September 12, 2014 3:22 AM
EDGARD, LA - As the St. John the Baptist Parish government continues trying to eradicate a potentially fatal brain-damaging amoeba from a portion of its water system, the St. John School Board has declared a state of emergency. The declaration allows the school system to bypass public bid laws to... more »
August 28, 2014 2:02 AM
BATON ROUGE - St. John the Baptist is using chlorine to flush a water system on the east bank of the Mississippi River after tests showed the presence of a dangerous amoeba. The state Department of Health and Hospitals said the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in the water system... more »
August 19, 2014 3:23 AM
BATON ROUGE - A group of East Baton Rouge Parish residents is back in court, hoping to block a new nine-member redistricting plan that shrank the size of the parish School Board by two seats. The residents filed court papers late Monday seeking an immediate review of a lower court... more »
June 24, 2014 6:13 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A sewer system that will create a state of the art way to treat waste in Ascension Parish is under construction.
The main trunk line went in today on Highway 73 while crews continue road work. The sewer system will help keep Ascension water clean.
"The... more »
April 30, 2014 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana doesn't require regular safety inspections of elevators, and while some municipalities have set their own regulations, most parishes are without those rules. A bid to put Louisiana in line with other states that require annual checkups to make sure elevators are operating properly has started advancing in... more »
November 20, 2013 6:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade.
Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
October 7, 2013 9:13 AM
BATON ROUGE- With the help of a private consultant, the Jindal administration plans to give a tuneup to a state government IT system that employs hundreds of workers and costs nearly half a billion dollars a year. The Advocate reports the administration recently sought proposals on how to repair a... more »
October 1, 2013 10:27 PM
GONZALES- The government shutdown will not cancel a planned meeting to talk about levee protection in Ascension Parish.
The Army Corps of Engineers will meet with residents Wednesday night at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The federal delegation will discuss design plans for a new levee system.
Ascension... more »
September 22, 2013 11:31 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish government will apply for a $60 million loan through a fund overseen by the state Department of Environmental Quality to jump start plans to build a regional sewer system. Parish officials say the loan would pay for a phase of sewage treatment systems in a heavily... more »
September 5, 2013 11:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of employees in the Southern University System may soon get raises.
On Friday, the Southern Board of Supervisors will consider across the board salary increases for faculty and staff at Southern's Law School, Ag Center and New Orleans campus.
The raises will be up... more »
September 3, 2013 11:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - Most public school classroom teachers were graded effective in the first statewide year of Louisiana's new teacher evaluation system. Under data released Tuesday by the education department, 32 percent of classroom teachers were ranked as "highly effective" and another 4 percent were determined to be "ineffective." The... more »
August 28, 2013 7:41 AM
ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has started the process of borrowing up to $5 million for continuing work on the municipal sewer system.
According to the resolution adopted by the council Tuesday, the city would pay back the bonds over 22 years and borrow the money at an... more »
August 26, 2013 10:49 AM
GONZALES - The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a flood protection system on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain, but leaves out levee plans for Ascension Parish.
The corps proposed a plan that would provide protection for St. John the Baptist Parish, including Laplace, instead of an alternate... more »
August 22, 2013 2:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Entrepreneur Jared Loftus stepped down today from the Capital Area Transit System board, calling the board corrupt and unwilling to work for the betterment of the system.
Loftus accused other board members of beind closed-minded, inept, and unethical in his resignation, and said he'd witnessed criminal... more »
August 14, 2013 10:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders now require leaders overseeing the Capital Area Transit System to know something about public transit.
The metro council approved setting tougher standards for members of the CATS board, which has been under fire for its handling of recent scandals.
Accountants found irregularities in bus... more »
August 6, 2013 10:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- The website for the public transit system here is not working because of snafu over passwords and credentials.
The site's contract expired recently, and the worker who set up the payment and authentication systems died. Some of the information needed to renew the contract are not known,... more »
July 26, 2013 12:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The CEO of Baton Rouge's embattled transit system said today he hopes things will move forward after the recent resignation of CATS board chair Isaiah Marshall.
Marshall resigned last night amid concerns about thousands of dollars missing from the bus system and accusations another board member,... more »
July 25, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- The leader of the Capital Area Transit System board resigned late Thursday after intense questions about missing money and allegations that a board member used bus system money to pay bills.
