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  • Bill would ban e-cigarette sales to minors in La.

    March 18, 2014 4:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18 is getting its first legislative hearing. Sen. Rick Gallot, a Ruston Democrat, is asking a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday to forward the measure to the full Senate for debate. The bill would... more »
  • Bill could bring back Louisiana's electric chair

    February 26, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With Louisiana having trouble getting lethal injection drugs, a lawmaker is proposing that the state bring back the electric chair. Rep. Joe Lopinto, chairman of the House criminal justice committee, has filed a bill that would let Louisiana's corrections secretary choose between lethal injection and... more »
  • Bill would ban e-cigarette sales to minors in La.

    February 20, 2014 7:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Ruston lawmaker wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 18. Sen. Rick Gallot, a Democrat, has introduced the bill for consideration in the legislative session that begins March 10. It would add e-cigarettes and other "alternative nicotine products" to the... more »
  • Acadiana Volleyball Players Hit The Sand For A Good Cause

    June 5, 2013 3:48 PM

    A group of volleyball players from Acadiana hit the sand this past weekend to raise money for a good cause. The group played in the Chevron Children's Hospital Tournament at Coconut Beach in Kenner. Through sponsorship and player donations, the group of 54 raised over $4,560.00 for Children's Hospital... more »
  • Bill would require crates for dog in pickup truck

    April 17, 2013 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - If you're driving on Louisiana's interstates, the days of letting your pooch have free range in the bed of a pickup truck might be nearing an end. The House Transportation Committee backed a bill Tuesday that would require dogs be placed in a ventilated crate... more »
  • New Zealand lawmakers approve gay-marriage bill

    April 17, 2013 9:24 AM

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday as the country become the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its... more »
  • Farmers Looking for Long-Term Farm Bill

    January 3, 2013 7:20 PM

    Late Tuesday night, Congress passed part of the Farm Bill, keeping many of the existing farm programs in place, including direct payments and crop insurance. The extension passed, keep things in tact this year, but farmers still have some concerns. Dane Hebert is a third generation rice farmer.... more »
  • Putin says he will sign anti-US adoptions bill

    December 27, 2012 7:26 AM

    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will sign a controversial bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children. Putin told a televised meeting on Thursday that he "doesn't see any reasons" against the bill and said that he "intends to sign it" into law. The president said U.S.... more »
  • St. Landry Council Considers Veto Overrides at Contentious Meeting

    August 2, 2012 2:02 AM

    At a special meeting Wednesday night, the St. Landry Parish Council voted to consider overriding a number of vetoes handed down by Parish President Bill Fontenot. The meeting was often contentious, and Fontenot found himself on the defensive with a calculated, critical and aggressive line of questioning from councilwoman... more »
  • Sheriffs' pay raise bill nears final passage

    May 17, 2012 7:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal that would give Louisiana's sheriffs a pay raise opportunity is near final legislative passage. New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell's bill would create an "executive management institute" for sheriffs, to teach them management skills and require annual follow-up training. When a sheriff has completed... more »
  • Sen. Landrieu Fights for Post Office Reform Bill

    May 4, 2012 8:59 PM

    The financial woes of the US Postal Service hit home in Lafayette Friday, with a visit from US Senator Mary Landrieu. Landrieu toured the Moss Street Post Office and Processing Center as part of her drive to halt the closing of thousands of post offices. Right now a moratorium... more »
  • Jindal early childhood coordination bill passed

    April 18, 2012 6:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's fragmented system of publicly funded prekindergarten and early childhood education programs will be coordinated and graded on a statewide scale. The state Senate gave final passage to the measure sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal in a 39-0 vote Tuesday, sending it to the governor's... more »
  • Family Seeks Public's Help In Finding Missing Elderly Man

    April 10, 2012 1:36 AM

    The family of 85 year old William "Bill" Heath, is asking for the public's help in finding their loved one. Heath was last seen by a neighbor at his Halcott Drive home in Lafayette on Wednesday, April 4th. Family members who live around the corner became concerned when they noticed... more »
  • Teacher Tenure Bill Passes, On Its Way To Governor's Office

