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  • Bill proposes beefier insurance for Uber, Lyft drivers

    May 20, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft would be required to carry beefed-up insurance policies under a proposed law advancing in the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, R-Jennings, said the bill is a "21st century" solution to public safety concerns that have... more »
  • State warns of reported phony 'rebate' scam

    December 11, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is warning the public of a potential scam that has been reported in the Lafayette area involving phony offers for discount store rebate cards. The con artists aim to trick people into providing credit card information. A news release... more »
  • Firefighters honor 9/11 victims check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 10, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Baton Rouge Fire Department gathered for a moment of silence Thursday morning to honor those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks 13 years ago. Throughout the day, many organizations in the Baton Rouge community will host multiple events to honor and give... more »
  • Savory food for a great cause at Capital Chef's Showcase check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 22, 2014 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can enjoy some delicious food for a great cause at the Capital Chef's Showcase. It's all to benefit Cancer Services of Baton Rouge. The event is Thursday, September 4th at the Baton Rouge River Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You can find more information... more »
  • Pastor shot, killed during La. church service

    September 28, 2013 4:37 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A Louisiana pastor has been shot and killed during a nighttime revival service, and authorities say a suspect has been arrested. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers says the shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles. Myers says... more »
  • Obama: US will give allies info on spying claims

    July 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Barack Obama says all nations in the world with intelligence services try to understand what other nations are thinking. He says that's why they have intelligence services. Obama is pushing back against opposition from key allies who are upset about revelations regarding secret U.S.... more »
  • Jindal defends disabled services program veto

    June 25, 2013 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his decision to strip $4 million from next year's budget that would have expanded a program that provides at-home services to the developmentally disabled. The Republican governor has faced criticism for line-item vetoes that struck out that funding for a program called... more »
  • Family spared in crash pays respects to dead pilot

    June 12, 2013 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The family who was inside a house just minutes before a plane crashed on top of it and exploded paid respects to the pilot who was killed in the crash. Wednesday, the Smith family spent the evening at funeral services for John Fowler. Fowler died Friday when... more »
  • Services for fallen soldier today

    June 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Services are scheduled for this morning to honor a fallen soldier from Tickfaw. Spc. Chris Drake, 20, died recently in Afghanistan after the truck he was driving was hit by an RPG. The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Eagle Heights Church in... more »
  • Rayville woman pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud

    May 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program. The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged... more »
  • Homelessness increases in Terrebonne

    May 27, 2013 8:50 AM

    HOUMA - The number of homeless people in Terrebonne Parish is on the rise as services statewide continue to dwindle, a survey indicates. The Courier reports that a February count shows 78 adults and 34 children in Terrebonne were either in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the streets.... more »
  • PSC to revisit energy efficiency program debate

    May 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's utility regulatory agency will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program. The Public Service Commission has been sued over its handling of the issue, with three organizations claiming the commission broke the state's open meetings law by refusing to allow public... more »
  • EKL shuts down check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2013 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The capital city enters a new era of health care Monday as a longstanding medical facility has closed its doors for good. Earl K. Long was forced to shut down due to state budget cuts and changes in the LSU Health System. The hospital has... more »
  • La. domestic violence services threatened check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 12, 2013 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Domestic violence service providers across Louisiana are worried about their future. They are afraid Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed budget will pass among lawmakers and pass along a funding 38% cut. The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been collecting data about domestic violence related services... more »
  • OLOL taking on more responsibility, security changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 2, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As care at Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital winds down, services and safety changes at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center are ramping up. Earl K. Long closes on April 15th, and OLOL will begin operating several medical clinics around Baton Rouge and take over... more »
  • Jindal proposes $1.4B in new taxes on services

    March 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Your paycheck will grow larger, but in exchange, your haircut, cable TV and insurance bills will go up, if lawmakers agree to Gov. Bobby Jindal's rewrite of Louisiana's tax code. Jindal wants to do away with state income taxes, but he doesn't want to shrink the state's revenue... more »
  • Tax plan targets services check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 14, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to reform the state's tax system and eliminate the individual income tax would also need to add taxes on some services for the first time. Traditionally, services like haircuts, landscaping, pet grooming and cable TV aren't taxed, but Jindal's plan would add the... more »
  • EKL reducing services

