Category Archives: State News

State Senator Rick Gallot Running for Judgeship Vacancy

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State senator Rick Gallot announces his candidacy for an upcoming judgeship vacancy in North Louisiana.  Gallot is serving a term that expires in 2 years, but he says he has his eyes on a vacancy in the third judicial district.
Gallot is a Ruston lawyer and is serving his first term as a senator.
If elected, this [...]

Jindal Meets with 4 Companies in Tokyo

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal meets with 4 companies in Tokyo.
Here (above) he poses with company representatives of Sumitomo.  This company recently bought a Baton Rouge based steel company.
The Governor says he’s talking about how the state can support future growth for these companies.
KLAX ABC 31 News 1/17/14

Jindal to Appeal Ruling on Teacher Tenure Law

Louisiana’s governor says he’ll again appeal a ruling that declares his teacher tenure law unconstitutional.  The Baton Rouge judge today says the law as written encompasses too many issues.
Meanwhile, the Governor is about to head out of town to Asia.  Today he announced a forthcoming trade mission to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
And on a [...]

Treasurer Kennedy Announces Plan to Fund Higher Education

State Treasurer John Kennedy is again calling on the Jindal administration to do away with consulting contracts.
Kennedy claims this would save five hundred million dollars, which could be routed toward higher education.  The treasurer also points out that spending on higher education is down around 350 million dollars, and explains his plan, in an opinion [...]

Basile Housing Authority Asst. Director Suspected in Missing Funds Case

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The State Legislative Auditor says the Basile Housing Authority in Evangeline Parish is missing 46 hundred dollars.
The CPA firm which prepared the audit, says the problem has been traced to the assistant director.  The auditor is recommending the matter be turned over to the police and the district attorney, because the funds are still missing.
KLAX [...]

New Year’s Eve 2nd Most Popular Night for Fireworks

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Aside from Independence Day, New Year’s Eve is the most popular time for fireworks and there are a lot to choose from.  Currently, the state licenses about 800 fireworks stands.
We went shopping to see what’s hot, what’s not and what seems to be the all-time favorite.

The state fire marshal has some warnings for the adults, [...]

Jindal Defends Phil Robertson

Louisiana’s governor weighs in on the controversy surrounding Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.  The Governor is defending Robertson’s remarks against gays, saying Phil and his family are great citizens.
Robertson was placed on hiatus by A&E Network following his controversial comments about homosexuals and African Americans in an interview by GQ Magazine.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/19/13

Gov. Jindal in CenLA to Announce Hayes Manufacturing Expansion

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Governor Bobby Jindal is back in Central Louisiana for an economic development announcement.
Actually, it’s an expansion of an existing business.  The governor announced the Hayes Companies will invest around three million dollars to expand its manufacturing facility in Pineville.  This will create 75 new jobs with an average salary of more than 45 thousand a [...]

LA Ranks “2nd Worst Judicial Hellhole”

The American Tort Reform Association recently released a report ranking Louisiana as the second worst judicial hellhole in the nation.

The group is also critical of the State Attorney General for handing out what they call no-bid legal contracts.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/18/13

Plans Begin for Interstate 49 South Project

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy says the budget surplus should be used for Interstate 49 South.  He also says the money cannot be used for operating expenses, like higher education, but it can go for infrastructure.
Interstate 49 South is an upgrade to Highway 90, which runs 140 miles from Lafayette to the West Bank Expressway [...]