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  • VA secretary says demand outstripping extra resources

    November 6, 2015 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the VA's hospitals and clinics are beefing up staff and seeing more patients. Yet the number of appointments not completed within 30 days continues to grow. Speaking at the National Press Club in advance of Veterans Day, McDonald describes a VA... more »
  • LSU professor fired for profanity, plans court fight

    June 29, 2015 9:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An LSU associate professor has been fired for using curse words and telling sexually-themed jokes to undergraduate students. However, Teresa Buchanan, says she is the victim of a "witch hunt." She plans to fight her dismissal in court. The dismissal of Buchanan, who specializes in early childhood education... more »
  • Jindal announces administration changes

    June 22, 2015 8:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal is just days away from announcing his plans for the future. On Wednesday he's expected to reveal he's running for president. Jindal made some changes to his political administration on Friday. Director of Legislative Affairs Melissa Mann will take over for Kyle Plotkin as... more »
  • Jindal moving staff to Iowa for likely White House campaign

    March 31, 2015 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is sending political staff to Iowa for a possible 2016 presidential campaign. Two of Jindal's top aides, deputy chief of staff Taylor Teepell and legislative affairs director Matt Parker, have resigned from the governor's office and are moving to the key presidential campaign... more »
  • Saints coach Sean Payton announces staff changes

    February 11, 2015 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saints coach Sean Payton has added seven assistant coaches to his staff and shifted responsibilities for some assistants who remain from last season's team that went 7-9 and missed the playoffs. Payton says he's hired former Oakland head coach Dennis Allen as senior defensive assistant, John Morton... more »
  • About 70 hospital staffers cared for Ebola patient

    October 13, 2014 5:50 PM

    DALLAS - Medical records provided to The Associated Press show that about 70 staff members at a Dallas hospital were involved in the care of an Ebola patient before his death last week. The employees at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital drew Thomas Eric Duncan's blood, put tubes down his throat... more »
  • OLOL implements flu vaccination policy to protect patients

    September 25, 2014 6:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is implementing a flu vaccination policy at the hospital to help protect the health of its patients, visitors, staff and community. The policy - affecting more than 7,000 people - includes physicians, allied health staff, volunteers, students, contract workers... more »
  • ACLU says school district promotes racism

    December 19, 2013 7:48 PM

    EUREKA, CALIFORNIA- A Northern California school district is accused of pervasive racism and of condoning a tradition where female students are groped. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against Eureka City Schools saying leaders ignored complaints of racial taunting and bullying and disproportionately discipling minority students. The civil... more »
  • Northwestern State adds Foreman to coaching staff

    August 14, 2013 9:04 AM

    NATCHITOCHES - The Northwestern State women's basketball program has added a new assistant to its coaching staff. Co-head coaches Brooke and Scott Stoehr said Tuesday that Kasondra Foreman's hiring is still subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System. Foreman played... more »
  • New Orleans council member's staff is back

    July 15, 2013 12:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Staffers for a New Orleans City Council member were back on the job three days after a walkout. On Friday, Jackie Clarkson's office was closed. She later acknowledged that her staffers were unhappy with her following last Thursday's regular council meeting. There had seen some heated exchanges... more »
  • Flags flown at half staff for firefighters

    July 1, 2013 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People in Louisiana are taking time to remeber the 19 firefighters who lost their lives battling a wildfire in Arizona. Flags at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office as well as the Department of Agriculture and Forestry are being flown half staff today in honor... more »
  • GSU establishes faculty, staff retiree association

    June 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    GRAMBLING - Grambling State University produces not only undergraduate and graduate students but also a large group of retirees. The News-Star reports GSU President Frank G. Pogue identified this ready-made pool of highly-qualified and skilled professionals and workers and recently established the Grambling State University Association for Retired Faculty and... more »
  • Brian Holland - Sports Reporter

    May 28, 2013 11:50 AM

    Brian Holland is a sports reporter/anchor for News 2 Louisiana. He joined the WBRZ team in August 2012. Brian was born and raised in Houston, Tx. He attended Abilene Christian University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Brian... 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 »
  • Teachers, staff return to school after drinking allegations

    April 23, 2013 11:27 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Three school days after six Northwood High School teachers and staff members were suspended amid allegations of drinking at a school-sponsored event, Caddo school officials say the employees will return to work. The Times reports the accusations surfaced last week after parents complained the female employees were drunk... more »
  • Flags at La. buildings lowered to half-staff

    April 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered that state flags at government buildings in Louisiana be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday. The executive order issued Tuesday is an expression of respect for victims of Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon. Similar gestures are being made by local governments.... more »
  • Louisiana Tech adds Petersen to staff

    January 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    RUSTON - Louisiana Tech has named Tony Petersen as the football team's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday that Petersen brings 20 years of experience at the NCAA Division I level and a background of wide open offenses to Tech's program. Petersen was the co-offensive... more »
  • TB tests pending for people at LHS, Truman

    December 18, 2012 10:48 AM

    LAFAYETTE - About 200 students and faculty and staff members at Lafayette High School are awaiting the results of blood tests taken Monday that may indicate if they are positive for tuberculosis. Blood was drawn from those who had been identified as possibly having been exposed to an individual suspected... more »
  • UN pulling out some staff from Syria

