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Bad budgets hurt 2016 hopefuls Featured

Saturday, 21 February 2015 23:09
2016 is shaping up as an awfully tough time to be a governor and run for president. Caught between legal mandates to balance their state budgets and the prospect that raising taxes could derail their national ambitions, several Republican state executives eyeing White House bids are proposing deep budget cuts this month to square their state finances. The moves threaten to damage their standing at home, upset some GOP allies and cause a distraction as…
Louisiana's latest midyear budget cut approved by legislative committee
Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:18
The Louisiana Legislature's joint budget committee has given the green light to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to close a $103 million midyear budget gap. Most of the plan could be implemented without legislative approval, but $36.4 million in reductions required a Friday (Feb. 20) vote of the budget committee. The proposed plan included $60.7 million in reductions and $42.8 million "revenue opportunities" -- such as selling state property and advertising on state vehicles -- to…
Louisiana's latest midyear budget reductions approved by legislative committee Featured
Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:18
The Louisiana Legislature's joint budget committee has given the green light to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to close a $103 million midyear budget gap. Most of the plan could be implemented without legislative approval, but $36.4 million in reductions required a Friday (Feb. 20) vote of the budget committee. The proposed plan included $60.7 million in reductions and $42.8 million "revenue opportunities" -- such as selling state property and advertising on state vehicles -- to…
Family buries wrong body after mix-up at GA crime lab Featured
Thursday, 19 February 2015 04:16
BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A Burke County family buried the wrong body after a mix-up at the state crime lab in Atlanta, Burke County Coroner Susan Salemi said. The body of Johnny Morgan Lowe III was never returned to Augusta after an autopsy, Salemi said. Instead, the body of Louie Caldwell of Clayton County was buried during a closed-casket graveside service for Lowe in December.
Plan to close $103M midyear gap goes before lawmakers Friday Featured
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 21:24
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to close a $103 million midyear deficit with a mix of cuts and stopgap funds is coming before lawmakers for consideration. The Legislature's joint budget committee decides Friday whether to support the plan, which cuts spending by $61 million and uses $43 million in piecemeal financing to account for the impact of falling oil prices.
In Richmond's Defense of Scalise, a History of Camaraderie
Monday, 16 February 2015 22:13
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Lobbying for I-49
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:33
The I-49 Coalition Board of Directors aims to expedite the decades-long process of extending the interstate highway to New Orleans with help from local investors and a unified lobbying force from each involved parish. A horde of representatives from numerous parishes are much more likely to compete for increasingly limited state funding once the fiscally focused legislative session begins in April, the board contends.
Jindal, antiabortion activists block Planned Parenthood in New Orleans Featured
Friday, 13 February 2015 09:25
NEW ORLEANS — Planned Parenthood began construction here last year on a clinic that would perform abortions and provide other medical services for women. “High-Quality, Affordable Health Care for New Orleans,” a sign promised. “Seeing Patients Early 2015.” That sign is now crumpled on the ground behind a chain-link fence at the project’s abandoned construction site, victim of efforts by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and other abortion opponents to block the clinic.
US judge dismisses La. flood board's coastal damage suit against dozens of energy companies
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:48
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US judge tosses coastal damage suit against oil companies
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:42
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a Louisiana flood board that sought damages from scores of oil, gas and pipeline companies over damage to the state's fragile, eroding coast. U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown dismissed the suit Friday evening. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East had claimed in the lawsuit that coastal drilling and dredging activities contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands that…
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