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  • Port Allen chief seeks funds for new police cars

    February 10, 2014 8:41 AM

    PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The purchase of vehicles for the Port Allen Police Department will take center stage as the City Council ponders whether to amend the recently adopted 2013-14 budget in order to give Police Chief Esdron Brown more than $200,000 to replace a portion of his distressed... more »
  • UL Band Coming Up Short on Funds for Macy's Parade Trip

    November 1, 2012 11:14 PM

    A week ago, KATC did a story about the UL Marching Band's invitation to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It's an honor only given to ten bands every year and a chance to shine in the national spotlight. But that honor comes with a... more »
  • Rapides restores extracurricular activities funds

    March 8, 2012 10:17 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board is restoring funds for extracurricular activities that had been cut because of budget constraints. The Town Talk reports the school board had cut 15 percent from extracurricular activities before the school year to help make up for a projected budget shortfall.... more »
  • States Called on to Restore Anti-Smoking Funds

    February 25, 2012 11:16 PM

    Steve Panetta smoked for 34 years, the last 10 at a three-pack-a-day clip. He watched his father die from lung cancer and his stepfather struggle with emphysema. He tried quitting six times before a state-funded cessation program helped him beat the habit in 2002. Weekends now find him the guest... more »
  • Residents are Encouraged to Apply for DSNAP Funds Early

    May 10, 2011 12:05 PM

    As Louisiana residents eye the rising Mississippi River, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is encouraging residents to prepare by pre-applying online for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (DSNAP), formerly called Disaster Food Stamps. "Louisiana has not seen a flood threat like this in many... more »
  • Lawmakers to Tackle Contentious Disaster Funds

    April 28, 2011 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - New Orleans Democrats are criticizing the state's handling of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant program to elevate houses that are vulnerable to hurricanes. Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who chairs the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery, will discuss the program in a special meeting of... more »
  • Scientists Fret Over BP Funds for Gulf Research

    April 24, 2011 1:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin.... more »
  • Landlord Charged with Theft of Housing Funds

    April 16, 2011 3:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former landlord from Metairie has been charged with illegally receiving housing subsidies. Federal prosecutors say the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority assigned 71-year-old Jefferson Thompson a tenant whose rent was federally subsidized. A contract barred him from receiving any other government funds to pay for the... more »
  • Casino workers may get oil spill funds

    March 4, 2011 8:08 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The group charged with administrating BP's $20 billion Gulf oil spill fund says it will start processing claims from casino workers next week. Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who oversees the fund, said Friday through a spokeswoman that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will begin processing... more »
  • Late Animal-Lover's Gift Funds Iberia Cat Haven

    December 29, 2010 8:48 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Construction has begun on a new shelter for stray cats in Iberia Parish - funded by the posthumous donation of a local animal lover. The new addition to the Iberia Humane Society shelter is being funded with money left to the shelter by Lawrence Golden... more »
  • FEMA Awards $21 Million in Projects For Louisiana

    October 26, 2010 3:26 PM

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today more than $21.8 million for 12 recovery projects in Louisiana. These federal dollars include the funding for the reconstruction, repair or content replacement for damages associated with hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The 12 projects include: · Facility Planning and Control, State of... more »
  • FEMA Funds $28 Million to Construct Cameron Parish School

    October 14, 2010 6:01 PM

    Hurricane Rita destroyed South Cameron High School in 2005 and today was the school's grand opening ceremony. FEMA has provided more than $28.0 million to the Cameron Parish School Board toward projects relating to this school. KATC's Shawn Kline was there and will share their story at 10.... more »
  • LA Congress 3rd District Campaign Funds

    September 23, 2010 4:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Heading into the homestretch of the Republican runoff campaign in the 3rd Congressional District, New Iberia lawyer Jeff Landry holds a significant money advantage over former Louisiana House Speaker Hunt Downer. Landry led in both raw fundraising totals and had a larger $211,123 account balance... more »
  • LA Will Get $147 Million in Federal Funds to Aid Teachers and Other Educators

    September 14, 2010 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Louisiana will get $147 million in federal funds to aid teachers and other educators. Duncan said Monday that the funds stem from a $26 billion federal bill that backers called a state stimulus measure. The legislation includes a $10... more »
  • BP Tardy with Mental-Health Funds

    August 20, 2010 5:02 PM

    Baton Rouge (August 20, 2010) - BP took far too long to provide funding for Gulf Coast residents suffering mental-health problems after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, two south Louisiana officials said today. Andy Kopplin, New Orleans' deputy mayor and chief administrative officer, told a community-planning summit that BP agreed... more »
  • Elevation Funds Debate

