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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »
  • State launches defense of voucher program

    June 29, 2012 3:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State officials are launching their legal defense of Louisiana's new tuition voucher program. The program lets thousands of students from low-performing public schools get taxpayer-funded private school tuition. Opponents' lawsuits say the program is unconstitutional for several reasons. One argument is that Louisiana's constitution requires that money... more »
  • Deadline to apply for new voucher program today

    June 29, 2012 5:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Time is running out for eligible families to apply for state-paid tuition to private schools. The voucher program was approved in the last legislative session. It allows students from low- to moderate-income families who attend low-performing public schools to switch to an approved private school and have... 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 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 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 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 »
  • Publc hearings set on proposed road project

    May 10, 2012 3:43 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension residents will get a chance to voice their opinions regarding a proposed Parish Road Program. Two public hearings will be held starting next week. The road program would be funded by a half-cent sales tax that will go before parish voters on the November ballot,... more »
  • An appeal to Zachary schools regarding voucher program

    May 10, 2012 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options has asked the Zachary Community School system to reinstate its commitment to the Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence (SSEE) program. The program provides opportunities for low-income children who attend low-performing schools to transfer to private schools or higher-performing public... more »
  • 16 fishermen get training in pilot mariner program

    April 10, 2012 7:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sixteen fishermen have graduated from a pilot project to teach them skills to help them get jobs outside their usual line of work. The pilot was supported by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, a philanthropic organization; the nonprofit Coastal Communities Consulting and Delgado Community College. After the... more »
  • Board members oppose program changes

    April 6, 2012 6:41 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Two Lafayette Parish School Board members say they aren't happy with Superintendent Pat Cooper's plan to change the mission of the district's newest high school, Thibodaux Career and Technical High School. Board members Mark Allen Babineaux and Rae Trahan said Wednesday that they oppose Cooper's recommendation to move... more »
  • Online master's program added at Ole Miss

    April 6, 2012 6:36 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The University of Mississippi School of Business Administration and University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions have launched a new part-time option for the online master of health care administration program. Bethany Cooper, director of corporate relations and MBA/MHA services, says the new three-year,... more »
  • $90 million program to improve NO-area roads

    April 3, 2012 8:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A $90 million program has been started to repair, restore and improve more than 60 roadways in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Many of the roads were damaged during hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and then used as major hauling routes for post-story recovery operations. Repairs will... more »
  • Drug treatment for Redmond O'Neal

    March 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A judge says the son of Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett is making excellent progress in a drug treatment program and he appears to be making the right decisions. The judge delayed O'Neal's sentencing for a probation violation as long as the 27-year-old keeps doing... more »
  • White: Voucher program will draw few at first

    March 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - If lawmakers approve a statewide program enabling some low-income families to send their kids to private schools at public expense, Louisiana's education superintendent expects it to start small. Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed expanding a voucher program already in place in New Orleans. It allows lower... more »
  • Privately-run behavioral health program begins

    March 2, 2012 2:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has moved to private company management and coordination of mental health and addictive disorder services for 150,000 troubled Louisiana children, youth and adults. The new Behavioral Health Partnership began Thursday. The program is being run by Connecticut-based Magellan Health Services under a... more »
  • Former abstinence director sentenced

    March 1, 2012 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's former director for the Governor's Program on Abstinence has been sentenced to six years in prison. 64-year-old Gail Ray Dignam was convicted last year on two counts of mail fraud. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady also ordered Dignam to pay restitution and to... more »
  • La.'s new Medicaid managed care program begins

    February 1, 2012 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's Medicaid program is starting to provide health care through private managed care networks in nine parishes around New Orleans, the first step in a sweeping revamp of the program that provides care to the poor. The insurance-based model, called Bayou Health, launched Wednesday in southeast... more »
  • Mayor launches energy conservation initiative

    December 15, 2011 4:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE -The city of Baton Rouge has officially gone green. Mayor Kip Holden launched the ConserveBR energy efficiency outreach program Wednesday. The grant-funded program encourages both city-parish employees and area residents to become more energy-efficient by making small changes to conserve energy usage. For more information... more »
  • La. Medicaid program has $127M shortfall

    November 1, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid program for the poor, elderly and disabled has a nearly $127 million state funding shortfall. The state health department announced the deficit figure Tuesday. But the Department of Health and Hospitals says it will use available federal funds to plug much of the gap,... more »
  • Chef John Besh backs loan program to help farms

    October 8, 2011 11:20 AM

    PROGRESS, Miss.- It looks like the perfect, bucolic life - neat barns and a rustic store, cows grazing peacefully under the trees beside a pond, a sprawling house just across the road, and the third and fourth generation of dairy farmers working together. But the life Kenny and Jamie... more »
  • Shreveport area in Alzheimer's volunteer program

    June 5, 2011 9:37 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La.- The Shreveport-Bossier City area is among 12 communities across the United States piloting a volunteer program for people with early stage Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association is testing the Community Connections program with the aim of helping early-stage Alzheimer's patients regain or maintain engagement in their communities,... more »
  • Regents vote to cut more than 100 programs

    April 27, 2011 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Board of Regents voted to cut more than a hundred degree programs from the state's colleges and universities to deal with expected budget cuts. The full board approved all recommended cuts and consolidations, which included ending 109 degree programs, consolidating 189, and conditionally keeping... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Central HS cancels activities due to weather

    April 4, 2011 4:51 PM

    MORGANZA - All after-school programs at Pointe Coupee Central High School have been canceled for this afternoon because of the possibility of severe weather. Principal Kathryn Price sent out an email this afternoon notifying people of the cancelations. "Our first priority is the safety of our students," said... more »
  • List of programs recommended for termination by UL System

    February 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The University of Louisiana System released a list today of 138 programs recommended for termination at the eight colleges that make up the system. Those recommendations came from 200 academic programs flagged by the state Board of Regents for having low completion rates. Of those recommended... more »
  • Gov. Jindal wants status quo spending for K-12

    February 15, 2011 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal says Louisiana's public schools will not face the massive budget cuts some agencies are dealing with. His proposed plan leaves the formula for funding K-12 the same. An increase in the number of public school students means the plan will still take more of... more »
  • Texas may eliminate steroid testing program

    January 30, 2011 3:27 PM

    AUSTIN- The nation's largest high school steroids testing program may fall victim to budget cuts. Texas has tested tens of thousands of high school athletes since 2008. The goal was to stop teens from taking dangerous performance-enhancing drugs. The death of a 17-year-old baseball player helped draw national attention... more »
  • Regents target hundreds of degree programs for termination

    January 26, 2011 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of degree programs could be cut from universities, community colleges and technical colleges across Louisiana. The Board of Regents released a list of more than 450 programs it identifies as having low completion rates. LSU and Southern University could be among the big losers;... more »
  • Students support Jindal's TOPS plan

    January 19, 2011 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is calling on state lawmakers to support a move protecting the TOPS scholarship program. The program covers tuition for many students at public colleges and universities. Governor Jindal wants to shift a portion of the money from the state's tobacco settlement to cover... more »
  • Health department to rework CommunityCare program

    November 22, 2010 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Jindal administration plans to revamp, rather than scrap, a Medicaid program that links poor children with physicians who manage their care. State Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says the reworked program will have a "pay for performance" feature, in which doctors get more money if... more »
  • Medicaid managed care program stalled for now

    October 25, 2010 2:36 PM

    The state's health secretary says he doesn't have a new timeline for when the Jindal administration plans to begin changes to the way Louisiana delivers health care to the poor through the Medicaid program. Concerns by health providers and lawmakers stalled the pilot program, which was supposed to begin in... more »

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