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  • Dardenne says he'll cut executive payroll

    February 2, 2016 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says he will cut spending on his office's executive staff, amid criticism that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is paying too much for his cabinet secretaries. Dardenne, who serves as the governor's chief financial adviser, is receiving a $237,500 annual salary, a more... more »
  • Cabinet jobs remain to be filled in Edwards administration

    January 26, 2016 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two weeks into Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, a few cabinet secretary positions remain to be filled by Louisiana's new governor. Edwards has chosen leaders of most of the executive branch departments. But he has yet to name the secretaries of the Department of Natural Resources, which oversees... more »
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

    October 2, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by a White House official.... more »
  • LED deputy secretary to lead agency

    May 8, 2015 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development is moving up to the top job at the agency. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Friday that Steven Grissom will become secretary of the department beginning Monday, taking over the job from Stephen Moret. Moret is leaving to... more »
  • Secretary of State warns of furloughs next week

    January 14, 2015 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that a proposed $3.8 million mid-year budget cut from the Jindal administration could force them to furlough employees starting as early as next week. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he's been given until Friday to figure out... more »
  • DEA informant illegally paid

    August 11, 2014 7:49 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Drug Enforcement Administration is said to have illegally paid an Amtrak secretary $850-thousand to obtain confidential information about train passengers. The Associated Press says the money was paid out over a 20-year period and that the information could have been obtained for free legally through a law... more »
  • House approves bill to speed firings at VA

    May 21, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a bill to give the Veterans Affairs secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives at the agency. The bill responds to a growing furor over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals. The department's inspector general says 26 facilities... more »
  • Valcke says April-May too hot for 2022 World Cup

    November 13, 2013 8:52 AM

    ZURICH- FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says April and May are too hot to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Valcke says "let's not lose time on this. April-May is not an option because of the temperature." Valcke is leading FIFA's... more »
  • Former DHH Secretary deposition not delayed

    September 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An attempt to stall the deposition of the former Health and Hospitals Secretary in Louisiana has been refused by a Baton Rouge judge. Lawyers for the Jindal Administration wanted to push back the deposition of Bruce Greenstein in a wrongful termination lawsuit, but Judge Tim Kelley... more »
  • Homeland Security secretary resigning

    July 12, 2013 9:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to take a senior posting in the University of California system. Napolitano told senior staff Friday she was leaving for California. Napolitano has led the department since the beginning of the Obama administration, just the third person to... more »
  • Barfield now officially Secretary of Revenue

    June 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal officially has a new revenue secretary, months after he named who he wanted in the job. Tim Barfield told lawmakers Thursday that he was formally appointed as secretary of the Department of Revenue. Barfield started working as department head in October, but he was... more »
  • Lawmaker blasts DHH secretary for not being at hearing Play Video

    March 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state representative said it was "very irresponsible" that the head of the Department of Health and Hospitals was not at a budget hearing today to answer questions about a controversial Medicaid contract cancelled last week. Rep. Jim Fannin, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee,... more »
  • Senator vows to block Labor Dept. nominee

    March 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. David Vitter says he will block President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Labor Department until he gets a response to his letter complaining about the enforcement of voting rights laws in his home state of Louisiana. Vitter's comments came just hours after Obama formally nominated... more »
  • Shaw Founder: "I am under consideration" for Energy Secretary Post

    February 1, 2013 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shaw Group Founder Jim Bernhard told News 2 today he is up for consideration to replace Stephen Chu as the Secretary of the Department of Energy. He also said there are other names out there to become the country's next Secretary of Energy. Bernhard recently... more »
  • US taps pension fund to avoid passing debt limit

    January 15, 2013 5:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the government has begun borrowing from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without surpassing its debt limit. Geithner says in a letter to congressional leaders that the move will free up $156 billion in borrowing authority while Congress debates increasing the... more »
  • Geithner: Gov't could pass debt limit by mid-Feb.

    January 14, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is telling congressional leaders that the U.S. government will exhaust its borrowing limit as soon as mid-February, earlier than expected. The government reached its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit on Dec. 31, but began using bookkeeping maneuvers to keep from surpassing it. In a letter... more »
  • Gov. Jindal names new press secretary

    January 11, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has recruited his latest press secretary from Wisconsin. Jindal announced Friday that he's hired Sean Lansing for the $65,000-a-year position. The move comes as the Republican governor has started unveiling proposals to rewrite Louisiana's tax code and ramping up efforts to sell the ideas... more »
  • Clinton to testify on Libya assault Jan. 22

    January 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya on Jan. 22. That's the day after President Barack Obama's inauguration and the first day the Senate returns to Washington after a... more »
  • Obama: Hagel 'leader our troops deserve'

    January 7, 2013 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Chuck Hagel, his choice as the new secretary of defense, is "the leader that our troops deserve." Obama formally announced his choice of Hagel in the White House East Room on Monday even as critics questioned the pick over issues including Hagel's views on... more »
  • Kerry prepping for secretary of state confirmation

    January 3, 2013 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department says Sen. John Kerry, who President Barack Obama has nominated to be the next secretary of state, has started meeting with diplomatic staff to prepare for his confirmation. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Kerry was at the department's Foggy Bottom headquarters Wednesday. She says... more »
  • Clinton leaves hospital after treatment for clot

    January 2, 2013 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been released from a New York hospital where she was treated for a blood clot in her head. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors advised her that she has been making progress on all fronts and are confident she will... more »
  • Clinton talking to staff as she recovers from clot

    January 2, 2013 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - Doctors say they expect Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to make a full recovery from a blood clot in her head. They also say there has been no neurological damage from the clot, which apparently developed when Clinton fainted and fell at her home. A stomach virus... more »

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