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  • LSU hospital closure ruled unconstitutional

    June 23, 2014 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge says lawmakers didn't follow the Louisiana Constitution in authorizing Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville. But the decision doesn't require the Jindal administration to slow plans to shutter the Huey P. Long Medical Center within a week. Judge... more »
  • CATS CEO wants you to Dump the Pump Play Video

    June 17, 2014 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Capital Area Transit System CEO Bob Mirabito stopped by 2une In Tuesday to talk about ridership numbers and National Dump the Pump Day. Over 400,000 passengers boarded CATS buses in April and May this year. That is an increase of nearly 27,000 from a year ago.... more »
  • House to debate secrecy for Capitol security video

    May 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Security surveillance video from the Louisiana Capitol complex would be off-limits to the public, under a bill heading to the full House for debate. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the proposal without objection Wednesday after a heavy rewrite that narrowed its scope. As passed by... more »
  • Public school enrollment grows slightly in 2013

    January 3, 2014 9:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana public K-12 school enrollment rose this fall to 713,104 students from 707,431 the year before, with numbers generally increasing across the greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge metropolitan areas. That's according to figures from the Louisiana Department of Education. Education Department spokesman Barry Landry tells The Times-Picayune... more »
  • Livingston voters to decide on library tax

    September 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Voters in Livingston Parish will be asked to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish library system in a ballot measure set for April 2014. Bond attorney Jim Ryan told the Parish Council that the 10-mill property tax would be renewed for 10 years if... more »
  • Most teachers pass new evaluations in first year

    September 3, 2013 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most public school classroom teachers were graded effective in the first statewide year of Louisiana's new teacher evaluation system. Under data released Tuesday by the education department, 32 percent of classroom teachers were ranked as "highly effective" and another 4 percent were determined to be "ineffective." The... more »
  • DPW begins cleaning forgotten firehouse

    August 16, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a series of reports by News 2 investigators, public works crews in Baton Rouge began cleaning an abandoned firehouse today. DPW crews started cleaning up a firehouse at Osage and Pocahontas at 7:15 a.m. Friday, removing trash, dumped tires, and dozens of condoms found on... more »
  • Final approval given to OLOL public-private partnership

    August 5, 2013 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office announced the state received final federal approval for Louisiana's public-private partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Jindal's office said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Serivces gave the final approval Monday to Louisiana's remaining Medicaid State Plan amendments... more »
  • News 2 Investigators: other cities don't have trouble with their bus system Play Video

    July 23, 2013 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The scandal that has the Capital Area Transit System searching for missing money keeps rolling along. "We've had these reconciling differences since we had the fareboxes," CATS CFO Gary Owens said. What he calls 'reconciling differences' adds up to more than $100,000 missing over a three-and-a-half... more »
  • Group: Voter registration grew at assistance sites

    July 17, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A voting rights group says thousands of poor Louisianians have registered to vote because of its pressure on state public assistance agencies to provide the applications. Nonprofit organization Project Vote says more than 29,000 people applied to vote in 2011 and 2012 through sites that offer registration... more »
  • Data: Louisiana public defenders running deficits

    June 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Nearly 70 percent of Louisiana's public defenders offices ran deficits last year, requiring them to dip heavily into fund balances to keep operations afloat as they struggle to represent clients who can't afford attorneys. According to an annual report issued by the state legislative auditor's office,... more »
  • LSU board votes to appeal public records ruling

    May 28, 2013 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Board of Supervisors has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that requires the university system to turn over names of three dozen candidates considered during it presidential search. The board's lawyer recommended the appeal, and board members agreed Tuesday without objection. LSU has refused to release... more »
  • Senators hear from public on next year's budget

    May 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care and educational programs traveled to the Louisiana Capitol to ask senators to pay for those services in next year's budget. For hours Friday, the Senate Finance Committee heard requests for cuts to be reversed, for programs to be... more »
  • PSC to revisit energy efficiency program debate

    May 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program. The Public Service Commission has been sued over its handling of the issue, with three organizations claiming the commission broke the state's open meetings law by refusing to allow public... more »
  • Senators reject new school funding formula

