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Alford: Locals prepare for a moment in the sun

If you’re ever bumping around the Capitol, and you hear someone refer to “the locals,” they aren’t discussing Baton Rouge’s lovable flamingo fanatics or...

Should planning department report to mayor, rather than Metro Council?

Should authority over the Planning Commission move from the Metro Council to the mayor-president’s office? It’s a question the Plan of Government committee says...
Board of Regents Master Plan

Developing Louisiana talent key to Regents’ Master Plan update

Within the next 20 years, expect college—and high school—as we know it in Louisiana to look significantly different. Specifically, the way in which students move from...
industry

Industry battling over state appointments and river pilot fees

Even as alleged improprieties in the selection of its at-large commissioners are hashed out in 19th Judicial District Court, industry representatives on the Louisiana Pilotage...

Mayor calls for better oversight of mosquito abatement district, other quasi-independent agencies

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is calling for tougher oversight of the city’s Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control district, as scrutiny of the agency and...

Medical marijuana crop further delayed

Louisiana patients who have been waiting years to access the medical marijuana legalized in 2015 may have to wait longer as the LSU AgCenter...

Donna Collins-Lewis wants Bridge Center plan in 15 days

Metro Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis is frustrated that a report requested several weeks ago from the mayor’s office updating progress on the Bridge Center, the...

Metro Council members move to oust head of mosquito abatement agency

Two members of the Metro Council are calling for a hearing to fire Todd Walker, director of the Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent...
Metro Council MARC facility

Stung! How a taxpayer-funded mosquito abatement facility nearly doubles in price

After years of rubber-stamping escalating spending requests, the Metro Council is now wondering how the cost of a planned $6.5 million mosquito abatement facility...
Metro Council Gary Beard

Who is Gary Beard and how does he keep landing public contracts?

In his nearly 40-year career, Gary Beard has found work as an engineer, a legislator, a failed candidate for statewide office and an inventor—according...

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