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  • Judge rules for Baton Rouge school board changes

    August 16, 2014 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has ruled against residents trying to keep the East Baton Rouge Parish school board from shrinking to nine members from 11. The Advocate reports that state District Court Judge Tim Kelly ruled against claims brought by residents, clearing the way for candidates to... more »
  • Health plan changes in the works for Bayou Health

    July 18, 2014 7:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration intends to rework how it pays the private managed care networks that provide health services to two-thirds of Louisiana's Medicaid patients. The Department of Health and Hospitals announced planned changes to its Bayou Health program, an insurance-based model that covers 900,000... more »
  • Livingston charter commission offers minor changes

    February 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish Charter Review Commission has agreed on a handful of minor tweaks for the charter provisions dealing with the parish council. The Advocate reports Tuesday marked the commission's third meeting but the first time the group delved into the task of reviewing the parish... more »
  • House GOP question changes in flood insurance bill

    January 31, 2014 5:03 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The effort to delay huge increases in insurance premiums for homeowners in flood-prone areas faces a skeptical House chairman who is largely standing behind the changes Congress oversaw in the nation's flood insurance program less than two years ago. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Texas Republican who chairs... more »
  • BESE weighing changes to public school financing

    January 14, 2014 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's top school board is considering proposals for changing the way it divvies up $3.5 billion in annual funding for public schools. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is hearing recommendations Tuesday from a task force that looked at the school funding formula.... more »
  • Hazardous Facilities Part 3: Disaster Sparks Change

    November 7, 2013 1:59 AM

    Acadia Parish is home to 264 facilities that store some type of hazardous materials, and like other parishes, those facilities are under the watchful eye of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. "There are a couple of fertilizer plants in the parish," said Lee Hebert, the department's... more »
  • LPSS: 2013-2014 School Hour Changes

    August 12, 2013 7:55 AM

    The first Monday of each month, Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools, Dr.Pat Cooper visits GMA. Today the topic of discussion was new hours for the 2013-2014 school year. August 14th is the first day of school. Lafayette Public Schools: Elementary starts at 7:55 am dismissal 3:10 pm... more »
  • Family court forces changes in 21st JDC

    March 18, 2013 9:06 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Plans are under way to convert two divisions of the 21st Judicial District Court, which serves Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes, from general jurisdiction to family court. Chief Judge Bob Morrison tells The Advocate the move would help divorce, custody and related cases flow more... more »
  • Forum: Prepare Mississippi River changes

    November 12, 2012 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Speakers at a coastal conference say the mouth of the Mississippi River is moving north, and authorities need to prepare for it. Paul Kemp, vice president of the Louisiana Audubon Society's Gulf Coast Initiative, says the changes present opportunities to get more sediment into eroding... more »
  • Historic Hotel Bentley changes hands

    October 12, 2012 9:00 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Hotel Bentley in downtown Alexandria has a new owner. The Town-Talk reports Mike Jenkins, a local businessman, purchased the hotel Thursday. Jenkins plans to completely refurbish the property, inside and out. The seven-story tower -- the newer part of the property -- is to be... more »
  • St. Tammany changes zoning for transfer station

    September 11, 2012 9:55 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish Council has approved a zoning change to allow a waste transfer station to be built on land along Interstate 12 just east of Bayou Lacombe. The council's decision Monday night to change the zoning clears the way for IESI to build the... more »
  • La. Medicaid pharmacy program changes in the works

    June 15, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's state health department wants to add a pharmacy benefit to private insurance networks that are providing health care for much of the poor who receive coverage through Medicaid. The Advocate reports that three health insurance entities paid a per-member, per-month premium for Bayou Health... more »
  • Teen changes plea in shooting

    May 31, 2012 10:41 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles teenager accused of killing his aunt has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. The American Press reports the 17-year-old, who is charged with second-degree murder, pleaded not guilty in November. The teen changed his plea Tuesday in state... more »
  • Retirement and Pension System Changes Upset State Employees

    April 23, 2012 7:31 PM

    Plans to overhaul the State's retirement and pension systems are not sitting well with some lawmakers and state employees. State officials and employees gathered in Baton Rouge on Monday to speak out against the changes and push to defeat the governor's proposal. "It seems to me like the governor... more »
  • Board members oppose program changes

    April 6, 2012 11:00 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two Lafayette Parish School Board members say they aren't happy with Superintendent Pat Cooper's plan to change the mission of the district's newest high school, Thibodaux Career and Technical High School. The Advocate reports board members Mark Allen Babineaux and Rae Trahan said Wednesday that they... more »
  • Lafayette Superintendent Making Waves; Re-examines Thib Tech

