BATON ROUGE–As a result of litigation pursued by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, the state of Louisiana is receiving $45 million from British health care giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to resolve Medicaid fraud and deceptive marketing allegations related to its popular diabetes drug, Avandia, and other prescription medications. The agreement, announced today in the 19th Judicial District [...]
BATON ROUGE – Most retail purchases are exempt from the four percent state sales tax during the 2013 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3.
The exemption applies to most consumer purchases of tangible personal property under the following conditions:
• The customer buys and accepts delivery of eligible property;
• The customer [...]
Baton Rouge–Three family members were arrested and charged with defrauding the state’s Medicaid program.
Agents with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) conducted an investigation into Empowering Care Services, LLC, a personal care agency located in Zachary, based on allegations the agency was billing for numerous undocumented services, as well as engaging in [...]
Drivers heading west on Interstate 10 say they always see police at the foot of the Basin Bridge. And as Troy Gaulden reports, it seems they’ve been getting paid extra to nab you and that’s against the law.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/24/13
Louisiana’s rice crop is midway through its growing season, and despite delays, the crop is in decent shape. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has an update on the crop and a look at the future.
Louisiana farmers planted about 400 thousand acres of rice, which is roughly the same as they planted last year.
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State Treasurer John Kennedy says Louisiana can save millions of dollars by dropping unneeded contracts, mostly in the education department. Today, Kennedy presented his plan to members of the downtown rotary club.
Kennedy got his start in state government by working as an attorney for former Governor Buddy Roemer.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/23/13
The Louisiana Youth Challenge program is now in its 20th year.
This educational opportunity is for out-of-school young people. It’s helped more than 16 thousand people receive high school diplomas at campuses in Pineville and in south Louisiana at Carville.
The anniversary celebration was held in New Orleans at the World War II Museum.
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38 hundred Louisiana state employees lost their jobs in the last budget year, which just ended. This includes more than 19 hundred employees of four LSU hospitals and their outpatient clinics that were recently privatized.
During Governor Bobby Jindal’s five years in office more than six thousand state employees have been given pink slips.
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The Jefferson Parish Sheriff says the public helped locate the man now accused of killing 6-year-old Ahlittia North. Deputies arrested Matthew Flugence yesterday morning after members of the public called deputies with information that helped them locate him.
Flugence was reportedly approaching people, asking for money and even told them he was running from police.
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[ August 3, 2013; ] The Louisiana Office of Tourism and Oxford American continue celebrating Louisiana’s year of music by taking the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Series to Ferriday Aug. 3 with Great Balls of Fire: Delta Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Jerry Lee’s Hometown. The event will feature a concert, panel discussion and movie screening.
“Ferriday’s strikingly rich musical heritage [...]