Reported by: Associated Press
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is facing questions over a $2 million education earmark that benefited a Texas company.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is asking the Department of Justice to investigate the relationship between Landrieu and Voyager Expanded Learning. The company was founded by Randy Best, a Dallas merchant banker and prodigious Republican donor.
On October 19th, 2001, Best held a fundraiser for Landrieu. On or about November 2nd, Landrieu received $30,000 from Best, company employees and their relatives. That's according to Federal Election Commission records.
By October 15th, Landrieu had included the $2 million earmark in a spending bill for the District of Columbia. And, her interest in seeing the Voyager program funded for D.C. schools dated to at least May of 2001.
On May 15th, she wrote a letter to the D.C. appropriations subcommittee chairman asking him to provide the district with $3.5 million for the program. Landrieu's office released that letter today.
The reading program was for use in kindergarten and first-grade classes in the D.C. school district.
The earmark attracted attention after the Washington Post highlighted it in a December 20th article on Congress' role in the affairs of the troubled D.C. school district.
In a recent interview with WWL-TV in New Orleans, Landrieu denied wrongdoing and said the company did not influence her. She added that she had "absolutely nothing to hide about" her relationship with Best.
The Powerball drawing is tonight and it is the second largest pay out amount in drawing history. If there are no winners for tonight's $700 million Powerball the jackpot will go up to $1 billion according to an official with the DC Lottery. Tune into 7 News Nightcast for the winning numbers. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
Senator John Kennedy, R-La, spent time on post Wednesday at Fort Polk, visiting with some soldiers who will be deploying to Iraq very soon. "We have the finest military the world has ever known," Kennedy said. "It's because of these fine young men and women that keep this country safe." As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, over 2,100 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division will be deploying from Fort Polk. Kennedy said coming face-to-f...More >>
Republican congressman Clay Higgins held a town hall meeting at the Sulphur Regional Library to discuss current issues with his constituents. Higgins answered questions and provided updates from his first seven months serving southwest Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also spoke about recent deadly violence which happened at a rally of neo Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. "I can tell you that any form of hate speech that suggests vio...More >>
Rain is already making changes to the 2017 high school football season. The Lake Area Jamboree has moved all its games to Thursday because of the threat of rain from Tropical Depression Harvey. Here is the updated schedule: Thursday 4 p.m. Vinton vs. East Beauregard 5 p.m. Westlake vs. DeRidder 6 p.m. South Beauregard vs. Barbe 7 p.m. Welsh vs. Washington-Marion 8 p.m. Jennings vs. Sam Houston 9 p.m. Sulphur vs. St. Louis If we find out more changes to other jamboree...More >>