November 16, 2013 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- There were numerous elections across the state Saturday.
In West Feliciana, voters elected Kevin Couhig as the first parish president. Recently, the parish decided to change the form of government and eliminate the police jury. Couhig (R) beat Tom McVea (R).
Larry Spencer was elected as... more »
November 15, 2013 10:19 PM
PORT ALLEN- The polls have opened in West Baton Rouge and voters here are being asked if they want to recall the mayor.
Voters will be asked if they want to recall Mayor Deedy Slaughter. If voters approve the recall, the mayor would be removed from office and a... more »
November 6, 2013 3:15 PM
HOUSTON - Voters have rejected a plan to renovate the aging Houston Astrodome, but officials say the wrecking ball isn't necessarily on its way any time soon. County commissioners say the fate of the world's first air-conditioned domed stadium is in limbo after county voters Tuesday turned down a $217... more »
October 23, 2013 10:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council voted to pass a 2013-2014 city budget they've been waiting on for almost four months.
But Mayor Deedy Slaughter said Wednesday if the budget was passed with an amendment, she would veto the legislation.
Slaughter said she received an amendment... more »
October 19, 2013 11:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- A number of decisions were made by very few people Saturday.
Among the items voters had to weigh were taxes to fund a mosquito abatement program in Livingston Parish, an open congressional seat, a new parish president position and a host of local items from judgeships to... more »
October 18, 2013 11:52 PM
LIVINGSTON- Polls opened at 7 a.m. today, and people here will be deciding on a tax to fund the mosquito control operation.
Currently, the agency bills people and most don't pay. Leaders have warned, if the tax fails spraying will end.
There are also community elections for justice... more »
October 16, 2013 3:07 PM
WASHINGTON- Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other top House Republican leaders intend to vote for the bipartisan agreement worked out in the Senate to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. Officials said Wednesday that the leaders made their intentions clear at a closed-door meeting of rank and file... more »
October 16, 2013 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - Today is the last day for Louisiana voters to register for the upcoming election next month.
The Secretary of State's Office says the deadline applies to anyone who has never registered or those who need to make changes to their registration.
Voters can register at... more »
October 9, 2013 5:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - The future of Baton Rouge red light cameras will be voted on today at the Metro Council meeting.
The current contract with American Traffic Solutions ends Jan. 1, 2014. The city-parish is asking that Metro Council members vote in favor of renewing the contract for 5... more »
October 8, 2013 1:49 PM
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and... more »
October 8, 2013 7:33 AM
WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling the Senate are planning to try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government's borrowing cap, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown that could unnerve financial markets as the deadline to a first-ever default on U.S. obligations draws closer.
A spokesman said Senate Majority... more »
September 21, 2013 11:10 AM
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Voters in Livingston Parish will be asked to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish library system in a ballot measure set for April 2014. Bond attorney Jim Ryan told the Parish Council that the 10-mill property tax would be renewed for 10 years if... more »
September 17, 2013 10:13 PM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council voted Tuesday night to require all livestock owners to maintain a fence for their animals.
The council and residents had a concern livestock was being left unattended for too long and able to roam free on roads and private property.
"Horses, you... more »
September 16, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month.
It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October.
"They spray at night, you can hear the... more »
September 12, 2013 10:35 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A group of people wanting to be the parish's first parish president met with voters Thursday night.
Recently, voters approved a change in the way the parish is governed, and they'll elect a new leader to lead the change in October.
Candidates spoke about change and... more »
September 5, 2013 9:10 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Sen. David Vitter says he will vote against a U.S. military strike in Syria, becoming the second member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to register opposition to President Barack Obama's proposal. The remaining members in the state's congressional delegation, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, say they are undecided about... more »
September 5, 2013 8:52 AM
HAMMOND - Hammond grocery stores will soon be able to sell alcohol on Sundays. A 4-1 vote of the Hammond City Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance for retail sales of alcohol on Sundays at grocerty stores and similar establishments. Mayor Mayson Foster said he would sign the ordinance... more »
August 15, 2013 5:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control board has declined to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal erosion, but is also raising the possibility that it might suspend at least some of its activity on the suit. Gov. Bobby Jindal and his coastal protection chief have... more »
July 25, 2013 10:22 AM
SHREVEPORT - A nonprofit corporation will represent LSU School of Medicine doctors who see patients at former LSU public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. LSU System supervisors Friday will vote on creating a faculty practice organization for LSU Health Shreveport. Sally Croom, an LSU Health Shreveport spokeswoman, says the proposal... more »
July 24, 2013 10:32 AM
CHICAGO - Chicago's City Council is set to consider a proposed $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes a massive Jumbotron in left field. Aldermen are scheduled to give the final vote on the project Wednesday. The vote comes one day after it got crucial approval from a... more »
July 18, 2013 2:20 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, hours after it also approved a new secretary of labor. McCarthy was approved 59-40. Minutes earlier, senators voted 69-31 to overcome Republican objections against her nomination, nine votes more than are needed to end filibusters. McCarthy... more »
July 18, 2013 10:23 AM
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of James Comey to be director of the FBI, clearing the way for a full Senate vote. The 18-0 committee vote will send Comey's nomination to the Senate floor. The soonest a vote could take place would be early... more »
July 12, 2013 9:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers won't be returning to Baton Rouge to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Twenty-six of 39 senators voted to cancel this year's veto session, according to a tally released Friday by the Senate. The session's scrapping came despite a push from advocates for... more »
July 10, 2013 12:10 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A judge ruled against police jurors' efforts today to stop changes to West Feliciana Parish's system of government.
