LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Health officials are urging people to take precautions against meningitis. The state Department of Health and Hospitals says an East Baton Rouge high school student died earlier this month from a strain of meningitis. State Epidemiologist Raul Ratard says the type of virus found in the... more »
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Long before Jeff Bezos became an Internet mogul, he was enthralled by the mysteries of space. As a 5-year-old, Bezos, along with half a billion people around the world, watched in awe as American astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon in 1969.... more »
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Community Foundation of Acadiana says businesses, individuals and local governments have pitched in nearly $300,000 since October to keep Palmetto Island State Park open in Vermilion Parish. Construction on the $13 million park was complete this year, but state budget cuts nearly kept it closed... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top education leader won't take his pay raise this year because of the state's budget troubles. Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek will keep his $377,000 pay package, without adding the 6 percent boost he could have gotten. The raise would have given him another... more »
BP PLC says high seas on the Gulf of Mexico have delayed operations to raise the piece of equipment from the seabed that failed to prevent the massive oil spill. The oil giant, in a Twitter posting Monday, did not say how long the delay would be. Engineers were supposed... more »
The state House of Representatives won't give out annual pay raises to its workers next year as Louisiana continues to struggle with budget problems.
House Speaker Jim Tucker said Wednesday that the chamber will follow the lead of Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Civil Service Commission, who have... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Civil Service Commission is
considering whether to suspend pay raises for more than 61,000
rank-and-file state government workers in the upcoming budget year.
The proposal, released Tuesday, would strip state agencies of
the ability to give 4 percent annual... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Pay raises for baseball coach Paul Mainieri, football defensive coordinator John Chavis and others are up for approval next week by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Mainieri, who led the baseball team to a national championship last year, would get a $100,000 pay raise receiving... more »
Troops are about to get a hefty pay raise. It's contained in a defense bill being signed today (October 28, 2009) by President Obama. The military pay increase of 3-point-4 percent exceeds inflation and is a half-percent more than even the president asked for. The 680-billion dollar package also includes... more »