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  • Panel rejects $800 million Baton Rouge loop plan

    October 21, 2015 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A state panel has rejected an engineering firm's bid to build an $800 million, high-speed toll road around Baton Rouge. The decision came Tuesday after a consultant hired by the state said the project could cost taxpayers up to $400 million, which backers disputed. Sherri LeBas, secretary of... more »
  • Demolition likely for Houston Astrodome

    November 6, 2013 8:17 AM

    HOUSTON - Texas voters have rejected a plan to convert the shuttered Houston Astrodome into a convention center and have likely doomed the iconic stadium to demolition. Tuesday's referendum would have authorized Harris County to issue up to $217 million in bonds to turn the world's first multipurpose domed... more »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    August 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
  • Senate rejects move to stop Common Core standards

    May 23, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has killed a resolution that sought to keep the state from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing, called Common Core standards. The action Thursday came a day after the Senate Education Committee advanced the proposal without taking action. Senators... more »
  • LSU rebuffs public records request from newspaper

    February 14, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU will continue to keep secret the names and qualifications of candidates in the running to become the university's next president after rejecting a public records request from The Advocate. The Advocate formally requested access last week to the applications, background materials and other information related to... more »
  • Senate rejects Democrats' business tax cut bill

    July 12, 2012 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Democratic bill providing tax breaks to companies that enlarge their payrolls or make major purchases or plant improvements. The vote was 53-44, seven short of the 60 votes required to overcome GOP procedural hurdles. The roll call came after senators voted 73-24 against... more »
  • Senate rejects GOP, Dem plans on student loans

    May 24, 2012 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected Democratic and Republican plans for averting a doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for 7.4 million students. The election-season standoff means efforts to resolve the dispute will be delayed until next month. Beginning July 1, interest rates for subsidized Stafford loans for... more »
  • Senate Democrats reject House GOP budget plan

    May 16, 2012 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling the Senate have rejected for the second consecutive year a budget plan passed by House Republicans. The vote came after a daylong debate Wednesday in which Democrats blasted Republicans for refusing to consider tax increases as part of a solution to trillion-dollar deficits. Republicans in turn... more »
  • Senators reject bill removing smoker protection

    April 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bid to repeal a law that bans employers from discriminating against smokers has failed to win traction in the Legislature. The repeal, sought by hospitals and health care leaders, was narrowly rejected in a 3-2 vote by the Senate labor committee amid concerns it could lead to... more »
  • House committee rejects robocall bill check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 3, 2012 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A House committee rejected a bill that would have forced political "robocalls" to follow the same rules as telemarketers. The House Commerce Committee voted 11-6 to reject the bill because of possible state lawsuits over the change. The bill sought to remove exemptions from automated... more »
  • Official: Dems reject latest GOP deficit offer

    November 18, 2011 2:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - A congressional official says Democrats on the deficit-cutting supercommittee have rejected a last-ditch offer from the Republicans that would curb deficits by $545 billion over the next decade. The latest development raised serious doubts about the 12-member bipartisan panel reaching an agreement by Wednesday's deadline. Democrats... more »
  • DEQ rejects company's plan to fix the stink in Port Allen

    July 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The Department of Environmental Quality denied a plan to eliminate a foul odor coming from a storage tank in Port Allen. The plan was submitted today, about a week after people complained about a cloud of stinky vapor coming from a tank at the Center Point Terminal.... more »

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