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  • Council budget hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon

    November 12, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro council members are getting ready to take a look at next year's budget proposal. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden unveiled his 2016 budget proposal. The $880.4 million budget includes more money for safety agencies and a pay bump for government employees. On Thursday, Metro... more »
  • Ascension school board members draw up project wish list

    September 30, 2015 7:47 AM

    GONZALES- Ascension Parish School Board members have a list of 14 projects - including three new primary schools and a middle school - they hope will be funded by a $120 million bond proposal going before voters on April 9. The bond proposal, if passed, would be paid for with... more »
  • Metro Council passes proposal for extra Head Start safety check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council is looked at improving security at all Head Start programs throughout the parish at its meeting on Wednesday. The Council approved a measure to allow for the installation of a special security laminate covering on all windows and doors on the parishe's 14... more »
  • Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House

    May 27, 2015 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only a year after a medical marijuana proposal stalled in its first hearing before state lawmakers, a bill that could get medical-grade pot to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy is nearing final passage. The House Health and Welfare Committee approved... more »
  • Common core, infrastructure on session agenda Wednesday

    May 27, 2015 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers will revisit common core standards during Wednesday's session. They'll be looking at a bill that would review the academic benchmarks throughout the state. The bill would also include required public hearings in every congressional district. A House committee will also look at another bill that would... more »
  • Possible hotel tax coming to Baton Rouge

    May 13, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is deciding whether to approve two proposed taxing districts for downtown hotels. Plans call for a new Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard Mariott. Developers of both projects are seeking new tax increment financing districts. These new districts would allow developers to... more »
  • Proposals to cap La. film tax credit program move forward

    April 28, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A trio of proposals to trim Louisiana's generous film tax credit program have won the backing of the House tax committee, as it looks for ways to help balance next year's budget. The House Ways and Means Committee sent to the full House three different cap levels... more »
  • Legislative hearings open on Jindal's budget proposal

    March 17, 2015 3:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget committee is starting its hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.6 billion spending plan recommended for next year. Lawmakers are looking for ways to close a $1.6 billion budget gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and avoid deep cuts to colleges and... more »
  • Deficit-closing plan from Gov. Jindal delayed to Feb.

    January 29, 2015 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has pushed back to mid-February the release of its proposal to close a $103 million budget deficit. Jindal administration spokeswoman Meghan Parrish said Thursday that the proposal to rebalance this year's $25 billion budget will be presented to lawmakers at a Feb. 20... more »
  • Mayor's tax proposal on Metro Council agenda check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 14, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposed sales tax is on the agenda for the Metro Council meeting today in Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden is asking for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to fund public safety projects. Holden's proposed $335 million tax plan would also fund capital improvements. It... more »
  • Senators OK bill to hide source of execution drugs

    May 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to let the state corrections department hide information about the source of its execution drugs and buy them from compounding pharmacies outside Louisiana is nearing final passage. The Senate voted 29-7 Friday to back the proposal by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto. Lopinto says the changes... more »
  • Senate debate resubmitted school financing proposal

    May 19, 2014 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will debate an updated $3.6 billion formula to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year, after the Senate's budget committee voted 10-1 Monday for the latest version submitted by state education leaders. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rewrote the 2014-15 school financing... more »
  • Technology maintenance proposal moves to full House

    May 12, 2014 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to consolidate computer maintenance work across most state agencies into one office is nearing final legislative passage, winning support Monday from the House Appropriations Committee. The budget assumes $24.7 million in savings from the consolidation effort. The savings would come from merging software... more »
  • Senators kill proposal to raise minimum wage

    April 24, 2014 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have rejected a proposal that could have increased the minimum wage in Louisiana, a vote that's expected to shelve the debate for the legislative session. Without objection Thursday, the Senate Labor Committee killed the bill by Sen. Ben Nevers, a Bogalusa Democrat. The House Labor Committee earlier... more »
  • Senate rejects proposal to water down helmet law

    April 3, 2014 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana motorcyclists still must wear helmets, and there will be no exceptions. The Senate Transportation Committee killed a proposal by Republican Sen. Mike Walsworth that would have allowed people 21 and older to ride without a helmet if they complete a safety training course and hold a certain... more »
  • Board accepts proposal to close high school

    March 27, 2014 10:31 PM

    NEW ROADS- The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board accepted a proposal from the state Recovery School District to funnel high school students from Pointe Coupee Central High to Livonia High beginning in the fall. The state no longer wants to run the school, so it will be returned to... more »
  • Lawmaker fights for religious holidays

    December 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When the legislature convenes in the spring, lawmakers will likely discuss a proposal to allow Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations in public schools. State Representative Alan Seabaugh, a republican from north Louisiana plans to push a law allowing for holiday festivities dealing with those religious events. ... more »
  • Ascension board rejects charter school application

