Thursday, October 05, 2006




Raises eyed for officials
Legislature must OK panel’s proposals

"Raising the governor’s pay $35,000 — about 37 percent — to $130,000 per year. Boosting other statewide-elected officials’ salaries $30,000 — about 35 percent — to $115,000 per year. Included would be the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, the commissioner of agriculture and the commissioner of insurance. Increasing legislators base pay $2,736 — about 12 percent — to $25,536."

House clerk: Vote changes becoming problem

"But members of a House panel shot down the idea, saying the form would become a public record. Tracking legislators’ flip-flops would then become much easier. Last year alone, House members changed their votes more than 500 times after votes on legislation were recorded, Speer said."

Blanco cautious on insurance bite

“They found money for the Superdome. I suppose the will find money for Entergy. They will find money to build a new hospital. When are they going to find money for the people? People are seeing their insurance bills go up anywhere from 15 to 50 percent,” he added. “We have a problem here.” -State Treasurer John Kennedy

Losing candidate wants to help fix insurer problems

"Cain said he’s mulling other jobs to run for because he cannot seek re-election to the Senate next year because of term-limits."

EDITORIALS: Records secrecy stymies public

"The public deserves a timely response to public information requests. Even when an agency eventually rules in favor of releasing a document, information loses its value if it is not available in a timely manner."


Blanco health plan price tag is hefty
Tab $200 million more than spent now
By Jan Moller

Personal to the Levee Board: Time's up
Stephanie Grace

EDITORIAL: Just go away
There is no doubt how New Orleanians feel about the Orleans Levee Board. They don't like it, don't trust it and don't want it to exist any longer.


Colleagues back Alexander
State's GOP delegation critical of House leaders
By Greg Hilburn

Lawmaking trio show support for 2nd Amendment
By Greg Hilburn

"You shouldn't lose your Second Amendment rights just because there was a storm," Jindal said. "If ever people find themselves in this situation again they will have the ability to defend themselves, their families and their property."

Jones apologizes for comment on Longview, Minden
By Michelle Mahfoufi

"When we arrest a drug dealer or prostitute and they bond out, I want to arrest them again," Jones said in the broadcast. "And when they bond out again, arrest them again until finally they realize, 'Gee whiz, I need to move out.' If we send them to Minden, to Longview, I don't care. Just get them out of Shreveport." -Mayoral candidate Jerry Jones

Caddo Commission expects to appoint administrator today
Commission must fill two, maybe three, vacant seats

By Loresha Wilson

State court sanctions councilman
Menard didn't properly repay funds in lawsuit


Former newspaper editor pleads guilty to child porn

Turkey Creek police chief accused of molesting teenage girl

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