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  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    July 15, 2014 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs. The vote was 367 to 55. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. The bill cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and... more »
  • House to take up highway bill as deadline looms Play Video

    July 15, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave... 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 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 »
  • LSU of Alexandria offers summer academy for high school students 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Obama defends broad phone, Internet spy programs

    June 8, 2013 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging Americans to "make some choices" in balancing privacy and security. Obama is defending once-secret surveillance programs that sweep up an estimated 3 billion phone calls a day and amass Internet data from U.S. providers in an attempt to thwart terror attacks. The president... more »
  • Jindal proposes restoring funding for some programs

    April 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's administration proposed restoring funding for several programs when the Appropriations Committee takes up next year's budget on Monday. The proposal includes $700,000 for breast and cervical cancer screenings at LSU hospitals, $1 million toward the Department of Children and Family Service's Family Violence Prevention... 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 »
  • Southern University gets new degree program

    September 28, 2012 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University in Baton Rouge got approval Thursday from the state's higher education management board to add new academic degree programs. The Louisiana Board of Regents gave Southern permission to offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in the newly merged mathematics and physics program. Karen... more »
  • Mayor: Baton Rouge joining fight against childhood obesity

    September 26, 2012 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is announcing new programs for the city designed to combat childhood obesity. The press conference is scheduled for 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. News 2's Olivia LaBorde will be there and have more about the battle against obesity tonight. more »
  • College cuts becoming clearer Play Video

    June 6, 2012 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The budget crisis is emerging at state colleges for next year. While the numbers alone don't seem damaging, it's the fourth year in a row higher education is taking a financial hit. Next year's budget burden is actually on the back-burner right now because universities are... more »
  • House OKs social programs cuts to aid Pentagon

    May 10, 2012 1:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The GOP-controlled House has passed legislation to replace a looming 10 percent cut to the military budget with cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and health care. The partisan 218-199 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it's a dead letter with Democratic leaders, who insist... more »
  • Good marks for La. pre-K programs for 4-year-olds

    April 10, 2012 7:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new report on state-funded pre-kindergarten programs around the nation gives good marks to three Louisiana programs for 4-year-olds. The National Institute for Early Education Research released the report today. The report lists 10 quality benchmarks for pre-K programs, including factors such as the education level of... more »
  • Bills to overhaul early childhood education advance

    March 21, 2012 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two bills that would overhaul the state's early childhood education programs are advancing through the capitol. The full Senate approved SB 581. The House education committee approved HB 933. Supporters say both bills require BESE to set goals for children to make them more kindergarten ready. ... 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 »
  • Obama to push for veterans jobs programs

    February 3, 2012 5:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - Emulating the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the president Friday will unveil a new jobs program for the nation's veterans, designed to rebuild roads, levees and trails on public lands. To make the announcement, President Obama will travel across the Potomac to a fire station in Arlington,... more »
  • Jindal proposes grading early childhood programs

    January 26, 2012 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tucked in the list of Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to overhaul Louisiana education is a plan to rework the state's uncoordinated system of prekindergarten and early childhood programs. The state has programs scattered across agencies and funding types that don't fit into Louisiana's accountability system. Jindal wants to... more »
  • Expansion of pre-K programs curtailed in recession

    January 17, 2012 5:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, lots of preschoolers aren't going to school to learn their ABCs. Kids from low-income families who start kindergarten without attending a quality... more »
  • HUD gives $26.3M to Louisiana homeless programs

    December 21, 2011 6:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Louisiana more than $26 million to help 153 homeless programs continue operating next year. Baton Rouge programs will receive more than $1.8 million in funding. The funding is part of HUD's Continuum of Care grants... more »
  • New degrees coming to BR universities

    December 12, 2011 7:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU and Southern University are expected to add new academic programs to their institutions following the end of the state's two-year suspension on degree creation. The Advocate reports that the Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a new bachelor's degree in athletic training at LSU. ... more »
  • Pre-kindergarten programs under microscope

    August 21, 2011 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State officials say Louisiana's pre-kindergarten programs have become a confusing array of efforts with varying standards, costs and successes. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Walter Lee says they need better organization, structure, and services. He spoke during a special forum last week. The Advocate... 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 »
  • UL System recommends 138 academic programs for termimation

    February 28, 2011 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The University of Louisiana System is set to submit its eight universities' responses to the latest Board of Regents low-completer program review. Of the over 200 programs identified, campuses recommend 138 for termination with 101 of these to be consolidated/reformatted within existing degree programs. Additionally,... 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 »
  • Congress moves to stop loud TV ads

    December 2, 2010 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON- Congress has passed legislation that could shield TV viewers from loud TV ads when programs go to commercial. Under the legislation, the Federal Communications Commission will require adoption of industry standards aimed at ensuring that commercials will not be noticeably louder than regular programs. Complaints have been... more »
  • Colleges promise improved results for tuition hike

