settle their accounts with the state by paying all taxes... more »
  • DHH making changes in nutritional program

    November 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is making major changes to how it runs its supplemental nutrition program that provides food to poor women and children. It's in response to a new audit showing Louisiana's public health office has done a poor job in monitoring the... more »
  • DHH highlights changes to food inspection program

    November 21, 2013 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is highlighting major changes to its Retail Food Inspection Program. Program improvements over the last year have led to timely inspections of restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias and other food vendors. Compliance orders can be tracked and survey results can... more »
  • Louisiana Medicaid program has $50M budget gap

    November 5, 2013 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state's Medicaid program has a $50 million budget gap. The shortfall was detailed in a financial update to the Legislature's joint budget committee from the Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says he doesn't expect any cuts to fall on services or the health... more »
  • Food stamp cuts go into effect

    November 1, 2013 8:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Food stamp benefits are set to drop today for more than 47 million Americans. A temporary benefit from the 2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars will no longer be available. The Department of Children and Family Services says the cuts will impact some 388,000... more »
  • Sight-in for EBR hunters scheduled

    October 29, 2013 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is holding its annual sight-in for hunters starting this week. It gives hunters the opportunity to make sure their weapons are ready for the start of hunting season. The event will run from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 at... more »
  • Another federal grant to fund BRAVE expansion

    September 25, 2013 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city's crime-fighting program, known as BRAVE, will receive an additional $1.4 million from the federal government to expand its anti-violence initiatives into the 70802 area. The news comes just two days after city leaders announced BRAVE would be awarded a $1 million dollar grant geared... more »
  • La. backs off health care act-funded program

    August 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has withdrawn an application to participate in a home-health care program for low-income people that would have been funded through President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The state had applied to take part in the law's Community First Choice Program, which increases federal... more »
  • PSC approves statewide energy-efficiency program

    August 22, 2013 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's public utility regulators have given preliminary approval to a voluntary statewide energy-efficiency program. While efforts to make the program mandatory have been dropped, The Times-Picayune reports the state's three largest energy companies said they would sign on to the optional initiative as a show of good... more »
  • Funding boosted for Course Choice, to add students

    August 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Superintendent of Education John White says he's adding another $1 million to the budget for the state's new Course Choice program to eliminate the waiting list. The program offers online and nontraditional high school course offerings to public school students. Academic courses and skills training are being taught... more »
  • Rule changes expected to boost Road Home program

    August 3, 2013 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials have approved three policy changes to the Louisiana Road Home program that will provide relief to families who have spent at least part their grant under the program but been unable to rebuild and reoccupy homes damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Under... more »
  • White: Course Choice list 'cannot be ignored'

    July 29, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 1,000 students are on a waiting list for a state education department program offering courses to Louisiana students online. The "Course Choice" program was limited to a pilot program after a court ruling that the Legislature had illegally chosen to fund it through a program... more »
  • Hero, boys reunite at swim practice check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 25, 2013 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a News 2 story spotlighted a man who saved two boys from drowning, the Capital City YMCA felt inspired to give Trevez Tanzy, 12, and Carlton Johnson, 13, a second chance at facing their fears. "Next time they come around water they don't have that... more »
  • LSU develops program for small farms

    July 4, 2013 9:11 AM

    ST. JOSEPH- The LSU AgCenter is creating a program to help small farms market their products effectively. John Barnett, a former county agent and regional director for the AgCenter, has been named extension family farm specialist for the project. Barnett said he is ramping up the program now and hopes... more »
  • Ruston school cut from Louisiana voucher program

    June 28, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A church-affiliated school in Ruston has been dropped from Louisiana's voucher program because it charged the state more for tuition than it did parents of non-voucher students. The Department of Education announced Friday that it was cutting New Living Word School from the voucher program, based on... more »
  • Energy efficiency program stalled for adjustments

    June 26, 2013 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency is reviving a planned statewide energy efficiency program - but is delaying implementation to work on modifications. The Louisiana Public Service Commission has gone back and forth on the program, approving it in December, then shelving it in February. Wednesday's vote restarts... more »
  • BESE to consider funds for 'Course Choice' program

    June 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is being asked to allocate $2 million for a pilot program to expand online high school course offerings to public school students. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education considers Tuesday the funding plan for the "Course Choice" program to begin in the... more »
  • NSA director defends surveillance program

    June 18, 2013 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the National Security Agency is telling Congress that the government's sweeping surveillance programs have foiled some 50 terrorist plots around the world. Army Gen. Keith Alexander tells the House Intelligence Committee that the two programs that were recently disclosed are critical in the terrorism fight.... more »
  • Efforts to end sugar program fail in Congress

    May 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Louisiana's $3.5 billion sugarcane and sugar mill industries could breathe a sigh of relief after an effort to effectively end the federal sugar program was defeated on the Senate floor. The nearly $1 trillion Senate farm bill being debated this week keeps the federal sugar program intact... more »
  • Livingston takes aim at dilapidated bridges

