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Louisiana Association of Business and Industry makes legislative, BESE endorsements

The state’s major business lobby on Thursday endorsed the re-election bids of 51 legislators as well as the candidacy of two challengers over incumbents. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s political action arm also threw its support to Baton Rouge Democratic state Rep. Dalton Honore in his run for the seat held by term-limited state Sen. Sharon Broome.… Continue reading →

LSU rejects offer for outside mediator to settle disputes with foundation that manages Shreveport, Monroe hospitals

The foundation that manages LSU’s Shreveport and Monroe hospitals under a privatization deal says it has sought to bring in an outside mediator to work out disputes with LSU, but the university has rejected the effort. LSU has charged that the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF, failed to live up to its contract.… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal: Treat mayors of 'sanctuary cities' as accessories to illegal immigrants' crimes

Gov. Bobby Jindal has called for Congress to pass laws declaring mayors of “sanctuary cities” accessories to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and to subject municipal officials to civil lawsuits by victims of the crimes. Jindal is a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “My plan will hit these lawless city leaders where it hurts by holding them directly accountable… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal’s financial disclosure shows he earned more than $400,000 in reporting period from salary, investments, book deal

Gov. Bobby Jindal has investments and money in the bank valued at $3.79 million to $11.3 million, based on a personal financial disclosure the Republican presidential candidate filed with the Federal Elections Commission this week. The nine-page disclosure, which The Advocate obtained from the FEC, shows that for the reporting period, the two-term governor earned more than… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal again outside top 10 in national poll of support for Republican presidential candidates

Washington – Another national poll of support for Republican candidates for president, another rating in the low single digits for Gov. Bobby Jindal that puts him outside the charmed circle of the top 10.

Quinnipiac University released its latest poll Thursday, showing Jindal tied for 11th place in the crowded Republican field with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Jindal’s… Continue reading →

Delays expected on I-10 West in Iberville Parish starting Friday night because of repairs

Heavy traffic delays are expected on westbound Interstate 10 in Iberville Parish starting Friday night, the state Department of Transportation and Development announced Thursday morning. The right lane of westbound I-10 a quarter-mile past Exit 139 at Grosse Tete will be closed to repair the approach slabs at Railroad Overpass, DOTD said in a prepared statement. The… Continue reading →

Congress remembers Hurricane Katrina

U.S. House members from southeast Louisiana paid tribute to the resilient spirit of New Orleans and the state in speeches on the House floor Wednesday marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “The good thing about the people of New Orleans is we always pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and continue… Continue reading →

LSU student media leaders consider cutting Reveille print frequency

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- People walk by a Daily Reveille newspaper bin in LSU quadrangle. LSU's Daily Reveille student newspaper may discontinue its printed edition.

LSU student media leaders are weighing proposals for potentially drastic changes to campus news offerings, including possibly cutting the print frequency of LSU’s Daily Reveille student newspaper. Steve Buttry, who became LSU’s student media director in May and is leading the ongoing discussion, said the ideas are being driven by an industrywide shift toward digital… Continue reading →

Louisiana pays David Vitter aligned Super PAC legal fees

Donors can make unlimited contributions to a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. David Vitter for governor. But it came at a financial cost to Louisiana taxpayers. The Fund for Louisiana’s Future challenged the constitutionality of a Louisiana law limiting contributions in federal court last year and won. The victory led to Louisiana taxpayers paying $69,336 in attorney fees and other legal… Continue reading →

Scott McKnight challenges Dan Claitor for Senate District 16 seat

Baton Rouge state Sen. Dan Claitor’s attracted opposition Wednesday in his bid for re-election to the Senate District 16 seat. Businessman M. Scott McKnight announced that he’ll be a candidate in the Oct. 24 primary election. The 34-year-olf McKnight is vice president and director of business development for BancorpSouth Insurance. He is a reserve deputy for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Veterans would get help as entrepreneurs via bill by U.S. Senator David Vitter that wins committee approval