Here's the email Isaiah Marshall sent, leaving his post:
As many of you know, CATS... more »
July 25, 2013 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area Transit System Board Chairman resigned Thursday, calling media coverage about a series of controversial funding events "unfortunate."
The system can not find more than $100,000 in fare funds. In at least three years computers on buses suggest there should be more money than what... more »
July 23, 2013 6:16 PM
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana System have agreed to pay a blind student $23,500 and to make all course materials accessible to disabled students. A U.S. Justice Department statement says the settlement resolves complaints about two classes. The student said he had to withdraw from... more »
July 23, 2013 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge will discuss issues related to the parish's troubled transit system today.
The lunch meeting pulls together business owners, other chamber members and guests to hear updates on legal challenges and money troubles surrounding the Capital Area Transit System.... more »
July 22, 2013 3:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - The interim CEO of Baton Rouge's transit system revealed today thousand of dollars in fares have gone missing, and vowed to get to the bottom of what happened.
Robert Mirabito said a recent audit found a discrepancy between the amount of money reportedly collected in fares... more »
June 24, 2013 5:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - Newly-appointed Capital Area Transit System CEO Bob Mirabito said he's ready to take on tough criticism, polarizing opinions and past-due deadlines.
But he's not ready to fully root on the Tigers just yet.
A Notre Dame alum and civil engineer with a Masters in Business... more »
June 24, 2013 11:47 AM
HOUMA - Work is underway to tie Terrebonne and south Lafourche's levee systems together. The Courier reports the action will close a gap in the Morganza to the Gulf hurricane protection system and offer some protection from storm surge for residents in parts of both parishes. The preliminary design has... more »
June 15, 2013 5:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it has completed all permanent structures in a $3 billion system of levees and floodwalls around the west Bank of New Orleans and Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Ceremonies are planned Monday to mark completion of the West Bank and... more »
May 26, 2013 10:12 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Applications have been received from 10 people seeking the temporary position to lead the Capital Area Transit System. The Advocate reports the group includes former employees of the system, known as CATS, a former Baton Rouge mayoral candidate and the former general manager of the New... more »
May 23, 2013 10:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials scheduled a demonstration today of a new emergency alert system which uses FM radios to let the public know about disasters.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said the state recently finished installing the ALERT FM system in all 64... more »
May 6, 2013 5:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - A video obtained by News 2 shows two teen girls fighting while the rest of the students watched, and the bus driver did nothing.
The parents of one of the girls is outraged and said in an email, "I am furious and concerned that our children... more »
April 25, 2013 11:22 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-based government watchdog group says the school system in New Orleans has significantly improved its financial operations in the years since Hurricane Katrina shut down the city's public education system for months. But the Bureau of Governmental Research report issued Thursday also found flaws in... more »
April 22, 2013 6:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- The public transit czar has quit; Brian Marshall resigned from the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) Monday.
Marshall alerted board members that he would be leaving immediately in a 426-word letter. Marshall called the system neglected, but that there have been positive changes.
Marshall said the... more »
April 22, 2013 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- The CEO of the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) quit Monday.
Brian Marshall resigned after being at the helm during recent controversial decisions, including a parish-wide tax that increased property rates to fund the struggling system.
Marshall also was in charge when CATS asked the city... more »
April 19, 2013 10:08 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $3.8 million project to provide sewer service to a rural area of West Feliciana Parish is nearing completion after a struggle of more than 10 years. Contractors and parish employees tested the sewage treatment portion of the project on Thursday.
The new system will serve... more »
April 3, 2013 1:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School System announced big changes for four schools in the district today.
Lee High, Belfair, Delmont and Mayfair schools will all see significant updates according to the school system's plans.
The school system will turn Lee High into a dedicated magnet... more »
March 13, 2013 5:43 PM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge School leaders have no record of who's driving the buses within the parish, leaving many parents concerned.
Superintendent David Corona said if he wanted or needed those records, they could be made available to him.
"I'm comfortable the organization we contract with... more »
March 8, 2013 5:19 PM
NEW ROADS - The city of New Roads is sounding a code red.
"It's a way to communicate," Mayor Robert Myer said. His office is pushing an alert system that calls residents home and cell phones and sends text messages, instead of the old system that only called land... more »
February 26, 2013 4:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - The head of Baton Rouge General's hospital system, Bill Holman, announced today he's retiring from the network.
