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  • Jindal orders state help to fix road through SU

    July 19, 2014 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the state transportation department to help fix a main road through the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge. The road has been unusable for nearly a month. The New Orleans Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1n1zqTn ) E.C. Harrison Road gave way when... more »
  • Jindal says rebellion brewing against Washington

    June 22, 2014 12:18 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for "a hostile takeover" of the nation's capital. Jindal spoke at the... more »
  • Jindal OKs 6-year driver's license renewal

    June 21, 2014 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana will have a six-year driver's license. Currently, drivers must renew their licenses in the state every four years. A bill by Republican Sen. Dan Claitor, of Baton Rouge, changes the renewal period to six years. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill Friday. The change... more »
  • Jindal signs ethics exemption for former senator

    June 1, 2014 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to carve out a special ethics exemption for a former state senator, allowing the ex-lawmaker to lobby the Legislature even though his brother is currently in the Senate. Jindal's office announced the bill signing this weekend, and it became law... more »
  • Jindal agrees to toughen La. cockfighting ban

    June 1, 2014 3:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's ban on cockfighting will mirror similar laws that prohibit dogfighting in the state. Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill by New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell, a Democrat. It becomes law Aug. 1, closing loopholes that existed in the 2008 law that prohibits cockfighting.... more »
  • Jindal vetoes surrogate birth rights bill

    May 31, 2014 8:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill to set out the legal rights of adoptive parents, child and surrogate mother when a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for someone else. He says legislators worked out some questions that prompted his veto of... more »
  • Jindal moves away from Common Core standards

    April 5, 2014 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After months of sidestepping questions on whether Louisiana should continue its use of the Common Core standards, Gov. Bobby Jindal has edged into the legislative debate, saying the state should develop its own education benchmarks. But people on both sides of the disagreement are wondering... more »
  • Jindal outlines session priorities

    March 7, 2014 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said aligning Louisiana's educational systems to state workforce needs will be his main priority for the legislative session that begins Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, the Republican governor outlined items he's pushing with lawmakers during the three-month session, including... more »
  • Former Jindal chief of staff becoming a lobbyist

    March 6, 2014 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's former chief of staff, Paul Rainwater, says he's opening his own lobbying and consulting firm. Rainwater left the Jindal administration this week after serving most recently as chief of staff. Prior to that job, he had worked for the Republican governor as... more »
  • Flood board nominating panel eyes Jindal bills

    March 6, 2014 7:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board - a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies - is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence. Thursday's agenda for the panel's meeting in New Orleans... more »
  • Jindal defends criticism of Obama economic policy

    February 26, 2014 9:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his harsh criticism of President Barack Obama within yards of the Oval Office, saying "in America we don't have a king." The Republican was criticized by a Democratic governor Monday after Jindal emerged with others from a meeting with Obama and said... more »
  • Family Fighting Jindal's Veto

    June 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Governor Jindal is coming under fire after vetoing four million dollars from next year's budget that would have expanded a program for the developmentally disabled. Jindal says the state can't afford to expand the new opportunity waiver, or "NOW." The program provides residential support, community integration and development as... more »
  • More Details Emerge on UMC, LGMC Partnership

    January 24, 2013 6:44 PM

    Cuts were announced a year ago at University Medical Center. Because of those budget cuts, UMC was set to lose 22-point-five-million-dollars and 173 jobs. In December, Lafayette General Medical Center stepped in announcing a partnership to avoid those cuts. Thursday, a healthcare panel answered questions from the House... more »
  • Violence Shelters Bracing for Cuts

    January 7, 2013 6:21 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal is coming under fire for cutting the budgets of battered women's shelters. Funding for family violence prevention and intervention programs was cut by nearly one-million-dollars--that's a 16-percent reduction. The goal is to try and close a 166-million dollar mid-year budget deficit. The Jindal administration says the... more »
  • Jindal pitches outsourcing to school board members

    November 8, 2012 5:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is seeking to rally support from local school boards in his push to outsource a public employee health insurance plan. The Jindal administration says it sent out a letter this week to school board members, describing the nearly $7 million in savings... more »
  • Jindal backs $100M LSU engineering complex

