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Louisiana Budget
9:24 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Colleges, Health Care Face Cuts in House Budget

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the $25 billion budget proposal passed by the House could force steep cuts in public colleges and health care, damaging services.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater outlined his concerns Monday to the Senate Finance Committee.

GOP lawmakers in the House forced reductions of $268 million more than the Republican Jindal administration and Democrats want, saying they didn't want to use one-time dollars to pay for ongoing expenses.

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Saints Bounties
9:18 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Lawmakers Ask NFL to Reconsider Saints Penalties

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature is asking the NFL to reconsider the penalties imposed on the New Orleans Saints because of its bounty program.

The formal request received final legislative passage with a 28-1 Senate vote Monday.

In the resolution, lawmakers say there is "widespread public opinion throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond that the penalties imposed upon the Saints are too harsh and should be reconsidered."

Hornets-Tax Break
9:15 am
Tue May 15, 2012

$37M, 10-Year Tax Break for Hornets Approved

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets will continue receiving a tax break that saves the NBA team $37 million over 10 years.

The Senate sent the tax break bill to the governor's desk Monday with a 28-7 vote. The measure is part of the state's deal to the keep the Hornets in Louisiana.

The tax break ran into sharp criticism in the House, where lawmakers bristled at the idea of giving a multimillion dollar tax break while also weighing budget cuts to colleges and health services.

Louisiana Budget
9:53 am
Mon May 14, 2012

La. Colleges Face Deep Cuts in House Budget

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public colleges say they will be forced to make steep cuts next year if state senators agree to the version of the $25 billion budget passed by the House.

The governor's budget office says higher education would take cuts topping $200 million in the new fiscal year that begins July 1, under the House-approved budget.

Senators get their first look Monday at the House budget.

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Voter Registration
9:48 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Schedler, State's Registrars, Sign Up Voters

Secretary of State Tom Schedler and the state's registrars of voters are encouraging all Louisiana residents who are at least 17 years old to register to vote, if they're not already registered.

Louisiana's annual Voter Registration Week begins Monday. Registrars throughout the state will host registration events through Friday 

Asbestos/Lead Workshop
9:44 am
Mon May 14, 2012

DEQ to Hold Asbestos and Lead Workshop May 23

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is going to hold a free workshop about asbestos and lead regulations on May 23. It will summarize changes in asbestos regulations and any changes in rules for lead-based paint. The workshop is open to the public. 

Satchmo Fest
9:38 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Annual Festival Celebrating Satchmo is August 3-5

The 12th annual Satchmo SummerFest will be held Aug. 3-5 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint.

The festival is dedicated to the life, legacy and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. 

Coastal Erosion
12:41 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Machines to aid in tracking erosion

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux is taking a new perspective on tracking coastal erosion and the health of Louisiana's barrier islands more closely.

The islands are an important habitant for migratory birds and a front-line protection against hurricanes, but the islands have undergone heavy erosion as the state's coast has faded into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tax Fraud
12:39 am
Sun May 13, 2012

37 months for convicted tax preparer

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says a LaPlace man has been sentenced to 37 months in prison after being convicted on charges including tax evasion and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors said 60-year-old James W. Nelson was in the business of preparing and filing tax returns. His business had multiple offices in the New Orleans area. However, they said Nelson, or his employees, prepared and filed false income tax returns for his customers. The U.S. Attorney's news release Friday said Nelson also failed to pay taxes on some of his own income.

Bank Theft
12:36 am
Sun May 13, 2012

New Orleans woman accused of stealing from bank

A 50-year-old New Orleans woman has been charged with bank theft for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from her employer.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Friday that Karen Sork was charged in a one-count Bill of Information. According to the document, Sork worked at a Whitney Bank branch and stole about $56,299 from the bank. Authorities say the money was used for her personal use and benefit.

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