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  • Council approves raises for city-parish workers Play Video

    March 25, 2015 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City workers got a raise Wednesday afternoon following a vote by the Metro Council and deals worked out with unions. Raises would vary from 2-4.5% based on how long employees have worked with the city-parish. A study conducted two years ago found City-Parish workers are some... more »
  • La. colleges looking for their own money

    February 21, 2015 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Threatened with the loss of up to half of their state financing, Louisiana's higher education leaders are devising their own package of ideas to generate new cash for their campuses. College system heads have asked for ideas from campus leaders, and they've been floating suggestions to lawmakers... more »
  • Lawmakers approve partial raise for LSP Play Video

    January 16, 2015 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Facing a deep budget deficit due to plunging oil prices, lawmakers on the state's joint budget committee approved a 20 percent raise for Louisiana State Police Friday. The vote was 37-8 in favor of the raise, which will affect almost 1,000 troopers starting Monday. It's short... more »
  • Metro Council wants pay raises in budget

    November 10, 2014 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council members have been flipping through the mayor's proposed budget that they will vote on next month. But some say the key missing element is an across-the-board pay raise for city workers. Mayor-President Kip Holden officially unveiled his proposed 2015 budget last... more »
  • Second raise announced for LSU faculty, staff

    July 25, 2014 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's president announced that the university's faculty and staff will receive another boost to their pay in the coming academic year. F. King Alexander said the flagship campus will see an average 3 percent merit pay increase for the 2014-2015 academic year. The campus also saw... more »
  • School spending, state worker pay gets budget boosts

    June 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers approved a $24.6 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1. It will increase spending on services for the disabled, higher education and public schools, and give pay raises to rank-and-file state workers and state troopers. Gov. Bobby Jindal can strip... more »
  • Raise approved for EBR bus drivers

    May 1, 2014 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a raise tonight for bus drivers. Cheers of joy were heard as bus drivers clapped hands with one another as they left. "We got a pay raise," Driver Pamela Manchester said with excitement. The School Board listened... 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 »
  • Pet fee increase introduced by Metro Council Play Video

    April 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It may cost more for pet registration in East Baton Rouge Parish. The Metro Council introduced a fee increase for the Companion Animal Alliance shelter. An amendment asks for money to help get control of strays. Each year pet-owners would pay $3 more for spayed or... more »
  • Lawmaker demands more oversight after News 2 report Play Video

    April 1, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative John Schroder of Covington is demanding more oversight at state agencies that provide behavioral and social health services for the community. It comes after a News 2 Investigative Unit report showed the Executive Director and Deputy Director at Capital Area Human Services in Baton Rouge... more »
  • Clemson's Swinney gets 8-year deal, raise

    January 18, 2014 3:05 PM

    COLUMBIA, SC - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney received a new, eight-year contract and a raise that increased his total pay for next season to $3.15 million. The agreement had been in the works since the end of the season. The school announced the reworked contract that ties Swinney to the... more »
  • LSU board talks raising ticket prices

    December 13, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors is deciding whether to boost sports ticket and parking prices as requested by Athletic Director Joe Alleva. The board is scheduled to vote Friday on proposals from Alleva to make 150 different changes to prices for tickets and parking across university sports... more »
  • Bonuses paid to state workers

    November 11, 2013 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of state rank-and-file employees got extra pay last fiscal year even though the general government workforce went through another year of no pay increases. The extra money came from state Civil Service programs that allow state agencies to develop policies to pay more for retaining... more »
  • Emergency rule to clean drinking water

    November 6, 2013 9:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is requiring all water systems in Louisiana to raise the disinfectant levels. The emergency rule is an attempt to flush out an amoeba that has appeared in two of the state's water systems. The amoeba was first detected in... more »
  • LSU delays vote on football ticket price hike

    October 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a tough loss to Ole Miss, LSU is delaying a decision on raising football ticket prices. The LSU Board of Supervisors announced Wednesday that a proposal for price hikes on football and baseball tickets and some parking costs has been removed from the agenda for its... more »
  • Group joins EBR wage fight Play Video

