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  • Houma police chief to retire in August

    June 5, 2015 11:55 AM

    HOUMA - Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis says he plans to retire Aug. 6. Duplantis submitted a letter Thursday informing Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet of his plans. Prior to Duplantis' appointment in 2008, the department had been plagued with internal rifts, sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits among employees and... more »
  • House backs pension hike for retired teachers, state workers

    May 27, 2015 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state employees, public school workers and teachers would get a boost to their pension checks, under a bill advancing to the state Senate for consideration. The House voted 80-20 Tuesday for the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin. The measure would provide a 1.5... more »
  • EBR Registrar of Voters to retire at end of month

    May 4, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After 43 years of service for East Baton Rouge Parish, Registrar of Voters Elaine Lamb announced Monday her intention to retire at the end of the month. Lamb told her staff today that she wanted to retire at the end of December, but she had to... more »
  • Lawmakers reject pension check increase for state retirees

    May 1, 2015 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to give retired state employees and teachers a cost-of-living increase in their pension checks has stalled. The House Retirement Committee deadlocked in a 6-6 vote Thursday on the proposal by Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin, effectively killing the 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment. Jones... more »
  • Renovation of state office building set to start Monday

    March 14, 2015 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction is set to begin Monday on a $1.4 million expansion and renovation of the Municipal Employees Retirement System of Louisiana's office building. The work will involve adding a new board room and a supply room to the property in Baton Rouge, along with replacing the roof... more »
  • Comedy Central says Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show'

    February 10, 2015 6:28 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Comedy Central says that Jon Stewart will leave "The Daily Show" as host later this year. His departure was announced by Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless after Stewart broke the news to the audience at Tuesday's taping in New York. Stewart took over the show in 1999.... more »
  • Jeff Gordon slows down

    January 22, 2015 7:54 PM

    CHARLOTTE - NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon says this year will be the last time he competes for a championship. Autoweek Magazine says Gordon stopped short of saying he's retiring, leaving himself an opening to compete in a championship race later. Gordon has four cup championships, three Daytona 500... more »
  • BESE delays action on teacher retirement study

    January 14, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a turnaround, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has delayed action on a study of Louisiana's $12 billion teachers' retirement debt. A $143,000 study to do the review cleared a BESE committee Tuesday 8-2. But final action was delayed Wednesday until the board's March... more »
  • LSU-Eunice's chancellor to retire

    December 1, 2014 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Eunice Chancellor William Nunez III will leave his post at the end of the fiscal year. Nunze announced his retirement Monday after a career in higher education spanning 45 years. He's been chancellor at LSUE since 1996 and also serves as professor of biology. LSU, in... more »
  • Chief allows disgraced BRPD Officer to retire Play Video

    September 25, 2014 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight a Metro Council Member is questioning what she calls a favor to a disgraced cop accused of sending racist text messages. Elsbury resigned less than 24 hours after WBRZ broke the story about those text messages. However, new documents reveal he was allowed to come in,... more »
  • No appeal expected after LSP retirement ruling check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 16, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge state judge struck down part of a law that gave a generous retirement increase to some State Police troopers, including Superintendent Mike Edmonson. Colonel Edmonson and another trooper were granted $30,000 a year in a last-minute amendment to a bill on the last... more »
  • Lawsuit filed against questioned pension hike

    September 4, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge state senator is challenging a last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers approved for the state police superintendent. Republican Sen. Dan Claitor claims in his lawsuit, filed Thursday, that the pension change was unconstitutional because it wasn't properly passed by the Legislature. Lawyers for the retirement... more »
  • State police leader's pension hike up for review

    September 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state police retirement system board is holding a special meeting to consider its response to a last-minute retirement boost that lawmakers approved for the state police superintendent. Attorneys for the board say the pension hike for Col. Mike Edmonson wasn't properly passed. They will present their... more »
  • In New Orleans, a change in police command check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 19, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Post-Katrina scandals have abated and the homicide rate dropped markedly last year in New Orleans. But violent crime still plagues the city and challenges abound for the person who ultimately replaces police chief Ronal Serpas. The city native and career police officer who took over the department... more »
  • New Orleans' police chief announces retirement

    August 18, 2014 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is leaving after four years on the job. He says he has a new job but did not say what it is. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Monday the interim chief will be Michael Harrison, commander of the 7th District. Serpas has... more »
  • Lawyers: Edmonson retirement lift unconstitutional

