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  • Judge won't dismiss ex-ATC commissioner's lawsuit

    January 14, 2014 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has refused to throw out former Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter's claim that the state Office of Inspector General defamed him in a scathing 2011 report. The Advocate reports Judge Janice Clark on Monday refused to dismiss the... more »
  • Commissioner wants 'swag, not sag' in Caddo

    October 15, 2012 9:26 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Eight months after dropping his proposed sagging pants ban from the Caddo Commission agenda, Commissioner Michael Williams has revived the ordinance. This time, it's a resolution encouraging businesses to adopt dress codes banning the wearing of pajamas and traditional sleepwear in their establishments. The Times reports... more »
  • Commissioner: OMV aims to cut wait times

    October 12, 2012 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The commissioner of the Office of Motor Vehicles says he is visiting all 82 offices statewide as part of a bid to improve efficiency. The Advocate reports Stephen Campbell, who took the job earlier this year, made the comment in response to criticism about wait... more »
  • LHA Board to go back to work, is it legal?

    September 28, 2010 7:40 PM

    Three ousted Lafayette Housing Authority commissioners say they're going back to work for HUD. A district judge decided former commissioners Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman should remain board members until their appeals process is completed. It's all summed-up an 80-page judgement. After reading the judgement, former city attorney... more »
  • 4 Apply for LA. Higher Ed Commissioner Job

    August 25, 2010 8:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Four candidates have applied so far to be Louisiana's new higher education commissioner, but the Board of Regents hasn't yet worked out a salary range for the job with lawmakers, who must approve the amount. The board, which governs public higher education in Louisiana, hopes... more »
  • Housing Commissioners ousted after audit

    August 18, 2010 7:45 PM

    Three Housing Authority commissioners received a letter in the mail. It told them they are no longer to report to commission meetings and will no longer be needed by the Housing Authority. The letter was signed by Parish President Joey Durel. The move comes after an audit discovered "mishandled... more »
  • Former LA ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter Being Investigated

    August 18, 2010 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State investigators have searched the office and vehicle of recently resigned Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter. The investigators' application for a warrant indicated they were seeking evidence that Painter had stalked and harassed a former employee. A computer and two thumb drives portable... more »
  • LA Will Not Hire an Interim Higher Ed. Commissioner

    August 17, 2010 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Regents won't be hiring an interim higher education commissioner. Instead, the day-to-day duties of overseeing the college management boards will fall to four Regents board members and senior staff who work for the board. That decision was made Tuesday by the board... more »
  • Lawmakers question higher ed commissioner salary

    August 10, 2010 9:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The chairmen of the Legislature's budget committee have raised concerns about the pay package for Louisiana's interim higher education commissioner, who started on the job earlier this month but still faces salary approval from lawmakers. Tom Layzell's compensation includes a monthly base pay of $25,000,... more »
  • Interim Commissioner Of Higher Education

    July 8, 2010 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana could have an interim commissioner of higher education next week and the position should be permanently filled in October, according to a tentative timeline approved Wednesday. The Louisiana Board of Regents also is moving forward with plans to hire a national headhunter firm to... more »
  • Commissioner of Higher Ed. Getting Paid $515,625 This Year

    May 20, 2010 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - While Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen plans to sharply cut her salary in the upcoming budget year, her compensation this year has increased because she retired and was rehired for the job. The Times-Picayune reports Clausen quietly retired in August from the $425,000-a-year position.... more »
  • Commissioner of Higher Education: Voluntarily Cutting Her Pay

    April 26, 2010 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's commissioner of higher education is voluntarily cutting her pay by more than half in the upcoming budget year, as colleges have been hit with several rounds of cuts. Sally Clausen is reducing her salary from $377,000 a year to $199,000. And she won't take... more »
  • State Government offices closed Friday in 42 Parishes

    February 12, 2010 8:44 AM

    Due to winter weather conditions, Commissioner Angele Davis announced that state government offices will be closed Friday, February 12th, 2010, in the following parishes: Ascension; Iberville; Livingston; Pointe Coupee; East Feliciana; West Baton Rouge; East Baton Rouge; West Feliciana; St. Landry; Evangeline; Avoyelles; Catahoula; Concordia; Grant; LaSalle; Natchitoches; Rapides;... more »
  • Commissioner Donelon: Chinese Drywall help available

    November 24, 2009 10:34 AM

    Commissioner Donelon Says Help Available For Victims of Chinese Drywall Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon held a press conference today (November 23, 2009) to announce help for home owners whose properties are contaminated with defective Chinese drywall. Donelon said many home owners in Louisiana are vacating their homes after... more »

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