    October 3, 2012 6:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports the state paying for half of a new $100 million engineering education complex at LSU's flagship campus in Baton Rouge. Jindal announced Tuesday that he'll include the $50 million proposal in the state's annual construction budget, when he proposes... more »
  • Jindal orders flags at half-staff for 9/11

    September 11, 2012 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In recognition of the anniversary of Sept. 11, Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset. Jindal's executive order says the move Tuesday is "an expression of respect for Louisiana's fallen civilian and service... more »
  • Plantation Elementary receives interactive technology

    August 23, 2012 1:00 PM

    August 23 - The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana's Children is proud to announce the award of interactive technology to Plantation Elementary. The Foundation, with Cox Communications and charter partner, Walmart, has awarded one interactive whiteboard system to Plantation Elementary. The award package includes the following: a laptop, a Promethean... more »
  • Jindal heads to Colorado for speaker series

    August 1, 2012 5:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling to Colorado to mingle with other prominent Republican governors who are among those mentioned as potential running mates for Mitt Romney. Jindal is scheduled Wednesday evening to be part of a speaker series with GOP governors hosted by The Aspen... more »
  • Jindal traveling to Iowa to stump for Romney

    July 26, 2012 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to Iowa to tout Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said the Louisiana governor will travel to Iowa on Thursday for the Romney campaign events. The appearances are certain to continue speculation that Jindal is a contender... more »
  • Jindal sent to Ohio, Pennsylvania to rebut Obama

    July 5, 2012 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - To offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama, Republicans are dispatching Gov. Bobby Jindal to some of the same towns Obama is touring in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Jindal is a potential vice presidential nominee for Republican Mitt Romney. Obama is departing Thursday on a two-day... more »
  • Jindal signs roadside pet sale ban into law

    June 13, 2012 7:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The sale of dogs and cats will be banned from roadsides, flea markets, public parks and public playgrounds. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Tuesday the prohibition included in a bill by Jefferson Parish Rep. Tony Ligi. Violation will carry up to a $250 fine... more »
  • Jindal Vetoes Public School Donation Tax Break

    June 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill that would have created a tax rebate for donations to public schools. House Bill 1106 would have created a tax rebate for those who give to low-performing schools. The size of the rebate would have depended on the school's performance grade. Jindal wrote... more »
  • Jindal signs private school tuition tax break

    May 8, 2012 6:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that creates a new tax break program that will give rebates for donations to voucher programs that allow students to attend private schools. Jindal says it will give children in failing public schools more opportunities to... more »
  • Jindal administration: No estimate for budget hole

    April 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says he doesn't know how large a hole is left in next year's budget because of changes made to the governor's retirement proposals. Jindal's asking lawmakers to push back the retirement age and boost their pension costs for rank-and-file... more »
  • Jindal asked to remove prisoners from isolation

    April 18, 2012 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An international human rights organization is calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to end four decades of solitary confinement for two former Black Panthers convicted of murdering a Louisiana prison guard. Sixty-five-year-old Albert Woodfox and 70-year-old Herman Wallace were serving unrelated sentences for armed robbery in... 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 »
  • Jindal retirement revamp gets Senate panel backing

    April 17, 2012 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It was a battle of legal opinions as the Senate Retirement Committee combed through Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to push back the retirement age for about 50,000 rank-and-file state workers and public college employees and to charge them more for their pensions. Without objection... more »
  • Jindal heading to New Mexico later this month

    April 17, 2012 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Secure in his second term, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is continuing to help other Republican candidates and organizations with their fundraising efforts. Jindal is scheduled to attend an April 27 luncheon to raise dollars for the Republican Party of New Mexico. An invitation... more »
  • Senate panel Oks Jindal education bills

    March 30, 2012 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Complex legislation that paves the way to more easily create public charter schools and establishes a statewide private school voucher system - key parts of the governor's education package - was unanimously approved by a state Senate committee on Thursday. The measure also curbs local... more »
  • LSU officials: Jindal budget means hospital cuts