    August 16, 2014 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A legal analysis says a big retirement boost for Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, was passed in an unconstitutional manner. The nine-page legal letter recommends that the Louisiana State Police Retirement System refuse to pay enhanced benefits to Edmonson and Trooper Louis Boquet,... more »
  • Retirees to Col: demand your hefty retirement boost be dropped

    August 7, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Retired state troopers asked State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson to demand the LSP Retirement System to order ACT 859, a state law that enacts a hefty retirement boost for Edmonson and another, 32-year trooper. Some believe the proposal, which passed the recently adjourned legislative session, was... more »
  • Retirement system reviewing last-minute law change

    July 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase. Irwin Felps, executive director of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System, said Wednesday the system's attorneys are reviewing whether the law... more »
  • Despite good news, Social Security and Medicare face problems

    July 29, 2014 2:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency. The trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare issued their annual... more »
  • Vitter wants clean slate of overseers after Ponzi victims get no help

    July 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In another blow to people who lost around $1 billion in a Ponzi scheme, the SEC lost its appeal to recoup money for victims of R. Allen Stanford. Stanford was convicted and sentenced in 2012 of using investors money to fund companies that went out of business.... more »
  • Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

    June 18, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new congressional report says the Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices, even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits,... more »
  • Voters to decide judges' retirement age

    May 29, 2014 3:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters will decide if Louisiana's judges should be forced to retire after reaching age 70 and finishing their current terms. The Senate gave final passage to the proposed constitutional amendment with a 32-4 vote Wednesday, sending it to the voters for consideration. It will appear on the... more »
  • La. lawmakers tackle state retirement system debt

    May 20, 2014 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have rewritten the rules for how the state's retirement systems will offer pension payment increases to retirees. They agreed to give one final 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment to about 100,000 retired workers under the current rules. But then lawmakers also made it more difficult... more »
  • N.O. woman gets unusual Barbara Walters tribute check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 16, 2014 8:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Barbara Walters is preparing to ride off into retirement after more than 50 years in broadcasting, but her legacy will live on thanks to a New Orleans woman. Lizz Dodd got a tattoo of Walters face on her leg! She says that it is a symbol... more »
  • Lawmakers increase retirement age for new workers

    May 14, 2014 3:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to raise the retirement age for public school teachers and rank-and-file state workers hired on or after July 1, 2015. Current law generally allows that non-hazardous employees in the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana and the... more »
  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    April 15, 2014 7:09 AM

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to... more »
  • Bills to pay down state retirement debt stall

    March 20, 2014 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers on the House Retirement Committee deadlocked on a proposal that would steer more money to retirement debt by taking dollars from an account used to pay cost-of-living increases to retired state workers. The committee voted 5-5 Thursday for the proposal, stalling it. After the vote, Rep. Kevin... more »
  • Judge rules against budget tactics

    November 13, 2013 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has ruled against the use of money from a retirement fund to balance the state budget. The ruling says Governor Jindal and the legislature shouldn't have used $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers retirement fund in the budget. The legislature and... more »
  • Teachers retirement fund earns $1B

    November 12, 2013 8:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hefty investment earnings increased the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana's assets more than $1 billion during the past fiscal year ending June 30. TRSL Executive Director Maureen Westgard says the investment return was 13.8 percent. System assets jumped from $13.5 billion to $14.66 billion, according to the... more »
  • LSU hospital layoffs reduce state retirement debt

    November 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's layoff of more than 7,700 LSU hospital workers has put a major dent in the state employee retirement system's debt, dropping it hundreds of millions of dollars. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed to turn over the operations of LSU hospitals to private companies. Seven deals... more »
  • La. teachers retiring in high numbers

    July 10, 2013 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana teachers are continuing to retire at higher-than-usual numbers - more than 7,500 in the last two years. The number of retirements in 2013 increased from the 24 percent increase last year. Dana Vicknair, assistant director at Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, says the figure... more »
  • Picture day streak ends for teacher

    July 3, 2013 7:52 PM

    DALLAS- A teacher's streak of wearing the same outfit for his school photo came to an end after 40 years because he retired. Dale Irby says it started as an accident. When he got his school photo after his second year of teaching he says he was embarrassed to find... more »
  • UNO's most accomplished coach, Maestri, returns

