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  • Donation will fund UNO graduate programs

    September 7, 2014 11:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans-based real estate company Latter & Blum Inc. has donated $100,000 to the University of New Orleans. The university says the money will be used to support its new graduate certificate programs in coastal sciences and coastal engineering and for scholarships. The university and regional... more »
  • Grant would fund study of rail service expansion

    May 11, 2014 8:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Southern Rail Commission has applied for a $1 million federal grant to study the feasibility of restoring passenger train service between New Orleans and Orlando in central Florida. Amtrak's Sunset Limited, which runs from New Orleans to Los Angeles, included a leg to Orlando until... more »
  • Fund president is SUNO speaker

    March 22, 2014 1:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Thurgood Marshall College Fund president Johnny Taylor Jr. will be the keynote speaker for Southern University at New Orleans' graduation ceremonies on May 10. The program is set for 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena. Taylor leads an organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending 47 public... more »
  • Spirit of Acadiana: Rita LeBlanc Educational Memorial Fund

    February 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    The spirit of Acadiana today iis all about making a posthumous "thank you", and paying tribute to an Acadiana teacher who died two weeks ago. Rita ann reilly leblanc, taught for thirteen years at cathedral - carmel school and before that at our lady of fatima. She died february... more »
  • Sheriff's painting to help fund dog park

    September 11, 2012 9:59 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Artwork painted by Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator will be featured at an upcoming event set to raise money to establish a dog park in Shreveport. Prator's painting portrays Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover as a giant being tied down by dogs - a reworking of a... more »
  • Company to Pad Fund to Aid Residents Near Sinkhole

    August 12, 2012 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Houston-based brine company has agreed to make a "significant contribution" to a fund for residents ordered to evacuate their homes after a sinkhole formed in Assumption Parish that may be connected to one of the company's salt caverns. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security... more »
  • Tax may fund Lafayette downtown patrols

    July 2, 2012 8:30 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The search for money to pay for enhanced police patrols in downtown Lafayette has sparked talk about a new tax for the area. City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin, who represents downtown, tells The Advocate he is exploring a possible property tax or other type of assessment... more »
  • Man accused of defrauding spill victims' fund

    May 15, 2012 6:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 41-year-old businessman who moved to New Orleans from Georgia after the catastrophic BP oil spill in 2010 has been charged with defrauding a compensation fund set up for victims. The Justice Department says Dwayne Smith was charged last week on one count... more »
  • Group adds $10K to fund for slain investigators

    June 29, 2011 6:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An organization of insurance investigators says it will add $10,000 to a memorial fund established to honor two Louisiana insurance fraud investigators. The agents were gunned down earlier this month in Ville Platte. The International Association of Special Investigation Units recently authorized the donation to the... more »
  • BP Claims Fund to Offer Additional Payment

    December 11, 2010 10:49 PM

    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - The administrator of the $20 billion BP PLC fund doling out money to Gulf oil spill victims says the program will be offering claimants an additional payment. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which took over the process from BP this summer, would not provide further... more »
  • Funeral & Memorial Fund Set for Iberia Parish Coroner

    October 13, 2010 3:53 PM

    Funeral plans are set for the late Dr. James B. Falterman Sr. He served as Iberia Parish Coroner for 18 years. Dr. Falterman died Tuesday at the hospital. He was 75 years old. His family has announced that a memorial fund to honor Dr. Falterman has been set up at... more »
  • Adeline Guienze Breast Cancer Memorial Fund 5K Run/Walk

    October 11, 2010 9:25 AM

    Teche Action Clinic is having their Adeline Guienze Breast Cancer Memorial Fund 5K Run/Walk in Downtown Franklin (Start/Finish - Courthouse Square) on October 16, 2010 at 8:00 am. Teche Action Clinic is celebrating the 5K 10th year anniversary and the 5th year as the Adeline Guienze Breast Cancer Memorial... more »
  • Lawsuit claims $200M owed to 'rainy day' fund

    October 4, 2010 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit filed Monday challenges the way state lawmakers balanced last year's budget with $200 million from Louisiana's "rainy day" fund and seeks a repayment that could damage this year's budget. Former state Rep. Ron Gomez of Lafayette is one of two plaintiffs on the... more »
  • Teacher Merit Pay

    September 23, 2010 3:40 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department is giving school districts and nonprofit organizations from across the country $442 million to create merit pay programs for teachers and principals. The Teacher Incentive Fund is aimed at attracting and rewarding quality educators and encouraging them to work in the country's highest need... more »
  • BP fund czar: No deduction for spill cleanup wages

    September 20, 2010 9:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The administrator of the fund for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster says he will waive a requirement that wages earned by spill cleanup workers be subtracted from their claims of lost revenue. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is doling out the $20 billion fund... more »
  • BP Provides $52 Million To Fund Behavioral Health Support