Holman, 66, spent 48 years in the health care industry, including more than 12 with General Health System. During that time the system received numerous awards and recognitions, and... more »
February 13, 2013 10:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- The red light camera violation system will remain through 2013.
Wednesday night, Metro Council members decided to keep the program going at least until the end of December.
The cameras snap pictures of drivers who run red lights and mail violations.
In five years, 171,000... more »
February 4, 2013 2:12 PM
NEW ORLEANS- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Superdome had a backup power system that was about to be used during the Super Bowl electrical outage but it wasn't needed because power started coming back at that time. Goodell says Monday that the backup system was ready, but Entergy New... more »
February 1, 2013 6:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - The parish bus system's governing board began a series of meetings Thursday to discuss how to move the system forward following a recent report that recommended replacing CATS' top managers with contracted employees from a transit management firm. The Advocate reports some members of the Capital Area... more »
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 »
January 8, 2013 1:36 PM
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - An elaborate booby trap system allegedly set up to pull police away from the Colorado theater shooting included improvised napalm and thermite, which burns so hot that water can't put out the blaze. FBI bomb technician Garrett Gumbinner described the system Tuesday at a hearing in which... more »
December 18, 2012 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says his department's new online system will make it easier for Louisiana residents to shop for the best insurance rates in their cities. You can't get quotes for your house and car. The auto insurance guide compares quotes for a 2004, 2007 or... more »
December 7, 2012 4:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU's governing board has re-approved its plans to merge the jobs of university system president and flagship campus chancellor. The Board of Supervisors unanimously backed the idea Friday in its second vote on the issue. The latest vote was designed to address concerns from the attorney general's... more »
December 4, 2012 3:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Louisiana said today they've busted a counterfeit check ring which victimized hundreds of people, and was apparently run using financial data stolen from the LSU Hospital System.
Law enforcement agencies arrested seven people so far for being connected to the ring, and said they're... more »
November 29, 2012 6:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Problems like escapes and fights at Louisiana juvenile justice facilities have made headlines in recent years.
However, a consultant from a state considered the model from youth reform says that is no reason to give up.
Former Missouri Youth Services Director Mark Steward said today reform... more »
November 26, 2012 10:57 AM
GRAND ISLE - Three months after Hurricane Isaac, Grand Isle is still waiting for repairs to the island's levee system. But Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle tells The Courier he's been told by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the repairs won't begin until June when tourists typically flock... more »
November 15, 2012 3:51 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A state appeal court says that the Jefferson Parish Public School System illegally cut teachers' pay by imposing an unpaid day of leave for every teacher in the district. The Jefferson Federation of Teachers sued the school board after it ordered the furlough. District Judge Steve Windhorst... more »
November 15, 2012 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - The attorney general's office says it has "serious concerns" that LSU's governing board may have violated the open meetings law with its October vote to merge the positions of system president and chancellor of the flagship campus. The Board of Supervisors announced Thursday that it will revote... more »
November 9, 2012 2:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Sandra K. Woodley is the next president of the University of Louisiana system. The system announced Woodley's appointment Friday in a news release. Woodley succeeds Randy Moffett, who retired in September. Woodley takes over on January 1.
She is leaving her job as vice chancellor for... more »
November 5, 2012 10:48 AM
HOUMA - Terrebonne residents can expect major improvements to their water system to begin soon. The parish's Waterworks District received $20 million last week from a state bond sale to begin working on the overhaul. Al Badeaux, president of the parish water board, says the money comes from the sale... more »
November 1, 2012 4:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - A vice chancellor at the University of Texas System is being considered to run the University of Louisiana System. Sandra Woodley, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at the Texas college system, has been invited to interview for the job on Nov. 9, the UL System board of... more »
October 26, 2012 10:17 PM
BATON ROUGE(AP) - The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved the merger of the positions of president of the LSU System and chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus into a single position. Friday's unanimous vote created the new position, "President of LSU." Board chairman Hank Danos says the vote is... more »
September 6, 2012 2:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - If a remnant of Hurricane Isaac becomes a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico - which forecasters say could happen - it would be a rare event. In 2005, a remnant from a tropical depression that dissipated near Puerto Rico eventually became part of a new... more »
September 5, 2012 2:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- Another top leader of LSU's health care system is being replaced, as the Jindal administration pushes the university-run network of hospitals and clinics to change its approach to providing services. Roxane Townsend will no longer lead the LSU Health Care Services Division, which runs seven of the 10... more »
August 22, 2012 9:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has approved a $762 million budget that represents a $38 million cut from last year's sum.
