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  • Barnett submits resignation from Sorrento Police

    January 21, 2015 11:10 AM

    SORRENTO - The last chief of the Sorrento Police Department submitted her resignation this week, signaling the final chapter for the scandal-plagued department. Fern Barnett's resignation was accepted with a 3-2 vote. Mayor Mike Lambert was the tiebreaker. Citizens voted to shutter the department this past November. Sorrento... more »
  • Alexandria lawmaker resigns from La. House

    December 11, 2014 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An Alexandria state representative has stepped down from his elected position. Rep. Herbert Dixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he resigned a day earlier. In a statement, Dixon said the decision was "to better manage my health situation, spend more time with family and pursue other opportunities."... more »
  • BRPD officer resigns over abandoned cruiser Play Video

    December 2, 2014 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge Police officer resigned from the department this week amid an internal investigation that began two weeks ago. Sources tell the WBRZ Investigative Unit the Baton Rouge Police officer, Alec Pirie, was facing discipline over an incident involving his police unit. The unit was found... more »
  • Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board

    December 1, 2014 3:34 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - Temple University has announced that Bill Cosby has resigned as a trustee amid more than a dozen sexual-assault allegations. The 77-year-old entertainer has been a highly visible cheerleader of his alma mater in Philadelphia and a board member since 1982. Board chairman Patrick O'Connor says Cosby does not... more »
  • Mayor suggests councilman should resign after latest blunder Play Video

    November 5, 2014 10:32 PM

    GONZALES - The mayor suggested a councilman should resign after a controversy involving politicking near voting precincts on election day. Timothy Vessel was issued a misdemeanor summons for riding a tricycle around town and violating the 600 foot zone around voting precincts where politicking is not allowed. "[He]... more »
  • Sorrento PD chief sits on resignation decision Play Video

    November 5, 2014 6:26 PM

    SORRENTO - The people of Sorrento voted to abolish their police department, but current police chief Fern Barnett says she hasn't made a decision to resign or not yet. She released this statement Wednesday: "I gave the residents a chance to make a choice. They made their choice, now... more »
  • Official says Holder resigning as attorney general

    September 25, 2014 10:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years. A White House official says President Barack Obama will announce Holder's departure later Thursday. Holder is the first black attorney general, and his tenure is the fourth longest on the job. ... more »
  • Majority Leader says McAllister should resign

    April 29, 2014 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Louisiana congressman Vance McAllister responded to a call from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for him to resign, saying he will not step down from his position. Cantor said Monday that Republicans should hold themselves to a high moral standard, which McAllister's conduct does not meet and... more »
  • Brusly mayor, council in disbelief over chief resignation Play Video

    April 14, 2014 9:55 PM

    BRUSLY - The mayor and city council went behind closed doors Monday night at the request of Asst. District Attorney Tony Clayton, to discuss investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct. The executive session lasted for about 45 min. Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley announced plans to resign from... more »
  • Indicted Brusly Police chief stepping down Play Video

    April 14, 2014 12:06 PM

    BRUSLY - Jamie Whaley, who admitted to News 2 he used more than a thousand dollars in town funds to fuel up his personal vehicle and boat, announced plans to resign as Brusly's chief of police Monday. "I don't want the town of Brusly drug through the mud," Whaley... more »
  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    April 10, 2014 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration. The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month... more »
  • Pressure mounts for "Kissing Congressman" to resign Play Video

    April 10, 2014 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Republicans called on Rep. Vance McAllister to resign his seat Thursday, days after a video showing McAllister kissing a senior aide created controversy for the congressman. The state party's chairman, Roger F. Villere Jr., called McAllister's actions a "breach of trust." McAllister ran on a... more »
  • La. higher education commissioner plans to quit

    December 5, 2013 6:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's higher education commissioner says he won't seek a contract renewal when his current deal with the Board of Regents ends in March. Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the board at its meeting Wednesday. The announcement wasn't necessarily a surprise. Purcell's... more »
  • 3 members quit Livingston animal control committee

    November 11, 2013 8:14 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Three members of the Livingston Parish Animal Control Advisory Committee have resigned, leaving officials scrambling to determine how to fix the parish's stray animal problem. The parish operates the shelter in the town of Livingston, but it can only house dogs and will pick up strays only in... more »
  • CATS board member Ryan Heck resigns

