The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is pushing for legislation that will require the Division of Administration to advertise state contracting opportunities with the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, utilizing Louisiana’s Small Entrepreneurship Program.
The entrepreneurship program, known as the Hudson Initiative, was created in 2005 to provide more opportunities for Louisiana-based entrepreneurs to secure state contracts. The state has failed to hit its target of funds to be paid to small enterprises that have been certified by Louisiana Economic Development (LED).
The Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co. will fully restore the iconic neon Coca-Cola sign at the corner of Third and Florida streets.
In other news, Brian Ott and Zac Love, who own Uncle Earls, a popular Perkins Road bar, said they plan to open a new bar and restaurant at 324 and 326 Third St. The bar doesn’t have a name yet, but will feature a selection of draft beers, along with plate lunches, hamburgers and fries.
A Florida start-up, which plans to build five fertilizer plants in Pointe Coupee Parish, has acquired a 50-acre site in Taylor County, Fla., for $1 as well as a $5 million loan from the Taylor County Development Authority.
The property will be the site of one of BioNitrogen Corp.’s agriculture waste-to-fertilizer plants. The loan will be used for plant engineering and site development work.
BioNitrogen will repay the loan with the proceeds of a tax-free bond issue.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Attorneys for an Army general charged with sexual assault will try renegotiate a plea deal with a new set of military officials.
The judge in Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair’s case sent the jury of generals back to their duty stations on Tuesday morning, indicating that the trial is not likely to resume soon.
Judge Col. James Pohl made the offer for another try at a plea deal Monday after finding evidence that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.
MoveOn.org expanded its effort Monday to pressure Gov. Bobby Jindal into expanding the state Medicaid program, by launching a television ad spot in the Baton Rouge market.
The group played off the controversy it launched last week when it incorporated Louisiana’s tourism slogan “Pick Your Passion” as it criticized Jindal for refusing to expand Medicaid.
MoveOn rejected a “cease and desist” letter from Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who said it constituted a violation of the state’s trade service mark.
Louisiana’s budget committees get down to business Tuesday.
The House Appropriations Committee opens at 9 a.m. with hearings on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed $25 billion state spending plan for the budget year that starts July 1.
The Senate Finance Committee meets for a fiscal status presentation to get an updated lay of the land on budget issues.
Both panels posted 9 a.m. meetings.
They are among a handful of committees meeting on the second day of the 2014 regular legislative session which runs through June 2.
On Monday, New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said it hadn’t hit him yet that he was about to turn 21.
That monumental birthday obviously pales in comparison to his accomplishments of the past two years. After leading Kentucky to the 2012 national championship as a freshman, he became the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, won a gold medal with the USA Olympic basketball team, had a promising rookie year, then was selected to his first All-Star team this past February.
1. He has a twin sister, Antoinette, who is often by his side at games and appearances. Their mother, Rainer, said the two have always been very close.
2. He said in the weeks leading up to the All-Star Game, “I plan to be in New Orleans for a while.”
3. He’s on pace to be the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000 to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for a season.
It had been three days since Darren Sproles was the subject of reports stating he would be cut or traded, but on Monday the NFL didn’t process any transactions involving the Saints running back.
The 30-year-old himself indicated via Twitter that he’s on his way off the team, on Friday posting, “Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. #Who Dat.”
But nothing official happened as the beginning of the NFL’s free agency signing period at 3 p.m.
AMITE — There’s a serious litter and vandalism problem in Tangipahoa Parish, with reports of tires thrown on roadsides, highway signs repeatedly stolen, and garbage dumped in private yards.
On Monday, the Tangipahoa Parish Council agreed to join with Parish President Gordon Burgess’s office and parish law enforcement agencies to try to find a solution, including using cameras to identify the culprits.
But even those who are caught, however, aren’t always punished.
Justices of the peace and their constables are responsible for apprehending and punishing those who are caught littering.