The nine-campus UL System is Louisiana's biggest state-run network of higher education.
The budget for the fiscal year that started July... more »
August 14, 2012 2:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - A report by Louisiana State University on the current status of the juvenile justice system has concluded multiple parishes have seen a decline in the number of youths detained over the past five years. A study from the Institute for Public Health and Justice reported Tuesday some... more »
August 14, 2012 10:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Office of Juvenile Justice is reorganizing its offices across the state into a new regional management system.
Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary Livers said today the state will be divided into three regions, each headed by a regional manager.
Tonight at 6, News 2's Mike... more »
July 30, 2012 10:52 AM
LONDON - Today has brought the first big test of London's transit system during the summer Olympics -- since it's the first working day since the games started over the weekend. Prime Minister David Cameron says the system is coping well. Drivers faced the worst problems during this morning's rush... more »
July 25, 2012 8:06 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A consortium set up after the 2010 BP spill to develop methods for containing deep-sea spills is conducting a test of its state-of-the-art equipment with federal regulators looking on.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the drill began Tuesday morning.
The Houston-based Marine... more »
July 20, 2012 7:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - School board members in East Baton Rouge Parish spent much of the night debating, but could not come to an agreement over changes to employee health insurance.
Members voted against shifting retiree's insurance coverage to Medicare.
The shift would have saved the system around $8.7... more »
July 9, 2012 4:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The president of the University of Louisiana System has announced his retirement. Randy Moffett, who's been in the job for four years, said Monday that he will leave the position in the fall to spend more time with his family. Moffett's retirement comes after a tenure marked... more »
June 27, 2012 4:09 PM
MIAMI - A Florida medical examiner says only marijuana was found in the system of a Florida man shot while chewing another man's face. The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's released the toxicology results Tuesday on 31-year-old Rudy Eugene. Lab results found marijuana in his system, but not any other street... more »
June 22, 2012 10:29 PM
It is a very warm and humid start to this Saturday. We have mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s.
We will be unseasonably hot and humid this afternoon with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies as an area of high pressure builds over the Deep South. A... more »
June 6, 2012 6:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - The final version of the budget bills adjusting spending plans for this year and next year contained cuts for Louisiana colleges.
Reductions are 2.6 percent across the board this year. They will be divided based on the higher education funding formula next year.
The Board... more »
May 18, 2012 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- $100 million in budget cuts to the LSU system may not happen.
State senators say they don't like the financial hit on higher education and health care planned in next year's state budget. LSU System Interim President William Jenkins says that's good news for the Baton Rouge... more »
May 10, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - School systems have about a week to decide if they will allow students from failing schools into their "A" and "B" schools.
It's a tricky situation, because money is a factor most systems are worried about.
Some in our area have decided against allowing students,... more »
April 27, 2012 3:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU System Board of Supervisors voted this afternoon to fire President John Lombardi.
The vote was 12-4 in favor of removing Lombardi. The board named former system president Bill Jenkins as interim president as they begin a national search for Lombardi's replacement.
Lombardi was... more »
March 8, 2012 10:20 PM
February 10, 2012 7:09 AM
ZACHARY - The Zachary Community School Board has approved a reorganization of the central office and the transfer of some school administrators as it prepares to meet new national standards in education. Superintendent Warren Drake recommended splitting a central office instructional division to help the district get ready for new... more »
January 18, 2012 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White says the city-parish crime camera system is ineffective, as is, but he's trying to change that.
Metro Council will be considering next week whether to extend the current contract for maintenance on the technology, temporarily, until members can review other potential... more »
December 28, 2011 10:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works is hoping to rework its community service hotline to be more efficient and quick.
The 311 service line has been open since 2005 for people to call in complaints about sewage, drainage, streets and trash. But city leaders... more »
December 20, 2011 7:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is eliminating its first-come first-serve registration for prekindergarten and replacing it with a lottery system.
From Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, parents with 3-year-old and 4-year-old children will be able to apply for one of almost 2,000 slots in... more »
December 9, 2011 4:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - The University of Louisiana System's governing board is expected Friday to select a new president for the University of New Orleans.
The remaining two finalists scheduled for interviews are Peter J. Fos and Michael A. Wartell.
Fos is a professor and program director of health... more »
November 30, 2011 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - The frequently cash-strapped bus system for East Baton Rouge Parish does not anticipate finding a revenue source to fill its projected $2.1 million budget gap next year.
Capital Area Transit System board member Jared Loftus told the East Baton Rouge Metro Council Tuesday night they will... more »
November 15, 2011 10:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- The red light camera system in East Baton Rouge Parish is a cash cow, claiming millions from your pockets.
The city-parish says safer roads are where it really cashes in, but millions of dollars have come to the city-parish from the program.
East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
November 9, 2011 4:51 PM
WASHINGTON - It was only a test, but it didn't go so well.
Discrepancies were reported across the country during the first-ever test of the Emergency Alert System today.
Some television and radio stations did not air the test at all. Some who aired it stayed with the... more »
September 1, 2011 1:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal held a Unified Command Group (UCG) meeting today to get an update on the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.
Governor Jindal emphasized that state agencies are prepared to assist coastal parishes should the system develop further and he also encouraged Louisianians... more »
June 28, 2011 5:59 PM
ASCENSION - After a two-year delay, the Department of Transportation and Development will pick a company to widen Highway 73 from two to three lanes between Interstate 10 and Airline Highway.
The total cost of the project is $15-million to $20-million of state money. The project hit a snag... more »
May 5, 2011 9:30 AM
BATON ROUGE- A court has ruled in favor of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in a reverse discrimination trial.
Gary Burnett, the former head football coach at Glen Oaks High School, claims he was fired because he's white and the principal, who is black, made racially-charged comments... more »
April 21, 2011 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The testimony in a reverse racial discrimination wrapped up late Thursday afternoon. Closing arguments will be held on April 29, 2011 followed by Judge Wilson Fields decision on May 5, 2011.
Five East Baton Rouge Parish School System witnesses took the stand including a former human... more »
February 28, 2011 4:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - The University of Louisiana System released a list today of 138 programs recommended for termination at the eight colleges that make up the system.
Those recommendations came from 200 academic programs flagged by the state Board of Regents for having low completion rates. Of those recommended... more »
February 15, 2011 6:12 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish School System is under a financial emergency, Superintendent Bill Spear said.
The system faces a $10 million shortfall, and over 70 jobs could be lost. The past few years, school systems have been able to avoid layoffs through attrition, but the lack of state... more »
February 8, 2011 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Federal officials have agreed to let Louisiana return to an open primary system for congressional elections. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said Tuesday that the U.S. Justice Department signed off on the change, which begins with the 2012 election cycle. The open primary system allows all candidates,... more »
January 27, 2011 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE – The Southern University System has hired a search firm to help find the next chancellor for their Baton Rouge campus. School officials contracted DHR to assist their search committee pick a new head for the school by June 30. Representatives will start meeting with the committee and... more »
January 26, 2011 11:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - The state's health chief says Louisiana must change its health care system for the poor by tying the money that supports it to improving the health of its patients. Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein said that the state's Medicaid rolls have grown 12 percent... more »
January 20, 2011 11:34 AM
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s criminal justice system is going to get a thorough examination by the Pew Center to help make it work more efficiently, and keep prisoners from re-offending. Governor Bobby Jindal announced today that the Pew Center will research the state’s prisons and sentencing policies, and then help... more »
January 18, 2011 4:23 PM
BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal is asking the state Board of Regents to conduct a study considering merging the University of New Orleans and Southern Univeristy at New Orleans. The Board of Regents will report its findings by March 1. SUNO and UNO, if merged, would become a single... more »
January 14, 2011 11:37 AM
BATON ROUGE – A student government president, budding marine biologist and advocate for preventing violence have been chosen to be the 2011 Students of the Year for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The system-wide winners were chosen from the 74 individual schools’ Students of the Year based on... more »
January 13, 2011 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Many have spoken in support of former Governor Edwin Edwards on the day of his release from federal prison. But for every supporter, there are people who say Edwards got what he deserved.
The man who tried to prosecute Edwards twice tells News 2 the justice system... more »