    May 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have killed a $3.5 billion public school funding proposal submitted to lawmakers by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to reject the formula, because of concerns about proposed changes to special education and gifted student payments to schools. The... more »
  • Benghazi report authors offer to testify in public, not private

    May 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The authors of a report on the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, are telling a House Republican that they will testify in public -- but they won't submit first to private interviews with investigators for a House oversight panel. Thomas Pickering and former Joint... more »
  • City will demolish house where child porn was found

    May 2, 2013 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The home of a man in jail on child porn charges will be torn down once utilities are disconnected the city said Thursday. A sign alerting of the demolition has already been posted on the home on Stoney Creek Avenue. David Burke lived there until he... more »
  • Etiquette tips about public behavior Play Video

    May 1, 2013 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Etiquette expert Marthanne Calvi joins us to talk about what you should and shouldn't do in public. She gives tips on how to act and appear proper to others. If you have questions or topics for her to consider, send them to RFlores@WBRZ.com . more »
  • Lawmakers: LSU deals keep information from public

    April 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are raising questions about whether the LSU privatization agreements devised by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration provide enough public scrutiny of the hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. The concerns were voiced Friday as the Legislature's joint budget committee reviewed agreements to turn over management of... more »
  • Public forum held to discuss police reform in NO

    April 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A public hearing in New Orleans is being held to determine the firm that will oversee the city's compliance with requirements in an agreement to reform the long-troubled police department. Monday's hearing comes even as the city tries to get out of the reform agreement it made... more »
  • Audit of hospital finds $67K in questioned costs

    March 26, 2013 9:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- An audit finds the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans did not confirm patients were eligible for a federally-funded HIV program for low-income individuals and families. While the hospital has since outsourced eligibility screenings to the Department of Health and Hospitals, no plan is yet in place... more »
  • City to deal with porn house called eyesore

    March 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city will deal with a house where hundreds of images of child pornography were found last year. Neighbors have complained about the house on Stoney Creek Ave. A judge ruled the city can make repairs, and if it is deemed dangerous, it can be torn... more »
  • LHSAA football playoff split debated at the capitol Play Video

    March 5, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Members of a joint legislative committee got answers about a plan to split the high school football playoffs between public and private schools. Principals from the 389 schools within the Louisiana High School Athletic Association were allowed to vote. 291 of those schools have football programs. Supporters... more »
  • Lawmakers tackle LHSAA football playoff changes

    March 5, 2013 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are looking into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's decision to separate public school football playoffs from those held by other schools, including magnet and charter schools. A special joint Senate-House committee is reviewing the league's decision to scrap a system that has been in... more »
  • Football playoffs face legislative scrutiny

    March 4, 2013 8:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislature is looking into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's decision to separate public school football playoffs from those held by other schools - including magnet and charter schools. A special joint Senate-House committee will review the league's decision to scrap a system that has been... more »
  • White finishes statement, Holden to render decision Play Video

    February 18, 2013 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dwayne White has finished his testimony at a special hearing into his future. Mayor-President Kip Holden said he would have a decision in the matter in about ten minutes. White testified for more than an hour telling Holden he and the police department had... more »
  • Phone calls to get cheaper at La. prisons

    December 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The costs of many prison phone calls are set to drop over the next couple of years. The Louisiana Public Service Commission agreed Wednesday to a revamped proposal that will shrink the price tag for prisoners to call home, after complaints that current rates were too high... more »
  • LSU board redoing vote on controversial job merger

    December 7, 2012 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's governing board is re-voting on its plans to merge the jobs of university system president and flagship campus chancellor. The Board of Supervisors will reconsider the idea Friday. The latest vote is designed to address concerns from the attorney general's office that the October decision was... more »
  • Planned January layoffs delayed at LSU hospitals

    December 5, 2012 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly all 1,500 state employee layoffs scheduled for January at LSU hospitals across south Louisiana have been put on hold. The delay comes as university leaders continue negotiating with private hospitals to take over some public hospital operations. The Advocate reports that LSU hospitals leader Frank Opelka... more »
  • Clinton awarded quarter-million for public safety

    November 28, 2012 12:23 PM

    CLINTON - The town of Clinton received more than a quarter-million dollars in grant money this week to make public safety improvements. One grant worth $200,000 will be used to pay off the loan used to buy the town's first new fire truck in 15 years. Fire Chief Doug... more »
  • Audit: Restaurant inspections don't ensure safety

