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  • Senate clears major new education bill, sends it to Obama

    December 9, 2015 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - With an overwhelming show of support, the Senate has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a massive education bill that would return to the states significant control over school accountability and testing. Obama was expected to sign it. The bill would continue federally mandated reading and math... more »
  • Obama wants smarter, fairer criminal justice system

    October 22, 2015 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wants the U.S. criminal justice system to become smarter, more effective and just plain fair. He's also arguing for more opportunity for poor kids, saying police and prosecutors can't shoulder the entire burden for fixing what politicians agree is a criminal justice system... more »
  • New Orleans mayor, sheriff meeting over prisoner dispute

    October 9, 2015 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman had little to say after meeting in a federal judge's chambers to discuss their long-running differences over Gusman's management of the city's jail. Landrieu declined to comment after emerging from Friday's meeting. Gusman would say... more »
  • Pope speeds up, simplifies process for marriage annulments

    September 8, 2015 9:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis has radically reformed the Catholic Church's process for annulling marriages, allowing for fast-track decisions and removing automatic appeals in a bid to speed up and simplify the procedure. Francis issued a new law Tuesday regulating how bishops around the world determine when a fundamental flaw has... more »
  • Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

    July 1, 2015 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states. Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Opponents... more »
  • Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more Play Video

    February 19, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
  • Cassidy supports Texas Judge against immigration reform

    February 18, 2015 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy agrees with the federal judge in Texas who struck down President Obama's immigration reforms. Cassidy says the President's policies only encourage more illegal immigration. "Literature clearly shows, that when people come here illegally, they both take jobs and depress wages for people who were... more »
  • A new agreement filed on slow-moving Orleans jail reforms

    February 6, 2015 2:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The sheriff who runs New Orleans' notoriously dangerous jail has reached agreement with inmates' lawyers and federal attorneys to avoid a contempt citation over slow progress with jail reforms. The agreement was filed Friday in federal court and is subject to a judge's approval. It includes a... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Opening of New Orleans jail delayed until April at earliest

    January 23, 2015 3:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It now looks as though the new $145 million jail in New Orleans won't open until April at the earliest. The opening is now well past the May 2014 opening date once projected. A federal judge overseeing a reform plan for the jail is doubtful that the... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • Central American leaders talk border crisis at the White House

    July 25, 2014 3:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S. He's hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border. Obama... more »
  • Vitter discusses his solution to the U.S. border crisis Play Video

    July 21, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are high as wave after wave of illegal migrant children spill over into the United States. U.S. Senator and gubernatorial candidate David Vitter (R-Louisiana) stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his bill he says is the solution to the... more »
  • SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

    July 17, 2014 4:45 PM

    HOOVER, AL - Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform. Not that they're complaining. Players at SEC Media Days this week were mostly pleased about the trend toward a few more perks - including scholarships that would... more »
  • Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law

    June 11, 2014 2:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The insurance industry says more options for bare-bones coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law would entice healthy young adults to sign up, helping to stabilize premiums. Insurers want Congress to change the law to allow subsidies for consumers who buy so-called catastrophic plans. Given the... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan

    May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana,... more »
  • Marijuana penalty reform goes up in smoke Play Video

    April 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A move to ease penalties for marijuana possession died at the state Capitol today after it ran into some heavy opposition and failed in a close vote in a Senate committee. "We are not decriminalizing marijuana," said Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans. "let me say that... more »
  • New facility to help New Orleans jail reform plan

    August 23, 2013 2:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a planned Sept. 30 hearing on jail reforms in New Orleans, while the city advances plans for a new building to hold inmates who should not be mixed with the general jail population. Those plans were outlined in court papers... more »
  • LABI chief: Jindal tax commission reversed reforms

    July 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of a powerful state business organization says Gov. Bobby Jindal has backpedaled reforms in the oversight of local tax assessors who decide property taxes. Dan Juneau, president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, says Jindal's appointees to the Louisiana Tax Commission appear to... more »
  • Blue Cross describes health law impact on premiums

    July 10, 2013 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, estimates two-thirds of its customers who buy their own policies will pay the same premiums or less under the federal health care overhaul. But that's only if people take advantage of federal subsidies being offered... more »
  • Obama admin delays major requirement of health law

    July 2, 2013 5:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's delaying a major part of the president's health care overhaul law, the requirement that medium and large companies offer coverage. In an announcement late Tuesday from the Treasury Department, the administration said it has heard requests from business groups for additional time to... more »
  • Appeals court ends block police reform pact

    June 5, 2013 11:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - In a setback for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, a federal appeals court has ended its block of a potentially expensive agreement to reform the city's troubled police department. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the reforms temporarily last week. But the appeals court lifted... more »
  • Teacher quits instructing amid La. teaching controversy

    June 2, 2013 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Derrick Petit tells former LSU classmate Tanesha Craig. He broke the news to her today that he is leaving behind a profession they both dreamed of back in college. "I feel like I've done what I can for the students in the classroom," he says. Petit... more »
  • Judge won't let New Orleans out of police reform