Judge William Carmichael upheld an injunction requested by voters to stop jurors from holding another election over the home rule charter already approved by a public vote last... more »
July 9, 2013 2:30 PM
WASHINGTON- Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter says he won't delay a Senate vote on President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency after securing a deal to boost transparency at the agency. Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate environment panel, has been one of the biggest obstacles... more »
June 29, 2013 10:57 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging Americans to rally support for his plan to combat climate change. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Americans are already paying the price for climate change. He says America will be judged by how it responds. Obama's national plan involves... more »
June 27, 2013 10:56 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- Citizens of West Feliciana are taking some of the people they elect to court.
They claim police jurors have sabotaged their push to move the parish from a police jury style government to one that more closely represents Livingston and Ascension, a parish council-president form of government.... more »
June 27, 2013 10:28 PM
LIVINGSTON - Parish council introduced and approved a resolution of 3/4 of 1 percent sales tax pledge for the future Juban Crossing Development.
The money would be used on roads and infrastructure and come from an Economic Development District, or TIF District.
Developers of the long-delayed shopping center,... more »
June 19, 2013 5:34 PM
WASHINGTON - The House has voted to cut food stamps by $2 billion a year. The chamber rejected 234-188 a Democratic amendment to a wide-ranging farm bill that would have maintained current spending on food stamps and cut farm subsidies instead. The bill cuts the $80 billion-a-year program by about... more »
June 14, 2013 3:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are proposing eight new changes to the state constitution following their regular session. But the constitutional amendments will linger for more than a year before voters decide if they take effect. The next statewide election isn't until 2014. Two proposals that grabbed the most attention... more »
May 22, 2013 10:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers are poised to streamline laws dealing with surrogacy births in Louisiana.
Some have suggested surrogacy births are currently taking place without clear guidelines on the legal rights of the parents, the surrogate or the child. The topic was of the focus of a News 2 report... more »
May 22, 2013 1:00 PM
GRAPEVINE, Texas - The Boy Scouts of America has started its meeting in which members of its national council are to decide whether to change the group's long-standing ban on openly gay boys. BSA is holding its annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, near its suburban Dallas headquarters. About 1,400 voting... more »
May 21, 2013 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Senators have delayed a vote on a controversial bill that would prohibit enforcement in Louisiana of any federal bans on assault weapons. Postponement Tuesday came after opponents repeatedly called the measure unconstitutional. Following a barrage of questions about the effort to usurp federal laws and several attempts... more »
May 16, 2013 5:43 PM
WASHINGTON - One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House has voted yet again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it. Thursday's party-line vote marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to eliminate, defund... more »
May 13, 2013 6:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Surrogacy, an intense and challenging process, is currently up for debate in the Louisiana Legislature.
Senate Bill 162 would make clear contracts for gestational surrogacy, which is when another woman carries and delivers a baby after being impregnated by a previously created embryo.
The surrogate... more »
May 10, 2013 4:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - After days of closed-door negotiations, the Louisiana House has backed a nearly $25 billion budget that deeply diverges from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Lawmakers objected to Jindal's proposal to use $500 million in uncertain financing from property sales, legal settlements, fund sweeps and other... more »
May 8, 2013 7:28 AM
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers backing gun control say they are discussing how to revise the defeated Senate background check bill in order to win votes they need to resuscitate the measure.
Among the changes they said they are considering are limiting the background check fees buyers pay at gun shows,... more »
May 7, 2013 7:13 AM
WASHINGTON - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.
The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases.
