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  • 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 »
  • Judge rejects mistrial for former BP engineer

    December 10, 2013 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix. On Tuesday, defense lawyers said questions asked of witness Wilson Arabie improperly raised issues of whether Mix ordered copies made of spill-related documents in order to eliminate possibly incriminating... 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 »
  • Judge rejects Nagin bid for dismissal

    October 18, 2013 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss criminal charges against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin's lawyer earlier this week had asked that Nagin's indictment on bribery charges be thrown out, arguing that the case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct. Defense attorney Robert Jenkins had said... more »
  • Senate rejects House conditions on spending bill

    September 30, 2013 1:50 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill. On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating.... more »
  • Senate panel rejects delay for teacher evaluations

    May 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators killed House-backed education bills that sought delays in the disciplinary effects of a new teacher evaluation system and the use of ACT scores in calculating high school performance grades. The Senate Education Committee rejected both bills Thursday, after facing opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal and Superintendent... more »
  • Senate panel rejects election of education chief

    May 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bid to make Louisiana's education superintendent elected by voters, rather than appointed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, has failed to gain traction in the Senate. The Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday against the proposal by Republican Sen. Bob Kostelka - but only... more »
  • House committee rejects gay discrimination ban

    May 1, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ban on discrimination against state employees because of their sexual orientation has been rejected in a House committee. The 6-3 vote shelves the proposal by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon. Badon says people should be judged on their employment qualifications, rather than on whether they are gay.... more »
  • Senate rejects caps on free tuition through TOPS

    April 25, 2013 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An attempt to control the costs of Louisiana's free college tuition program known as TOPS, by establishing a cap on awards, has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee. Legislation to place limits on the popular free tuition program are killed year after year in the Legislature. ... more »
  • Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

    April 17, 2013 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control. Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of children and staff at an elementary school in... more »
  • Judge rejects claims over failed Katrina floodwall

    April 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected claims that excavation work by an Army Corps of Engineers contractor weakened a New Orleans floodwall and caused it to breach in two places during Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said in his ruling last Friday that he can't... more »
  • Court rejects $1B in 'phony tax deductions' by Dow

    February 27, 2013 6:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal court in Louisiana is rejecting transactions by The Dow Chemical Co. that created $1 billion in what the U.S. Justice Department calls "phony tax deductions." Justice said Wednesday that the tax-reduction scheme was created by Goldman Sachs and the law firm of King & Spalding.... more »
  • Judge rejects Lehigh U student's grade lawsuit

    February 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    EASTON, Pa. - A judge in Pennsylvania ruled against a former graduate student who sued to have a grade changed, and $1.3 million in damages. The Express-Times of Easton reports that Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano made the ruling Thursday in the lawsuit filed by Megan Thode against Lehigh University.... more »
  • Jindal rejects call from bishops to stop execution Play Video

    February 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal won't halt a state execution planned for next week of a DeSoto Parish man who murdered his 6-year-old stepson two decades ago. Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing said Tuesday that the governor sees no reason to intervene in the case. Christopher Sepulvado is scheduled to... more »
  • Civil service commission rejects DHH layoff plan Play Video

    February 1, 2012 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A plan that involves laying off dozens of IT workers in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been defeated. Members of the Civil Service Commission complained about a lack of information from DHH to make a decision. The move included privatizing most of the information... more »

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