    August 16, 2010 12:42 PM

    HOUSTON - BP today announced that it is providing $52 million to federal and state health organizations to fund behavioral health support and outreach programs across the US Gulf Coast region. The funding will help residents link up with support that is available through providers in their communities, through a... more »
  • BP fund may use drilling money as collateral

    August 11, 2010 8:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The $20 billion victims' compensation fund established for the Gulf oil spill may use revenue from BP's oil and gas drilling as collateral, according to details released Wednesday by the White House. The government watchdog group Public Citizen criticized the arrangement as a conflict of interest, arguing... more »
  • $100 million Fund For Workers Struggling Because Of Moratorium

    July 30, 2010 12:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has picked a charitable foundation in Louisiana to administer a $100 million fund for oil workers struggling because of a federal moratorium on deepwater drilling. The Rig Worker Assistance Fund will be administered through the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, an affiliate... more »
  • Louisiana Foundation will Administer Oil Workers Fund

    July 30, 2010 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has picked a charitable foundation in Louisiana to administer a $100 million fund for oil workers struggling because of a federal moratorium on deepwater drilling. The Rig Worker Assistance Fund will be administered through the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, an affiliate... more »
  • Oil Spill Claims Would Be "Crazy" To Bypass Fund And Take Their Chances In Court

    July 19, 2010 1:23 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The administrator of a $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund says fishermen and others with lost income claims would be "crazy" to bypass the fund and take their chances in court. Ken Feinberg said at speech Monday that that he will be much more generous than... more »
  • Jindal Agreed To Let Lawmakers Tap Into Artificial Reef Fund

    July 1, 2010 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Over an objection from one of his cabinet secretaries, Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to let lawmakers tap into an artificial reef fund to pay for their pet projects. Jindal signed the legislation Wednesday, despite complaints from Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, who questioned... more »
  • Head of Spill Victims Fund Pledges Fast Payments

    June 21, 2010 8:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The administrator of a $20 billion fund to compensate Gulf oil spill victims pledged Monday to speed payment of claims as a federal judge considered whether to lift a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling. Kenneth Feinberg, who has been tapped by the White House to... more »
  • Murphy Family Support Fund

    June 18, 2010 11:28 PM

    A Lafayette family is appealing for help during a tragic time. Nicole Murphy (left) was struck and killed by a car this week while in South Africa. A former soccer standout at Saint Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette, she travelled to the country for the World Cup along... more »
  • Obama Plans Speech, Victims Fund for Gulf

    June 13, 2010 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama demanded that BP set up a compensation fund for the oil-tainted Gulf Coast and prepared for his first Oval Office address to the nation as he tried to get a handle on the environmental disaster threatening to overwhelm his administration. White House officials announced... more »
  • House Leaders Trying To Gain Ground In Dispute With Senate Over "Rainy Day" Fund

    June 10, 2010 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - House leaders are trying to gain ground in their dispute with the Senate over the state's "rainy day" fund by undoing the statute at the center of the complaint. Rep. Jim Fannin quietly slipped language into a Senate bill Wednesday that would repeal the part... more »
  • Senate Backs Up on Rainy Day Fund

    May 12, 2010 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Senate has backed the use of the state's "rainy day" fund to help close a $319 million deficit and rebalance this year's budget. The Senate voted 35-zero Tuesday to authorize the use of as much as $198 million from the Budget Stabilization Fund... more »
  • Senate Considers Tapping "Rainy Day" Fund

    April 21, 2010 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The haggling between the House, Senate and the governor's office over the best way to rebalance this year's budget and close a $319 million gap began Wednesday, when a Senate committee suggested lawmakers should consider tapping the "rainy day" fund. Without objection, the Senate Finance... more »
  • Benefit for UL Students from Haiti

    February 10, 2010 8:21 PM

    In the month since an earthquake devastated Haiti, many on the campus of University of Louisiana Lafayette have opened their hearts and their wallets for a small group of students from Port au Prince. In all, there are 14 students from Haiti studying on campus, and for most their friends... more »
  • Trooper Duane Dalton Children's Education Fund

    January 13, 2010 1:39 PM

    Louisiana Trooper Charities, the charitable arm of the Louisiana State Troopers Association, has established the Trooper Duane Dalton Children's Education Fund to benefit the three sons of the fallen trooper. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may do so at any Chase Bank. Louisiana Trooper Charities Trooper Duane Dalton... more »
  • Jeanerette Gets Federal Load To Fund Water Improvements

    December 29, 2009 3:16 PM

    JEANERETTE, La. (AP) - The city of Jeanerette is getting a federal loan for nearly $2.5 million to improve its water system. It's among nearly $117 million in stimulus grants and loans for water and environmental projects announced Tuesday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. They are part of the... more »

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