    April 5, 2012 8:19 PM

    Both the Louisiana State House and Senate passed the teacher tenure bill and the next stop is the governor's office. After weeks of teacher protests and debate by lawmakers, one part of Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform has passed and it's expected to be signed into law almost immediately.... more »
  • Proposed Bill Would Rewrite Louisiana's "Right to Bear Arms"

    April 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    The right to bear arms, and it's core values, will now go to discussion on Louisiana's state senate floor as part of Senate Bill 303. Senator Neil Riser's bill would change the wording of Louisiana's Constitution, making it harder for lawmakers to pass restrictions on people's right to own... more »
  • Bill would require union negotiations to be public

    March 29, 2012 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House will consider a proposal to open up collective bargaining negotiations between local government agencies and labor unions to the public. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 8-2 Wednesday for the measure by Republican Rep. Tony Ligi. Ligi says he proposed the... more »
  • Bill would increase salaries for La. judges

    March 1, 2012 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans area lawmaker is sponsoring a proposal to boost judges' salaries across the state for the next two years, to get them to the average paid to their colleagues across the South. Rep. Jeff Arnold, a Democrat, notes on the bill that he... more »
  • Proposed Bill Restricts Use of Welfare Money

    February 13, 2012 11:31 PM

    Louisiana lawmakers are taking a closer look at how people can spend their welfare dollars. Representative Cameron Henry is proposing House Bill 95, which would restrict how people can use their Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program benefits. The bill would prohibit using the FITAP card in liquor stores, gaming establishments... more »
  • School textbook bill stalls in La. Senate

    June 22, 2011 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have refused to consider a proposal to give local school districts more freedom to choose the textbooks they use, a measure that opponents say is a back-door attempt to introduce creationism in science classes. The measure by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann needs a two-thirds... more »
  • Bill calls for reauthorization of Medicaid changes

    June 22, 2011 6:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to give lawmakers more oversight of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over much of Louisiana's Medicaid program to private insurance companies is headed to the governor's desk, with a unanimous Senate vote. Now, lawmakers will wait to see if Jindal vetoes it.... more »
  • Lawmakers Have Cost Concerns on School Sports Bill

    May 19, 2011 6:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A House committee has sidetracked an Alexandria lawmaker's proposal to require licensed athletic trainers at the football games of junior high and high schools, raising cost concerns and sending it to the House budget committee. Supporters of Democrat Chris Roy's bill say it would prevent... more »
  • Big Bill if Mississippi River Commerce Snagged

    May 13, 2011 9:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If the lower portion of the flooding Mississippi River is closed to ships, the U.S. economy could face a bill running into the hundreds of millions of dollars a day. In 2008, a 100-mile stretch of the river was closed for six days after a tugboat... more »
  • Arizona Legislature OKs Presidential 'Birther' Bill

    April 15, 2011 6:48 AM

    PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to a proposal that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before their names can appear on the state's ballot. Arizona would become the first state to require such proof if Gov. Jan... more »
  • Former Avoyelles Parish sheriff, others acquitted

    November 3, 2010 9:42 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Former Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Bill Belt, his wife and his sister have been acquitted of all counts in their federal conspiracy trial. Belt, his wife, Tracy and his sister, Julie Bernard, were found not guilty Wednesday afternoon of alleged crimes related to the operation of a... more »
  • Pothole Killer

    October 18, 2010 7:27 PM

    Louisiana is known to top the list of "Worst Roads in the Nation." But, some Lafayette drivers could be in for a smoother ride. New technology to fill potholes is being taken for a test drive in the Hub City. A Philadelphia company has one of it's "Pothole Killer" trucks... more »
  • Senate Passed Bill to Require TV Stations to Turn Down Loud Commercials

    September 30, 2010 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation to turn down the volume on loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate late Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to require television stations and cable companies to implement industry standards capping the volume... more »
  • Bill Meant to Reduce Costs for U.S. Manufacturers

