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  • Marching away from a wild month

    April 2, 2014 10:43 AM

    March was colder and drier than usual. While that's the quick summary, a closer look back reveals a March with many abnormalities. The wildest days may have come just after the calendar switch. March 1st and 2nd were both spent well above average. The weekend prior to Fat Tuesday... more »
  • Bill approved to overhaul school textbook review process

    March 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are considering an overhaul to Louisiana's process for reviewing textbooks to give school districts more freedom to decide which instructional materials they want to use. The Senate Education Committee agreed Wednesday without objection to the proposal. Sen. Conrad Appel, the committee's chairman, says he's trying to address... more »
  • Teacher tenure law under renewed fire

    August 30, 2013 10:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The president of a teachers' union says his group will again ask a district judge to toss out a state law that makes it harder for public school teachers to earn and retain tenure. Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, says the group's original... more »
  • New IRS chief: Inappropriate screening was broader

    June 24, 2013 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Internal Revenue Service says inappropriate screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than was previously disclosed. Danny Werfel told reporters Monday that after becoming acting IRS chief last month, he discovered inappropriate and wide-ranging criteria in lists screeners use to... more »
  • BESE to review student data storage and sharing

    June 19, 2013 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top education board is reviewing how the state education department stores and shares public school student data. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Wednesday to create a task force looking at the issue after concerns were raised about a state data-sharing agreement with an... more »
  • Jindal orders review of Texas Brine permits Play Video

    May 20, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal today ordered a review for all permits given to Texas Brine, the company which owns land a massive sinkhole appeared on last year, after he accused the company of dragging its feet in paying costs associated with the cleanup. "It has become clear... more »
  • House lawmakers shelve Citizens rate review bill

    May 14, 2013 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a proposal seeking legislative review of large rate hikes for customers of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort. The House Insurance Committee scrapped the idea Tuesday in a 9-4 vote against the bill by St. Mary Parish Sen. Bret Allain. The... more »
  • Man who killed three denied case review Play Video

    May 1, 2013 6:40 PM

    AMITE - A man who pleaded guilty to killing three pedestrians while driving drunk was denied case review by a judge. Though he never appealed his conviction, Derek Quebedeaux, 25, asked for post-conviction relief of his 12-year sentence. Police say Quebedeaux was driving drunk when he ran into... more »
  • Obama: Boston review designed to prevent attacks

    April 30, 2013 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a national security review following the Boston Marathon bombings will look at whether there is more the government can do to stop people within the United States who might become radicalized and plan terror attacks. One of the dangers the U.S. faces now, Obama... more »
  • Jindal cancels Medicaid contract under grand jury review

    March 21, 2013 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is scrapping a lucrative state Medicaid contract that is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols issued a statement Thursday announcing the termination of the more than $185 million contract with Maryland-based CNSI. Nichols says she made... more »
  • FAA to launch comprehensive review of Boeing 787

    January 11, 2013 7:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators say they are ordering a comprehensive review of the critical systems of Boeing's 787s, the aircraft maker's newest and most technologically advanced plane, after a fire and a fuel leak earlier this week. The Federal Aviation Administration says the review will include the design, manufacture... more »
  • LDWF offers online renewal for commercial licenses

    December 26, 2012 6:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says commercial licenses can now be renewed online. People who have commercial licenses from the department can renew them at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses . Until now, commercial licenses could be renewed only by mail or in person at the department's... more »
  • St. Helena schools under review for accreditation

    October 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    GREENSBURG - An external review team for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will be on campus at St. Helena Central Elementary and High schools this week. The team will interview administrators, observe teachers and speak with student and parent groups in a process school officials hope will... more »
  • Some La. voucher schools to face performance score

    July 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some private schools who participate in Louisiana's statewide voucher program will face performance scores similar to public schools, under planned accountability standards. The scoring and penalties for low-performing schools will apply to schools with sizable numbers of voucher students, estimated to be a quarter of the schools... more »
  • Legislative study panel begins tax break review

    July 23, 2012 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new study panel is reviewing the billions of dollars of state tax breaks on the books, looking at whether they are worth keeping as Louisiana faces repeated rounds of budget cuts. The 14-member review commission of legislative leaders held its first meeting Monday, featuring a crash... more »
  • Feds asked to review debate over La. chief justice