    May 13, 2013 8:41 AM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT- Livingston Parish officials are launching a program to replace at least 15 bridges. The Advocate reports the effort can't come soon enough for Rose Sabre, who says an ambulance couldn't get quick access to her Virgin Isles home because of a dilapidated bridge. After being rerouted through a... more »
  • Delgado, Nunez community colleges to lay off staff

    May 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Delgado Community College in New Orleans plans to lay off more than a hundred employees, including dozens of faculty members, while Nunez Community College in Chalmette also is letting go staff. Both moves were approved Wednesday by the schools' governing board and come as the campuses seek... more »
  • Report: Felons, prisoners and overpayments in SNAP check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2013 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly 2,000 prisoners and drug felons received more than $1 million in food stamp payments during 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Louisiana Auditor's office. The state food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gave 1,761 incarcerated participants $1,107,740,... more »
  • BRAVE starts call-in program for violent offenders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 5, 2013 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The BRAVE initiative in Baton Rouge announced plans today to encourage violent offenders in the city to change their lives. District Attorney Hillar Moore and BRAVE Director "Tweety" Anny described the initiative, which asked people with violent records to attend the call-in where various services and... more »
  • Congress spares military's tuition aid program

    March 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has spared the military's tuition assistance program from the budget knife. The House cleared a bill on Thursday to keep the government running. It includes a provision reversing the decision by the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps to suspend the program. Faced with some $43 billion... more »
  • West Feliciana resumes counseling program

    February 27, 2013 8:14 AM

    ST FRANCISVILLE - The West Feliciana Parish School Board has voted to resume a career counseling program it dropped several years ago when state funding was frozen. Supervisor Al Lemoine told the board Tuesday the money to resume the program is coming from a federal grant routed through Baton Rouge... more »
  • Health stories for Feb. 20, 2013 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 20, 2013 - February is women's heart month and there's reason to celebrate because women are more aware about their number one killer, heart disease. Public information campaigns are said to be working. The American Heart... more »
  • BRCC to create airplane mechanic program

    February 18, 2013 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Community College hopes to have a program to train airplane mechanics up and running by the fall, more than two years after originally planned. School leaders say the program would produce federally-certified mechanics and is still being reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration. They say... 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 »
  • Former DARE officer faces theft charges

    January 31, 2013 8:52 AM

    BAKER - A former sergeant from Baker is in custody, accused of theft and malfeasance in office. State police arrested Jason Doyle Wednesday, after allegations against Doyle surfaced regarding his time as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education and school resource officer for the Baker Police Department. Officers found... more »
  • Fontana, Calif., schools get high-powered rifles

    January 23, 2013 1:03 PM

    FONTANA, Calif. - A Southern California school police force has acquired semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses under a controversial safety program. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt 6940 rifles last fall, well before the Connecticut school massacre. The $1,000 rifles were received last... more »
  • TV-over-Internet service expands despite lawsuits

    January 8, 2013 12:39 PM

    NEW YORK - The Barry Diller-backed Internet company that challenges cable and satellite TV services by offering inexpensive live television online plans to expand beyond New York City this spring. In the wake of a federal court ruling that tentatively endorsed its legality, Aereo will bring its $8-a-month service to... more »
  • Program to aid Lafayette pregnant teens

    January 7, 2013 9:55 AM

    LAFAYETTE- The Lafayette Parish School System plans to launch a program next school year for teen mothers and pregnant teens that would provide on-campus child care and support services for the young mothers. Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper says the program will be housed at Northside High School with a... more »
  • BESE agrees to pilot program for Pre-K grading

    December 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving ahead with plans to grade publicly funded prekindergarten and early childhood education programs. The board Wednesday agreed to Superintendent of Education John White's framework for complying with a new law that calls for the development of a common... more »
  • BESE moves ahead with 'Course Choice' program

    December 4, 2012 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's top school board has backed nearly four dozen organizations to offer courses to Louisiana's public school students through online classes and other nontraditional means. The decision comes despite a judge's ruling that the program's planned financing is unconstitutional. Superintendent of Education John White recommended 45... more »
  • NY appeals court skeptical about startup's live TV

    November 30, 2012 3:06 PM

    NEW YORK - A New York federal appeals panel has found weaknesses with a startup company's arguments it can legally send live TV programming to iPhones and other mobile devices. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised Friday to reverse a lower court judge who... more »
  • Grant to fund SLU nursing program

    November 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University's School of Nursing is offering an advanced training program for nursing students pursuing a graduate degree. The program is being made available through a $637,350 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. University officials... more »
  • Obama: 'Still time' to resolve Iran nuke dispute

    November 14, 2012 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there is still time for the United States and Iran to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear program. Obama said at a news conference Wednesday that there should be a way for Iran to enjoy "peaceful nuclear power" while still meeting international obligations and... more »
  • School system considers plan to re-enroll dropouts

    November 9, 2012 9:06 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Parish School System may soon partner with a company that seeks dropouts and gives them a chance to finish high school anytime and anywhere. The company, The American Academy's No Dropouts program, works with school districts to bring dropouts back to school and provides educational... more »
  • Spelman College in Ga. ditches athletics program

