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Retirement
9:44 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Jindal Retirement Bill Hits Trouble in the House

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has upended Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to create a new retirement plan for rank-and-file workers. Lawmakers narrowly backed a requirement that any new employees put into the revamped retirement plan also be enrolled into the federal Social Security program. 

Gulf Oil Spill
9:40 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Feds Seek Summer Trial Date for Gulf Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to set a new trial date for this summer for government claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has asked the judge to set a January 2013 trial date. 

Louisiana Budget
9:36 am
Wed May 2, 2012

House Committee Crafts $25B Budget for Next Year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House budget-writing committee has patched together a $25 billion budget for next year that would cut public colleges and health care services, force state worker layoffs and continue privatization efforts in state agencies. Conservative lawmakers say the cuts included in the 2012-13 spending plans don't go far enough. 

Jindal-Corps Request
9:33 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Jindal Asks Corps to Increase Flow Into Basin

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to increase the flow of water through the Old River Control Structure into the Atchafalaya Basin. Jindal says abnormally low water levels in the basin have spawned complaints about their effects on water quality and the wild crawfish harvest. 

Katrina-FEMA Grant
9:27 am
Wed May 2, 2012

St. Bernard Parish Schools Awarded $148M by FEMA

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded more than $148 million in additional Hurricane Katrina recovery funding to the St. Bernard Parish school board.

FEMA said the grant award announced Tuesday brings the total amount of federal funds awarded to the school board after the 2005 storm to $500 million.

St. Bernard Schools Superintendent Doris Voitier said in a statement that the money will allow the district to complete its final Katrina recovery efforts.

Reports
6:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Immigration Rally Protests Deportation Hearings

Civil rights advocates are pushing the Obama Administration to stop deporting labor organizers. Several facing deportation hearings attended a rally outside New Orleans City Hall.

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Tax Break
10:04 am
Tue May 1, 2012

House Backs $3.7M Annual Tax Break for the Hornets

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has reversed course and agreed to extend an existing tax break given to the New Orleans Hornets that saves the team $3.7 million a year.

The extension proposed by Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, was backed in a 62-37 vote Monday. The measure only got 49 votes in support last week.

The NBA team gets a tax break through the state Quality Jobs Program. Henry proposes continuing that through the 2024 season.

Louisiana Budget
9:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

House Committee to Unveil Plan for $211M Deficit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House budget-writing committee is unveiling its plans Tuesday for filling a $211 million deficit this year, after working behind the scenes with the governor's office on ideas for plugging the gap.

The Appropriations Committee also is expected to rework next year's $25 billion budget proposal to account for a more than $300 million drop in projected state revenue in the new year that begins July 1.

Louisiana Corruption
9:51 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Sentencing Delay Sought in Payroll Fraud Case

A federal judge has been asked to postpone a sentencing hearing for the ex-wife of former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard for her role in a payroll fraud case.

Karen Parker, who is scheduled to be sentenced July 27, pleaded guilty in January to one count of misprision of a felony, or concealing a crime.

In a court filing Monday, federal prosecutors and Parker's defense attorney asked U.S. District Judge Hayden Head to delay her sentencing until November.

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Republican Caucus
9:35 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Ron Paul Does Well in La. Republican Caucuses

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will have a strong presence in Louisiana's delegation to the Republican National Convention in August, even if he has little hope of winning the GOP presidential nomination. Paul dominated the Louisiana Republican caucuses held over the weekend.

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