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  • Auditor finds issues with higher ed finances

    December 31, 2013 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office found problems with higher education's accounting skills. The Advocate reports the state auditor focused on Baton Rouge Community College, Southern University Law Center and the University of New Orleans in reports released to the public Monday. The community college had... more »
  • Former La. lawmaker leaves higher education board

    June 15, 2012 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A member of Louisiana's top higher education board left the job Friday, saying repeated budget cuts to colleges have left him too frustrated and cynical to continue in the position. Vic Stelly, a former lawmaker from Lake Charles, sent an email to members of the... more »
  • State higher education spending sees big decline

    January 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - State funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday. Overall, spending declined by some $6 billion, or nearly 8 percent, over the past year, according to the annual... more »
  • FedEx Earns, Drop in Claims Push Stocks Higher

    December 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Strong earnings from FedEx and a sharp drop in claims for unemployment benefits pushed stocks slightly higher in early trading Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 55 points, or 0.5 percent, to 11,879 at 11 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow lost 360 points over the... more »
  • 116 Higher costs found for I-49 extension

    December 12, 2011 11:53 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport newspaper's review of costs associated with the three most complete sections of the Interstate 49 North extension in Louisiana finds at least $8 million in extra expenses, often because of planning errors. The sections at issue are part of a 36-mile extension of the... more »
  • Higher Education Budget Cuts

    October 18, 2010 7:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the state Senate's education committee said Monday he supports temporary tax increases or delays in tax breaks to stop budget cuts to public colleges and other educational programs. Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he favors a reversal of tax breaks for... more »
  • Outside firm hired for higher ed search

    September 22, 2010 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Regents chose a search firm Wednesday to look for Louisiana's next higher education commissioner. The board, which governs public higher education in Louisiana, picked Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., a Florida-based company, to recruit candidates for the job. Greenwood estimated the work will... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • TOXIC VAPORS IN OIL CLEANUP AREAS AT 20-72 TIMES HIGHER THAN EPA RECCOMENDED LEVELS

    July 22, 2010 11:34 AM

    Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Attorney Stuart Smith, representing commercial fishermen, environmental groups, public entities and businesses throughout the Gulf Coast states impacted by the DEEPWATER HORIZON catastrophe issued the following statement with toxicologist Dr. William Sawyer: "The EPA is showing toluene and benzene levels appearing 20 to 30 times... 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 »
  • Barnes & Noble 4Q Loss Widens on Higher Expenses

    June 28, 2010 8:56 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Barnes & Noble says its fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened as it invests in electronic book technology. It also forecast first-quarter earnings below expectations. The largest U.S. traditional bookseller says it lost $32 million, or 58 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $2.7 million,... 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 »

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