. Washington – Veterans would get help starting businesses after they leave military service, under a bill by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that won committee approval Wednesday. The Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act of 2015 authorizes federal programs to assist veterans become entrepreneurs. Its unanimous approval by the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee advances the measure… Continue reading →

Five state college institutions removed from negative credit watch

As a result of increased higher education funding recently approved by the Louisiana Legislature, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, one of the big three rating agencies, on Wednesday removed many of the state’s public universities from its credit watch. Standard & Poor’s lifted the negative fiscal connotation on bonds issued by several Louisiana universities, including the University… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal, on CBS, bashes rivals for saying 'outlandish things' to get attention: 'We're actually offering specific ideas'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal slammed his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination during an appearance on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, claiming that a lot of his opponents “don’t have the backbone, don’t have the bandwidth, don’t have the experience to get the job done.”

“You have a lot of candidates, they’re willing to say extreme things, outlandish things… Continue reading →

150 abortion opponents rally in Baton Rouge as part of national 'Defund Planned Parenthood' effort

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From left to right, Lafayette's Julie Campeaux, Prairieville's Carter LeBlanc and daughter Gabby LeBlanc, 10, and Katelin Arabie, a Dallas resident studying at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette, hold signs at the 'Women Betrayed' rally outside Planned Parenthood Baton Rouge at 3955 Government St. Tuesday afternoon. Anti-Planned Parenthood demonstrators including Louisiana Students for Life, representatives of the Louisiana Right to Life and Louisiana Abortion Recovery Alliance called for an investigation and cuts of all federal funding at the rally, one of 55 planned across the country designed to call attention to recent allegations of Planned ParenthoodÕs involvement in selling fetal body parts, according to news release from Louisiana Right to Life. Planned Parenthood officials  say some affiliates help women donate fetal tissue used for medical research, and no sale of fetal body parts goes on. They  call recent allegations another unfounded attack by anti-abortion groups designed to damage the organization. Undercover  video that opponents use to back the claim has been heavily edited to distort contents, Planned Parenthood officials said.

Presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal and anti-abortion activists pushed Tuesday for defunding Planned Parenthood — using recent allegations that it is involved in the selling of fetal body parts to fuel the drive that brought the national political fight to Louisiana. Jindal, through his presidential campaign operation, launched a petition drive calling on Starbucks, Bank of America… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal TV buy in Iowa part of ‘early state’ strategy

Image from video provided by YouTube/Jindal Campaign -- United States Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is seen on his campaign commercial We're All Americans that has been available for veiwing on YouTube.

— In farmhouses, suburban split-levels and studio apartments across Iowa, the image of Gov. Bobby Jindal shimmers on television screens as he talks up his belief in an America where ethnic identities dissolve in the melting pot of assimilation. “I am tired of hyphenated Americans,” Jindal, the U.S.-born child of immigrants from… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal to take part in South Carolina town hall series for Republican presidential candidates

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is slated to take part in a South Carolina town hall series next month intended to highlight Republican presidential candidates.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, is hosting the series. The event featuring Jindal will be Aug. 20 at Wofford College.

“Tim knows that the best way for the people of South Carolina to make their… Continue reading →

Anti-Planned Parenthood rally set in Baton Rouge to draw attention to allegations of selling fetal body parts

Anti-abortion activists are scheduled to rally at Planned Parenthood’s Baton Rouge facility Tuesday, calling for an investigation into the group’s practices and yanking of federal funds.

The rally — one of 55 planned across the country — is designed to call attention to recent allegations of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in selling fetal body parts, according to news release… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal set to resume presidential campaign, following Lafayette shooting

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is slated to return to the presidential campaign trail Tuesday, after putting his run on hold to respond to a fatal shooting at a Lafayette movie theater last week.

Bobby Jindal campaign resume
Gov. Bobby Jindal

According to Jindal’s campaign, the 2016 hopeful is traveling to New York for a round of media interviews.

