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U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy

U.S. Senate approves stopgap spending bill with disaster relief, heating aid

BY: - September 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved broadly bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide billions for natural disaster relief, military and economic aid to Ukraine and funding to help low-income families offset the rising costs of heating and cooling their homes.  It includes $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that burned large […]

Senator Joe Manchin

Manchin seeks bipartisan ‘sweet spot’ for a new try at his energy permitting bill

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators from both parties said Wednesday they hope to negotiate an energy permitting reform bill yet this year, reviving efforts to streamline the process after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III had to pull back his plan amid broad opposition.  The Manchin proposal was attached to a must-pass government funding bill […]

Senator Joe Manchin

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

BY: - September 27, 2022

The U.S. Senate pulled Sen. Joe Manchin's energy proposal from a stopgap bipartisan spending bill its members approved Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (File: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Aboard a Colorado National Guard helicopter, Gov. Jared Polis gets a flyover tour Dec. 31, 2021, of Boulder County neighborhoods destroyed by wildfires the previous day.

Billions for natural disasters, home energy costs included in stopgap spending bill in Congress

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is on track to approve billions in funding this week to help offset rising home heating and cooling costs as well as boost aid for communities recovering from natural disasters.   The package, unveiled overnight, would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that scorched much of New Mexico […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Eco-sensors, cybersecurity and an apology

BY: - September 23, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  FUTURE is here  Louisiana Tech, LSU Shreveport and four partner universities have received a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation to create […]

Audit: Fuel-efficient vehicles suck tax revenue from Louisiana roadwork fund

BY: - September 6, 2022

Louisiana’s 20-cent per gallon tax has stood unchanged longer than every other state’s except for Mississippi and Alaska.

New Orleans skyline with City Hall, Superdome

Bond commission makes largely symbolic vote to protest New Orleans’ abortion law stance

BY: - July 21, 2022

Before voting to withhold potential financing in years to come, the Louisiana Bond Commission approved a $32 million cash line of credit for the same Sewerage and Water Board project.

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

Louisiana Governor has COVID-19

BY: - June 24, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, the day after he returned from a five-day trip to a Louisiana trial lawyers conference in California, according to his office. Edwards is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received recommended boosters. He has no symptoms but plans to isolate for five days as the U.S. […]

Bayou Chevreuil

Former Louisiana House speaker part of $9 million swampland deal at taxpayer expense

BY: - June 20, 2022

The state of Louisiana has set aside $9 million to buy 2,000 acres of swampland in St. James and Lafourche parishes that is partly owned by Charles DeWitt, a former House speaker and Public Service Commissioner.  State government is making the purchase for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which intends to use the property […]

prison corridor

Effort to bring automatic criminal records expungement to Louisiana crumbles again

BY: - June 10, 2022

Louisiana legislators once again failed to pass a new law that would allow criminal records to be expunged automatically.  A dispute between House Democrats and Republicans tanked a bill that could have made it easier for thousands of Louisiana residents to find housing and employment. Similar legislation died during the last few days of the […]

John Bel Edwards

Louisiana governor pushes university faculty pay higher with veto pen

BY: - June 2, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has used his veto power to give higher education faculty a larger pay raise than the one legislators approved last month. Edwards restored funding for the LSU, Southern University and the University of Louisiana systems by a total of $8.7 million. The extra money is supposed to be used to pay […]

Mississippi River bridge sites

New Mississippi River bridge sites narrowed down to 3

BY: - May 27, 2022

Using a fast-tracked public feedback process, Louisiana transportation officials have narrowed down the options for a new Mississippi River bridge near Baton Rouge to three locations, all connecting the east and west banks of Iberville Parish. Commissioners for the Capital Area Road and Bridge District got their first look at the remaining options Friday morning […]