    November 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana's Office of Public Health has fallen short in its inspections of restaurants and other retail establishments that serve food, failing to ensure the meals are safe. The audit says the state issued permits to restaurants that didn't correct past violations, rarely assessed... more »
  • Appeal court: teacher furlough day illegal

    November 15, 2012 3:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state appeal court says that the Jefferson Parish Public School System illegally cut teachers' pay by imposing an unpaid day of leave for every teacher in the district. The Jefferson Federation of Teachers sued the school board after it ordered the furlough. District Judge Steve Windhorst... more »
  • Angelle takes open Public Service Commission seat

    November 6, 2012 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Jindal administration official Scott Angelle has won an open seat on Louisiana's utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission. He took more than half the vote Tuesday over four other candidates, securing the south central Louisiana seat left vacant by retiring commissioner Jimmy Field. Angelle, of... more »
  • Community turns run-down building into art Play Video

    October 16, 2012 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of artists turned a run-down building in Old South Baton Rouge into a work of art recently. The corner building near the old Lincoln Theater on Myrtle Walk used to be abandoned, but was taken over to become "The Museum of Public Art", an... more »
  • LSU seeking agreements with private health firms

    October 11, 2012 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A week after $152 million in cuts were levied across the LSU public hospitals, Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says no new formal arrangements have yet been reached with private hospitals to pick up the care. But he and LSU hospitals chief Frank Opelka said Thursday... more »
  • Four DPW workers arrested in EBR for fuel theft

    October 2, 2012 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested four Department of Public Works employees in East Baton Rouge Parish in suspicion of stealing gas from city-parish fueling stations. According to the EBR Mayor-President's Office, police arrested Ensley Joseph, Rodney Maxwell, Joyce Gatlin, and Lawrence Smith this morning. Interim Public Works Director... more »
  • Walker man arrested for public bribery

    August 14, 2012 5:53 PM

    WALKER - Sheriff's deputies arrested a man for public bribery after they said he tried to get someone to drop charges against him and his daughter. Deputies had earlier arrested Herman Severio, 66, and his daughter Holly Severio, 32, in July. Investigators said Herman shot a person's dog and... more »
  • Jindal budget office refuses to provide records

    July 17, 2012 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget office won't provide most of its records tied to the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit program and a controversial ruling about qualifying vehicles that was rescinded by the governor. A lawyer for the Division of Administration said records requested by The Associated... more »
  • 2 percent hike in students reaching 'basic' level

    May 23, 2012 2:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State education officials say the percentage of Louisiana public school students reaching "basic" achievement levels on standardized tests grew from 66 percent to 68 percent this year. Superintendent of Education John White said at a Wednesday news conference that the 2 percent increase means roughly 10,000 more... more »
  • Facebook falls flat in public debut

    May 18, 2012 4:16 PM

    NEW YORK - After all the hype, Facebook's first day as a public company ended where it began. In its much-anticipated debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market, Facebook's stock closed Friday at $38.23, up 23 cents. It had been priced at $38 per share on Thursday night. After an anxiety-filled... more »
  • Investors watching Facebook's debut on Wall Street

    May 18, 2012 11:14 AM

    NEW YORK - Facebook is updating its status to "public company" as its stock jumps in its debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock opened at $42.05 on Friday morning. It later settled at $39. CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiled as rang the opening bell from Facebook's headquarters in... more »
  • Facebook prices IPO at $38 per share

    May 17, 2012 3:30 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook says it has priced its initial public offering of stock at $38 per share. That's the high end of its expected range of $34 to $38. It means investor demand is strong for the world's largest online social network. Facebook now stands to reap as... more »
  • Facebook set to price initial public offering

    May 17, 2012 10:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Facebook's initial public offering could be one of the largest in history if its stock prices at the high end of its expected range on Thursday. Facebook Inc. will likely price its IPO late Thursday, meaning that the investment banks orchestrating the offering will determine the price... more »
  • City officials to clean home of man arrested for child porn Play Video

    May 11, 2012 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge plans to clean up the yard of a man who was arrested Thursday on 100 counts of child pornography. It's a story News 2 first brought you in October 2010, when the Department of Public Works said it was planning to... 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 »
  • Some parents opting to homeschool their children Play Video

