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  • Obama laying out vision for good governance

    July 8, 2013 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says huge swaths of the federal government are more efficient, transparent and accountable than at any time in U.S. history. Obama is touting "smarter government" programs at an event to highlight his vision for delivering better government services at lower taxpayer expense. He's citing FEMA's... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Accident Payouts

    May 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The roads in Baton Rouge are designed to be shared, but a News 2 investigation revealed when city-parish vehicles are in wrecks the costs from them are shared as well. Whenever an accident lawsuit involving a city-parish vehicle is settled, the money comes from taxpayer dollars.... more »
  • Gay LSU students celebrating graduation with public funds Play Video

    May 9, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's called the Lavender Graduation Ceremony and who gets the bill is rubbing some the wrong way. This year, LSU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning community is flashing pride with lavender stoles and a ceremony. But there's push back because their ceremony is separate and... more »
  • Former GOHSEP employee says millions wasted on ice Play Video

    December 6, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A former employee at the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says he was fired for pointing out taxpayer waste after Hurricane Isaac. Bruce Ellis says he was given additional duties before the storm hit. He says the state spent tens of millions of... more »
  • No electrolysis for Mass. transgender prisoner

    November 20, 2012 12:37 PM

    BOSTON - A federal judge in Massachusetts says he won't order more hair-removal treatments for a transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. Judge Robert Wolf also ruled Tuesday that the gender reassignment surgery he ordered for Michelle Kosilek in September will be on hold until... more »
  • Voucher schools include some teaching creationism

    July 30, 2012 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Taxpayer dollars in Louisiana's new voucher program will be paying to send children to schools that teach creationism and question evolution, challenging the lessons central to public school science classrooms. Several religious schools that will be educating taxpayer-subsidized students tout their creationist views. Some schools question whether... more »
  • Jail eating hole in Livingston Parish budget

    July 26, 2012 10:30 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Costs at the new Livingston Parish jail are digging the parish into a budget hole to the tune of more than a million dollars each year, according to the parish administrator. Layton Ricks told News 2 jail operating costs are covered by the parish, while the sheriff's... more »
  • Federal jury finds ex-NO politician guilty

    July 25, 2011 4:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans City Council member and state Rep. Renee Gill Pratt of conspiring with members of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's family to steal more than $1 million from a string of charities supported with taxpayer money. The jury returned... more »
  • Taxpayer identity theft soaring

    June 1, 2011 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS is grappling with soaring taxpayer identity theft. Unsuspecting victims are filing for their refunds, and learning the money had been paid to someone using the same name and Social Security number. The Associated Press has obtained a Government Accountability Office report showing there were... more »
  • Taxpayer seeks reimbursement for King of Pop's funeral

    January 6, 2010 8:14 PM

    A Los Angeles taxpayer wants $3.3 million from the King of Pop's estate. He says it's to cover Michael Jackson's public memorial. Jose F. Vallejos filed a creditor's claim for city of Los Angeles today. He wants the money returned to the city treasury. Los Angeles used millions to pay... more »

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