Special ed overhaul called 'monumental'

Louisiana’s education establishment faces a huge challenge implementing a controversial new law to make it easier for high school students to earn a high school diploma, superintendents said Thursday.“The bottom line is it is going to be a very difficult … Continue reading→

SU faculty spar with Mason over college finances

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern University Faculty Senate President Thomas Miller, right, announces the Southern University Faculty Senate's plans to return Southern to 'fiscal solvency and academic excellence' Thursday in front of the John B. Cade Memorial Library. Miller is an associate professor of French and German. Listening, from left to right,  are Irma Cobb, professor of Spanish and Chair of Foreign Languages, Don Hernandez, an assistant professor of History, and Faculty Senate vice-president Albert Samuels, professor and Chair of SU'svDept. of Criminal Justice and Political Science.

The leaders of Southern University’s Faculty Senate say system President Ron Mason is to blame for the cash-strapped school’s financial woes and other problems.The group went public with its complaints on campus Thursday in front of the library, raising questions … Continue reading→

Across U.S. job market, layoffs are becoming rare

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, job seeker U.S. Army veteran John Godman, right, talks to recruiters Nicole Rushton, left, and Megan Hogan, center, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled … Continue reading→

Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

The U.S. Capitol is seen in early morning light in Washington, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee’s chairman has offered to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Thursday that a new … Continue reading→

House advances lawsuit bill

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit that accuses President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.The vote in the Rules Committee was 7-4, … Continue reading→

N.O. gambling revenue flat despite Harrah’s gain

Advocate staff file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Harrah's casino New Orleans.

The New Orleans gambling market was virtually unchanged in June compared to the year before, despite a big month at the Harrah’s land-based casino.Statewide, 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino combined brought in $203.5 million in June, … Continue reading→

Air Algerie plane disappears from radar

The logo of the Air Algerie company office, at the Opera avenue in Paris Thursday July 24, 2014. A flight operated by Air Algerie has disappeared from radar while traveling from Burkina Faso in West Africa to Algiers. Authorities say it was carrying over 100 passengers and crew when air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair plane 50 minutes after takeoff earlier this morning. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

ALGIERS, Algeria — A flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, the plane’s owner said.Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 about 50 minutes … Continue reading→