    May 23, 2013 6:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to let the city of New Orleans out of a potentially expensive agreement to reform its troubled police department. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan issued her ruling Thursday. City officials said they planned to appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit... more »
  • House overwhelmingly refuses to expand Medicaid

    May 21, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has rejected an attempt to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands of people with the Medicaid dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act. The 59-37 vote against the Medicaid expansion proposal appeared to kill the issue for the legislative session. The Senate's budget... more »
  • Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'

    May 16, 2013 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House has voted yet again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it. Thursday's party-line vote marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to eliminate, defund... more »
  • GOP boycotts health care advisory board

    May 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The battle over President Barack Obama's health care law continues to play out today -- with congressional Republicans saying they won't nominate candidates for an advisory board that's supposed to play a role in holding down Medicare costs. The board would have the power to force payment cuts... 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 »
  • Jindal to speak on tax reform at session opening

    April 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal will open the 2013 legislative session this afternoon with remarks about his tax reform plans. Jindal is scheduled to speak around 1 p.m. before the joint House and Senate, just after the two-month session opens officially at noon. The governor has proposed... more »
  • Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas

    March 21, 2013 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders. In half the... more »
  • GOP roadmap calls for immigration reform

    March 18, 2013 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is endorsing comprehensive immigration reform as part of a multi-step roadmap designed to improve the GOP's brand among minority voters who overwhelmingly backed Democrats last fall. The committee releases a 100-page report Monday outlining dozens of recommendations. The report says Republicans - quote -... more »
  • Jindal details tax reform plan at Capitol Play Video

    March 14, 2013 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said the Louisiana's sales tax rate would increase from 4 percent to 5.88 percent under his plan to eliminate both the individual income tax and corporate income and franchise taxes. If approved, the tax reforms would also boost Louisiana's combined local and state... more »
  • Policy group urges caution concerning tax reform Play Video

    March 4, 2013 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says Louisiana's tax structure needs to be improved. He told the Baton Rouge Press Club that any plans to elminiate state income tax will likely be permanent. Erwin says Louisiana's tax structure is complicated. That makes Louisiana's business climate... more »
  • Group says Justice Dept. should supervise NOPD

    February 21, 2013 7:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A community group in New Orleans says the city should not be allowed to get out of a court-backed agreement to reform the police department. "Community United for Change" filed papers in federal court Wednesday opposing the city's move to vacate the agreement. Instead, the group... more »
  • Jindal says he won't reconsider Medicaid expansion

    February 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding firm to his decision not to expand Louisiana's Medicaid coverage under new health care reforms, despite the participation of several other Republican governors. Jindal said Thursday he won't be including the federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in his state budget proposal... more »
  • NFL greats appear in PSA favoring gun law reforms

    February 8, 2013 3:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders and other big-name NFL players appeared in a public service announcement in favor of reforming gun laws. The legends are joined by Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk in the ad, which is paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The... more »
  • DHH: Hospice program to stay open, get reforms Play Video

    January 23, 2013 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials announced late this afternoon that the Medicaid Hospice Program would not end on Feb. 1 as scheduled. Secretary Bruce Greenstein with the Dept. Of Health and Hospitals said enough money from existing grants had been found to keep the program going until reforms... more »
  • Judge grants preliminary OK for NO jail reforms

    January 23, 2013 6:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of an agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans that's designed to clean up the city-funded jail. The consent decree with Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman calls for him to provide adequate medical and mental... more »
  • Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

    January 17, 2013 3:36 PM

    UNDATED - UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley is warning analysts not to assume that the insurer will participate widely in a key health care overhaul coverage expansion that unfolds later this year. State-based exchanges will debut this fall and allow people to sign up for coverage online, with some using income-based... more »
  • Tweaks planned for teacher evaluation system

    January 16, 2013 4:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is expected to approve modest changes to the state's method for evaluating public school teachers, after a board committee backed the ideas. The changes were recommended by Superintendent of Education John White, tweaking a system that links half a teacher's... more »
  • More teachers retiring after education reforms Play Video

    January 15, 2013 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More teachers are leaving the profession than ever before as the number of educators retiring increased more than 25 percent. Some think it's because of the governor's education reforms, which would evaluate teachers' effectiveness based on student performance. "Right now, what is perceived to be very... more »
  • Govt appeals judge's contraceptive mandate ruling

    January 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order that is temporarily preventing the government from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. In November, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House... more »
  • Rate of Louisiana teachers retiring spikes

    January 14, 2013 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of teachers retiring jumped more than 25 percent as the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed an overhaul of public education that changes the rules on how teachers are evaluated. That's according to the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana. The number of retirements from... more »
  • Union: Prosecutor's posts taint police reforms

    January 4, 2013 4:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A group representing rank-and-file New Orleans police officers says a scandal spawned by a federal prosecutor's anonymous posts on a newspaper's website has poisoned a sweeping agreement to clean up the city's troubled police department. A court filing Friday by the Police Association of New Orleans urges... more »

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