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  • Bizarre council debate rattles nerves, accomplishes nothing Play Video

    July 23, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The situation at Wednesday evening's council meeting, where a debate over a proposed fairness ordinance took over just about the entire meeting time, quickly turned bizarre. Testimony from people on both sides of the issue that would protect gay, transgender and veterans from discrimination on various fronts... more »
  • The fairness ordinance Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination. The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen. Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with... more »
  • Councilman: police department budget essentially $0

    July 22, 2014 8:33 PM

    SORRENTO- The town council voted to defund the embattled police department and give voters the chance to shut the department down for good this fall. Tuesday, four council members voted for the moves and were met with resistance from one. Beginning August 1st, there will be no money for... more »
  • Sorrento council to vote on police department Play Video

    July 22, 2014 5:55 PM

    SORRENTO - The town council will vote on a motion to let Sorrento residents decide the fate of their police department and chief of police position. After legislation was passed at the Capitol earlier this year to allow the town to abolish the position and the department, the council... more »
  • Baker council closes tap on water, sewer rate increases

    June 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening. The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
  • Possible tax for Tara to become a crime district

    June 6, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents of the Tara subdivision have a possible tax hike in their future. Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation to give more security to people in the Tara subdivision, making it a crime district. The money from the $100 tax will go toward increased patrols and other... more »
  • California secession?

    May 28, 2014 7:45 PM

    SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA- The idea of breaking away from California to form a 51st state is gaining steam in the northern, largely rural and agrarian counties. Its been a topic of conversation for almost a century but now voters in two counties can have a say next week. People in Del... more »
  • Senate votes to delay implications of Common Core

    May 28, 2014 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has agreed to delay the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year. That's one year longer than the policy adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Senate voted 29-8 Wednesday for the proposal by New... more »
  • More signatures gathered to make Watson a city

    May 19, 2014 10:53 PM

    WATSON- Organizers of a drive to incorporate this unincorporated area of Livingston Parish told people who gathered to hear an update on the campaign Monday night, canvassers have gathered half of the required signatures to get the issue on a ballot. The effort, which failed 15 years ago, is... more »
  • St. George will continue to collect signatures Play Video

    May 15, 2014 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Backers of the proposed city of St. George said Wednesday night's Metro Council meeting motivated them to collect the remaining signatures needed to put the St. George issue to a vote in November. On Thursday, a handful of people signed the petition at one of seven... more »
  • St. George supporters ask for "no" vote on annexation Play Video

    May 9, 2014 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- St. George organizers ask people to take a stand by asking the Metro Council to vote no to annexation. The Baton Rouge Metro Council is meeting on Wednesday, May 14, to vote on the annexation of the Mall of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Medical Center. St.... more »
  • Pro-Russians to hold referendum in east Ukraine

    May 8, 2014 5:28 AM

    DONETSK, Ukraine - A pro-Russia insurgency in east Ukraine has decided to go ahead with a referendum on autonomy despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay the vote. The coordinating committee of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic announced after a meeting Thursday that it would hold the... more »
  • Pet fee increase introduced by Metro Council Play Video

    April 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It may cost more for pet registration in East Baton Rouge Parish. The Metro Council introduced a fee increase for the Companion Animal Alliance shelter. An amendment asks for money to help get control of strays. Each year pet-owners would pay $3 more for spayed or... more »
  • Already, 36% of voters cast a ballot in Port Allen

    April 5, 2014 5:20 PM

    PORT ALLEN- More than a third of registered voters have cast a ballot early, and voting precincts were busy with voters casting ballots in the race for mayor. Former mayor Deedy Slaughter is fighting to get her job back, after she was recalled in November by 57 percent of... more »
  • Multiple agencies investigating Port Allen voter fraud

    March 28, 2014 10:36 PM

    PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office. The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor... more »
  • Gonzales council approves zoning permit for company Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:36 PM

    GONZALES- After a zoning vote that would keep one electric company out of the city, the Gonzales council approved a special zoning permit for Summit Electric Supply to build a new facility on LA 44. The company was seeking the special permit on the plot of land already zoned... more »
  • Red light cameras could require voter approval Play Video

    March 5, 2014 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state representative wants to bring red light cameras to a public vote. Rep. Jeff Arnold of New Orleans says this is his third attempt to require voter approval prior to the imposition of civil fines for violations captured by automated traffic enforcement systems, like red... more »
  • Wednesday deadline to register for April elections

    March 5, 2014 7:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisianians should register by Wednesday to vote in the April 5 municipal primary election. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says 84 percent of eligible Louisianians are registered. The April election will be held in 42 parishes. Individuals can register to vote online 24 hours a day, seven... more »
  • Notice to get rid of Sorrento PD posted Play Video

    February 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    SORRENTO - The fate of a troubled police department could come down to a vote by the town council, and eventually its residents. Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert published his plan to get rid of the police chief position and the department. Two weeks ago, the previous chief, Earl... more »
  • House passes debt ceiling increase

