La http://wwno.org en Board of Ethics May Get limited Right of Appeal http://wwno.org/post/board-ethics-may-get-limited-right-appeal <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) &mdash; The Louisiana House is getting ready to decide whether the state Board of Ethics should have a bit more power in enforcement of the state ethics code.&nbsp; Currently, the Board of Ethics cannot appeal&nbsp;decisions by&nbsp;a&nbsp;board of administrative law judges.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:17:14 +0000 The Associated Press 8895 at http://wwno.org Louisiana House Agrees to Extend Smoking Ban http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-house-agrees-extend-smoking-ban <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) &mdash; The Louisiana House has agreed to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned.&nbsp; Louisiana prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and many places of employment.&nbsp;The measure now heads to the&nbsp;Senate.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:10:31 +0000 The Associated Press 8894 at http://wwno.org Judge Extends Deadline for BP Oil Spill Settlement http://wwno.org/post/judge-extends-deadline-bp-oil-spill-settlement <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; A federal judge has extended a deadline for BP and a team of plaintiffs&#39; attorneys to file details of a proposed settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p>The company and lawyers representing more than 100,000 individuals and businesses were expected Monday to ask U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans to give preliminary approval to the settlement agreement.</p><p>Early Monday evening, Barbier extended the deadline to Wednesday morning.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:03:31 +0000 The Associated Press 8889 at http://wwno.org