    July 9, 2012 4:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Several black Louisiana elected officials are asking the Justice Department's civil rights division to intervene in a dispute over whether state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson is legally entitled to become the court's next chief justice. A letter sent Monday to the head of the division's voting... more »
  • Court to review cops' convictions in Katrina case

    June 20, 2012 6:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for the case against three former New Orleans police officers convicted of charges stemming from a man's fatal shooting and burning of his body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... more »
  • Scouts to review ban on gays; no change imminent

    June 6, 2012 3:54 PM

    NEW YORK - The Boy Scouts of America have agreed to review a proposal that would allow individual units to accept gays as adult leaders, but a spokesman says there's no expectation that the ban on gay leaders will in fact be lifted any time soon. The resolution was submitted... more »
  • NFL OK'd playoff overtime rule

    March 29, 2012 8:38 AM

    PALM BEACH, Fla - NFL owners have OK'd the playoff overtime rule for the regular season by a vote of 30-2. To refresh your memory: No overtime game can end with a field goal on the first possession. The opposing team must get one series, and if it... more »
  • New Central school positions under review

    March 13, 2012 6:45 AM

    CENTRAL - The Central School Board has decided to spend more time looking into whether it can afford new positions Superintendent Michael Faulk is seeking after several residents raised concerns about the costs. The board voted unanimously Monday to add a guidance counselor and a "journey to career" teacher at... more »
  • Senators begin their 2012-13 budget review Tuesday

    March 13, 2012 6:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are getting their first in-depth look at the governor's budget proposal for closing an $895 million shortfall next year. Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012-13 spending plans involve the hiring of private companies to handle more state services, the layoff of up to 2,700 state workers and... more »
  • State reviewing boy's fall from Capitol ledge

    November 7, 2011 5:39 PM

    UPDATE 6:15 p.m. - After News 2's story aired about the state reviewing the boy's fall, the Senate President's office sent the following statement: "It is our understanding that the Public Safety Police Department's incident report has been sent to the Office of Risk Management. Risk Management will investigate... more »
  • 30 candidates pass BRPD chief's exam

    April 21, 2011 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The list of candidates that got a passing grade on the Baton Rouge Police Chief's exam has been released. The names of the 30 candidates who passed were sent to BRPD and the Mayor's office for review. Mayor-President Kip Holden will ultimately decide who will be... more »
  • President makes surprise trip to Afghanistan

    December 3, 2010 10:09 AM

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict. Under intense security, Obama landed in night's darkness after a clandestine departure from the White House... more »
  • People who were denied claims from BP may be paid

    September 28, 2010 6:48 PM

    People who filed claims with BP and were denied may be paid after all. That’s because of a new, more lenient review process. As News 2’s Michael Shingleton found out, some restaurant owners didn’t know about the change. more »
  • La. hires independent administrator for oil claims

    June 24, 2010 5:54 AM

    Louisiana has hired an independent administrator to perform a comprehensive review of BP's oil spill claims process. Cannon Cochran Management Services Inc. will also look at the effect of social, human, and workforce development services on the process. They will also provide technical support and consulting for negotiations for claims... more »
  • Salazar launches full review of offshore safety issues

    April 30, 2010 2:45 PM

    The U.S. Department of the Interior is set to conduct a full review of offshore drilling safety. It's all part of the federal government's support of BP's response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Department of Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, said they will also... more »
  • Pig ring ordinance likely to go from St. Landry

    February 17, 2010 5:10 AM

    How many rings does a pig's nose need? At least three, and they have to be big, according to a St. Landry Parish ordinance dating from the 1800s. St. Landry Parish is working to clean up local laws and eliminate outdated ordinances that help swell the total to more than... more »
  • 30 college programs eliminated

    December 2, 2009 9:50 PM

    The Louisiana Board of Regents agreed to eliminate 30 college programs due to low-completion of students, according to a release. They are listed below. Another 77 programs were eliminated for assorted reasons, including low enrollment, program duplication and lack of financial support. This year, the Board of Regents has... more »

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