LSU Internal Audit: Sen. Bill Cassidy Earned A Salary For Work Rarely Documented

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 21:03
A month after he was sworn in as Louisiana’s newest United States Senator, Bill Cassidy expressed his appreciation of an internal audit conducted by LSU in response to questions about his employment with the university while serving in Congress. The audit, which was released to the public on Wednesday and which has already been criticized by Cassidy’s former opponent, Mary Landrieu, and Karen Carter-Peterson, the chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, reveals that, for several…
Democrats call on Jindal: Come home to fix budget
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:08
Louisiana Democrats have slammed Gov. Bobby Jindal for focusing on non-state issues and are calling on him to spend more time in Louisiana to help solve the state’s budget crisis. “We need him here in the state of Louisiana,” state Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. “I’m hoping and praying he will say to himself, ‘I have a responsibility, and it’s to be held accountable to the citizens…
LSU audit: No problems with Cassidy work
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:08
LSU has found no problems with now-U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s part-time work arrangement, according to a newly-released internal audit. The 11-page report released Wednsday came after questions arose about whether Cassidy - a physician - was fulfilling responsibilities associated with the part-time paid educational work with the LSU Health Sciences Center. The questions came as Republican Cassidy - then-U.S. 6th district congressman - was running for Senate against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
White optimistic new teacher reviews will win BESE approval
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:08
State Superintendent of Education John White said Wednesday he is optimistic Louisiana’s top school board next week will approve key changes in how public school teachers are evaluated, including less reliance on student test scores. The recommendations stem from a panel of educators and others -- called the Act 240 subcommittee -- that has studied the issue for months. The new rules, with little fanfare, could change the years-long debate on whether and how to…
Roadway improvements to come more quickly with extra $40 million from refinanced bonds
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:08
Five projects in the city-parish’s road-construction plan — including two new stretches connecting busy thoroughfares — are expected to start sooner than expected after the Metro Council on Wednesday approved a refinancing proposal by Mayor-President Kip Holden. The five projects involve improvements to O’Neal Lane, Jones Creek Road, Glen Oaks Drive, Nicholson Drive and a Highland-Burbank connector. The road improvements are part of the city-parish Green Light Plan for which voters approved a half-cent sales…
Suspected gunman in fatal Valentine's Day drive-by shooting on trial
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:08
A man suspected in a bloody drive-by shooting on Valentine's Day in 2011 that killed one person and injured four, including a baby girl, is standing
Loyola to restructure academics
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:03
In its second major shake-up since Hurricane Katrina, Loyola University announced Wednesday that it will reshuffle its academic programs as part of a long-range plan aimed at coping with the university’s flagging enrollment and its multimillion-dollar deficit. The new plan scraps a school formed during Loyola’s last, controversial restructuring in 2006, splitting its departments between a revived College of Arts and Sciences and a new college focused on programs for graduate students, professionals and nontraditional…
Doctors selected to evaluate Benson
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:03
The three doctors who will examine Tom Benson as part of a lawsuit brought against him by his estranged relatives were selected in time to meet a deadline Wednesday. But the judge presiding over the case has ordered that the physicians’ names and other details regarding the tests they will perform on the owner of the Saints and the Pelicans all be kept confidential, an Orleans Parish Civil District Court spokesman said. Each side in…
Trial begins in ‘Valentine's Day Massacre’
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:03
Thaddeus Ross.The trial of Thaddeus Ross in a 2011 shooting that left one person dead and four — including a 3-month old girl — injured, began Wednesday with sparring over the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness, a man who is himself accused of attempted murder in a separate case. Ross, who faces a second-degree murder charge, was arrested in 2013 for his alleged role in what prosecutor Brittany Reed called the “Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Bills aim to curb cost of film tax credits
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:03
In an effort to tackle the skyrocketing costs of one of Louisiana’s most high-profile giveaway programs, two New Orleans-area lawmakers have drafted legislation that would cap costs and eliminate certain expenses now subsidized under the state’s generous film tax credit program. The biggest changes would be setting a $300 million limit on the program’s annual cost, with any unused dollars being added to the next year’s allotment, and imposing a cap on the proportion of…

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