    March 28, 2012 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Leaders of LSU's public hospital system said Tuesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget overestimates revenue for its hospitals and clinic network next year and that the system would have to impose cuts to close a multi-million dollar funding gap. University hospital officials told the House... more »
  • Jindal declares emergency after tornadoes, floods

    March 22, 2012 6:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Wednesday after strong thunderstorms dumped up to 15 inches of rain and sparked tornadoes throughout Louisiana. No serious injuries were reported. The governor's declaration came after nine Louisiana parishes issued similar orders. Acadia, Beauregard, Claiborne, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches,... more »
  • Jindal inauguration rings in at $379,000

    March 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal spent about $379,000 on his inaugural events in January. The spending, filed in an expense report with the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, came from Jindal's campaign account, which contains nearly $4 million after tallying his election and inauguration expenses. Much of the... more »
  • Jindal, wife donate 1,000 pounds of food

    March 9, 2012 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A canned food drive by Gov. Bobby Jindal and his wife, Supriya, has yielded more than 1,000 pounds of food that will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The drive occurred during the governor's inauguration and over the Christmas holiday season. The... more »
  • Jindal out-of-state travel costs LSP $175,000

    March 8, 2012 6:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled around the country in his first term, the Louisiana State Police spent more to provide protection services for the Republican governor's out-of-state political and fundraising travel than for out-of-state work trips. That's according to an Associated Press analysis of expense... more »
  • Jindal revisits ban on sex offenders from Facebook

    March 2, 2012 6:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is again attempting to ban certain sex offenders from Facebook and other social networking sites, backing legislation Thursday that would rewrite a state law declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. Jindal said the prohibition is among anti-crime bills he's pushing in the... more »
  • Jindal Administration, LSU Spar Over Cuts

    February 11, 2012 1:37 PM

    LSU calls the $34 million slashed from its public hospitals for the uninsured a consequence of Gov. Bobby Jindal's midyear budget cuts. Jindal administration leaders call the deep reductions the result of shoddy management and overspending by LSU. The chemical detox unit and psychiatric beds in New Orleans, pediatric care... more »
  • Jindal presses for resignation of union leader

    February 3, 2012 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has called on the executive director of a Louisiana education employees union to resign. At issue is a dispute between Jindal and the Louisiana Association of Educators over the governor's bid to allow children in poor-performing schools to attend private schools with... more »
  • Jindal praises Perry after Texas gov. leaves race

    January 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal praised Texas Gov. Rick Perry after Perry bowed out of the Republican race for president on Thursday, calling Perry a "close friend and a great governor." Jindal endorsed Perry last September. In a statement, Jindal praised Perry and the people of Texas... more »
  • Jindal outlines his education agenda Tuesday

    January 17, 2012 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After months of behind-the-scenes meetings, Gov. Bobby Jindal is unveiling his education proposals for the upcoming regular session, the centerpiece of his legislative agenda this year. Jindal has repeatedly said he wants to give more choice to children in failing schools. He is expected to... more »
  • Gov. Jindal begins 2nd term in office Monday

    January 9, 2012 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is beginning his second term in office with a focus on education and a pledge not to rest on the accomplishments of his first four years. Jindal will be sworn in Monday at the Old State Capitol, in a ceremony overshadowed by... more »
  • LHS Band Will Play Huge Gig

    January 6, 2012 7:18 PM

    The nationally acclaimed Lafayette High School Band will play a pretty big gig Monday morning. The Lafayette High School Band has received top honors, traveling all over the country. Monday, they'll add to their list of accomplishments Governor Bobby Jindal's inauguration. "We just really consider it an extreme honor... more »
  • Jindal opposes proposal to cap TOPS grants

    January 5, 2012 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal said he'll oppose any efforts to limit grants in the state's free college tuition program called TOPS, a recommendation backed by a higher education study panel earlier this week. The Governance Commission suggested a restructuring of TOPS, to give all students a... more »
  • Jindal stumps for GOP candidate Rick Perry in Iowa

