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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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Politics
2:13 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

St. Landry council, president at odds

St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot says he plans to take the Parish Council to court over its override of five vetoes.

He tells The Advertiser that he will ask a judge to block the ordinances until a ruling on whether they violate the home rule charter. Fontenot says matters covered by the ordinances are allotted to the president's office, and it would take a parish-wide vote to change that.

The council wants more say in how the parish is run. It has been at odds with Fontenot since he took office in January.

Tropical Storm Isaac
1:42 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Isaac stalling elected officials' GOP travel plans

Louisiana's Republican elected officials are scrapping or delaying Florida travel plans for the GOP's national convention. Some who had arrived in Tampa quickly turned around and headed home to wait for Tropical Storm Isaac.

Gov. Bobby Jindal hasn't officially canceled his plans to speak at the convention, but says he won't leave Louisiana "as long as we're in harm's way."

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Tropical Storm Isaac
12:42 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Vitter cancels town hall meetings in north La.

U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he's canceled Vitter two town hall meetings in north Louisiana because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Louisiana Republican said meetings today in Lake Providence and on Tuesday in Winnsboro have been canceled.

Education
12:37 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Louisiana teachers brace for revamped job reviews

Louisiana's 60,000 public school teachers are about to face their first job evaluations under a new review system that continues to spark controversy and questions.

The overhaul stems from a 2010 law pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. It is supposed to improve teacher quality, in part by linking annual job reviews to student performance.

Classroom observations by principals and others, which have been used for years, have also been revamped.

The Advocate reports now teachers will face two-part job reviews that are causing some nervousness.

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It's All Politics
11:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Conventions: The 'First Date' That Lasts For Days

Final preparations were under way Monday for the opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Democrats are holding their convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 3:01 pm

Even some Republicans don't think the loss of Monday's proceedings at their party's national convention in Tampa, due to Tropical Storm Isaac, will matter much in the grand scheme of things.

"The whole drama of the hurricane's very unique here," says David Woodard, a GOP consultant who teaches at Clemson University. "Suppose Isaac wiped out the whole convention — who cares?"

Conventions clearly are a diminished thing, Woodard says. They no longer decide who the presidential nominees are going to be, in anything but a strictly formal sense.

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Election 2012
4:18 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Watching Isaac, GOP Delays Opening Convention

Republicans have decided to delay the official start of their presidential nominating convention until Tuesday. Tropical Storm Isaac is causing weather-related issues around Tampa, Florida. As the convention is about to begin, polls show GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is tied with President Obama.

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.

Louisiana Board of Ethics
12:32 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Iffy spending prompts new look at campaign rules

Campaign cash spent on such expenses as football tickets, personal clothing and flower deliveries is drawing attention from the Louisiana Board of Ethics, whose members say the "gratuitous and purely personal" use of political donations is a growing trend.

So the board has launched an effort to create stronger definitions for what is considered improper personal use of campaign contributions.

A committee created in March is working on new rules and is expected to complete its work within a few months.

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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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