    August 11, 2010 3:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a bill meant to reduce costs for U.S. manufacturers and help them regain their footing in the shaky economy. The law would reduce and suspend tariffs on certain materials U.S. companies must import to make their products. It passed both houses of... more »
  • New Drinking and Driving Laws

    August 10, 2010 7:17 PM

    Five new laws against people who drink and drive will take effect this year. Karen Stelly lost her son Shawn Lancon three years ago in the hands of a drunk driver. "I have to take something every night or I don't sleep," she said. "I see my son... more »
  • President Signs Jobs Bill

    August 10, 2010 6:05 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law. Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session... more »
  • Congressional bill to send $400M to Louisiana

    August 6, 2010 9:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana stands to receive more than $400 million in new health care and education aid from a pending $26 billion stimulus bill in Congress, but lawmakers and lobbyists sizing up the cash may be disappointed if they're angling for new spending plans. The money will... more »
  • Bill Passed to Prevent Layoffs of Teachers, Police and Other Public Workers

    August 5, 2010 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation long sought by Democrats to prevent layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers, police and other public workers has passed the Senate. The bill would help states and local school boards deal with severe budget problems. It would preserve the jobs of perhaps 300,000 public employees... 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 »
  • Debate on a Bill to Boost Safety Standards for Drilling

    July 30, 2010 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has begun debate on a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills. Democratic leaders hailed the bill as a comprehensive response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and said it would... more »
  • Judge Blocks Arizona's Immigration Law

    July 28, 2010 1:24 PM

    PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown. The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents... more »
  • New Bill Will Divide Offshore Regulators Agency Into 3 Parts

    July 15, 2010 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel has approved legislation that would overhaul the government agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling. The bill would divide the agency into three parts: one for leasing and permitting; another for inspections and investigations; and a third to collect revenue. It also seeks to clamp... more »
  • Fourth Bill To BP

    July 13, 2010 2:59 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it has sent a fourth bill to BP and other parties seeking $99.7 billion for costs related to the response and cleanup of the Gulf oil spill. The administration says three earlier bills, totaling $122.2 million, have been paid in full. The White... more »
  • Bill Passed To Extend Tax Credit to Homebuyers

    June 29, 2010 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill giving homebuyers an extra three months to complete their purchases and still qualify for a generous tax credit. Under current law, homebuyers who signed purchase agreements by April 30 have until Wednesday to close on the sale to qualify for tax... more »
  • Jindal Vetoed Bill That Would Have Made Economic Development Disclose More Info.

    June 24, 2010 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected a bill aimed at getting more information about the numbers of jobs and types of businesses being recruited by the state's economic development office. Jindal vetoed the measure by Chalmette Rep. Nita Hutter on Wednesday, at the urging of his... more »
  • Jindal Signs Abortion Regulation Bill

    June 23, 2010 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's health secretary now has more discretion to shut down an abortion clinic for safety or health concerns. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law Wednesday that gives the head of the Department of Health and Hospitals the ability to quickly suspend a license... more »
  • Jindal Vetoes Econ. Development Reporting Bill

    June 23, 2010 8:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected a bill aimed at getting more information about the numbers of jobs and types of businesses being recruited by the state's economic development office. Jindal vetoed the measure by Chalmette Rep. Nita Hutter on Wednesday, at the urging of his... more »
  • Tucker Denies Deliberate Killing of Lawyer Bill

    June 22, 2010 8:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House Speaker Jim Tucker said Tuesday that last-minute haggling over a bill to let the attorney general use contingency fee contracts for oil spill litigation wasn't designed to kill the bill, as Senate President Joel Chaisson contends. The issue sharply divided the two chambers, with... more »
  • Bill Would Give Subpoena Power to Panel Investigating Oil Spill

    June 22, 2010 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic leaders plan to pass a bill this week that would give subpoena power to the panel investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said House leaders plan to vote on the bill as early as Wednesday and... 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 »
  • 'Contingency Fee' Bill Fails as Session Ends

