Gov. Bobby Jindal

Business & Technology
12:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Forum Energy Technologies to expand

Forum Energy Technologies says it plans to build a new 150,000-square-foot facility in St. Martin Parish to produce onshore and offshore drilling equipment for global customers.

Forum Energy CEO Cris Gaut says the $19 million project will replace an existing facility in nearby Broussard. The project will retain 203 existing jobs and create 125 new direct jobs with average annual salaries of more than $45,000, plus benefits. State economic development officials estimate the project will also create an additional 300 new indirect jobs.

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Public Records
4:15 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Lawsuits challenge shielding of state records

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is facing court challenges over attempts to keep records from the public.

At issue is the use of a public records exemption successfully pushed by Jindal and added to state law during his first term.

Shreveport-based Willis-Knighton Health System sued the Department of Transportation and Development over its refusal to provide information about a highway extension project. The department claimed an exemption tied to the governor's "deliberative process," a permitted exemption under the open records law.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Five named to state cosmetology board

Five appointments have been made to the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The board regulates the cosmetology in the state.

Appointed to the board were:

— Frances Hand of Denham Springs, owner of Denham Springs Beauty College.

— Michelle Hays of Pineville, owner of Meshelz Hair Salon and Pineville Beauty School.

— Lora Moreau of Lafayette, owner of Cosmetology Training Center.

— Carolyn Robichaux of Baldwin, owner of Carolyn's Friends and Company Salon.

In Memoriam
4:05 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Jindal orders flags at half-staff for 9/11

In recognition of the anniversary of Sept. 11, Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.

Jindal's executive order says the move Tuesday is "an expression of respect for Louisiana's fallen civilian and service members who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and the days since to defend the United States of America."

The order, signed Monday, affects flags flown over the State Capitol and all public buildings and institutions of the state.

Louisiana Racing Commission
4:02 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Grimstad named to La. Racing Commission

Metairie business executive Thomas Grimstad has been appointed to the Louisiana Racing Commission.

Grimstad, president of Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Co., was named to the post by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The commission enforces rules and regulations and develops policies for the Louisiana racing industry.

LSU System
9:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

LSU System's top lawyer resigns amid upheaval

The LSU System's top lawyer is resigning from the job, amid a continued shake-up of the leadership of the flagship university system and its health care network.

Ray Lamonica announced Thursday that he was quitting his position as general counsel, effective Friday. He will return to teaching at the university law school.

Lamonica, a former U.S. attorney, gave no reason for leaving in the announcement and didn't respond to a request for comment.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:07 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Nursing homes evacuated for Hurricane Isaac

More than 700 nursing home patients have been moved to higher ground in advance of Hurricane Isaac.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that eight nursing homes in the hurricane warning area have evacuated. The state Department of Health and Hospitals says those facilities had 745 residents.

More than 40 patients also have been moved from three small hospitals in the line of Isaac, according to Jindal.

Hurricane Isaac
3:59 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Louisiana prepares: by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Louisiana's preparation for Hurricane Isaac on Tuesday, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

— 4,158: National Guard troops activated statewide.

— 67: Bus drivers supporting the Department of Transportation and Department of Education.

— 48: National Guard boat teams deployed to areas in the storm zone.

— 921: National Guard security command and control staffers.

— 540 high water vehicles, 74 boats and 40 aircraft available for storm response.

— 2,124: Prisoners moved to state prisons from coastal parishes.

Tropical Storm Isaac
5:30 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Jindal may skip GOP convention because of Isaac

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's considering skipping his speaking engagement at Republican National Convention because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Jindal said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that he wouldn't leave his state while it's threatened by the storm. Around the time he spoke, a hurricane warning was issued for parts of the state east of Morgan City, which includes the New Orleans area.

He also called a state of emergency in Louisiana and suggested that people leave low-lying parts of coastal parishes.

LSU Hospitals
12:14 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Fred Cerise removed as LSU health care leader

The LSU System's top health care leader has been ousted from his role overseeing the university's network of public hospitals and clinics.

Fred Cerise had clashed with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration over budget cuts that stripped hundreds of millions of dollars from the LSU safety net health care system.

Cerise's replacement was announced Friday by LSU with no explanation. But in an e-mail to The Associated Press, Cerise said he was notified a day earlier by LSU System President William Jenkins that, "I will no longer lead the LSU Health System."

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