    October 11, 2013 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The civic group that led the passing of the CATS tax is now backing city-parish workers in the fight for pay raises. Together Baton Rouge held a meeting with faith and community leaders Friday to present the results of a study that found city-parish workers are... more »
  • EBR workers seek higher pay Play Video

    October 10, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers called Thursday for Mayor-President Kip Holden to increase their wages in next year's budget. Herman Addison has worked for the city-parish for the past 13 years. He planned on working for the city for 20 years and then retire. Addison says he hasn't received... more »
  • $5 million project to raise levee between BR, Iberville Parish Play Video

    September 3, 2013 10:25 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- A stretch of levee just north of town, continuing across the Iberville-East Baton Rouge Parish line, is being "lifted" and fortified to protect people from the roaring Mississippi River. Dirt is being added to the top of the levee to raise it a few feet. The project... more »
  • Sex Offender Fees to Raise

    August 17, 2013 10:41 AM

    SULPHUR - The city plans to raise its renewal fee for registered sex offenders from $60 to $200. Councilman Stuart Moss tells The American Press that the City Council's vote, expected in September, will affect sex offenders who are already living inside the city. It also will apply a one-time... more »
  • Walker may raise utility rates

    June 15, 2013 10:33 AM

    WALKER, La. - Utility rates in Walker may rise for the first time in more than a decade. The Advocate reports the Board of Aldermen has scheduled a public hearing for June 24 on four ordinances to adjust the city's rates on gas, water, sewer and garbage collection. The adjustments... more »
  • Lawmakers back pay raises for local officials

    May 31, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Pay raise bills for judges, parish clerks of court and assessors are sailing through the Louisiana Legislature. It remains unclear whether Gov. Bobby Jindal will support the measures, two of which have received final passage. The Senate gave final backing Friday to a bill that will let... more »
  • Les Miles' $549K pay raise up for LSU board vote

    February 1, 2013 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's governing board is considering a $549,000 annual pay raise for football coach Les Miles. If approved Friday by the Board of Supervisors, the change will bump Miles' salary to $4.3 million a year and extend his contract through the 2019 season. Miles and Athletics Director Joe... more »
  • Donelon won't approve $50K raise for Citizens CEO

    November 9, 2012 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has rejected a $50,000 pay raise for the top executive of Louisiana's state-run property insurance company. Donelon said Friday that he won't sign off on the raise for Richard Robertson, CEO of the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The salary hike would have... more »
  • Kennedy opposes $50,000 pay raise for Citizens CEO

    November 9, 2012 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy is urging rejection of a proposed $50,000 pay raise for the top executive of Louisiana's state-run property insurance company. Kennedy said Friday that he's hoping Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon will refuse to sign off on the raise for Richard Robertson, CEO of the Louisiana... more »
  • Donaldsonville approves employee raises

    September 28, 2012 10:10 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Donaldsonville City Council has approved a plan that would give municipal employees a pay raise for the first time in five years. However, councilmen altered a proposed plan by the city administration to do so, choosing a merit-based system rather than an across-the-board increase. Finance... more »
  • New tax allows teachers to resume receiving raises

    September 12, 2012 7:41 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A half-cent sales tax voters approved in April will allow West Feliciana Parish school employees this year to regain their annual step raises for the first time in two years. Although the general fund budget for 2012-13 the school board does not include a cost-of-living raise,... more »
  • 2 accidents raise US storm, blackout toll to 26

    July 4, 2012 4:27 PM

    BLUEMONT, Va. - The death toll blamed on storms and the ensuing blackout across the eastern U.S. is now at 26 after two accidents in Virginia. The sheriff's office in Loudoun County, on the Maryland border, said Wednesday a utility worker from Florida crashed after her truck had brake problems.... more »
  • Bill to raise college tuition, fees stalls Play Video

    May 15, 2012 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state lawmaker pulled a bill raising student fees before a committee could vote on it. The fees would have raised $107 million dollars. State Representative Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, says the money would offset about $225 million in recent budget cuts. Some lawmakers say it... more »
  • Tensions with Iran raise US safety concerns