    February 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies. The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his fractured party would... more »
  • St. George petitioners trying to gain steam

    February 1, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Petition organizers for the proposed city of St. George collected hundreds of signatures Saturday. The petition started as a way for the unincorporated area of East Baton Rouge Parish to gain an independent school district. "But now we've learned that we can run a very... more »
  • UPDATE: Taxpayers to decide on future Walker HS

    January 16, 2014 11:27 PM

    WALKER- Voters will be asked to fund an expansion at the city's high school. Thursday, the Livingston Parish School Board approved sending a tax item to the May ballot. The tax could generate $25 million. Walker High School has about 1,000 students and the principal expects it to... more »
  • Taxpayers may help Walker High expand Play Video

    January 16, 2014 5:46 PM

    WALKER - Walker High School has outgrown its campus, and now school leaders may get taxpayers to help them expand. The Livingston Parish School Board is considering a bond election at its meeting tonight. The tax would raise up to $25 million for the school during the next 20... more »
  • Port Allen budget finally approved Play Video

    January 8, 2014 10:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A unanimous vote adopted a 2013-2014 city operating budget Wednesday night in Port Allen, nearly six months after it was supposed to go into effect. "It's a good feeling, everybody worked together to get this done," said appointed Mayor Lynn Robertson. "Of course, it's something that... more »
  • First parish president, new Congressman elected Saturday

    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 »
  • It's election day!

    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 »
  • Despite vote, no quick demise for Astrodome

    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 »
  • Mayor Slaughter to veto new budget Play Video

    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 »
  • Few voters make big decisions for communities

    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 »
  • Geaux vote! Polls are open

    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 »
  • Officials: Boehner, top GOP to vote for deal

    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 »
  • Deadline to register for Nov. 16 election today

    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 »
  • Future of red light cameras up for vote

    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 »
  • Obama urges Boehner to hold vote to reopen gov't

    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 »
  • Senate Dems to try passing debt ceiling increase

    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 »
  • Livingston voters to decide on library tax

    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 »
  • Council: livestock must be fenced in Play Video

    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 »
  • Mosquito abatement buzzing for tax Play Video

    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 »
  • First-ever candidates ready for change Play Video

    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 »
  • Vitter to vote no on US military action in Syria

    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 »
  • Vote OKs Sunday alcohol sales by Hammond retailers

    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 »
  • Flood board votes to continue oil & gas lawsuit

    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 »
  • LSU to vote on practice organization

    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 »
  • Wrigley Field's Jumbotron plan heads to final vote

    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 »
  • Senate approves Obama-pick McCarthy to head EPA

    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 »
  • Senate Committee clears nomination of new FBI head

    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 »
  • Senators vote against holding veto session

    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 »
  • Judge: No second vote for home rule charter Play Video

    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 »
  • Top Republican won't delay Senate vote on EPA pick

    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 »
  • Obama: Make climate change a must for your vote

    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 »
  • People upset new form of government not set yet

    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 »
  • Council introduces sales tax pledge for Juban Crossing Play Video

    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 »
  • House votes to cut food stamps

    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 »
  • 8 constitutional changes backed by lawmakers

    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 »
  • New state law would clear confusion around surrogacy births

    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 »
  • Boy Scout leaders to vote on lifting gay ban

    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 »
  • Senate defers gun bill ban on federal oversight

    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 »
  • Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'

    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 »
  • Law seeks clarity for surrogate contracts, rights Play Video

    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 »
  • House backs $25 billion budget compromise

    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 »
  • Senators discuss changing background checks bill

    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 »
  • Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

    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 »
  • Lawmakers delay vote on Medicaid expansion Play Video

    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 »
  • Panthers stadium improvements up for vote

    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 »
  • Ascension voters to decide 3 school taxes May 4

    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 »
  • Close vote seen on background checks on gun buyers

    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 »
  • Voters in BR renew school taxes Play Video

    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 »
  • Tax election results Play Video

    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 »
  • Saturday night election results

    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 »
  • E. Feliciana split over proposed tax to fund schools Play Video

    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 »
  • Group gears up to fight breakaway district

    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 »
  • Treasurer pushes for vote on Jindal tax plan

    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 »
  • Donaldsonville approves funding for riverfront

    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 »
  • LSU to vote on new system leader today

    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 »
  • LSU Faculty Senate votes 'no confidence' in board

    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 »
  • The Next Pope: Vatican says consensus takes time

    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 »
  • The Next Pope: More black smoke after third vote

    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 »
  • Senate committee starting votes on curbing guns

    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 »
  • Ohio woman claims she was fired for Obama vote

    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 »
  • Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

    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 »
  • British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

    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 »
  • Senate passes bill to improve embassy security

    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 »
  • Senate nears vote on $50.5B bill for Sandy victims

    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 »
  • Senate sets Monday vote on $50.5B Sandy aid bill

    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 »
  • Miss. House OKs charter school bill early Thursday

    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 »

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