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  • Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill

    October 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - The largest U.S. gay-rights organization has endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and is calling on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise... more »
  • Jindal backs $100M LSU engineering complex

    October 3, 2012 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports the state paying for half of a new $100 million engineering education complex at LSU's flagship campus in Baton Rouge. Jindal announced Tuesday that he'll include the $50 million proposal in the state's annual construction budget, when he proposes... more »
  • Panel backs land sale to hospital

    March 28, 2012 9:44 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A West Feliciana Parish Police Jury committee has voted to recommend that the jury sell the West Feliciana Parish Hospital a 14-acre tract of land at its fair market value for a proposed new hospital. The Advocate reports the move came after the panel heard... more »
  • La. Senate backs early childhood education grades

    March 22, 2012 6:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's mishmash system of prekindergarten and early childhood education programs would be coordinated and graded on performance under a Jindal administration proposal that received unanimous backing Wednesday from the Louisiana Senate. The proposal would assign letter grades to preschools, streamline governance and pull funding for... more »
  • BR board backs renovation project at Istrouma High

    January 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has approved spending $586,000 to renovate classrooms on the second floor of Istrouma High School. Just two months ago, the board voted to delay the construction at the high school over the objections of Superintendent John Dilworth. The... more »
  • St. Helena board backs new superintendent

    June 17, 2011 10:48 AM

    GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena School Board has given new Superintendent Kelli Joseph her first major victory, voting to replace four senior administrators and remove the lone elementary school's principal. Curriculum Supervisor Nedra Payne, Supervisor of Transportation/Child Welfare Vereta Lee and Title I Supervisor Inez Jackson will be... more »
  • Sheriff's office: Shirt backs up deputy's story

    October 7, 2010 10:10 PM

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Independent testing of a bloodied shirt backs up the story of a deputy who contends he was shot by drug smugglers in the remote desert, officials said Thursday. The deputy dismissed speculation that he staged the incident to publicize drug and human smuggling. The Pinal County... more »
  • Minister Backs Out of Burning Qurans on Sept. 11

    September 9, 2010 5:03 PM

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Christian minister in Fla. cancels plan to burn Qurans on Sept. 11, heeding to outcry.
  • Obama backs mosque near ground zero

    August 13, 2010 10:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed allowing a mosque near ground zero, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less. "As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," Obama said,... more »
  • Republican Senator Says he Backs Birther Lawsuits

    July 12, 2010 7:54 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court. Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what... more »
  • Landrieu, Business Group Backs Lifting Moratorium

    July 3, 2010 4:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed court papers in support of lifting the moratorium. In this case, Landrieu and the Chamber of Commerce are supporting U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman's ruling that shot down the Obama administration's decision to put... more »
  • Senate Committee Backs Welfare Drug Testing

    June 2, 2010 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill requiring drug testing of welfare recipients is nearing final legislative passage after narrowly winning approval in a Senate committee Wednesday. Members of a Senate judiciary committee voted 4-3 to advance Rep. John LaBruzzo's bill to the full Senate for debate, after a political... more »
  • Senate Backs Bills to Tap Into Trust Funds

    June 2, 2010 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate backed a package of proposals Wednesday that would make it easier to tap into the state's protected funds, after the Senate president argued the measures were needed to avoid another round of deep cuts to public colleges and health care services. The... more »
  • House Committee Backs Gov. Jindals Education Bill

    May 7, 2010 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - A House committee has backed one of Gov. Bobby Jindal's signature education bills that would let public schools function more like charter schools, allowing them to waive state laws and education policies. The bill by Bossier City Rep. Jane Smith would let school superintendents apply for... more »
  • Welfare Recipients: House Backs Drug Testing

    April 29, 2010 1:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House supports mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients. The House voted 61-27 Wednesday for the bill by Rep. John LaBruzzo, a Metairie Republican who has tried repeatedly to get the measure passed in the Legislature. The bill heads next to the Senate for... more »
  • House Backs Easing Parole Requirements

    April 29, 2010 1:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two bills that would tweak Louisiana's parole system, allowing some prisoners to get out of jail sooner, will be debated in the state Senate after getting House passage Wednesday. The first proposal by Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, would increase the amount of "good time"... more »
  • House Backs Prohibition on Coverage for Elective Abortions

    April 22, 2010 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has backed a prohibition on health insurance coverage for elective abortions in the state. The Jindal administration had described the measure by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann as a bill to prohibit elective abortions in the state purchasing pools set up by the... more »
  • House Backs Return to Open Primaries

    April 14, 2010 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House wants to return to an "open primary" system for congressional elections. The bill approved 72-26 by the House would do away with Democratic and Republican primaries and let all candidates for Congress run against each other, with the top two vote-getters advancing... more »

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