    January 3, 2012 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal was spending the last hours leading to the Iowa caucuses in the state making his pitch for Texas Gov. Rick Perry's candidacy for the GOP nomination. Jindal headed to Iowa on Monday. The Louisiana governor's office says Jindal traveled to multiple campaign... more »
  • Jindal Snubs Acadiana Representative, Influences Leadership Votes

    October 26, 2011 7:02 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal made his endorsements for House and Senate leaders, giving the snub to one Acadiana law maker. The Governor's endorsements came early this year, with one-fifth of the legislature still undecided because of runoff elections. "The timing of this seems very odd. One would think Jindal... more »
  • Jindal: 2nd Amendment tax holiday nears

    August 25, 2011 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Next weekend, hunters and campers can take advantage of a state sales tax holiday on items they regularly use like guns and ammunition. Gov. Bobby Jindal says the exemption weekend is a "great opportunity for all hunters and campers to save money on the equipment... more »
  • Jindal orders flags at half-staff

    August 9, 2011 9:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday in remembrance of two Louisiana Navy Seals killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. Lt. Com. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert James Reeves, both of... more »
  • Jindal raises nearly $11,000 a day during campaign

    August 2, 2011 6:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has raised money at a rate of $10,752 per day since the start of his term in 2008, and spent an average of $4,195 per day since then toward the goal of winning re-election. A review of campaign finance records by The... more »
  • Jindal reports $8.8M in his campaign account

    July 26, 2011 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's lone Democratic opponent, a north Louisiana schoolteacher, raised a paltry $3,600 in the latest fundraising quarter and had less than $1,000 on hand, while the incumbent governor reported Monday having $8.8 million to spend on the race. Jindal has yet to... more »
  • Jindal signs bath salt ban into Louisiana law

    July 14, 2011 5:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A ban on chemicals sold as bath salts and herbal incense, but snorted like cocaine or smoked like marijuana has been signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal outlawed a half-dozen chemicals sold as bath salts or plant food in a January executive order,... more »
  • Jindal vetoes tax break for car dealer

    July 5, 2011 5:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A lawmaker says he is surprised that Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill that would have allowed a car dealership to claim a tax break it had missed out on. Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, I-Thibodaux, says his bill had no opposition when passed this year.... more »
  • Jindal signs bill to clarify drinking law on boats

    June 30, 2011 6:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Boaters who are under the age of 21 and drinking illegally will now be subject to public possession laws. The governor signed the measure Wednesday. Sponsors of the bill in the just-ended legislative session said it was designed to clarify that existing underage drinking prohibitions... more »
  • Sen. Vitter publicly endorses Jindal

    June 29, 2011 9:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is supporting his fellow GOP state leader, Gov. Bobby Jindal, in his re-election bid - in sharp contrast to Jindal's refusal to publicly back the scandal-plagued Vitter a year ago in his Senate race. Vitter was releasing an email to... more »
  • Jindal backs probation and parole fee hikes in La.

    June 29, 2011 6:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Probation and parole fees are going up in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law Tuesday a package of fee hikes sponsored by Belle Chasse Rep. Ernest Wooton to raise costs on probationers and parolees. The general probation and parole fees will be boosted by... more »
  • Jindal: CenturyLink to expand with new jobs

    June 28, 2011 10:17 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Gov Bobby Jindal says Monroe based-CenturyLink will announce a major expansion, adding hundreds of local jobs and an addition to its campus on U.S. Highway 165 North. Jindal, who said the state provided incentives to help facilitate the expansion, tells The News-Star he will be in... more »
  • Construction decision-making left to Jindal

    June 24, 2011 6:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A multiyear construction budget got the backing of state lawmakers who are giving the governor's office decision-making power over which new projects actually advance in the next fiscal year. Louisiana has a cap on annual borrowing that limits spending on construction projects to $340 million... more »
  • Jindal, lawmakers compromise on cigarette tax