    September 10, 2013 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another member of the Capital Area Transit System's board resigned down today, but said he'll continue to serve until a replacement for his position is found. Ryan Heck submitted his resignation Tuesday, and told News 2 it is effective Oct. 1. However, Heck said he... more »
  • CATS leader has "no clue" where missing $101,000 might be Play Video

    July 22, 2013 10:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Leaders of the public transit system are scratching their heads over a huge amount of money that has vanished. Monday, Capital Area Transit Systems said an intern financial check revealed $101,860 is missing. "I have no clue where the money is exactly," CATS Chairman Isaiah... more »
  • Obama nominates Polite to be US attorney in NO

    June 27, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama has nominated Kenneth Polite Jr. to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The White House announced the nomination Thursday. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, had announced in February that she was recommending Polite for the New Orleans-based position. If... more »
  • Former Rutgers AD Pernetti getting $1.2M, iPad

    April 8, 2013 10:41 AM

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Former Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is getting $1.2 million in salary, plus an iPad, car allowance and more than two years of health insurance coverage under a settlement agreement. The Associated Press obtained details of the settlement Monday through an open records request with Rutgers.... more »
  • Greenstein resigns as DHH secretary

    March 29, 2013 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office announced today that Bruce Greenstein has resigned as secretary of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals during federal and state investigations of a controversial Medicaid contract. The Jindal administration canceled the nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with CNSI after word of a... more »
  • Prison officials dismissed after inmate escape

    February 12, 2013 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities say one prison official has been fired and another has resigned in lieu of termination in the wake of a convicted killer escaping last month from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. Angela Whittaker, assistant to the secretary of the state Department of... more »
  • Cardinal: Pope's decision is 'liberating'

    February 11, 2013 4:11 PM

    VATICAN CITY - A French cardinal says Pope Benedict's decision to resign is a "liberating act" for future popes. The pontiff told a meeting of cardinals today that he will be resigning at the end of this month, becoming the first pope to step down in 600 years. He said... more »
  • Teacher facing sex charges resigns

    February 6, 2013 7:33 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A Tioga High School teacher facing 13 sex crime charges has resigned from the Rapides Parish School District. The Town Talk reports 27-year-old Heather Michelle Cooksey, an English teacher, was arrested on Dec. 19 on charges that she allegedly had a sexual relationship with a student. She was... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces new executive counsel

    January 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top lawyer for Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has resigned from the job after only three months. The governor's office gave no reason Friday for Gary Graphia's decision to leave the position of executive counsel that he took in October. Instead, Jindal simply announced his replacement while... more »
  • Sorrento council approves cop's verbal resignation

    January 17, 2013 6:35 AM

    SORRENTO- The Sorrento Town Council has voted to accept the verbal resignation of police officer Tige Scott because Scott had failed for more than a month to respond to requests for his formal written resignation. Police Chief Earl Theriot told council members during their meeting Tuesday that Scott turned in... more »
  • Special election set in House District 79

    December 18, 2012 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has set a March 2 special election to fill the expected vacancy in the House District 79 seat held by state Rep. Anthony Ligi. An April 6 runoff will be held, if necessary. The Advocate reports qualifying for the election will run... more »
  • US Attorney resigns during probe of online posts

    December 6, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is resigning while the Justice Department investigates alleged misconduct by two of the top deputies in his New Orleans office. The nation's longest-serving U.S. attorney announced his resignation Thursday at a news conference. Two prosecutors who served as supervisors under Letten are targets... more »
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. submits letter of resignation

    November 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says he has received letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday the Speaker's office received a letter of resignation from Jackson. Boehner's office did not immediately comment beyond acknowledging they'd received the letter. Jackson... more »
  • Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

    November 20, 2012 10:30 AM

    NEW YORK - A 24-year-old college student has accused longtime Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexually abusing him when he was 15. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York by Cecil Singleton accuses Clash of engaging in sexual behavior with him over a two-week period while he was under-age. Singleton... more »
  • Report: Apple exec refused to apologize for Maps

    October 30, 2012 11:06 AM

    NEW YORK - The head of Apple's iPhone software development was asked to resign after he refused to sign a letter apologizing for the flaws of Apple's mapping application, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal says Scott Forstall's refusal was the latest clash between him and other... more »
  • State Dep't rejects call for UN ambassador to quit

    October 1, 2012 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is rejecting a demand from a senior Republican lawmaker for the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to resign. Rep. Peter King of New York said last week Susan Rice's explanation of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a... more »
  • Former Jindal cabinet secretary running for PSC