    May 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Due to frustrations with t Louisiana's public school system, dozens of parents in Baton Rouge have decided to home school their children. But the parents we spoke to aren't home schooling their children on their own, but instead paying someone else to do it. Terri... more »
  • Florida governor denies public pressure lead to charges

    April 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    WEST PALM BEACH - Florida's governor is rejecting any suggestions charges were filed in the killing of the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin because of public pressure. Republican Gov. Rick Scott said he doesn't believe special prosecutor Angela Corey is influenced by anything but the facts of the case. Scott says... more »
  • Public comment opened for offshore sales

    March 20, 2012 7:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is opening a public comment period for two proposed offshore petroleum lease sales in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. No firm dates have been set for the sales, but federal plans call for the sales to be held between... more »
  • Public defender on leave following arrest Play Video

    February 27, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Public defender Nelvil Hollingsworth took a "personal leave" from his position today, according to the Baton Rouge Public Defenders office. This comes after guards at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola arrested him Saturday. They said he was caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison... more »
  • Public gets look at proposed new school district in BR

    February 21, 2012 9:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Taxpayers in Southeast Baton Rouge got a look Tuesday night at a proposal that would create a new school district for that area. The organization "Local Schools for Local Children" started introducing its plans to split the district two weeks ago. Tonight, they were seeking public opinion... more »
  • Public erupts at EBR school board meeting Play Video

    February 8, 2012 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The audience at the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting Wednesday night blamed the board for putting politics and petty fighting before good decisions for children. At one point, people chanted to recall the board, and a Sheriff's deputy had to step in to maintain control.... more »
  • Jindal budget won't cut colleges at cost of state employee's retirements

    February 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget won't propose cuts to public colleges next year and would give the schools an extra $100 million if lawmakers agree to raise retirement costs for state workers and make other changes to the state employee retirement system. The governor's chief of staff, Stephen... more »
  • LSU health cuts may affect thousands Play Video

    February 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Health Care system is making nearly $7 million in cuts involving the Earl K. Long Hospital System. As part of those moves, the EKL Mid City Pediatric Clinic on North Foster Drive will close March 2nd. LSU officials say it is necessary to deal with... more »
  • Bogalusa's public graveyards may get more pricey

    January 2, 2012 2:20 PM

    BOGALUSA - Some Bogalusa residents are upset by at a proposal to raise the price of plots at the two city-owned cemeteries. They now cost $100 at Bogalusa Cemetery and $150 at Ponemah Cemetery. City officials want to raise the price to $700. The Daily News reports that the City... more »
  • College study panel pushes more power for Regents

    November 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The latest commission studying the governance of Louisiana's public colleges is suggesting that the Board of Regents have more power over college management boards and state funding for them. The panel backed 21 recommendations Tuesday to forward to lawmakers. Among the suggestions that would need... more »
  • CDC: La. scores 100 in public health emergency prep

    September 21, 2011 2:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana and Mississippi got good grades on plans for dealing with public health emergencies and on their public health labs' performance. For the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Louisiana's plans a perfect score in all 13 categories. Louisiana's... more »
  • Police hoping public will help clear year-old levee murder

    September 20, 2011 10:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A year after an innocent teen was gunned-down on the Baton Rouge levee downtown, police are still looking for clues. 17-year-old Darius Augustus was shot about this time a year ago. He and younger family members were on the levee waiting for a ride home, after visiting... more »
  • Regents rewriting higher education master plan

    August 24, 2011 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's Board of Regents is rewriting the master plan for Louisiana's public colleges, which will update the long-term goals for the campuses and set a framework for each college's mission. The move - to adjust the master plan adopted in 2001 - comes as state... more »
  • LSP: Officer killed in wreck wasn't wearing seatbelt

    August 10, 2011 10:44 AM

    ALBANY - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash in Livingston Parish that killed a Department of Public Safety officer. State Police said Corporal John Kendall, 64, of Baton Rouge was driving his DPS unit east on I-12 when he ran off the road, crossed the median and entered oncoming... more »
  • Five DPW workers suspended