    December 4, 2013 8:57 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish School Board has denied an application for a charter school by Dumaka Moultrie, of Atlanta, following the recommendation of its consultant, Kimberly Williams, of New Millennium Education. Williams said the proposed school, Life Preparatory Academy, had no board and the Atlanta group's application was weak on... more »
  • St. George could have adverse effect on Baton Rouge Play Video

    December 1, 2013 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People against the proposed city of Saint George believe it could spell trouble for Baton Rouge if it becomes a reality. A report released by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation outlined potential impacts if Saint George is incorporated. The... more »
  • Ascension considers taking over balloon festival

    November 26, 2013 8:12 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish government may take over the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center if a plan proposed by Parish President Tommy Martinez is accepted by the parish council next month. Council members meeting as a subcommittee Monday discussed the future of the... more »
  • New promise from Iran

    October 14, 2013 7:33 PM

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND- Iran promises to break the stalemate over its nuclear program when it makes a new proposal tomorrow as talks resume with the U.S. and five other major powers in Geneva. Iran is singing a new tune and promises its ready to meet some international demands to reduce... more »
  • US distances, then embraces Russia idea on Syria

    September 10, 2013 4:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Twenty-four hours after distancing itself from a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons, the State Department moved to embrace the idea, which the U.S. says President Barack Obama and the Russian president first discussed last year. Russia's surprise announcement came Monday after Secretary of State John Kerry... more »
  • St. John sheriff seeks sales tax increase

    September 10, 2013 9:10 AM

    EDGARD - Six months after St. John the Baptist Parish voters rejected a quarter-cent sales tax for the Sheriff' Office, the proposal is back on the Oct. 19 ballot. This time, Sheriff Mike Tregre says he is trying to do a better job informing voters and clearly promoting the... more »
  • Backers have plan to keep LA Swift running

    July 19, 2013 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of LA Swift have cobbled together a proposal that would keep the commuter bus service running between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The plan was submitted to the Federal Transit Administration this week and provided to The Associated Press by the state Department of Transportation and... more »
  • Officials scale back tax plans in Central

    July 9, 2013 8:11 AM

    CENTRAL - Central School Superintendent Michael Faulk says he is scaling back a series of spending proposals he outlined earlier this year. Faulk is proposing selling $13.1 million in construction bonds, with about $8.1 million dedicated to Central High School. That includes an estimated $5.8 million for a new... more »
  • Questions raised about House budget proposal

    May 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators are expressing skepticism about some assumptions House lawmakers used to balance next year's budget. The Senate Finance Committee have started to comb through the House's $25 billion bipartisan budget, trying to decide what senators might want to change. Sen. Greg Tarver, of Shreveport, questioned how the House... more »
  • Senate committee backs Medicaid expansion model

    April 30, 2013 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal for Louisiana to tap into the federal health overhaul money available for expanding Medicaid has won approval from the state Senate's health committee, despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send a modified Medicaid expansion bill to the full Senate... more »
  • Boy Scouts proposing to lift gay ban for youth

    April 19, 2013 10:22 AM

    NEW YORK - Under pressure over its longstanding ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders. The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of... more »
  • Proposal: West Bank Connector from BR to NO

    April 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Opinions vary among local and state officials whether or not a proposed "West Bank Connector" can get off the ground this legislative session. Wilfred Barry, president of the SJB Group, a Baton Rouge design firm, is working with six parishes on a plan that would bring an... more »
  • La. workers excited about minimum wage proposal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage $9 has many workers excited. "It would be nice, it would definitely help a lot of people out," said Jonathan Meyers in Baton Rouge. "It's not surprising to me, because I know he's trying to put... more »
  • Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

    February 4, 2013 7:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and the law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and require universal background checks for gun buyers. Obama is pitching his anti-gun violence agenda Monday in Minnesota, a Democratic-leaning state where officials have been... more »
  • Obama calls for research on media in gun violence

    January 16, 2013 4:21 PM

    NEW YORK - The sweeping proposals from President Barack Obama today for curbing gun violence put little of the focus on movies, TV and video games. The White House pressed most forcefully for Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons like the ones used in... more »
  • Obama: Gun control specifics to come within days

    January 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - He's acknowledging an uphill fight in Congress -- so President Barack Obama says he's looking at actions he can take on his own to confront gun violence. He told reporters today that he will present a plan within days. Obama says the ideas that are on the table... more »
  • Lawmakers hesitant about Jindal tax proposal Play Video

