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  • Kinder council considers golf carts on streets

    June 7, 2014 1:02 PM

    KINDER, La. (AP) - Residents could soon be cruising around town on golf carts if Kinder's Town Council approves a plan to allow the use of street-legal golf carts and other slow-speed vehicles on town streets. Mayor Estes LeDoux tells The American Press the idea was brought mainly for the... more »
  • La. College considers new contract for Aguillard

    March 3, 2014 10:41 AM

    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Joe Aguillard could soon receive a contract extension to remain at the private Baptist school in Pineville. Tommy French, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana college Board of Trustees, tells The Town Talk began working on Agulliard's contract last week. French says the executive... more »
  • Iberville Parish considers saggy pants ban

    February 20, 2014 7:18 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - People in Iberville Parish are considering a proposed ban on saggy pants. WAFB-TV reports parish leaders introduced the measure at Tuesday night's council meeting. There are a number of towns and parishes all over Louisiana that have made a similar move, including the city of Plaquemine... more »
  • Axiall considers La. for $3 billion ethane plant

    December 20, 2013 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Axiall Corp. says it's considering building a $3 billion ethane cracker and chemical plant somewhere in Louisiana. The Atlanta-based chemical manufacturer says it could make a decision sometime early next year. Axiall would invest $1 billion of its own money, while an unnamed partner would... more »
  • Jefferson Davis Parish considers tax for new jail

    December 12, 2013 9:06 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish would reach its sales tax limits if the police jury calls for an additional half cent sales for maintenance of a new parish jail. The American Press reports the measure could go before voters in May. Bonding attorney Thomas Barrett told the police... more »
  • Lafayette board considers hiring private lawyer

    November 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - If the Lafayette Parish School Board votes Wednesday to dismiss the District Attorney's Office as its general counsel, it may hire the firm now handling the majority of its legal work. The Advocate reports board member Greg Awbrey has proposed hiring the firm Hammonds, Sills, Adkins... more »
  • Ascension considers getting into utility business

    May 20, 2013 10:16 AM

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish government officials, already trying to pull together the early pieces of a parish-wide sewer system, also have been investigating the possibility of getting into the natural gas and water business. The Advocate reports Parish President Tommy Martinez has been meeting with an economic development... more »
  • Lafayette recreation dept. considers fee increase

    October 5, 2012 10:41 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department is seeking fee increases for facility rentals and athletic programs that could bring in an extra $180,000 a year to help close a budget gap. The City-Parish Council is set to vote Oct. 16 on the proposal, which comes as... more »
  • Board considers reinstatement of supply allowance

    October 2, 2012 9:18 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The finance committee of the Ouachita Parish School Board will recommend the board reinstate a $75 classroom supply allowance for teachers, despite the $98,000 cost to the district. The News-Star reports the supply allowance was one of many items that were cut or suspended to allow... more »
  • LSU Board considers consolidating jobs, system

    August 19, 2012 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Consultants helping Louisiana State University find a new system president have presented three possible ways to develop the system, including two that would consolidate the jobs of system president and chancellor of the flagship Baton Rouge campus. One would gradually merge facilities such as the... more »
  • Jennings considers pay raise for future mayors

    May 10, 2012 9:55 AM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The Jennings City Council is considering raising the annual pay of future mayors from $52,000 to $65,000. A public hearing on the proposal will be held June 12. Council President Stevie VanHook tells the American Pres s the current mayor's salary is considerably lower for the... more »
  • St. Landry board considers options for insurance

    April 12, 2012 10:36 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish School Board has voted to begin receiving quotes for the district's property, casualty and liability insurance coverage. The Advocate reports board attorney Gerard Caswell recommended Wednesday that school system officials request paying the insurance premiums incrementally rather than in one annual payment... more »
  • Monroe mayor considers shift in airport oversight

    April 11, 2012 9:22 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo is considering a shift in oversight for the Monroe Regional Airport. Currently, the airport is under the city's Department of Public Works. The News-Star reports that Mayo may move the airport under his executive division. Mayo said he's already talked with Public... more »
  • Budget committee considers central La. prison sale