    August 19, 2010 7:45 PM

    Some Vermilion Parish homeowners are struggling with a huge financial decision. Thursday afternoon, The Office of Community Development held a meeting in Abbeville to try to resolve a debate between 540 people across Louisiana and State officials. It all started in 2008, after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, when residents... 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 »
  • Senate Passes Proposal -Tapping Into Protected Funds Easier

    June 2, 2010 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A package of proposals that would make it easier to tap into protected funds, to ease budget cuts, has won passage from the Louisiana Senate. Senate President Joel Chaisson pitched the measures as giving lawmakers and the governor more flexibility to deal with steep budget... more »
  • Safe & Drug Free Schools Program: Funding Cut

    May 19, 2010 6:37 PM

    Another educational program feels the blow of budget cuts. The State's "Safe and Drug Free Schools" Program will not receive federal funding for the upcoming school year. The program has been implemented in Lafayette Parish for over 30 years. Supervisor of the Lafayette Parish program, Maxine Hamilton, says parents... more »
  • Lafayette Man Pleads Guilty To Misapplication Of Bank Funds

    March 30, 2010 5:33 PM

    Christopher P. Smith, 30, of Lafayette, La., pleaded guilty to one count of misapplication of bank fund. Smith embezzled a total of $231,000.00 from Chase Bank Customers Smith was employed at JP Morgan Chase Bank as a personal banker at Chase Bank's Southpark Branch in Lafayette and was... more »
  • Wastewater improvement projects in Louisiana

    December 23, 2009 11:12 AM

    Reinvestment Act stimulus funds for wastewater improvement projects in Louisiana. The following municipalities will receive the funds: · Crowley, Acadia Parish $1,000,000 · Hall Summit, Red River Parish $134,300 · Jackson, East Feliciana Parish $525,232 · Jeanerette, Iberia Parish $250,000 ·... more »
  • La Tech president wants TOPS continuance

    November 19, 2009 8:28 AM

    RUSTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau says he remains a firm supporter of the state's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students or TOPS that pays tuition at in-state schools for high-achieving high school students. The program has come under the spotlight recently after LSU President John Lombardi... more »
  • MMS Disburses $10.68 Billion in FY 2009

    November 18, 2009 10:47 AM

    Funding recipients include states, American Indians, and eligible counties DENVER, CO - The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) today announced that it disbursed more than $10.68 billion in Fiscal Year 2009 from revenues collected from energy and mineral production on Federal and American Indian lands,... more »
  • State Rep. Hardy responds to actions at LPSS meeting

    November 11, 2009 1:45 PM

    Office of State Rep. Rickey Hardy District 44 - Lafayette November 11, 2009 Everyone knows that the education, safety, and welfare of our children here in Lafayette are matters very near and dear to my heart. With that in mind, the hyperbolic statements by Director of Curriculum... more »
  • Flood Walls for E. Broussard Elementary

    November 11, 2009 12:25 PM

    Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Randy Schexnayder is taking his mission to Washington DC. Today, he met with Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter to try to get FEMA funds to build a flood wall for E. Broussard Elementary in Forked Island. After four years of no recess equipment for students,... more »
  • Gov. Jindal Announces a $30 Million Commitment for LSU's New Business Education Complex

    November 5, 2009 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal held a press conference today to make two announcements: a commitment of $30 million in capital outlay funds for LSU's new business education complex and $303.7 million in collections for the 2009 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program, surpassing initial estimates for collections. $30 Million... more »
  • Louisiana to Receive More than $7 Million for Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects

    November 3, 2009 2:26 PM

    State Agencies ($3.84 million total, approximately $350,000 awarded to each state): ·Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs ·Idaho Office of Energy Resources Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence ·Louisiana State Energy ·Maryland Energy Administration ·Minnesota Department of Commerce ·Mississippi Development Authority-Energy... more »
  • Allen Parish police jurors vote to cut jobs

    October 27, 2009 1:58 PM

    OBERLIN, La. (AP) - The Allen Parish Police Jury has voted to eliminate 10 road crew positions and cut funds to various agencies in a bid to save the parish more than $550,000 through 2010. Jury President Sonny Weatherford said on Monday the cannot operate without a balanced budget. Parish... more »
  • St. Landry Parish wants training facility

    October 26, 2009 8:02 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish is in line to receive $12.7 million in federal hurricane mitigation funds, and the single largest project it hopes to fund will be a multi-agency training center. Opelousas Fire Chief Lee Cahanin said $1.5 million set aside by the parish will get it... more »

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