MERS to address alleged spending

Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:52 Written by
State Treasurer John Kennedy urged the governing board overseeing the statewide Municipal Employees Retirement System to take swift and firm action addressing allegations that the agency’s director recklessly spent thousands of public dollars on meals and out-of-state trips. Allegations targeting MERS Director Robert Rust surfaced this week with a WVUE report about potentially inappropriate expenditures. The report found that Rust had frequently spent upwards of a $1,000 on meals expensed to the agency.
Ascension keeping taxes at maximum
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:47 Written by
GONZALES — The Ascension Parish Council levied property tax rates for the 2015 tax year and kept them at their maximum level in the last year before the quadrennial reassessment in 2016. The decision, on a 7-0 vote, means parish government property tax rates remain unchanged from 2014. The vote also preserves the maximum property tax level set by the state constitution or approved by voters for parish government’s variety of parishwide
LSU target, 5-star Texas DT Ed Oliver commits to Houston
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:47 Written by
Many were surprised when Ed Oliver listed a top two of Houston and LSU a couple of months ago, with most shocked to see the Cougars in the running for the five-star defensive tackle. Well, his commitment to Houston may
N.O. man pleads guilty to human trafficking charges
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:43 Written by
A 52-year-old New Orleans man pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of human trafficking and accepted a 20-year prison sentence in a case involving two teenage girls forced into prostitution. David “Midas” Lee faced a possible life prison term on two counts of trafficking children and a firearms count if convicted in a trial that was scheduled to start Thursday. He pled instead to the lesser charges. A co-defendant, Brandy Piland-Deluca, still awaits
Levee authority approves office move to Lakefront Airport and lease of Pontchartrain Beach to Lake Foundation
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:43 Written by
Dwight Williams on Pontchartrain BeachLake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation acting Executive Director Dwight Williams talks about the foundation's plans for Pontchartrain Beach. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East approved a one-year lease with the foundation
New Orleans parks battle leads to rare public defiance of Mitch Landrieu administration
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:31 Written by
In a rare show of hostility to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's authority, New Orleans City Council members on Thursday (May 21) lambasted the management practices of of the city's parks chief, going so far as to discuss who has the authority
U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton III Named District Judge by President Obama
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:30 Written by
click to enlarge U.S. District Judge-designate Ed Stanton III Edward Stanton III, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, has been named by President Obama to become a U.S. District Judge to succeed the retiring Judge Hardy Mays, who is taking senior status. The announcement of Stanton’s appointment was made in a news release on Thursday from the Washington
Budget measure advances to Senate
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:22 Written by
The Louisiana House approved a $24 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. On a vote of 65 to 37, House members Thursday sent House Bill 1 to the state Senate. The Legislature must adjourn by June 11. “This body has prioritized the essential needs of this state,” House Appropriation Committee Chairman Jim Fannin said. He acknowledged that the bill comes up short of providing for all the services listed
Josh Duggar of '19 Kids and Growing' resigns from Family Research Council after molestation report
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:22 Written by
WASHINGTON – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Thursday (May 21) he accepted the resignation of Josh Duggar, 27, after a tabloid's report he molested underage girls as a teenager. Duggar is the oldest child in the large family
Man killed in Covington area trench collapse identified
Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:22 Written by
A man killed Thursday (May 21) in a construction pit collapse at a Covington worksite has been identified as Isidro Cigarroa Martinez, 24. St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said an autopsy would be performed Friday. Martinez was killed
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