Under the... more »
April 24, 2013 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- Senators have pushed back their first vote on whether they want to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on delayed its decision a week, after senators said they wanted more information,... more »
April 22, 2013 9:52 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The city of Charlotte is voting on an agreement with the Carolina Panthers to make improvements to the team's stadium. The plan calls for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year deal to keep the... more »
April 18, 2013 8:39 AM
GONZALES - Voters in Ascension Parish will choose to renew or end three school taxes that account for $31.3 million of the school district's annual budget at the May 4 election.
The three property tax renewals are dedicated toward teacher salaries, technology and facility maintenance. Early voting begins Saturday... more »
April 15, 2013 7:52 AM
WASHINGTON - Sponsors of a bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers say this week's expected vote is too close to call. Arizona Republican John McCain, whose home state experienced the Tucson 2011 rampage that wounded then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, says a lot more needs to be done... more »
April 6, 2013 11:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Voters approved two tax renewals for the public school system.
One raises a little more than $20 million for school system operations. Almost 72% of voters approved the tax.
Another raises $23 million for employee salaries and benefits. It also passed with about 72% support.
... more »
April 6, 2013 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- Voters decided on a series of taxes Saturday.
Most were approved, but one was denied.
Here are the results:
East Baton Rouge Cons. Sch. Dist. No. 1 Prop 1 -- 6.50 Mills - SB - 10 Yrs. Funds school system operations YES 71.86% NO 28.14%... more »
April 6, 2013 9:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- Votes are being tallied on elections across the area.
Five parishes in the area had elections Saturday night.
Some were taxes others were for city government positions.
CLICK HERE for results as they are tabulated from the Louisiana Secretary of State. ******* Follow the publisher... more »
April 5, 2013 5:42 PM
CLINTON - A tax proposal East Feliciana Parish residents will vote on Saturday has leaders torn down the middle.
School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. wants a $4 million proposed tax to raise money for the parish's struggling school system, which isn't meeting state requirements.
"Even though we're... more »
April 2, 2013 10:10 AM
BATON ROUGE - Residents who support unity within the EBR school district will gather this evening to discuss a plan of action to combat a proposed community of schools within the parish.
One Community, One School District is sponsoring the meeting that will be held at the Bluebonnet Library... more »
March 29, 2013 10:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy says he thinks voters should decide whether to rewrite Louisiana's tax laws, if lawmakers pass Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax swap. Kennedy said in a column Thursday that the governor's proposal would impact every Louisiana taxpayer, so voters should decide in a statewide election if... more »
March 28, 2013 7:50 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Council members have approved two line-item issues for next year's budget, both aimed at improving the city's image. One item will bring $780,000 in state funding to the city for use with its plan to renovate Donaldsonville's Mississippi riverfront. Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said the funds were originally... more »
March 27, 2013 8:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Board of Supervisors will meet this morning to vote on the finalist selected to serve as the new system president and chancellor of the main campus.
F. King Alexander held three forums last week to address faculty, staff and students' concerns.
The Faculty Senate... more »
March 20, 2013 11:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU's faculty leaders say they have no faith in the university system's governing board to make wise decisions, and they question the credentials of the contender to be system president. LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said Wednesday that the group approved a "vote of no confidence"... more »
March 13, 2013 10:18 AM
VATICAN CITY - The sight of thick black smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel is bringing sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people who've gathered there in the rainy, chilly weather, waiting for news that a new pope has been elected.