    August 9, 2012 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former natural resources secretary, who resigned from his cabinet position this week, is running for the Public Service Commission, the state's utility regulatory board. Scott Angelle, a Republican from Breaux Bridge, announced his candidacy Thursday, a day after he left the Department of Natural... more »
  • CNN chief Jim Walton calls it quits

    July 27, 2012 10:37 AM

    NEW YORK - CNN chief Jim Walton is quitting, saying the beleaguered news network needs a different leader with a new perspective and plans. Walton built CNN into a profitable international news organization in his 10 years as boss. But the U.S. flagship network has suffered through some historically poor... more »
  • SU officer resigns following arrest

    July 26, 2012 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say a Southern University police officer accused of pointing a gun at someone three times following an argument earlier this month has resigned. The Advocate reports 29-year-old Randolph Jehucal Harrell was booked July 14 with aggravated assault. According to an arrest warrant, Harrell and the victim... more »
  • Harvey resigns as TSU head basketball coach

    July 4, 2012 10:59 AM

    HOUSTON - Tony Harvey has resigned as Texas Southern University head men's basketball coach, effective immediately. A TSU statement Tuesday says Harvey "determined that it was in his personal and professional interest to resign to pursue other goals." The resignation was first reported by KRIV-TV of Houston. TSU... more »
  • LSU's Offensive Coordinator stepping down

    August 4, 2011 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's Steve Kragthorpe is resigning from his offensive coordinator position. Kragthorpe, 45, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Kragthorpe signed on with the Tigers as offensive coordinator in January. He's widely known for his ability to develop quarterbacks and is credited with helping Jordan... more »
  • Director of La. emergency office resigns

    June 28, 2011 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of the governor's emergency preparedness office, Mark Cooper, has resigned as the peak of hurricane season nears. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Cooper's resignation Tuesday from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Deputy director Pat Santos will fill the job in... more »
  • Port Allen Mayor resigns, admits he did "illegal things"

    June 28, 2011 9:10 AM

    PORT ALLEN- Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis resigned this morning shortly before pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges in Baton Rouge. Lewis called a staff meeting this morning to announce his resignation. Sources tell News 2 he cleaned out his desk in the middle of the night Monday. ... more »
  • Democrats wrestle with how to end Weiner scandal

    June 14, 2011 3:26 AM

    WASHINGTON- With Rep. Anthony Weiner resisting calls to quit and President Barack Obama saying he'd resign if he were in Weiner's shoes, House Democrats are wrestling with what to do next. Democrats are to meet today for the first time since the New York congressman admitted to sexually charged online... more »
  • Key Gingrich aides resign

    June 9, 2011 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Newt Gingrich's campaign manager and numerous other key aides have resigned together, a strong blow to his hopes for the Republican presidential nomination. Ginrgrich press spokesman Rick Tyler told The Associated Press that he's resigned along with campaign manager Rob Johnson, senior strategists and aides in key... more »
  • Dilworth says he won't stay on as EBR Superintendent

    May 20, 2011 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Superintendent John Dilworth has notified the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board that he does not plan to return to his position once his contract runs out next summer. Multiple sources have confirmed to News 2 that Dilworth sent school board members a letter saying he... more »
  • IMF chief resigns

    May 19, 2011 2:38 AM

    WASHINGTON- Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund. Strauss-Kahn, who faces sexual assault charges in New York City, told the IMF executive board in a letter that his resignation comes with "great sadness" but that he felt compelled to resign. In the letter, Strauss-Kahn denies the... more »
  • Sorrento mayor, town attorney resigns

    April 19, 2011 3:34 PM

    SORRTENTO - Mayor Brenda Melancon, who was named interim mayor of Sorrento in October, has resigned from her post according to town officials. The town attorney, Erin Lanoux, has also stepped down according to town officials. Melancon reportedly resigned because of the recent news of irregularities in the... more »
  • Regent Toups says he felt "responsibility" to resign

    March 7, 2011 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Board of Regents' longest-serving member, Roland Toups, has resigned after meeting with Governor Bobby Jindal and his chief of staff about diversity on the board. Jindal's office confirmed to News 2 that Toups met with Jindal and his chief of staff, Timmy Teepell, on... more »
  • Egypt's president demands Cabinet resignation

    January 28, 2011 4:36 PM

    CAIRO - Embattled President Hosni Mubarak says he has asked his Cabinet to resign in his first appearance on television since protests erupted demanding his ouster. He says he will press ahead with social, economic and political reforms. He calls anti-government protests part of plot to destabilize Egypt and destroy... more »
  • Florida football coach Urban Meyer resigns