    June 23, 2011 5:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Westwego senator has agreed to accept the cigarette tax renewal that the House tacked onto his proposal to fund a popular college scholarship program. The compromise is expected to bring to a close one of the most contentious battles of the legislative session, all... more »
  • LA Senate Debates $25B Budget on Sunday

    June 19, 2011 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana senators are taking their turn at crafting a $25 billion budget for next year, with fewer cuts than the House sought. The full Senate is scheduled to debate the spending plan Sunday afternoon. Senate leaders are hoping they can sway the House on their... more »
  • Jindal urges hospital board to review all options

    June 14, 2011 9:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is encouraging the board overseeing a new public medical center planned for New Orleans to look at different options, opening the door to scale back a $1.2 billion proposal under pressure from fellow GOP leaders. Jindal asked University Medical Center board... more »
  • Jindal vetoes 4-cent cigarette tax renewal

    June 14, 2011 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal rejected a 4-cent cigarette tax renewal Monday night, setting up a showdown with lawmakers over whether they will override a gubernatorial veto for the first time in 18 years. The governor had said for days that he would veto the legislation by... more »
  • Vitter pushes alternative to Jindal hospital plan

    June 10, 2011 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter and other statewide elected officials on Thursday pitched an $800 million New Orleans teaching and research hospital that they say would cost less and offer a more manageable model than the one fellow Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal supports. Vitter, House Speaker... more »
  • Jindal prisons sale rejected by House budget panel

    June 7, 2011 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to privatize and sell several Louisiana prisons failed to pass the House budget committee Monday in a blow to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had lobbied aggressively for the idea. The Appropriations Committee voted 13-12 against Jindal's proposal. It came after hours of testimony... more »
  • Jindal's prisons sale bill up for first hearing

    June 6, 2011 10:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One of Gov. Bobby Jindal's key financial intiatives, the proposed sale of three Louisiana prisons, gets its first legislative hearing. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear the bill Monday after months of public debate since the governor proposed the idea as a way... more »
  • Jindal Says He'll Veto Cigarette Tax Within Days

    June 4, 2011 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's not changing his mind: He intends to veto a 4-cent per pack cigarette tax renewal passed by Louisiana lawmakers. Jindal received the bill this week and said he will reject it within the 10 days he has before the renewal... more »
  • More Jobs Coming to Iberia Parish

    May 31, 2011 7:47 PM

    In Iberia Parish, Governor Jindal announced more jobs are coming to the area. More jobs will be available because Carbo Ceramics Company is expanding by creating a plant in New Iberia. The company's plant will produce ceramic propant which is used when recovering oil and gas. Jindal says the project... more »
  • Jindal Budget Criticism Comes from GOP

    May 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The opposition party isn't the only one giving Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal fits these days. It's his own GOP. Conventional wisdom would have suggested Republican takeovers of both the House and Senate would have given Jindal an easier path for passage of his legislative agenda... more »
  • LA Regular Legislative Session Begins Monday

    April 24, 2011 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Weary lawmakers still smarting from angry battles over the drawing of their political districts return to the Louisiana Capitol on Monday to take up the difficult task of balancing next year's budget. The two-month regular session will be jam-packed with tough decisions on whether to... more »
  • Congressional Redistricting: What it Means for Acadiana

    April 14, 2011 12:02 AM

    With a few hours to spare in the special session, state lawmakers reached a compromise on congressional redistricting that would shrink the state's seven districts down to six. "It's probably not the best situation, but knowing that we were going down to the number six, the most important and... more »
  • Landrieu Opposes UNO-SUNO Merger

    March 27, 2011 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu has joined the ranks of those opposed to merging Southern University at New Orleans and the University of New Orleans. In an article for publication in The Louisiana Weekly's April 4 issue, Landrieu says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to combine the universities was... more »
  • Jindal proposes to write bath salt ban into law

    March 18, 2011 8:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to put his ban on fake bath salts into law. In a January emergency order, the governor outlawed a half-dozen dangerous chemicals sold as fake bath salts and plant food. On Thursday, the governor's office announced he would back legislation, sponsored... more »
  • Jindal campaign, book travel costs taxpayers