    June 21, 2010 8:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that would have allowed Louisiana's attorney general to hire outside lawyers on a "contingency fee" basis to handle state government lawsuits arising from the Deepwater Horizon disaster died in the final minutes of the 2010 legislative session. The bill would have allowed law... more »
  • Guns in Church Bill Headed to Jindal

    June 18, 2010 5:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Concealed weapons will be allowed inside some of Louisiana's churches. The House gave final passage to the proposal with a 64-26 vote Thursday, sending the measure to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it. Churches, synagogues and mosques choosing to allow concealed carry will have to... more »
  • Slemco Storm-Rider Charge

    June 16, 2010 6:32 PM

    Slemco costumers are seeing a new charge on their bill. It's called "Gustav-Ike Storm-Rider" and is suppose to help the electric company replenish funds used during those 2008 hurricanes. Communications Manager at Slemco, Mary Laurent, says other electric companies implement charges like this after storms all the time. But,... more »
  • Focus of Contingency Bill Narrowed to Oil Spill

    June 14, 2010 8:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A House committee substantially reworked a bill that would allow Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to hire outside lawyers on contingency - limiting the proposal only to cases related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The measure, passed by the committee without objection, now heads... more »
  • Concealed Weapons In Church Bill Shot Down

    June 8, 2010 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate committee has shot down a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside churches. The bill, which had passed the House in a 74-18 vote, found no support in a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday. The measure by Rep. Henry Burns,... more »
  • Federal Government Is Sending BP A $69 Million Bill

    June 3, 2010 3:18 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the federal government is sending BP a $69 million bill Thursday for costs so far in its response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs says the bill is the first to be sent to the oil company, which... more »
  • More Than $10 Million in Earmarks Added to Budget Bill

    May 30, 2010 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As they cut colleges and charity hospitals, budget-crafters in the House slipped in dollars for local festivals, cattle fences, playgrounds, museums, town fire stations and pages of pet projects in their districts back home. More than $10 million in legislative earmarks were quietly added to... more »
  • Cockfighting Bill

    May 27, 2010 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attending a cockfight could get a person sent to jail, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that is headed to his desk. The House gave final passage to the measure with a 73-13 vote Wednesday. Republican Sen. Danny Martiny, of Kenner, says he... more »
  • Bill Fails: Equal Pay For Men And Women

    May 13, 2010 5:42 PM

    Legislation to help ensure women and men are compensated equally died in a House committee Thursday, marking two years in a row the bill has failed to make it out of the House. Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, said her bill (House Bill 673) would make employers provide equal compensation for... more »
  • Iguana Bill Stalled 8-3 vote

    May 11, 2010 3:41 PM

    A proposal to require caretaker education for anyone who buys an iguana at a pet store had been the subject of jokes in the Capitol, where the razzing extended to the purchase of a temporary pet iguana for the Senate. But on Tuesday, the House Commerce Committee stalled the Senate-approved... more »
  • Bill Would Reverse License Price Hike

    May 11, 2010 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A debate over whether to reverse a $15 increase in the price of a Louisiana driver's license is hitting the state Senate floor. Lawmakers were caught unaware when the Department of Public Safety ordered the increase- and several lawmakers say they should have to approve... 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 »
  • Spill's Effect on Climate Bill

    April 29, 2010 1:55 PM

    Obama administration officials say the Gulf Coast oil rig spill will be considered in the expansion of offshore drilling and will become part of the debate on climate change in Congress. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the cause, still not... more »
  • Bill to be Debated by House to Allow Guns in Church

    April 29, 2010 1:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Concealed weapons would be allowed inside churches, synagogues or mosques - if the religious leaders agree - under a bill headed to the House floor for debate. The measure sponsored by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee in an... more »
  • Bill Would Rewrite Evaluation Process for Public School Teachers

    April 28, 2010 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that would rewrite the evaluation process for public school teachers is headed to debate in the Louisiana House. The proposal would rate teachers in part on student test scores and make it easier to dismiss them if they... more »
  • Bill Would Allow Concealed Handguns Near School Campuses