    December 3, 2012 2:14 PM

    BEIRUT - The United Nations says it is pulling out all non-essential international staff from Syria due to security issues in the civil war-struck Arab state. The U.N.'s regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria says up to a quarter of the 100 international staff working for several U.N. agencies could exit... more »
  • Sheriff threatens to stop taking 911 calls check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 24, 2012 5:44 PM

    CLINTON - East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch says his staff will no longer take 911 calls beginning Nov. 19, if a new financial deal with the parish cannot be worked out. The sheriff's office currently supplies half of the eight-person emergency communications staff. Sheriff's officials say currently payments... more »
  • Jindal continues staff shake-up

    October 15, 2012 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is switching up his top legal adviser. Jindal announced late Monday that Executive Counsel Liz Murrill is leaving the governor's office and going to the Division of Administration. No word was given for why Murrill was leaving. The governor's office did not immediately respond... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces changes to his office staff

    October 12, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The staff reshuffling continues in Gov. Bobby Jindal's office, after the exit of the governor's chief of staff shifted people to different jobs in the administration. Jindal announced Friday that Taylor Teepell will work as deputy chief of staff; Matt Parker will be legislative affairs director; and... more »
  • Jindal shuffling top staff, chief of staff exits

    October 1, 2012 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, is leaving the administration after nearly five years working for the governor. Waguespack, a lawyer, is taking a private sector job, according to the governor's office. His departure has caused a reshuffling of the Jindal administration's top jobs among... more »
  • UNO's $12M budget cut includes 53 faculty, staff

    August 15, 2012 8:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state. UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized... more »
  • Times-Picayune cutting half of news staff

    June 12, 2012 12:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Times-Picayune is laying off 200 employees as one of the nation's oldest daily newspapers prepares to print just three days a week. The layoffs amount to about half of the newsroom's 169 employees. Advertising, circulation and other departments also were affected at the 175-year-old newspaper. About... more »
  • Lawmakers question VA's plans to hire more staff

    May 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON- Federal lawmakers are casting doubts on the adequacy of the Department of Veterans Affairs' plans to hire 1,900 additional workers to improve access to mental health care. Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction over veterans' issues, said the VA's plans looked like a knee-jerk reaction... more »
  • LA school in sex abuse case gets entire new staff

    February 9, 2012 7:11 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Students will be greeted by new teachers when they return to class at a Los Angeles elementary school rocked by the arrests of two longtime teachers on lewdness charges. Miramonte Elementary School will reopen Thursday, two days after the nation's second-largest school district closed the campus to... more »
  • Gov. Brownback says Staff Overreacted to Teen's Tweet

    November 28, 2011 7:35 PM

    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback apologized to a 16-year-old for how his staff reacted and handled her disparaging tweet. Emma Sullivan wrote Brownback "sucked", among other insulting comments as she tweeted on a class trip last week. Brownback's office was monitoring social media and saw the tweets and contacted the Shawnee... more »
  • Jindal hires relatives of former chief of staff

    November 28, 2011 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has hired the brother and brother-in-law of his former chief of staff, Timmy Teepell. Jindal tapped Matt Parker to become his intergovernmental affairs director and Taylor Teepell to be his deputy legislative affairs director. Parker, from Virginia, is brother-in-law to Timmy Teepell.... more »
  • Southern declares financial emergency

    October 28, 2011 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Board members voted unanimously today to declare a financial emergency at Southern University, which gives administrators the power to make broad cuts to the budget and faculty. The final count was 14-0 with two board members absent. The declaration lets administrators more easily fire tenured faculty... more »
  • Jindal starts re-arranging staff for second term

    October 24, 2011 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Fresh off his landslide victory for a second term, Gov. Bobby Jindal is beginning to rework his staff and weighing his choices for legislative leadership jobs. Jindal announced Monday that his chief of staff and longtime political strategist, Timmy Teepell, won't return to the governor's... more »
  • Governor Jindal orders flags at half-staff for 9/11 anniversary

    September 2, 2011 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an Executive Order calling for the flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff from September 5, 2011, until sunset September 11. The order comes as an expression of respect for Louisiana's fallen civilian and service members who lost... more »
  • Capitol High parents, students at ease over transition

    July 20, 2011 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A charter school switch, that got a bunch of parents riled up, has been settled. Capitol High School is being handed back to the state. The group "100 Black Men" had been in charge. It took over from the East Baton Rouge School System because of poor... more »
  • Baton Rouge aging council cuts staff

    July 10, 2011 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has terminated 20 workers because of its financial situation, the agency's new executive director said. Tasha Clark Amar said the terminations were part of a reorganization to help the council deal with an expected $200,000 budget shortfall. More layoffs... more »
  • Gov. Jindal orders flags flown at half-staff

    June 9, 2011 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an Executive Order calling for the flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Louisiana Department of Insurance Fraud Section Investigators, who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty. Kimberly McElveen Sledge and... more »
  • EBR schools start reduction-in-force process

    March 17, 2011 9:44 PM

    Warning letters are headed out to East Baton Rouge School System staff about possible layoffs. The School Board approved the first step in the reduction-in-force process Thursday night. The district is making the move following concerns about budget cuts. more »

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