    March 16, 2011 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As Gov. Bobby Jindal crisscrossed the country this fall to promote his book, stump for out-of-state candidates and raise campaign cash, part of the cost was being picked by Louisiana's taxpayers. While the Republican governor's campaign account or those hosting events cover his expenses for... more »
  • Tuition Hikes Worry Louisiana Students

    March 14, 2011 11:50 PM

    Criticism quickly followed Governor Bobby Jindal's newly released budget plan. One red flag is tuition hikes for Louisiana colleges. Included in Jindal's new budget is a spending provision of $98 million dollars which Jindal hopes state colleges will get through tuition hikes. "I don't like it, I really... more »
  • Governor Jindal Reveals State Budget

    March 11, 2011 7:35 PM

    Negotiations with Governor Jindal and state legislators are underway about the state's budget. Jindal revealed a 250 page plan this morning. Democratic State Senator, Eric Lafleur, said the governor's proposed budget's looks nice, but isn't very realistic. He said, "I think what the members were expecting not to have these... more »
  • Gov. Jindals Budget for Higher Ed, K-12, Health Care

    March 10, 2011 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal said he is submitting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that does not raise taxes, protects higher education funding, protects K-12 education funding, protects health care funding and reduces the use of one-time money. The Governor held a mediaavailability today to outline... more »
  • Governor Jindal will be at UL Lafayette Today

    February 21, 2011 5:25 AM

    Governor Jindal will be in the hub city today. He will speaking about higher education initiatives. His press conference begins at 11am, at Ul's Dupré Library.
  • Jindal asking for pay raise suspension

    February 2, 2011 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking the state Civil Service Commission to suspend annual pay raises for more than 50,000 rank-and-file government workers next year. The commission will hear Wednesday from Jindal's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater, about the request for the fiscal... more »
  • Jindal to outline college agenda

    January 31, 2011 5:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is announcing his legislative proposals for revamping Louisiana's higher education system at a conference with college leaders. Members of Louisiana's five higher education boards and their system presidents are getting together Monday at the Trusteeship Conference to talk about common issues and... more »
  • Jindal backs expanding death benefits for soldiers

    January 25, 2011 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing legislation to expand special benefits for the families of National Guard members who die while on active duty. The bill, which carries a nearly $9 million price tag, didn't make it through the legislative session last year because of its... more »
  • Jindal Medicaid Revamp Hits Wall of Criticism

    January 19, 2011 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over large chunks of Louisiana's Medicaid program to private managed care companies is coming under heavy criticism from lawmakers and health providers. They say the plan will divert resources to insurance company profits and away from health services. Health... more »
  • Jindal asks for study of SUNO, UNO merger

    January 18, 2011 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked the state's top higher education board to research a possible merger of the University of New Orleans campus with the Southern University-New Orleans campus. Jindal also is asking the Board of Regents to consider whether that merged campus should then... more »
  • Rant- Jindal is rated as 2nd top Governor in the Nation

    January 3, 2011 11:04 AM

    We'd love your opinion on this new poll. How's Governor Jindal doing? Comment here or email Hoyt at hoyt.harris@katctv.com . We could air your opinions at 10:00 tonight! A recent survey by Public Policy Polling shows that Governor Bobboy Jindal has an approval rating that puts him 2nd in... more »
  • Gov. Jindal Announces Lighthouse for the Blind to Relocate Operations Back to Louisiana

    December 15, 2010 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined The Lighthouse for the Blind President Bill Price, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden and Baton Rouge Area Chamber President Adam Knapp to announce that The Lighthouse for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that serves people who are blind or... more »
  • Governor Jindal, CCA & Shell Announce New Partnership to Benefit Louisianas Coast

    December 14, 2010 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and Shell Oil Company to announce a new public-private partnership - between the recreational angling community, private businesses and the state - to assist in CCA's ongoing Building Conservation Habitat Program. Shell has committed 1.5 million dollars... more »
  • Governor Makes Stop to Sign Books