    February 23, 2012 11:17 PM

    Lafayette's Thibodeaux Technical High School is under the microscope and already the new school could be seeing some changes. Even though Thibodeaux Tech is fairly new, new Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said it needs a second look. It's all part of his sweeping changes he's taking Lafayette Parish. ... more »
  • US 165 changes focus of meeting in Woodworth

    February 6, 2012 10:04 AM

    WOODWORTH, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will hold a public meeting this week to discuss planned changes to U.S. Highway 165 in Woodworth. The meeting will be held in the J. W. McDonald Community Center in Woodworth Tuesday night. The Town Talk reports the state... more »
  • New Iberia holiday trash pick-up changes

    December 20, 2011 11:24 AM

    There are some changes to trash pick-up for the holidays that residents of New Iberia need to be aware of. Allied Disposal will be running their regular routes over the holidays. Gordon's Disposal will not be running their normal schedule. Gordon's will be closed on December 26th and... more »
  • Fact or Fiction: Can Changing Weather Make You Sick?

    February 1, 2011 11:28 PM

    Whenever weather makes a drastic change, complaints about getting sick are sure to follow. But is there really a link between infection and climate? KATC's Maddie Garrett talked to an Acadiana doctor to separate fact from fiction. The Lourdes After Hours Clinic has been busy this winter. Doctor Joseph... more »
  • Alleva: Miles to Have Sole Call on LSU Changes

    November 30, 2010 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Whether there will be any changes to the LSU football coaching staff after this season will be totally up to Les Miles. Athletic Director Joe Alleva emphasized that on Monday. After an hour-long meeting with the sixth-year coach, Alleva said he and Miles did not... more »
  • 10 Proposed Constitutional Changes

    October 20, 2010 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Voters may be scratching their heads when they cast their ballots in the Nov. 2 election. They'll be wading through 10 proposed constitutional changes that delve into complex rules governing taxes, property rights and criminal trial procedure. The easiest amendment to understand is at... more »
  • Transportation Department Outlined Changes to 5-Star Safety Rating System

    October 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - No more grade inflation for new cars and trucks. The Transportation Department outlined changes Tuesday to the government's 5-Star Safety Rating System that will make it more difficult for new cars and trucks to earn top scores. Only two of the first 34 vehicles tested under the... more »
  • Two Constitutional Changes Await Voters on Saturday's Ballot

    September 30, 2010 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two constitutional changes await voters on Saturday's ballot, ideas that generated far more legislative debate than attention going into the election. One would change the date of legislative sessions, to start them a few weeks earlier each year. The other would make 425 workers in the Governor's... more »
  • Traffic Changes Announced Ahead Of Komen Race

    March 19, 2010 1:38 PM

    The streets that will be affected during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure are as follows: 100 block of Girard Park Lane 100-200 block of Girard Park Circle 100-200 block of Girard Park Drive 600-400 block of St. Mary Street 600-900 block of Taft Street Law... more »
  • Governor Jindal Makes Announcement On Hummer Changes

    February 24, 2010 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal released a statement regarding GM's announcement that it will close its Hummer division, after the proposed sale to Sichuan Tengzhong was not completed. Governor Jindal said, "We are certainly disappointed that the deal to sell the Hummer brand to Sichuan Tengzhong... more »
  • Houma Carnival Changes Due To Super Bowl Sunday

    January 27, 2010 1:27 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The krewes of Hyacinthians and Titans will roll an hour earlier so Houma residents can catch the Carnival parades and make it home in time for the Super Bowl. Hyacinthians will kick off at 11 a.m. Feb. 7, 90 minutes earlier than scheduled, followed immediately by... more »
  • Holiday Trash Schedule Changes In Lafayette

    December 22, 2009 11:50 AM

    There will be no garbage or recycling collection on Christmas day. Regular Friday customers in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish will receive service the Saturday following Christmas. Allied Waste will also pick up excess garbage and large boxes outside of the automated garbage cart on... more »
  • Gifted and Talented: Proposed Changes Meeting

    October 13, 2009 7:59 AM

    State representative Nancy Landry and BESE board member Dale Bayard hosted an informational meeting on the status of the gifted and talented program on Monday evening. Parents and administration were given a chance to hear proposed changes to the program. The meeting was held ay the South Regional Library. The... more »
  • Alexandria policing model changes

    October 8, 2009 12:30 PM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy says changes will be made in the city's community policing model following three recent murders. Roy said Wednesday that he still needs to have some conversations with Police Chief Daren Coutee, but he said there soon will be some "revamping" of... more »
  • WIC Introduces Program Changes in October

    September 28, 2009 12:53 PM

    Wilmington, Del. - The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program will see some positive changes October first. For the first time, participants will be able to get fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. The federal government has made revisions to the food voucher program for needy... more »

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