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Slidell council considers tax district for new hotel

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:30
Slidell took an initial step Tuesday toward creating an economic development district to facilitate construction of a new Holiday Inn Express that a Mississippi developer plans to build off Northshore Boulevard in an area that already has three hotels. Whether it will take further steps, however, was unclear. The City Council voted 7-1 for a resolution to advertise its intention to create the district, which would enable MY Investments to recoup up to $1.7 million…
Local lines block drainage project
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:30
Harahan Mayor Vinnie Mosca blasted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday for asking his city to shut down its sewer system for several hours next week to allow crews to reroute pipes that are blocking the path of a massive drainage project. Mosca said the corps should have known about the sewer line before it began work on the “Pump to the River” project that runs through Harahan and should not have proposed…
Senate votes to limit drones on private property
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:30
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has changed its mind on drones. A day after rejecting the bill, senators voted 22-16 Tuesday for Sen. Dan Claitor's proposal to restrict the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana. Claitor's bill would make it illegal to use drones to photograph people on private property without their permission, with a list of exceptions, including for law enforcement. The Baton Rouge senator said the limits…
House committee passes bill providing public colleges some budget cut protection
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:30
BATON ROUGE, La.(AP) - Lawmakers are considering whether to provide some protection to Louisiana's public colleges from budget cuts when they raise tuition on students. In recent years, as the schools have increased tuition and fees, Gov. Bobby Jindal and theLegislature have stripped similar amounts of state general fund money - and more - for the colleges. Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, is proposing a constitutional amendment to ban the replacing of state funds with…
Wall Street Journal: Sen. Landrieu drawing nearly 5 times the campaign cash from big business as Rep. Cassidy
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:15
WASHINGTON -- The Wall Street Journal Wednesday reported that Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is drawing nearly five times as much money from the political arms of
St. Tammany Parish Councilman Jake Groby asks corps, DEQ to reject oil driller's permit requests
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:15
Citing potential health risks, the threat to drinking water and local zoning restrictions, a St. Tammany Parish Council member is asking state and federal agencies to
East Baton Rouge school district restructuring bill deferred for another week
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:15
There won’t be a vote Wednesday on a controversial bill to restructure the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Its sponsor deferred the bill’s scheduled discussion
Houston Wire & Cable expands Exchequer facility
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:31
Houston Wire & Cable Co. has doubled the size of its Baton Rouge electrical wire and cable distribution center at 6735 Exchequer Drive, Suite 130. The expansion means the Houston-based company can increase its inventory, allowing Houston Wire to better serve the growth in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, Region Vice President Joe Ezekiel said. Houston Wire is one of the largest providers of wire and cable in the United States. The company provides a…
High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:31
MARK SHERMAN Associated Press April 23, 2014
Kennedy's hypocrisy shouldn't distract budgeting debate
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:00
Jeffrey D. Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University Shreveport. If you're an elected official, political operative or anyone else upset at his views, don't go bothering LSUS or LSU System officials about that because these are his own views solely.This publishes Sunday through Thursday with the exception of 7 holidays. Also check out his Louisiana Legislature Log especially during legislative sessions (in "Louisiana Politics Blog Roll" below).