    January 11, 2013 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are responding with caution to Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to eliminate Louisiana's income tax in exchange for higher sales taxes and other tax code changes. Among specific concerns raised Friday by legislators who will decide the fate of the plan are how it will impact low- to... more »
  • Boehner plans vote on backup proposal

    December 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - As the country continues to creep closer to the so-called "fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner is planning a vote on his backup proposal tomorrow. "Plan B," as it's called, would block tax increases from being triggered Jan. 1 on everyone but those whose incomes exceed $1 million.... more »
  • Obama pressing for policy changes after shooting

    December 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking a team led by Vice President Joe Biden to offer "concrete proposals" to curb gun violence no later than January, in the aftermath of the horrific massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Obama says after he receives recommendations from Biden's group, he will... more »
  • Proposal could let colleges raise their own tuition check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 4, 2012 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuition at four-year universities could go up in Louisiana under a new proposal before the Board of Regents. If approved, the proposal will give four-year institutions the same power to set tuition like two-year technical and community colleges have, in accordance with the Board of Regents... more »
  • NHL releases details of latest offer to NHLPA

    October 17, 2012 10:30 AM

    TORONTO - The NHL has released details of its latest collective bargaining proposal to the public. In an unprecedented move, the league has published the documents it handed over to the NHL Players' Association on Tuesday in an attempt to save a full 82-game season and end the third lockout... more »
  • St. Helena to vote on tax measure for schools

    October 8, 2012 2:54 PM

    GREENSBURG - The St. Helena School Board will ask parish voters Nov. 6 to consider a scaled-back version of prior tax proposals in support of parish schools. The school board is seeking a 10-year, 16.4-mill property tax for school employee pay raises and an $8 million bond issue, backed... more »
  • Pointe Coupee considers trash collection proposal

    September 27, 2012 8:41 AM

    NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury has decided to pay a private consultant $5,000 to compile a comprehensive study detailing what it would take to initiate a parish-operated trash collection program. The jury voted 6-5 this week to take the step after an official with Progressive... more »
  • Students brace for tuition increase

    June 27, 2012 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students who attend some of Louisiana's public colleges will find out soon If they will have to pay higher tuition. Today, the State Board of Regents will announce what schools meet the benchmarks under the GRAD act. Those schools can raise tuition by 10 percent. News... more »
  • Senate budget proposal relies on complex financing

    May 29, 2012 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - To stave off deep cuts, senators are proposing to balance next year's budget with a series of financing maneuvers tied to building sales, loan repayments and fund transfers. The provisions - some initially pushed by the Jindal administration - were included in the Senate Finance Committee's budget... more »
  • College merger proposal scrapped for the session

    May 16, 2012 7:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two north Louisiana lawmakers are scrapping their attempt to make LSU's Shreveport campus a branch of Louisiana Tech University. Reps. Thomas Carmody and Jim Fannin say they don't have the two-thirds support to get the merger proposal through the Louisiana House, so they agreed to shelve the... more »
  • Steep budget cuts possible for education and health care

    May 14, 2012 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the $25 billion budget proposal passed by the House could force steep cuts in public colleges and health care, damaging services. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater outlined his concerns Monday to the Senate Finance Committee. GOP lawmakers in the House... more »
  • Voting set to begin on CATS tax issue

    April 20, 2012 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voting day is tomorrow in parishes across Louisiana. More than 100 tax proposals and renewals, as well as bond initiatives will be decided by voters. A 10-year, 10.6-mill property tax proposal to serve as a dedicated funding source for the struggling Capital Area Transit System one... more »
  • House panel guts anti-bullying proposal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 18, 2012 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge lawmaker has pulled her anti-bullying proposal after the House Education Committee gutted it, taking out any reference to the type of activity that would be banned. The proposal has become an annual flashpoint over the rights of gay students, and both the Jindal administration... more »
  • Proposal would rewrite La.'s right to bear arms

    April 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate judiciary panel has supported a rewriting of Louisiana's constitutional protections for the right to bear arms, despite concerns it could nullify most gun restrictions in the state and could open the door to allow guns in schools, bars and churches. The proposal sponsored by Republican... more »
  • Another proposal for former Six Flags site

    March 2, 2012 7:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A development company says a major outdoor sporting goods retailer is interested in anchoring an outlet mall that could be built at the site of the defunct Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. DAG Development chief executive David Garcia told CityBusiness of New Orleans that the... more »
  • Panel limits sentencing proposals at Jindal urging

    February 17, 2012 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The commission charged by Gov. Bobby Jindal with finding politically viable ways to reduce Louisiana's high incarceration rate watered down key proposals after urging from the Jindal administration. After months of building consensus among judges, sheriffs and district attorneys and other interest groups, the Louisiana Sentencing Commission was... more »
  • Council on Aging groups concerned over budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 9, 2012 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Seniors are concerned about Governor Bobby Jindal's new $25.5 billion budget. Jindal's commissioner of administration, Paul Rainwater, presented a proposal today that would move the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs (which oversees the Councils on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging across the state) under the... more »
  • Christmas Lights Proposal

