Gov. Bobby Jindal

Politics
3:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Recall efforts against Jindal, Kleckley fall short

A group of public school teachers has failed in its efforts to recall Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley.

Angie Bonvillain and Brenda Romero, the two Calcasieu Parish teachers leading the effort, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that they didn't get enough signatures to force a recall election. The deadline to meet the benchmark was Tuesday.

The teachers were angered by Jindal's education reform that will push more students into private and charter schools.

Baton Rouge Community College
11:49 am
Thu September 20, 2012

New auto technology training center planned for Baton Rouge

Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing nearly $14 million in state construction spending to build a new automobile technology training center at Baton Rouge Community College.

The center will educate students seeking careers in the auto industry, part of a local community effort to bolster skills training in the area.

The governor announced Wednesday that he'll ask the Bond Commission to back the funding through the state's construction budget, the final step to fund the project.

Construction on the training center is expected to begin in 2014.

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Convention Center
1:34 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Berger named to Convention Center board

Brandon Berger has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority.

The board oversees convention facilities in New Orleans.

Berger is the owner of The Berger Co.

The appointment was made by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Politics
2:03 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

DOTD hires Faircloth for contract legal work

The Jindal administration has again sought the governor's former executive counsel to do legal work for the state, this time for the Department of Transportation and Development.

Jimmy Faircloth is representing the department in a lawsuit filed by a Shreveport-based health care firm over the route of a highway extension in Caddo Parish. Faircloth said Friday that he was contacted by DOTD last week to do the legal work.

DOTD spokeswoman Jodi Conachen said Faircloth will be paid $175 an hour for the three-year contract, with a cap of $150,000.

State Government
2:38 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Attorney General: Jindal outsourcing plan needs legislative approval

The Louisiana attorney general's office says a Jindal administration plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan requires legislative approval.

In a legal opinion issued Friday, Assistant Attorney General Michael Vallan said the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield "is subject to review and final approval" by the legislative committees that have jurisdiction over similar matters.

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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.

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