    August 1, 2011 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five Department of Public Works employees in Baton Rouge face suspension without pay after errors were discovered on their timesheets. Housekeeper Ruth Stephney was suspended two days without pay. Trades technician Michael Robinson and custodian Earlene Carney will both face five-day suspensions without pay. Trades technician... more »
  • Public hospital board scraps federal finance idea

    July 7, 2011 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The management group overseeing plans to build a New Orleans public medical center has withdrawn its request for federal financing to back any debt involved in the hospital construction. The University Medical Center request was scrapped Thursday, in a letter to the U.S. Department of... more »
  • West Baton Rouge employees get raise

    June 24, 2011 3:23 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Many West Baton Rouge Parish employees will see a 5 percent cost of living increase in the next fiscal year, after the Parish Council voted unanimously to approve the measure. Parish Finance Director Philip Bourgoyne said Thursday employees affected include classified full-time and part-time employees, including... more »
  • New BRPD Chief has first face-to-face with public

    June 2, 2011 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One community in Baton Rouge met with the new top crime-fighter in the city Thursday night. Chief Dewayne White shared his background and goals with the crowd at the District 6 Community Meeting, but also listened to people with ideas and concerns. White says in just... more »
  • Bill would consolidate driver's ed courses

    May 3, 2011 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana House committee has approved a bill to consolidate the state driver's education programs, and allow school systems to privatize them. Some of the current courses and schools fall under the Louisiana Department of Public Safety. High school driver's ed courses fall under the Louisiana... more »
  • AG: Personal emails by officials disclosure-free

    April 22, 2011 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana attorney general says personal emails written by government officials on government computers are exempt from public disclosure. The ruling by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell does not carry the force of law, but such rulings are generally abided by unless a court rules otherwise. ... more »
  • Golden Girls and Tiger Girls hold public dress rehearsal

    January 30, 2011 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Before the LSU Golden Girls and Tiger Girls leave for Hong Kong to perform in the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade next week, the dancers will hold a public dress rehearsal tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. ... more »
  • Broken BR sidewalks being replaced with gravel

    January 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Public workers are ripping up concrete in Baton Rouge's Garden District to fix sidewalks broken by tree roots. The works comes three months after a News 2 report prompted a promise from the city to fix the problem. Several homeowners had complained trees on city property were... more »
  • Pew Center to research, reform Louisiana prison system

    January 20, 2011 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s criminal justice system is going to get a thorough examination by the Pew Center to help make it work more efficiently, and keep prisoners from re-offending. Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the Pew Center will research the state’s prisons and sentencing policies, and then help... more »
  • Community gives CATS feedback on route/rate plan

    January 4, 2011 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System, or CATS, heard from the public Tuesday night about its plan to fill a budget deficit by cutting routes and adding rates. The agency is facing a $1.2 million hole in its 2011 budget, and are proposing to get rid of... more »
  • CATS approves budget with $1.2 million deficit

    December 14, 2010 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System has approved a budget that's short more than $1 million. CATS Board Member and Metro Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis says she abstained from the vote because public hearings on the budget weren't held yet. Lewis says CATS plans to go to the... more »
  • Interim Police Chief says department "dealing a blow" to crime

    December 7, 2010 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Interim Baton Rouge Police Chief Charles Mondrick says in his first month, there has been change you can see on the streets of the city. He says the department is dealing a blow to crime by mixing-and-matching different divisions, then putting those teams on the streets... more »
  • New sign regulations could cost Baker $620,000

    November 30, 2010 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Potential changes to street sign regulations could cost local communities hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to make them easier for everyone to see. By 2018, street signs must use letters that are at least six inches tall, be reflective so they can be... more »
  • Terrebonne Parish looks to expand public transit

    November 25, 2010 1:01 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - A proposal to expand public transportation in Thibodaux has been placed on the back burner until the new mayor takes office in mid-December. City officials say discussion of a proposed agreement between Terrebonne Parish and Good Earth Transit is deferred until Dec. 21 so Mayor-elect Tommy Eschete... more »
  • New biology textbooks spark controversy

    November 16, 2010 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New biology textbooks for public schools have sparked debate after a textbook committee voted 8-4 in favor of recommending the books to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Some believe the books should include the information about controversies surrounding ideas that are widely accepted in... more »
  • Portion of S. Harrell's Ferry Road to reopen this week