    July 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans baseball coach Ron Maestri is coming out of retirement to coach the Privateers on a field named after him. Introduced as the Privateers' new coach on Tuesday, the 72-year-old Maestri says he's ready for "the challenge of bringing back that UNO pride." Maestri coached... more »
  • Retirement home employee arrested for theft

    May 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    SLIDELL- A 52-year-old Slidell retirement home employee is facing several theft charges after police say she stole jewelry and a digital camera from residents and then sold the items to local pawn shops. The Times-Picayune reports Stephanie Ducre is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a $25,000... more »
  • Bears LB Urlacher announces retirement

    May 22, 2013 10:49 AM

    CHICAGO - Star linebacker Brian Urlacher says he's retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. The eight-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday. In a statement, he says "after spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have... more »
  • Barbara Walters to announce retirement today

    May 13, 2013 7:09 AM

    NEW YORK - Barbara Walters is retiring. The veteran ABC News anchor is set to announce Monday morning on "The View" that she will retire from TV journalism during the summer of 2014. ABC said in an announcement late Sunday that, until then, Walters will continue to anchor... more »
  • St. Helena schools to offer buyouts

    May 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. - The St. Helena Parish School Board has approved a plan to offer early retirement buyouts to some staff members. The Advocate reports certified employees would be offered $5,500 to take early retirement, and noncertified employees would be offered $3,000. School system officials say six certified and three... more »
  • West Feliciana school board freezes teacher pay

    March 20, 2013 8:06 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $1.5 million budget shortfall has forced the West Feliciana Parish School Board to freeze teacher salaries, cut administrative pay and propose a retirement incentive program. The board's secretary and finance manager, Ruthie Davis, told the board Tuesday night that retirement funding costs have skyrocketed in the... more »
  • Benedict greets cardinals on final day as pope

    February 28, 2013 4:43 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has greeted his cardinals for the last time as pontiff, beginning his final day as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics before heading into retirement. During his comments, Benedict promised "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor. He urged his cardinals to... more »
  • Trial set in lawsuit against state retirement plan

    January 24, 2013 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's 401(k)-style retirement plan for future rank-and-file state workers. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claims the law is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of Representatives.... more »
  • 2nd top La extension service official is retiring

    January 14, 2013 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second top official of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is retiring. The LSU AgCenter said Monday that Dwight Landreneau - an AgCenter associate vice chancellor and associate director of the extension service - will retire June 1. On Jan. 4, extension service director and AgCenter vice... more »
  • Louisiana teachers do not invest in gun company

    December 18, 2012 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The retirement system for teachers in Louisiana said it does not invest money in a company tied to a gun manufacturer. Questions about specific holdings surfaced in Louisiana, after one of the largest teacher retirement systems in the country, California State Teachers' Retirement System, announced it had... more »
  • Lawmakers considering ideas to help poor retirees

    August 21, 2012 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are trying to find ways, despite the state's ongoing budget woes, to boost retirement payments to retired state workers and public schools teachers. Thousands of those retirees receive benefits at or below the poverty level, the Senate Retirement Committee was told Tuesday. State senators said they... more »
  • Lawsuit filed against new state retirement plan

    August 16, 2012 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An organization representing Louisiana's retired state employees is challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's new pension plan for future rank-and-file state workers. The Retired State Employees Association of Louisiana claims the law, passed earlier this year, is unconstitutional because it didn't get a two-thirds vote in the state House of... more »
  • La. chief justice declines to discuss successor

    July 10, 2012 6:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball says the state's code of judicial conduct prohibits her from meeting with a group of community leaders to discuss their concerns about the court's impending debate over naming Kimball's successor. Several supporters of Justice Bernette Johnson, who sued last... more »
  • State worker retirement contributions could change

    May 23, 2012 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another key component of Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reform package advanced at the Capitol today. Senate Bill 52 by Senator Elbert Guillory, D- Opelousas, could require state workers to contribute more towards their retirement plan. About 47,000 workers could be affected. The list does not include K-12... more »
  • Retirement, education and Juban Crossing on Capitol agendas

    April 30, 2012 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on another part of Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reform. The bill would base retirement on a state worker's last five years of employment instead of the current three year window. The House Education Committee is set to vote on a number... more »
  • State retirement bill debate underway