    October 27, 2010 4:44 AM

    Louisiana's public colleges are entering into contracts pledging to boost graduation rates, improve student achievement, and eliminate underperforming programs in exchange for increasing tuition by up to 10 percent a year. The Board of Regents will consider the performance agreements Wednesday for 34 campuses. If approved, the colleges will be... more »
  • Southern University to receive $1.6 million in federal funding

    September 29, 2010 8:45 PM

    Southern University at Baton Rouge will receive $1.6 million in funding for the 2010-2011 fiscal year from the U.S. Department of Education. Chancellor Kofi Lomotey said the funding comes from the DOE’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Institution Aid Program. It will be used for a variety of needs and... more »
  • Board reinstates 2 degree programs at LSU

    August 26, 2010 6:27 AM

    LSU degree programs in comparative literature and in women's and gender studies have received new life when they were reinstated after previously being terminated in January. The Louisiana Board of Regents also authorized new Baton Rouge Community College programs in engineering, veterinary technology and diagnostic medical sonography, a specialized form... more »
  • BREC fights to keep after school programs

    August 25, 2010 7:03 PM

    Hundreds of families in the Baton Rouge area could be left without anywhere for their children to go after school. It comes after the Department of Children and Family Services ordered BREC to meet the same standards for licensed childcare centers. DCFS requires a license for any facility that keeps... more »
  • Texas couple charged in theft from nonprofit

    August 13, 2010 5:31 AM

    A Texas couple has been indicted on charges they conspired to embezzle more than $220,000 from a Louisiana health care benefit program where the wife worked. Melanie Newman and Michael Anthony Goodloe Jr. are charged with conspiracy, health care fraud and uttering forged securities. Newman worked as a bookkeeper for... more »
  • Appeals court date set in Kaplan school case

    August 11, 2010 7:14 AM

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a challenge of the single-gender programs at a Kaplan middle school. A federal district judge ruled in April that the all-boys and all-girls classes at Rene Rost Middle School could continue under court-mandated conditions addressing errors in the program's... more »
  • Ascension College students meet with higher ed leaders

    August 6, 2010 5:34 PM

    Ascension College students are being offered help from eight area schools after the college closed its doors unexpectedly last week. The Louisiana Board of Regents called an emergency meeting to help the group. The students ranged from those early in their training to others who only lacked a certification... more »
  • LSU planning job, class cuts for 2011 school year

    June 24, 2010 9:25 PM

    LSU is warning that jobs, degrees and even some colleges are on the line. Higher education will lose $300 million of federal money next summer. The LSU system will have to absorb nearly half that. Each facility in the system, including the Baton Rouge campus, will lose nearly a... more »
  • SE Louisiana proposes cutting French programs

    June 18, 2010 6:35 AM

    Southeastern Louisiana University plans to ask for approval to end its undergraduate degree programs in French and French eduction to help meet cuts in the state's budget allocation. University officials said the formal request would be presented at the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors' meeting next week. Vice... more »
  • EBR breaks down budget, layoffs possible

    June 14, 2010 9:51 PM

    Sudden state funding cuts, a required rise in retirement expenses and declining sales taxes are causing the East Baton Rouge School District to face a $30 million operating gap. The district proposed Monday night to close that gap by shedding construction, maintenance and training costs, while keeping health insurance and... more »
  • Federal grant to help LTC

    February 16, 2010 6:59 AM

    A $4.8 million federal Recovery Act grant is expected to help area Louisiana Technical College campuses increase the local work force. The grant award totals nearly $4.9 million and will affect more than 700 students across the LTC Greater Acadiana region's campuses in the seven-parish area. The funds will be... more »
  • Higher education board cuts 28 programs

    January 28, 2010 5:08 AM

    The Louisiana Board of Regents is cutting 28 programs with low completion rates to save money. The action includes consolidating eight programs into three, eliminating 14 degree programs and shutting down 14 technical programs. Most of the programs, according to the Regents, were identified last April as "low-completer" programs and... more »
  • DSS budget cuts put strain on youth programs

    December 17, 2009 7:43 PM

    The Department of Social Services is feeling the pinch from state budget cuts, and now the trickle effect is causing cuts to some youth programs. DSS entered into three-year contracts with 37 organizations statewide, to provide over $2.3 million for youth programs. Those included teen pregnancy prevention, fatherhood, and... more »
  • East Feliciana academic programs in limbo

    December 2, 2009 5:52 PM

    An after school program and optional academic program on Mondays for students in East Feliciana Parish are at risk of shutting down. Grant money was used to fund the "21st Century After School Program" and "5th Day Project." That money has run out, forcing school leaders to temporarily suspend... more »
  • Bethany Christian School faces changes

    October 28, 2009 5:47 PM

    Bethany Christian School administrators say change is needed to deal with the economy. The Baker school plans to cut some staff and eliminate its sports programs starting next fall. It is part of an effort to keep tuition affordable. The school's costs are supplemented by Bethany World Prayer Center. ... more »

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