politics

The Salt
6:12 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Yelp Reviewers Slice And Dice The Politics Of Pizza

President Obama is lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant, during an unannounced stop Sunday in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:07 pm

When Scott Van Duzer welcomed President Obama to his pizza shop Sunday with a massive bearhug, it was the beginning of the end of his anonymity.

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The Two-Way
4:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Does Not Like Nickelback, Spokesperson Says

A sign seen during a protest by the Chicago Teachers Union.
Daniel Strauss via Twitter

The strike going on in Chicago is serious: 350,000 students are locked out and we brought you the news in a post from this morning.

We'll get back to real news in a little. First, here's a bit of levity:

There is a picture from the picket lines on Monday that had Daniel Strauss, who tweeted it, saying, "Civility has disappeared in Chicago Teachers Union protests."

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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.

Higher Education
3:16 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

LSUS feels continued pinch of state budget cuts

The budget has gotten so tight at LSU-Shreveport that three retired professors have offered to teach without pay so the university could save money.

The Shreveport Times reports that the LSU System approved about $1.9 million in cuts to LSUS this past Friday.

Since 2008, state funding has been cut more than 45 percent at LSUS, causing the university to reduce its staff by about 20 percent.

The Two-Way
11:59 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Moody's Warns Of Downgrade If Congress Doesn't Move On Fiscal Cliff

Speaker of the House John Boehner says he has little of hope of reaching a resolution on the so-called "fiscal cliff."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

We've already heard warnings about the so called "fiscal cliff" from the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office.

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Board of Embalming and Funeral Directors
2:58 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

David named to state funeral board

Royal David of Mandeville has been appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Embalming and Funeral Directors.

The board regulates embalmers, funeral homes and funeral directors, and handles consumer complaints. It also establishes requirements for funeral homes and individuals engaged in the care of the deceased.

David is the general manager of E.J. Fielding Funeral Home.

Louisiana Supreme Court
2:53 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Lawyer explains appeal in La. chief justice spat

A lawyer for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a federal judge created confusion when she ruled in favor of state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson's bid to become the court's next chief justice.

Kevin Tully, one of the state's attorneys, said in a statement Saturday that it's unclear whether U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan believes a 20-year-old federal court settlement prohibits the state's highest court from "carrying out its constitutional duties" and naming its next chief justice.

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Louisiana Supreme Court
1:09 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

State appeals ruling in La. Chief justice spat

The State of Louisiana is appealing a judge's ruling that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to become the court's next chief justice.

Friday's court filing by a lawyer representing Gov. Bobby Jindal's office asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's ruling. Morgan sided with Johnson's bid to become the state's first black chief justice and succeed Justice Catherine Kimball when she retires in 2013.

Johnson had sued to block her colleagues from deciding the matter.

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LSU Hospitals
12:42 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU looking for private health care partnerships

The new head of the LSU health care system says he might rework the cuts his predecessor made across the public hospitals and enact deeper slashing at some facilities, as the university-run health network braces for continued drops in funding.

Frank Opelka's comments Friday came as the LSU Board of Supervisors authorized the start of a search for private investors and health care companies who might be interested in running some of the university's hospitals.

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