    December 8, 2010 1:37 PM

    GAINESVILLE - Florida football coach Urban Meyer is stepping down after the Gators appearance in the Outback Bowl. Meyer led Florida to two national titles but began to show the strain of his high-profile job last season when he briefly quit but then returned to the team. In a statement... more »
  • EBR School Board Member resigns

    October 27, 2010 3:23 PM

    East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Greg Baldwin has resigned ahead of the board's January turnover. Baldwin, who represents District 8, announced his resignation effective today, October 27. He told the district the move was due to his wife taking a new job out-of-state. The board will appoint an... more »
  • Heads of LHA resign after HUD steps in

    October 25, 2010 2:51 PM

    The director and deputy director of the Lafayette Housing Authority have resigned after a federal audit raised questions about the group’s finances. The Advocate newspaper reports that LHA Director Walter Guillory and Deputy Director Jonathan Carmouch resigned at a staff meeting this morning. This comes about a week after federal... more »
  • EBR School Board VP resigns

    August 19, 2010 10:26 PM

    A new job forced the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Vice President to resign. Jay Augustine was appointed by the governor to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. State law prohibits people from holding two government posts. Augustine had already decided not to seek re-election. more »
  • BP denies Russian report that Hayward leaving

    June 28, 2010 7:05 AM

    Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency is quoting a senior Russian Cabinet official as saying that BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward is expected to resign, a report BP denied. It quoted Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin as saying that Hayward "is leaving his post." Sechin, who is set to meet... more »
  • Senator David Vitter's aide resigns

    June 23, 2010 10:28 AM

    Louisiana State Senator David Vitter has accepted the resignation of aide Brent Furer after repeated run ins with the law dating back to the 1990s. Vitter's office made the announcement today. ABC News reported that Furer pleaded guilty to charges from a knife-wielding altercation with an ex-girlfriend. A warrant... more »
  • Indiana Rep. Souder says he'll resign over affair

    May 18, 2010 9:09 AM

    Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder says he'll resign from Congress effective Friday over an affair with a staffer. Souder says in a statement provided by his office that he has "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff."... more »
  • Teacher charged in sex case resigns

    April 22, 2010 8:19 AM

    An Acadiana High School English teacher facing federal sex charges is no longer an employee of the Lafayette Parish School System. The school board unanimously accepted Stephen McKay Hurst's resignation without discussion at its meeting. Hurst is facing federal charges for allegedly videotaping students having sex in his apartment. He... more »
  • EBR school superintendent resigns

    April 16, 2010 9:47 PM

    East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent John Dilworth turned in his resignation Friday after only nine months on the job. It's effective June 30th. Dilworth told school board President Jerry Arbour that his wife's health and trouble selling his Alabama home led to his decision to leave. ... more »
  • Interim police chief appointed for Independence

    January 12, 2010 7:17 AM

    The Independence Town Council has appointed the older brother of the Tangipahoa Parish sheriff as police chief in the wake of a federal prosecutor filing charges against the former elected chief. In a unanimous vote Monday, the council voted to appoint 50-year-old Frank Edwards III as police chief to serve... more »
  • Jefferson Parish president resigns

    January 8, 2010 1:36 PM

    Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard resigned Friday as federal officials investigated alleged corruption in parish government. Mike Ellis, the attorney for Broussard, said he knew of no pending criminal charges and that the 60-year-old Broussard was stepping down "to clear the air and not be a lightning rod for... more »
  • Two members of Streamlining Commission resign

    December 16, 2009 5:43 PM

    Two members of the Commission for Streamlining Government are calling it quits. State Representative Brett Geymann and State Representative Jim Morris say time constraints are the biggest problem. Both men serve on other state budget committees that are time consuming. The streamlining commission was formed to develop solutions... more »
  • Justice of the peace resigns after controversy

    November 3, 2009 4:19 PM

    A justice of the peace who refused to marry an interracial couple resigned on Tuesday. Keith Bardwell refused to marry Terence McKay and Beth Humphrey in Tangipahoa last month because he feared their children would suffer criticism. Bardwell's lawyers advised him to step down because he would be taken... more »
  • Parish president resigns after being charged in bribery case

    September 24, 2009 10:40 AM

    The president of St. John the Baptist Parish resigned Thursday after he was charged in a federal bribery case. William J. Hubbard is accused of soliciting checks totalling $20,000 from three vendors who had contracts with the parish. The money was apparently was to be used for Hubbard to... more »

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