Click here to watch a... more »
March 13, 2013 8:10 AM
VATICAN CITY - The Cardinals are still in search of a pope after three votes during their conclave at the Vatican in the Sistine Chapel. Black smoke has been billowing from the chimney of the chapel, meaning the Roman Catholic cardinals have not elected a pope in their second or... more »
March 7, 2013 8:12 AM
WASHINGTON - President Obama's prospects for expanded background checks for gun sales seem shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for Congress' first votes on curbing guns since the mass school shooting in Newtown last December. The Democratic-led panel is also planning to consider bills banning assault weapons and magazines... more »
February 20, 2013 8:51 AM
DAYTON, Ohio- A southwest Ohio woman says she was fired three days after the November election because she voted for President Barack Obama. The woman has filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court seeking damages starting at $25,000 against Q-Mark Inc. and its president. The Dayton-based company is... more »
February 14, 2013 7:48 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans have, for now, blocked Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary. The Senate came up two votes short of the 60 needed to move Hagel's nomination forward as lawmakers prepare to leave town for a week's break. Democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate. Republicans had... more »
February 5, 2013 2:24 PM
LONDON- British lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriages. The government-proposed bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that the religious institution consents. In a first House of Commons vote on Tuesday, lawmakers voted 400 to... more »
February 5, 2013 6:59 AM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved legislation that would allow the State Department to transfer up to $1.1 billion to improve security at U.S. embassies in the wake of the deadly assault last year at the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed four Americans. The measure now heads to the... more »
January 28, 2013 10:08 AM
WASHINGTON - Three months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the densely populated Northeast, the Senate is nearing a vote on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help storm victims recover. Some conservatives are complaining the bill will add to the nation's debt. But Northeast lawmakers in both parties... more »
January 25, 2013 5:17 AM
WASHINGTON - The Senate is set to vote Monday on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Northeast lawmakers from both parties hope to win Senate approval of the measure and send it to President Barack Obama, who has said he would sign it.... more »
January 24, 2013 2:36 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi House members are giving approval to a bill to expand charter schools in the state. It took until nearly 1 a.m. Thursday morning, but House members voted 64-55 to pass House Bill 369. Supporters of the bill say the long debate was worth a measure they... more »
January 18, 2013 12:04 PM
WASHINGTON - A Republican official says the GOP-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meets its obligations. Full details aren't settled yet, but the move is aimed at giving the government about three more months of borrowing authority beyond a deadline expected... more »
January 16, 2013 4:37 AM
WASHINGTON - The political tempest stirred up by Superstorm Sandy appears to have moved on after wreaking havoc among House Republicans divided over how much aid to allocate to the victims of the storm.
In a 241-180 vote Tuesday night, the House approved $50.5 billion in disaster relief for... more »
January 9, 2013 10:36 AM
NEW YORK - The votes are in, and the Baseball Hall of Fame's newest inductees will be announced today. Then again, there's a chance none of the Hall-eligible players will gain entrance into Cooperstown this year. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are among the players on the ballot... more »
January 2, 2013 3:23 PM
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is blasting fellow Republican John Boehner for the House Speaker's decision to delay a vote on Superstorm Sandy relief and says the inaction is "inexcusable." Christie said Wednesday that the House is playing politics with the $60 billion aid request and it's... more »
January 2, 2013 2:46 PM
WASHINGTON - A New York lawmaker says House Speaker John Boehner has promised votes to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy by Jan. 15. Republican Rep. Peter King says the speaker will schedule a vote Friday for $9 billion in flood insurance and another on Jan. 15 for a remaining $51... more »
January 1, 2013 10:45 PM
WASHINGTON - Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.
The bill's... more »
January 1, 2013 8:17 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans are dropping their demands for additional spending cuts and will hold a House vote on whether to give final congressional approval to the Senate-approved compromise averting "fiscal cliff" tax increases and spending cuts. The House vote was expected Tuesday evening. A decision by the Republican-run House to... more »
January 1, 2013 2:42 PM
WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders are pressing Speaker John Boehner to let the House vote on the Senate-approved bipartisan compromise that would avert much of the impact of the so-called fiscal cliff. Following a nearly three-hour private meeting Tuesday between Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic lawmakers, Minority Leader... more »
December 17, 2012 1:54 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tradition trumped suspense Monday as members of the Electoral College cast the official, final votes in the 2012 presidential election, a constitutional formality on President Barack Obama's march to a second term. The rite playing in state capitols involved party luminaries and tireless activists carrying out... more »
December 10, 2012 9:12 AM
CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board has started talking about raising more money for public education.
The board's financial adviser, certified public accountant Tommy LeJeune, presented estimates of the amount of money that could be gained if voters approved a 28-, 38- or 48-mill property tax increase.... more »
December 10, 2012 9:03 AM
THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish votes have rejected levying a new one-cent sales tax north of the Intracoastal Waterway for flood protection.
The North Lafourche Levee District's proposed new sales tax would have raised more than $8 million annually.
The tax failed by a vote of 54 percent against... more »
December 7, 2012 3:18 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Police in Denham Springs said today they would make every effort to help voters access a polling location for Saturday's runoff election, even though it would be blocked for a time by the city Christmas parade.
Denham Springs' parade rolls from the city high school to... more »
December 7, 2012 12:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Secretary of State's office isn't expecting a high turnout for tomorrow's runoff elections.
Not all parishes have a lot on the ballot, and so far more than 50,000 people voted early statewide.
