BATON-ROUGE-SKYWith the Louisiana legislative session starting next week, various business organizations are promoting their legislative agendas.

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The most recent, and possibly final, Affordable Care Act figures show 186,277 Louisiana residents had enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace plans for 2015.

A year ago, close to 102,000 Louisiana residents bought coverage through the federal marketplace for what is known as “Obamacare.”

New enrollees accounted for 58 percent of the 2015 enrollment total in Louisiana, according to the U.S.

BATON-ROUGE-SKYGood news Baton Rouge.  WalletHub has just ranked you 11th in the nation for Best-Run Cities.   

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Monday, 09 March 2015 12:03

A giant inflatable gateway stood tall over the intersection of Cajundome Boulevard and Reinhart Drive in Lafayette on Sunday as several thousand competitors from around the world crossed under it to start the Zydeco Marathon.

The 26.2-mile marathon, in its second year, took over a section of the city, sending runners through Lafayette who passed such landmarks as the Cajundome, the Oil Center, Jefferson Street and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

“What really makes this race different is the Lafayette environment,” marathon co-founder Michael Howard said.

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Louisiana state Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, is proposing a constitutional amendment to give colleges and universities more control over raising fees.

In a statement Monday, Foil said that the goal is “to give our colleges more stability and control over their budgets.”

Autonomy is among the top priorities for higher education leaders heading into this year’s legislative session, which begins April 13.

Louisiana is the only state where two-thirds of the Legislature must sign off on increases in college tuition or fees.

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Man booked with DWI after fatal wreck
Monday, 09 March 2015 11:03

State Police said a Vacherie woman was killed Sunday morning in St. James Parish after a man crashed his vehicle into her car and then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.

The man, Corey Newton, 24, was arrested and booked with DWI along with other counts.

Brittany Harris, 25, was driving a Dodge Charger north on La. 3213 near Airline Highway around 5:30 a.m. when she was struck on the driver’s side by a sedan driven by Corey Newton, 24, who apparently had run a red light, said Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer, a State Police spokesman.

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Crashes lead to 3 DWI arrests
Monday, 09 March 2015 11:03

Authorities arrested three people suspected of causing three separate drunken crashes Saturday night and Sunday morning — which left one person injured and a convent’s gate in disrepair.

The first two crashes occurred within 15 minutes of each other.

At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 28-year-old Jacob Walker’s vehicle “bumped” into another car while exiting Interstate 12 at O’Neal Lane, according to a Baton Rouge police report.

Walker and the other driver agreed to pull over, but as the other driver pulled off to the side of the road, Walker drove away, the report says.

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TOMINA ADAMS: 39, of the 400 block of Voorhies Street, Lafayette. She was booked on three counts of warrant/bench warrant.

KENDELL JOSEPH ALEXANDER: 26, of the 2800 block of Louisiana Avenue, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.

CHELSEY ANDERSON: 19, of the 200 block of High Meadows Boulevard, Lafayette. She was booked on warrant/bench warrant and misdemeanor theft of goods.

ALEXANDER ANGELLE JR.: 32, of the 300 block of St. Esprit Street, Carencro.

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South African petrochemical colossus Sasol Ltd. has cut close to 1,500 jobs through early retirements and voluntary separations, with more to come, the company said Monday.

A month ago, Sasol said it was shelving plans for a $14 billion natural-gas-to-liquids plant in the Lake Charles area. The jobs cuts are the latest to strike the industry in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

In January, oilfield services giant Schlumberger announced it was laying off 9,000 workers.

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The state should change the way annual school aid requests are formulated to avoid mid-year budget shortfalls, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in an audit issued Monday morning.

Under current methods, Purpera said, the Legislature has had to come up with up to $56 million in extra aid after the initial appropriation because initial student enrollment estimates were off target.

Rather than using historially low estimates from Feb. 1 of the previous school year, he said, forecasters should rely on more accurate projections on student count crafted by the state Department of Education to better guage how much will be needed.

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