    November 1, 2012 4:33 PM

    ATLANTA - Spelman College in Atlanta is ditching its athletics program and spending the money on a campus-wide health and fitness program. The president of the historically black women's college says the school was spending about $1 million on its athletics program but that money is now going to benefit... more »
  • Southern to shed 2 programs

    October 25, 2012 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Regents has given Southern University permission to drop its master of arts in mass communication degree in a budget-cutting move that provoked the ire of faculty when the idea was first floated months ago. Karen Denby, regents associate commissioner for academic affairs,... more »
  • FEMA extends sheltering program for 2 weeks

    October 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents displaced by Hurricane Isaac are getting an extra two weeks to stay in hotels and motels on the government's dime. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday that it has approved a third extension to its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, which allows for FEMA to... more »
  • La. develops seafood certification program

    October 12, 2012 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In a new effort to brand Louisiana seafood, the state has started a new certification program. State officials say the Louisiana Certified Seafood Program is meant to make consumers think of Louisiana seafood in a "geographically-based" way, similar to the way consumers now think of Maine's... more »
  • La. seeks to use recovery money for Pre-K program

    September 26, 2012 2:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration wants to shift $20 million in hurricane recovery spending for hurricanes Gustav and Ike to fill in budget gaps in the state's preschool program for at-risk students. The proposal, which requires approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was posted this... more »
  • Saints players' bounty suspensions overturned check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An NFL appeals panel overturned the suspensions of four current and former Saints players accused of taking part in a team bounty program. The panel ruled today that Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita would have their suspensions lifted. They were reinstated by... more »
  • Voucher student numbers to be tallied by next week

    September 6, 2012 7:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A count of how many Louisiana students are enrolled in private and parochial schools through the taxpayer-funded voucher program will be available next week. Barry Landry, a spokesman for the Department of Education, says schools participating in the program have until Sunday to report their enrollment... more »
  • Supreme Court refuses voucher program injunction

    August 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to stop the launch of Gov. Bobby Jindal's statewide voucher program, which began this month. The high court denied an injunction request by teacher unions and school boards to stall the voucher program as they challenge whether it is constitutional. A... more »
  • La. taking applications for Katrina loan program

    July 19, 2012 7:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana is accepting applications for a program offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to businesses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The state Office of Community Development said in a statement that the loans are designed to address "unmet... more »
  • Audit: Waste tire program not tightly monitored

    July 9, 2012 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says the state Department of Environmental Quality didn't have proper controls over a state program meant to keep tires from being dumped illegally, allowing overpayments. The report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office says DEQ allows waste tire processors to weigh their own tire... more »
  • New lawsuit filed against Jindal voucher program

    June 22, 2012 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators boarded buses this morning on their way to file a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program. The organization's leaders lodged their challenge against the education changes Friday in Baton Rouge district court. They object to the use of the state's public... more »
  • Students excited for West Side Magnet Program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 21, 2012 5:50 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Students in Ascension Parish now know if they'll be a part of the new West Side Magnet Program. The program takes high achieving students and gives them more rigorous classwork and a laptop or iPad to help them with their studies. "The thing I'm probably looking more... more »
  • Voucher program framework approved by BESE panel

    June 18, 2012 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education board has agreed to a framework for a new statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools. But that framework does not have accountability standards required by the Legislature and still being devised by the Louisiana Department of Education.... more »
  • Audit: Job-training program overspends

    June 12, 2012 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new report from the Legislative Auditor's Office says a state job-training and employment program spent between $3 million and $5 million more on transportation than it should have compared to practices used in other states or even within other areas of state government. The Times-Picayune reports... more »
  • Voucher programs challenged in other states

    June 8, 2012 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More teachers consider taking the governor to court over his education reform. The Louisiana Association of Educators could be next to sue over private-school vouchers. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers sued Thursday following teacher groups in other states where vouchers were challenged. For students, it quite... more »
  • Islamic school no longer on La. voucher list check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2012 5:51 PM

    KENNER - A fight over funding for the state's new voucher program caused a heated debate over an Islamic school. The Louisiana House approved a funding plan for public schools on the last day of session. Before the approval, state Representative John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, spoke about the Islamic... more »
  • Lawmakers concerned about vouchers funding Muslim school

    June 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Legislature passed a funding plan for public schools on the last day of session, but not before debate which included a discussion about what types of schools could benefit from Governor Bobby Jindal's voucher plan. The plan makes vouchers or scholarships available to some students... more »
  • Ascension Schools introduce magnet program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2012 5:40 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Students in Ascension Parish will get an extra push to succeed next year thanks to the new Westside Magnet Program. The program will focus on students who live in Donaldsonville and need a more rigorous curriculum. "Some of the lessons they are teaching, he knows those and... more »
  • DOE accepting voucher applicants, announces schools

    May 22, 2012 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 5,000 students can get new taxpayer-funded voucher slots at private schools, under a law passed this session expanding a New Orleans voucher program statewide. The state education department announced Tuesday that in addition to the 2,300 existing voucher slots available to New Orleans students, seats... more »

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