    April 10, 2012 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The House's budget committee is set to decide whether to support a Jindal administration plan to sell a central Louisiana prison to a private operator. A similar proposal was killed by the Appropriations Committee last year. But the panel has several new members who are... more »
  • East Feliciana panel considers lower fine

    March 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury is considering a revision in its address-sign ordinance to lower the fine for not installing the required signs. The Advocate reports the police jury is scheduled to vote on the ordinance Tuesday. The ordinance, similar to others across the country,... more »
  • DeQuincy considers modifying alcohol ordinance

    March 12, 2012 8:56 AM

    DeQUINCY, La. (AP) - DeQuincy City Council members may soon consider modifying a nearly 80-year-old ordinance limiting the sale of alcohol within the city limits. At the council meeting last week, The American Press reports the owner Comeaux's Cajun Gold, a local restaurant, asked the council to consider increasing the... more »
  • Amtrak, TxDOT considers DFW-to-Shreveport train

    March 2, 2012 7:13 AM

    MARSHALL, Texas (AP) - Amtrak and Texas transportation officials are studying starting passenger rail service from Dallas-Fort Worth to Shreveport-Bossier City, La. In a joint statement, Amtrak and the Texas Department of Transportation said they've agreed on the scope of a feasibility study of adding the service. Amtrak already runs... more »
  • Baton Rouge considers cashless parking meters

    January 30, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge may replace its 450 parking meters with cashless meters. Public Works Director William Daniel tells The Advocate that a lot of people don't carry change, and the city wants to provide other choices. Cashless parking meters have been popping up in cities across... more »
  • Panel considers state employee evaluation revamp

    November 3, 2011 6:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State employees may face a new job evaluation system. The Civil Service Commission voted 6-0 Wednesday to move ahead with a revamp of the evaluations, without linking it to a new pay raise schedule. The Times-Picayune reports the commission's vote clears the way for its... more »
  • St. James considers Go Zone bonds for Nucor

    June 17, 2011 10:54 AM

    VACHERIE, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Council has unanimously agreed to consider a proposed ordinance authorizing issuance and sale of up to $35 million in parish GO Zone revenue bonds to steel producer Nucor Corp. Late last year, the Parish Council agreed to issue $600 million in GO... more »
  • Walker considers dangerous-dog rule

    June 15, 2011 9:53 AM

    WALKER, La. (AP) - The Walker Board of Aldermen has agreed to put to a vote a newly proposed ordinance defining and setting up control laws for keeping "dangerous and vicious dogs." According to the proposal accepted Monday by the board and headed for a public hearing and final vote... more »
  • Jindal considers several ideas to fill budget gap

    December 9, 2010 9:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said he's considering the sale of state prisons, office buildings and future lottery proceeds to create upfront cash to patch holes in next year's budget. Jindal floated the ideas Thursday in a closed-door meeting with top lawmakers, as the governor weighs how... more »
  • Education board considers new biology textbooks

    December 7, 2010 9:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's education board is considering whether to approve new high school biology textbooks for public school students, in a debate tied up in complaints about the teaching of evolution. Critics of the books have said they fail to explain the many scientific challenges to... more »
  • Louisiana Port Considers Legal Action Against Casino

    October 26, 2010 11:25 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Port of Lake Charles is prepared to take legal action to force Pinnacle Entertainment to give up its hold on what was to be the site of the Sugarcane Bay casino-resort. The port board voted 5-0 Monday to have the agency's staff use legal... more »
  • Parish Considers Revamping Animal Control

    October 25, 2010 12:27 PM

    NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - Eighteen months after three dogs killed a Morganza toddler, the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury is set to overhaul the parish's animal control ordinance. On Tuesday, police jurors are expected to begin debating whether to assign fees to owners of potentially dangerous dogs, levy fines... more »
  • Senate Considers Tapping "Rainy Day" Fund

    April 21, 2010 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The haggling between the House, Senate and the governor's office over the best way to rebalance this year's budget and close a $319 million gap began Wednesday, when a Senate committee suggested lawmakers should consider tapping the "rainy day" fund. Without objection, the Senate Finance... more »

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