    February 17, 2012 6:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government says it's concerned that Iran will consider a terror attack on American soil, but it has no specific or credible threat about such a plan. Police from Los Angeles to New York City say they are anxious about the risks, even as a senior U.S. intelligence... 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 »
  • FEMA gives $11M to raise homes in Jefferson Parish

    September 10, 2011 9:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $11 million to pay for the elevation of 77 homes in Jefferson Parish. FEMA says the homes to be raised are in areas that repeatedly flood. The money comes from FEMA's Severe Repetitive Loss program. The homes... 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 »
  • Game on for high school sports following referee strike

    February 2, 2011 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - High school athletics in Louisiana will return to courts and fields across the state after a compromise among sports leaders. Officiators across the state held a strike Tuesday night, forcing dozens of basketball games to be postponed. The boycott was in response to a pay raise... more »
  • Officials boycott high school games

    February 1, 2011 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Labor disputes have become a common problem in professional sports, but now many areas of Louisiana are dealing with one involving high school basketball. High school referees want to be paid more than the $30 to $40 a game they make now, and associations in Hammond,... more »
  • Prison officials want to raise probation fees

    November 5, 2010 8:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State prison officials want to raise probation and parole fees by $10 to soften the blow of budget cuts. Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc told lawmakers Thursday that the increase would generate $3 million the agency sorely needs. Last year, the state's Division of Probation and... more »
  • East Feliciana official receives $16K pay raise

    November 2, 2010 6:15 AM

    CLINTON - The director of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management in East Feliciana Parish is getting a $16,000 salary increase after the police jury approved the raise. The increase brings Henry Weigand's salary of $30,000 to the state average of $45,860 for parish Homeland Security directors. The salary... more »
  • EPA OK's raising level of ethanol in gasoline

    October 14, 2010 6:56 PM

    The Environmental Protection Agency OK’d raising the level of ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent. However, the corn-based fuel could have adverse effects on some cars. News 2’s Kristy Davis got answers on what to watch for at the pump. more »
  • Pastorek won't take $22,000 pay raise

    September 15, 2010 3:59 PM

    Louisiana's top education leader won't take his pay raise this year because of the state's budget troubles. Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek will keep his $377,000 pay package, without adding the 6 percent boost he could have gotten. The raise would have given him another $22,000 annually. Members of the... more »
  • Livingston seeks fee increase for new courthouse

    September 15, 2010 6:10 AM

    Livingston Parish officials say they will seek legislative approval to raise court fees to build a new courthouse. The officials have complained for more than a decade about a lack of security, need for more space and general deteriorating condition of the current courthouse, built in 1941. Until now, they... more »
  • Corps experiments with steeper sloped levee

    August 13, 2010 5:18 AM

    A new technique could help save residents' land in Plaquemines Parish in the Army Corps of Engineers plans to raise a part of the Mississippi River levee. The corps says it will use stabilized soil to build a steeper slope on 1,000 feet of river levee near Belle Chasse and... more »
  • Bossier City proposes raising sewer rates

    June 9, 2010 7:14 AM

    Bossier City Council plans to raise city sewer rates by $8 per month, regardless of usage, and issue up to $82 million in sewer-related bonds. The fee would be $12 per month for a few subdivisions outside the city limits but to whom the city still supplies sewer. The city... more »
  • Lawmakers get pay raise amidst budget cuts

    April 22, 2010 10:16 PM

    State legislators are making $14 more a day because Congress is making more. A bill passed years ago established the automatic per diem raise. And despite tough economic times, lawmakers still got the increase this year, totaling $3 million dollars. Representatives for the state's civil service workers say the... more »
  • State workers plan to fight pay raise freeze

    March 17, 2010 5:08 PM

    State workers say they will fight a Louisiana Civil Service Commission proposal to freeze merit raises for one year. The move would prohibit classified employees from getting a raise starting July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected two other proposals allowing agencies and departments a greater range of pay raise... more »
  • Civil Service panel meets on pay plan

    December 7, 2009 6:43 AM

    The state Civil Service Commission meets Tuesday to discuss a proposal that affects the future pay of about 61,000 rank-and-file Louisiana government employees. The seven-member commission could vote as early as Wednesday on its staff's recommendation to end the 4 percent annual pay raise received by nearly all classified state... more »

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