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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Community and technical colleges see record breaking numbers

    September 21, 2016 9:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More students than ever are either graduating from Louisiana's community and technical colleges or transferring from the two-year programs to traditional universities. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System released data Tuesday that says 28,853 students graduated from one of its programs in the 2015-2016 school year.... more »
  • Louisiana farmers and ranchers have options for flood recovery assistance

    September 19, 2016 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Farmers and ranchers affected by last month's flooding could be eligible for assistance from several agencies. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans to farmers and ranchers for rebuilding or repairing their primary homes and replacing lost or damaged personal property. Victims can call the SBA... 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 »
  • Job fair gives inmates necessary opportunities Play Video

    March 11, 2015 6:45 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Close to 300 inmates got the chance to sit with possible future employers at a job fair at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. The women met with various representatives from different organizations. Job training in drafting and design, welding, agriculture and many other programs are... more »

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