    April 27, 2010 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that would allow concealed handguns near schoolyards and college campuses was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee after supporters argued the current law is too murky. State law bans concealed handguns within 1,000 feet of a school campus. A proposal (Senate Bill 81)... more »
  • Bill Would Rename & Reorganize Depart. of Social Services

    April 26, 2010 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Department of Social Services would be renamed and reorganized, under a bill that received unanimous approval Monday from the state Senate. The changes would eliminate layers of midlevel management that were targeted by a government streamlining panel as inefficient and unnecessary bureaucracy in the... more »
  • Cyberbullying Bill Proposed in Louisiana

    April 20, 2010 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Harassing or intimidating someone by text message, e-mail or posts on social networking sites like Facebook would be deemed "cyberbullying" and would be a crime under a bill proposed by a Shreveport lawmaker. The House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled... more »
  • Bill Would Ban Texting While Driving

    April 15, 2010 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's ban on text messaging while driving would be toughened, under a bill approved Thursday by the Senate Transportation Committee. Currently, a driver can only be cited for texting while driving if a police officer stops the driver for another alleged violation. Sen. Butch Gautreaux,... more »
  • Proposed Bill May Save Money on Energy

    April 12, 2010 3:18 PM

    One local lawmaker is pushing for a way to make energy costs lower. This session Senator Mike Michot of Lafayette brings his alternative energy bill to the table. "Using the natural flow of the river and harnessing that and converting it into electricity is the general idea," Michot... more »
  • Bill Would Revamp School Board

    April 5, 2010 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge lawmaker is back again this year with his proposals to revamp local school board laws by limiting board members' authority and their elected terms. Republican Rep. Steve Carter of Baton Rouge has tweaked the bills after they... more »
  • Louisiana Legislative Session Begins Today at Noon

    March 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers begin their annual regular session Monday, grappling with a set of deep budget problems and nearly 2,000 pieces of legislation that propose everything from college tuition increases and looser gun restrictions to bans on energy drink sales to... more »
  • Vitter Offers Amendments To Reconciliation Bill

    March 24, 2010 6:42 PM

    From Senator Vitter's Office: U.S. Sen. David Vitter today offered the following amendments to the Senate's health care reconciliation bill. The first of several amendments offered by Vitter would provide for comprehensive prescription drug reform and allow for the reimportation of prescription medicines. "If we are truly serious about health... more »
  • Letters ask Landrieu to oppose Senate bill

    December 17, 2009 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - One day after U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu committed to supporting the Senate health-care bill, 14 Louisiana chambers of commerce and trade associations sent her a letter Wednesday asking her to change her mind. Meanwhile, the White House and U.S. Senate Democrats are continuing to try to woo... more »
  • Healthcare Reform has Employers Concerned

    December 15, 2009 7:14 PM

    Owners of Acadiana Business both big and small, fear what they face if health care reform passes. It could mean everything from paying more for employee insurance to possibly cutting staff to keep up with increasing cost. Small business owners say they have it the worst. In 2007 average... more »
  • Arnaudville man indicted for aggravated kidnapping and burglary

    October 30, 2009 2:14 PM

    From: Earl Taylor, District Attorney OPELOUSAS, LA- The St. Landry Parish Grand Jury reported to and filed the following with the 27th Judicial District Court, Judge Ellis Daigle presiding: 1. A True Bill (indictment) was filed against Calvin James Catalon, 30, Meche Road, Arnaudville, LA., for two counts... more »
  • President to give pay raise to troops

    October 28, 2009 9:28 AM

    Troops are about to get a hefty pay raise. It's contained in a defense bill being signed today (October 28, 2009) by President Obama. The military pay increase of 3-point-4 percent exceeds inflation and is a half-percent more than even the president asked for. The 680-billion dollar package also includes... more »
  • Cleco bills expected to shrink by year's end services

    October 15, 2009 7:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Electricity customers with Cleco Power LLC are expected to see their utility bills drop by the end of the year. That's when the company's Rodemacher 3 power plant goes on line, a petroleum coke-fired generator in central Louisiana that will offer a cheaper... more »

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