In Baton Rouge, voters will decide who takes an open seat on... more »
December 7, 2012 10:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU's governing board is re-voting on its plans to merge the jobs of university system president and flagship campus chancellor. The Board of Supervisors will reconsider the idea Friday. The latest vote is designed to address concerns from the attorney general's office that the October decision was... more »
December 4, 2012 4:51 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted for a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill that calls for accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and tightens sanctions on Iran. The vote was 98-0. The legislation would authorize money for weapons, aircraft and ships and provide a 1.7 percent pay raise... more »
November 29, 2012 4:23 PM
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinians have erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking car horns after the United Nations voted to grant them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for - a state of their own. In the central celebration in the West Bank city of... more »
November 28, 2012 9:11 AM
AMITE - Voters in rural Tangipahoa Parish will be asked to approve a property tax proposition in support of parish landfill operations on the Dec. 8 ballot.
Rural Garbage District No. 1, which includes all unincorporated areas of the parish, is seeking renewal of a 10-year, 10-mill ad valorem... more »
November 26, 2012 10:22 AM
PORT ALLEN - Voters deciding who will serve as Port Allen mayor for the next four years have a choice on the Dec. 8 election ballot between the incumbent and one of his challengers in a previous mayoral election a year ago. Mayor Roger Bergeron, a Democrat, is once again... more »
November 23, 2012 10:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - Early voting for the Dec. 8 election begins this weekend, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's office.
Early voting in the state runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. To 6 p.m. excluding this Sunday, Nov. 25.
"We saw a very... more »
November 21, 2012 10:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - Shareholders of The Shaw Group Inc. will meet Dec. 21 to vote on the Baton Rouge company's $3 billion sale to CB&I. Shaw announced Tuesday that the meeting will be held at the company's Essen Lane headquarters. The Advocate reports those who hold shares of Shaw as... more »
November 20, 2012 9:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Shareholders of Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) will meet to approve a merger with CB&I (NYSE: CBI).
CB&I is buying the Baton Rouge-based Shaw for more than $3 billion. Shaw stockholders will get about $46 per share when the deal is closed.
The meeting is set... more »
November 20, 2012 3:16 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of Crescent City Connection tolls have ask Jefferson Parish officials to challenge referendum results. The Nov. 6 referendum to extend the tolls passed by a 16 vote margin. Stop the Tolls and the Voters League of Unincorporated West Jefferson contend a formal canvass of the election... more »
November 13, 2012 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Tolls on the Crescent City Connection will continue for another 20 years after elections officials counted and certified final results Tuesday from the highly contested Nov. 6 referendum. The Times-Picayune reports approval of the extension hung on an eight-vote margin until Tuesday, when the final difference rose... more »
November 9, 2012 10:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - After a shake-up on the House budget committee, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has gotten approval from lawmakers to outsource a state employee health insurance plan. The Senate Finance Committee backed the contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield in a 10-3 vote Friday,... more »
November 8, 2012 3:34 PM
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Voters in Washington state have approved gay marriage, joining Maine and Maryland as the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. Referendum 74 asked people to approve or reject a law legalizing same-sex marriage that Washington legislators passed earlier this year. The law was signed... more »
November 7, 2012 5:50 PM
WALKER- Voters in Walker selected a new mayor by a margin of 40 votes after a heated election.
Rick Ramsey won the vote with 51 percent and 1,307 votes, while incumbent Bobby Font received 1,267 votes.
Ramsey told News 2 he wants to hit the ground running when... more »
November 7, 2012 5:48 PM
SAN JUAN - For the first time, a majority of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood.
The Election Day vote was nonbinding, but marks a shift in attitudes.
Puerto Ricans first voted on their desire to reject their current status as a U.S. commonwealth, and that passed... more »
November 7, 2012 5:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS - It could be this weekend before New Orleans area commuters know whether they will have to keep paying tolls on the Crescent City Connection bridge. Secretary of State figures show a ballot item extending the tolls for 20 years had eight more "yes" votes than "no" votes.... more »
November 7, 2012 12:34 PM
CHICAGO - Here is the full text and video of Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech after securing a second term in the 2012 race for the White House.
Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its... more »
November 7, 2012 11:02 AM
BATON ROUGE - Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Dec. 8 open general/congressional election.
This deadline is for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.
"We saw a turnout of approximately... more »
November 7, 2012 10:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope has accused the school's Board of Supervisors of knowingly deceiving the public on a vote that changed the top hierarchy of the university system.
The LSU board member who called for last month's vote and a lawyer representing the university... more »
November 7, 2012 8:32 AM
CHICAGO - President Barack Obama has been reelected to another four years in the White House. Obama told supports early this morning that their citizenship doesn't end with their vote and that the "best is yet to come."
Obama also says he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt... more »