    December 11, 2010 11:16 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal made a stop in Lafayette Saturday afternoon. He was at the "Barnes and Noble" on Johnston Street signing copies of his new book---- "Leadership and Crisis." Jindal says he wrote the book to share his policy ideas with the nation, saying Louisiana's experiences with "disaster response"... more »
  • Some Senators Criticize Plan to Sell State Land

    December 11, 2010 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's idea to sell state property to offset budget gaps drew complaints Friday from state senators who said it doesn't make sense to generate short-term cash relief for long-term money woes. Members of the Senate Finance Committee discussed the sale proposals as they... 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 »
  • Jindal encourages Hornets attendance

    December 8, 2010 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging Louisiana residents to "pack the arena" for the next five New Orleans Hornets home games, in an effort to boost attendance figures and keep the team in the state. The NBA is proceeding with a plan to buy the Hornets... more »
  • Jindal says 'no' to increased health care fees

    December 2, 2010 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't support increased fees on health care services in Louisiana as a way to help balance the state's budget. Jindal said Thursday that he considers state fee hikes on hospital visits, nursing home beds and medications - called "provider fees"... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal Book About National Aspirations

    November 14, 2010 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Anyone still questioning whether Bobby Jindal's sights reach well beyond the Louisiana Governor's Mansion or that this state is but a stepping stone to his larger political ambitions should check out his book when it's released on Monday. In "Leadership and Crisis," Jindal talks immigration... more »
  • Jindal to promote book in California

    November 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to California next week to promote his new book "Leadership and Crisis" in a meeting to be aired on C-SPAN. The Nov. 20 event is coordinated by the Young America's Foundation, which operates the Reagan Ranch. Jindal will be participate... more »
  • Concerns About Jindal's Administrative Cutting CommunityCARE

    November 4, 2010 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers said Thursday they're concerned about the Jindal administration's plans to shut down a $16 million program that pays doctors to coordinate patient care. The program, called CommunityCARE, gives doctors, mainly pediatricians, an extra $3 monthly payment per patient to manage their care in the... more »
  • Governor Jindal Announces Agreement with BP for Seafood Safety, Coastal Restoration & Tourism Funding

    November 1, 2010 3:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - At Acme Oyster House in New Orleans, Governor Bobby Jindal joined Louisiana's coastal leaders and members of the state's seafood, restaurant and tourism industries to announce an agreement with BP today that will provide funding for seafood safety and testing efforts, coastal restoration work and tourism marketing... more »
  • BP Funding Millions for Oil Spill Recovery

    November 1, 2010 12:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is announcing millions of dollars worth of commitments from BP to help the state recover from the Gulf oil spill and protect the eroding coast. The governor, at a news conference Monday, said BP has agreed to pay $48 million for Louisiana seafood... more »
  • Jindal among Republican governors attending rally

    October 27, 2010 6:24 PM

    OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) - Republican governors from three southern states are in Wisconsin to rally voters behind the governor's campaign of Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour appeared at a rally Wednesday in suburban Milwaukee that drew... more »
  • RANT: Governor Jindal Travels Out of State to Campaign for GOP Candidate

    October 26, 2010 4:01 PM

    What do you think? Governor Jindal is campaigning out of state for Republican candidates. Some have criticized him, saying he should stay and focus his efforts on Louisiana. What advice would you give the governor? Send us your RNT at hoyt.harris@katctv.com. Your opinions could make the next RANT. -----------------------------------------------------------... more »
  • Jindal awarded medals to 324 veterans from St. Mary Parish

    October 25, 2010 6:59 PM

    Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded 324 veterans from St. Mary Parish with the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal at the PattersonCivicCenter in Morgan City. Governor Jindal was joined by Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary LaneCarson and Major General Bennett C. Landreneau, Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard, to... more »
  • Jindal not offering leadership to find ways to stop budget cuts to public colleges

    October 25, 2010 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the Legislature's Democratic caucus says Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't offering leadership to find ways to stop budget cuts to public colleges. Rep. John Bel Edwards says Jindal is also eliminating solutions by opposing all tax increases, delayed tax breaks and most other... more »

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