    March 7, 2013 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Declining staff levels at LSU's Earl K. Long Medical Center and its clinics in Baton Rouge have led to a reduction of inpatient and outpatient services to the poor and uninsured. Employee departures have picked up since late January when LSU officials moved up the Long facility's... more »
  • Program to aid Lafayette pregnant teens

    January 7, 2013 9:55 AM

    LAFAYETTE- The Lafayette Parish School System plans to launch a program next school year for teen mothers and pregnant teens that would provide on-campus child care and support services for the young mothers. Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper says the program will be housed at Northside High School with a... more »
  • 2 women plead guilty to SNAP fraud

    December 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say an investigation by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' Fraud and Recovery Unit has led to two women pleading guilty to receiving nearly $30,000 in ineligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Officials say Katrina Howard of Winnsboro illegally obtained benefits from April 2008... more »
  • State deploys DCFS team to NJ to help with Sandy

    November 13, 2012 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A team of three emergency responders from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has traveled to New Jersey to help officials there with their sheltering mission following Hurricane Sandy. The team will remain in New Jersey to provide technical support and advice as long as... more »
  • Fired GSA official said he was ready to pay

    April 17, 2012 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - A fired General Services Administration official says he didn't know taxpayers would be billed $1,960 for a party in his luxury suite at a Las Vegas resort. Robert Peck said he had paid for some food out of his own pocket and was surprised when additional food arrived... more »
  • GSA spending scandal investigation

    April 16, 2012 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON -The spending scandal at the General Services Administration could just be the tip of the iceberg. According to the agency's inspector general, he's investigating other potential wrongdoing including possible bribery and kickbacks. At a House hearing today, lawmakers hoped to hear from the GSA official who was largely responsible... more »
  • Dentists donate services to students in EBR Parish

    February 1, 2012 3:16 PM

    Baton Rouge- Dentists in the area are joining health centers to donate services to students in East Baton Rouge Parish schools. On three Fridays in February (3, 10 and 24), and on Friday March 2, dentists will be taking care of the dental needs of over 1,000 students selected... more »
  • New oilfield services plant to open in Scott

    January 13, 2012 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based company that provides corrosion protection services for the oil and gas industry is planning to open a new plant in Scott. Houston Plating and Coatings LLC says it will hire 120 people over the next five years to work at the new $9... more »
  • Public Defenders cutting services

    January 5, 2012 2:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Public Defenders office will begin cutting services on Jan. 16, because of a budget shortfall. Derwyn Bunton, who heads up the office, says he is forced to make the move because the $1.22 million the city approved for the office is $1 million less... more »
  • Deadbeat parents paying up with casino winnings

    September 15, 2011 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Just one week into a pilot program to collect unpaid child support, some families are getting the money they're owed. Louisiana Child and Family Services started a program in conjunction with casinos. Due to tax purposes gamblers that win over $1,200 are subject to forfeiting... more »
  • Deadbeat parents on "Most Wanted" list

    September 1, 2011 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has released its new "Most Wanted" list of deadbeat parents. It shows 18 people who owe a combined $945 thousand dollars in back child support payments. The posters include things like a picture, the last known address and how... more »
  • State launches web service to find deadbeat parents

    August 29, 2011 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services launched a new website today to help find parents who owe child support. The site gives access to the 53,000 delinquet parents by first or last name, city, amount owed and parish where their court-ordered support was established. ... more »
  • Personal care services agency owner arrested

    July 26, 2011 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The owner of a personal care services agency has been arrested and booked with defrauding the state's Medicaid program. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says Patricia A. Bell of Rayville surrendered to authorities last week. He says Bell, the owner of Cookies Helping Hand Inc., was charged... more »
  • LSU football coaches meet with NCAA investigator

    July 14, 2011 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU athletics officials met with NCAA investigators recently as part of an inquiry into questionable activities by a scouting company the school employed. Herb Vincent, the Senior Associate Athletic Director, said in a press release today that members of the coaching staff answered questions and supplied... more »
  • Former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson denies 'pay for play' allegations

    March 31, 2011 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Patrick Peterson awaits the potential number one spot in the NFL Draft, former Texas A&M assistant coach Van Malone claims a Houston based scout named Willie Lyles wanted $80,000 to secure Peterson's enrollment at Texas A&M. Malone sat down with ESPN for an interview and... more »

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