    April 23, 2012 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another component of Governor Bobby Jindal pension reform plan is scheduled for debate in the Senate Retirement Committee. It calls for a constitutional amendment to change state employees from a defined benefit retirement plan to a defined contribution plan. Groups opposed to the plan are also... more »
  • Jindal retirement revamp gets Senate hearing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 16, 2012 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It was a battle of legal opinions as the Senate Retirement Committee combed through Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to push back the retirement age for about 50,000 rank-and-file state workers and public college employees. The debate centers on a provision in the Louisiana Constitution that protects pension... more »
  • Jindal retirement bills stalled in Legislature

    March 29, 2012 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to revamp pensions for thousands of rank-and-file state workers is stalled in the Louisiana Legislature as lawmakers haggle behind the scenes over the proposals. Neither the House retirement committee nor the Senate retirement committee has scheduled the measures for hearing yet.... more »
  • Bed bugs bugging BR retirement complex check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bed bugs are biting at a retirement complex downtown. Operators of Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments say they've been bugged by the insects for a year. Twelve cases were handled at the 195-unit building last year, five so far this year. Residents tell News 2 the bugs are crawling... more »
  • At the Capitol: State employee retirement age check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2012 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Changes to state worker retirement plans proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal could undergo changes today. Sen. Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas), who chairs the Senate Retirement Committee, said there are discussions to slowly introduce the age requirement depending on how long someone's been employed. The more years someone... more »
  • Randy Moss comes out of retirement

    February 14, 2012 8:54 AM

    Wide receiver Randy Moss wants to resurrect his NFL career. Moss used a live webchat on his 35th birthday Monday to announce he plans to come out of retirement next season. Moss retired last August, after compiling 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns in 13 seasons. He last played in... more »
  • State budget presented today

    February 9, 2012 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal is presenting his budget plan during a legislative session Thursday. Higher education could get an extra $100 million if the changes pass, which includes tuition increases. State employees' retirement is at stake with new money going to public education. The governor's chief... more »
  • Jindal budget won't cut colleges at cost of state employee's retirements

    February 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget won't propose cuts to public colleges next year and would give the schools an extra $100 million if lawmakers agree to raise retirement costs for state workers and make other changes to the state employee retirement system. The governor's chief of staff, Stephen... more »
  • Jindal pushes retirement revamp for state workers Play Video

    January 25, 2012 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking lawmakers to revamp the retirement program for thousands of state workers, to shrink their benefits, boost their costs and push back the age to collect benefits. Jindal unveiled the legislative proposals Wednesday, saying they would rein in costs for systems that are... more »
  • Leadership changing for Louisiana National Guard

    November 3, 2011 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The head of the Louisiana National Guard is retiring after more than 40 years in the military and nearly 14 years as adjutant general. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau's retirement Thursday, saying he will be replaced with Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who... more »
  • Stock drop affects retirement plans

    August 8, 2011 10:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another major down-day on Wall Street has left your 401K taking another huge hit. And you've had lots of questions about what will happen next. We took questions you posted on News 2's Facebook page to financial experts. The first answer from our experts: Don't... more »
  • House delays consideration of $25M retirement hike

    June 2, 2011 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to raise state employee retirement costs to fill budget gaps has stalled in the House amid questions about whether the bill should be considered a payroll tax hike on workers. Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot, the sponsor of the measure, scrapped a House... more »
  • La. House to consider $25M retirement cost hike

    June 2, 2011 11:27 AM

    UPDATE - Debate has been delayed on this bill by Rep. Talbot, according to News 2's Mike Steele. Original story: BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House is considering whether to raise retirement costs for state employees, a move that would lower take-home pay but give state coffers an... more »
  • House panel weighing boost in state worker costs

    May 19, 2011 5:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The House Retirement Committee will discuss a proposal today that would raise retirement costs for state workers, which would eat into paychecks that have been frozen at the governor's request for several years. The bill would cost state employees an estimated $25 million more annually for their retirement... more »
  • Sheriff Willie Graves announces retirement

    January 12, 2011 5:39 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Sheriff Willie Graves announced this morning he will not be seeking a fifth term in office. He plans to retire when his term ends June 30, 2012. Graves has served as Sheriff since 1996, when he replaced his father, the late Odom Graves, who served in... more »

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