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  • Design of proposed hotel approved

    August 3, 2014 5:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A proposal for a 138-room hotel in the New Orleans business district has been approved by the architectural review committee of the Historic District Landmarks Commission. New Orleans CityBusiness reports HW Real Estate Development Corp. of Chicago is planning to build the hotel and a ground-floor... more »
  • $300M in borrowing for community colleges approved

    July 18, 2014 6:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's community colleges are about to start a construction boom. The Bond Commission agreed Thursday to let the Louisiana Community and Technical College System borrow $300 million to pay for a list of 29 construction projects. State lawmakers approved a bill in 2013 that allows... more »
  • Cajundome subsidy approved by Lafayette council

    September 19, 2012 8:38 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Government will continue paying an annual subsidy of $500,000 for operations at the Cajundome and Convention Center, money that the administration argues is an investment in economic development and quality of life. The council voted 8-1 Tuesday to renew a contract with the... more »
  • LCG Budget Approved; But Not Without a Few Cuts, Confusion and Changes

    September 13, 2012 11:33 PM

    There were some cuts, some confusion and a few changes, but Lafayette City-Parish Government managed to pass a $581 million budget for next year. The council eliminated 84 city-parish jobs from the budget. However, those positions were vacant so no employees had to be laid off. Also, funding for non-profit... more »
  • Sales tax increase for outlet mall approved

    May 30, 2012 8:22 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Gonzales City Council has voted unanimously to enact a 1-cent sales tax increase at Tanger Outlet Center as part of a new economic development agreement. The Advocate reports the tax increase, to be collected through the newly created Tanger Mall Economic Development District, will go... more »
  • Facebook HQ expansion approved by SF Bay city

    May 30, 2012 5:47 AM

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - A Silicon Valley city where Facebook has opened its new headquarters voted Tuesday to support an environmental impact report and development agreement for a project that will allow the social media giant to employ thousands more people at the campus. Under the deal, Facebook could... more »
  • School cuts approved by Tangipahoa board

    April 18, 2012 7:27 AM

    AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has approved the continuation of a package of one-year cuts that should save the system $2 million during 2012-13. The Advocate reports the cuts include suspending professional leaves, most medical leaves and not awarding annual pay increases known as step raises.... more »
  • Baker school health service approved

    April 4, 2012 10:54 AM

    BAKER, La. (AP) - The Baker School Board has voted to employ Health Care First LLC to provide student health services within the school system. During Tuesday's 20-minute debate, board member Troy Watson expressed concern about how the health services would be paid for and how the company's billing practices... more »
  • Jindal's teacher tenure revamp approved

    March 15, 2012 5:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's bid to make it tougher for teachers to get the job protection known as tenure and to do away with a statewide salary schedule for teachers has gotten approval from the House Education Committee. After a marathon hearing Wednesday, the panel voted... more »
  • Jindal's teacher tenure revamp approved

    March 15, 2012 5:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's bid to make it tougher for teachers to get the job protection known as tenure and to do away with a statewide salary schedule for teachers has gotten approval from the House Education Committee. After a marathon hearing Wednesday, the panel voted... more »
  • St. Helena school audit approved

    February 10, 2012 10:37 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena Parish School Board has unanimously adopted its 2010-11 audit report, which cites only a minor error in record-keeping at the campus level. The Advocate reports the problem was discovered in the "School Activity Fund Procedures Manual," a policy designated for tracking school expenses... more »
  • Makeover of Lafayette's Northside High Approved

    February 2, 2012 8:18 AM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board has approved a nearly $2.1 million plan for an academic and physical makeover of Northside High School. Melinda Voorhies, who is starting Friday as the school's interim principal, said she and her team will "hit the ground running," The academic plan includes additional staffing, which... more »
  • Business incubator approved for SUNO

    July 4, 2011 10:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state Board of Regents has approved establishment of a business incubator on the campus of Southern University at New Orleans. Of the estimated $3 million cost of the incubator, $2 million will come from federal sources. Construction is expected to be completed by 2013. The... more »
  • Zachary school budget approved

    June 24, 2011 9:36 AM

    ZACHARY, La. (AP) - The Zachary Community School Board has approved a $45 million general fund budget that reflects the state freeze on aid to local school districts and increased retirement and other costs. The budgeted expenses are about $600,000 more than in last school year's budget, but the system's... more »
  • House Approved a Bill To Boost Safety Standards

    July 30, 2010 7:14 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House approved a bill Friday to boost safety standards for offshore drilling, remove a federal cap on economic liability for oil spills and impose new fees on oil and gas production. Democratic leaders hailed the bill as a comprehensive response to the Gulf of Mexico oil... more »
  • Elena Kagan Approved

    July 20, 2010 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. The 13-6 vote sends Kagan's nomination to the full Senate, where she's expected to be confirmed as early as next week to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Just one Republican, Sen.... more »
  • Chicago Approved Strictest Handgun Ordinance In U.S.

    July 2, 2010 12:48 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) - Members of the Chicago City Council have approved what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States. Friday's 45-0 vote comes four days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it almost certain that Chicago's handgun ban would be overturned. The high court... more »
  • $4.7B Construction Budget Bill Approved

    June 21, 2010 9:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's annual construction budget bill, which details $4.7 billion in multiyear spending plans, received final passage before lawmakers ended their regular session. Louisiana has a cap on annual borrowing that will limit spending on construction projects to an estimated $320 million in the 2010-11... more »
  • Plans Approved to Build Five Sand Berms

    June 2, 2010 9:35 PM

    VENICE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said federal officials have approved plans to build five sand berms to protect Louisiana barrier islands from oil encroaching from the Gulf oil spill. Jindal and other local officials met Tuesday with Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen urging approval of the plan, which... more »

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