Jindal, who has spent… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal struggles in polls, outside top 10 in national survey

Associated Press photo by NICKI KOHLGov. Bobby Jindal speaks to community members during a town hall meeting at the American Legion in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday.

Gov. Bobby Jindal remains in the low single digits in a CNN national poll of support for candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination, outside the top-10 ranking needed to potentially help qualify him for the nationally televised prime-time debate on Fox News Aug. 6.

Meanwhile, a poll by NBC and Marist College of Republican voters in Iowa put… Continue reading →

Planned Parenthood responds to Jindal probe, two Planned Parenthood Louisiana locations do not perform abortions

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s top executive responded Monday to the Jindal administration’s questions about fetal tissue handling at its abortion clinic operations. “Some Planned Parenthood affiliates may help patients who wish to donate fetal tissue, just like other health care providers do. Stem cell research and other tissue research can lead to important scientific and medical… Continue reading →

Report: Despite gains in Louisiana and nationwide, African American students lag on ACT, even when they take key classes

African-American students are less likely than their peers to meet college readiness benchmarks even when they complete the recommended high school courses, according to a national report issued Monday. “The report shows that even when they are doing what they are supposed to do in terms of taking the recommended college preparatory curriculum and earning a high… Continue reading →

Sen. Bill Cassidy: No taxpayer funds for official oil portraits, no manipulating flood-risk standards

Washington – The federal government would be barred from paying for oil portraits of presidents, vice presidents and members of Congress under a measure by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., that was included in a spending bill last week.

Cassidy has introduced the proposal as a separate piece of legislation, called the Eliminating Government-Funding Oil-Painting (EGO) Act. In an… Continue reading →

Southern University eyes iPads as replacement for textbooks

In just a few years, bulky textbooks will likely be a thing of the past for Southern University students. In an effort to lighten the load — and expense — on students, the university is embracing the iPad. Starting with the fall 2016 semester, every entering freshman at Southern University will be required to have one of… Continue reading →

Gov. Bobby Jindal lands in controversial gun-control spotlight following Lafayette theater shooting

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lafayette city officials and law enforcement officers walk out of The Grand Theatre 16 Friday, July 24, 2015, after touring the scene inside a screening room where a shooter killed two people and injured nine before shooting himself dead Thursday night in Lafayette, La.

The same but different. The aftermath of the horrific shooting in a Lafayette theater Thursday was not the first time Gov. Bobby Jindal provided a public response to a similar tragedy as a player on the national stage. The day after the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine people… Continue reading →

Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders makes stop in Baton Rouge; Racism, 'rigged' economy among topics he spoke about

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- US Sen. Bernie Sanders, No Party-Vermont, speaks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Presidential Gala, Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, La.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his fiery, long shot bid for the presidency to Baton Rouge on Saturday night, blasting what he called entrenched racism, income inequality and a “rigged” economy that penalizes the middle class. “This country has more crises probably than at any time since the Great Depression,” he said during a 35-minute speech.… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign after Lafayette theater shooting

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  La. Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during a press 7:45 a.m. press conference about the shooting that left three people dead, including the shooter, and injured seven Friday, July 24, 2015, outside the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette, La.

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday suspended his presidential campaign in the wake of the Lafayette theater shooting tragedy. "He won’t be doing any campaigning over the next few days," Jindal's campaign manager Timmy Teepell said in an e-mail. Thursday night's shooting rampage left three people dead, including the shooter. On Friday, Jindal ordered flags to be flown at half-mast. Jindal just returned Wednesday from… Continue reading →

Harrah’s New Orleans revenues down again, official blames smoking ban as gamblers flock to riverboat casinos to puff and play

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Revenue at HarrahÕs Casina is down. The casino is blaming it on the cityÕs new smoking ban.

Revenue dropped 30 percent at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino in June, and its top executive put most of the blame on the city’s new indoor smoking ban. It marked the second straight month since people were forbidden to smoke inside that the state’s largest land-based casino reported a significant decline in revenue.… Continue reading →