    December 20, 2011 7:31 PM

    A Christmas light display contained a message for Elizabeth Caron in Norwich, Connecticut. Jeremy Wilcox and his mom spent about two hours putting the words "Will you marry me?" in lights across the fence at the family home, which is traditionally decorated with elaborate holiday scenes. He popped his question... more »
  • School board turns down charter school proposal

    December 16, 2011 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted against the development of a second school modeled after the Inspire Charter Academy. The board announced its decision Thursday after two months of reviewing the proposal. Inspire, which opened in August 2010, is an offshoot of... more »
  • Potential move for Pineville medical center

    December 9, 2011 5:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors will consider Friday a proposal to close the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville. The measure, if approved, would relocate the facility to a renovated former military hospital at the England Airpark in nearby Alexandria. Governor Bobby Jindal says... more »
  • Tax renewal proposals headed to Calcasieu ballot

    October 9, 2011 9:37 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La.- The Calcasieu Parish School Board wants to put three tax renewal propositions on the March 2012 ballot. Karl Bruchhaus, the school system's chief financial officer, said two of the proposals are for 10-year parishwide renewals. The other pertains solely to Bell City. One of the... more »
  • Council votes tax package down again

    August 10, 2011 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted tonight not to send Mayor-President Kip Holden's tax proposal package on to East Baton Rouge Parish voters this October. The vote was 9-1 not to put the measure on the ballot. Two members of the Council were absent. Earlier, Holden had... more »
  • Mayor's tax plan goes back to Metro Council

    August 9, 2011 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People in East Baton Rouge Parish may never get the chance to vote on Mayor-President Kip Holden's $748 million tax plan. Tomorrow night Metro Council could vote to keep it off the ballot in November. The Metro Council voted 9-3 to keep the proposal off the agenda... more »
  • Tax package back on EBR Metro Council agenda

    August 3, 2011 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden's package of tax increases are back on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council's agenda, after it was flatly rejected at their last meeting. Scott Dyer, the mayor's spokesperson, told News 2 the plan would be "basically the same", raising $748 million to pay... more »
  • Mayor Holden: Tax plan moving forward

    July 28, 2011 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One day after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council killed his nearly $800 million bond proposal, Mayor-President Kip Holden said the plan is moving forward but wouldn't elaborate how. Nine of the 12 Council members voted to kill the proposal before it was to be discussed... more »
  • Holden planning for another bond proposal

    April 14, 2011 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says he will support putting another bond proposal on the October or November ballot. The mayor says details are being ironed out. Voters rejected other recent tax increases that included everything from money for a downtown tourist attraction to roads and crime... more »
  • Man pitches proposal instead of beads in parade

    March 20, 2011 12:34 PM

    HOUMA, La.- It wasn't a set of beads that Laura Shelton got from a float rider in the recently ended Mardi Gras season. It was a marriage proposal. Her boyfriend Craig Rotzler, was riding on a float in the Krewe of Houmas parade on Fat Tuesday when he held... more »
  • Jindal says Obama proposal doesn't do enough

    March 1, 2011 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal says that President Barack Obama's willingness to give states more flexibility in complying with his health overhaul doesn't go far enough. Jindal, a Republican, was on hand when Obama told governors at a meeting in Washington that he supports speeding up their... more »
  • 6 groups respond to prison-sale proposal

    February 20, 2011 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections' request for information on how much it would cost to operate two north Louisiana prisons has generated some interest. The Times-Picayune reports six groups have responded to the request. Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed selling state-owned prisons in... more »
  • Regents to discuss SUNO/UNO merger Feb. 8

    January 27, 2011 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Regents will hold a special meeting Feb. 8 to discuss a controversial proposal to merge the University of New Orleans campus with the historically black Southern University at New Orleans campus. Regents Chairman Robert Levy announced the meeting Thursday. A Colorado consultant is studying... more »
  • CATS bus riders counting on new proposal

    January 17, 2011 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who normally take the bus may be left at the station if CATS doesn't come up with a new plan to fill a $1 million budget hole. The Capitol Area Transit Board meets Tuesday to discuss a new plan to give to Metro Council next... more »
  • Metro Council puts off CATS vote, asks for more options

    January 12, 2011 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council told Baton Rouge transit leaders they want to hear new ideas to fix the bus system. CATS has two weeks to come up with alternatives to cutting services and raising fares. The department's budget deficit is more than $1 million. A... more »

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