    November 14, 2010 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE – After two months of delays, drivers and business owners in Baton Rouge were relieved to hear a portion of South Harrell’s Ferry Road is scheduled to be reopened this week. Officials with the Department of Public Works said workers are planning to reopen one lane of the... more »
  • A diminished opening for state oyster season

    November 14, 2010 10:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Public oyster waters are opening on Louisiana's coast, but it's a smaller area than usual. Monday's scheduled opening was delayed indefinitely for a broad area east of the Mississippi River. The availability of marketable Louisiana oysters has already been diminished by natural and man-made factors, including the... more »
  • Baker judge files suit in records request dispute

    November 12, 2010 12:15 PM

    BAKER – Kirk Williams, the city court judge who made headlines after recording a scuffle with another city official, has filed suit against the city of Baker demanding that they allow him to view public records he had asked to see in September. Mayor Harold Rideau and the city are... more »
  • La. ranks low in passing college-level exams

    November 12, 2010 6:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study finds Louisiana ranks next to last in the South and nationally when it comes to public high school seniors earning early college credit. The study by the Southern Regional Education Board says just over 4 percent of Louisiana students passed at least one Advanced... more »
  • Colleges not getting a budget boost this year

    November 11, 2010 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Public colleges won't get any extra money from the state this year under a Jindal administration plan to use $147 million in federal education cash to offset budget cuts. Michael DiResto, a spokesman for the governor's financial office, said Thursday that the complex plan will shuffle all... more »
  • Lt. Gov. race expected to be close

    November 2, 2010 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One race that is expected to be close is the Lieutenant Governor's race. Republican Jay Dardenne and Democrat Caroline Fayard want to fill the remaining 14 months of Mitch Landrieu’s term. Landrieu left office after being elected Mayor of New Orleans. News 2’s Mike Steele is live... more »
  • Councilwoman wants public input in police chief search

    October 27, 2010 10:33 PM

    An East Baton Rouge Parish councilwoman is asking for the mayor and administrators to get the public involved in picking a new police chief. Denise Marcelle wants a public advisory committee to weigh in on candidates for the job. "...Not trying to do anything but give the citizens of... more »
  • Board of Regents signs GRAD Act agreements

    October 27, 2010 12:04 PM

    The state Board of Regents approved agreements with all of Louisiana’s public colleges and universities to increase their graduation rates by seven percent over six years, in return for more control over their schools. The six-year agreements are a requirement of the GRAD Act which was signed into law this... 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 »
  • FEMA awards $21.8M to continue hurricane recovery

    October 26, 2010 11:23 AM

    FEMA announced today they were giving more than $21.8 million to projects that were continuing the recovery process from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 12 projects are eligible to receive portions of the funding, including construction work in New Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Cameron parishes. The list includes: ... more »
  • ULL student recovering from mumps

    October 22, 2010 5:17 PM

    The University of Louisiana at Lafayette says a student is recovering from mumps. Anyone who's been in contact with the student is advised to check immunization records. The state Office of Public Health says two MMR vaccinations - measles, mumps and rubella - are needed for protection. After puberty, mumps... more »
  • Task force seeks cancellation of 2010-11 season

    October 19, 2010 4:27 PM

    A task force of Louisiana oyster harvesters and dealers wants the state to cancel the 2010-2011 season scheduled in public oyster waters east of the Mississippi River. The proposed cancellation would not affect private year-round oyster leases on either side of the river. The Louisiana Oyster Task Force voted overwhelmingly... more »
  • McNeese St. enrollment grows by 3.4 percent

    September 21, 2010 7:05 AM

    Officials say McNeese State University has reached its second-highest enrollment in the past seven decades 8,941 students. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeanne Daboval says it is the third consecutive enrollment increase. Enrollment for the fall of 2005 8,992 takes top honors, but that included 232 Hurricane Katrina... more »
  • LSU Hospital meetings: open or closed door?

    August 6, 2010 11:22 AM

    Future meetings to discuss the $1.2 billion state teaching hospital in New Orleans, may be open to the public-- but it's still undecided. The board held a closed-door gathering this week. New Orleans lawmakers reacted angrily to the closed meeting during which nine of the 11 board members convened... more »

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