Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. more>>
Event planners seem to no longer be wary of booking in New Orleans during the height of hurricane season. The traditionally slow months are transforming with the return of some big-name conventions. more>>
Descendants of those three former governors still benefit from those leases today -- all totaled they've made more than $400 million.
Seidemann said, "I have not been alive for the duration of these issues. And so it is a learning curve."
The Mineral Board unanimously passed the resolution, giving the attorney general a four-month extension.
"The true wealth of our state was stolen by conspiracy, collusion, apparent fraud, intimidation and neglect of the public good," testified independent researcher Norman Billiot.
Billiot and co-researcher Keith Cressionnie have spent 30 years looking into the three former governors' scheme. They asked the Mineral Board to approve the extension, but also to stay on top of the attorney general.
Cressionnie told board members, "I have over 3,000 names of Louisiana citizens that wrote in and just signed the petitions and approve of what we're doing and rooting for us. So, picture 3,000 guys in here right now, you know, wanting the same answers."
" I think half of them have called me as well," acknowledged Arnold.
Cressionnie wants a fair investigation and wonders if that's happening, since two of Louisiana's most powerful politicians have taken campaign contributions from descendants who are still making the money.
The Attorney General, [Buddy] Caldwell, and Governor [Bobby] Jindal have received campaign contributions from the heirs," Cressionnie testified. "That concerns me as Joe Citizen, as to where I stand."
The AG's request gives until May to come back to the Mineral Board with a report. The AG's office could ask for additional time, because researching Win or Lose remains so complicated.
Seidemann testified, "The actual history and, more importantly from our perspective, the legal nuances and the law that applies and things like that are things that I don't know intuitively know – neither does my staff. So we're having to back up, learn and research this thing. The issues are vast. They are, if correct, significant."
It's significant in that, if the state recovers these leases, it would bring at least an additional $30 million to Louisiana every year -- money now going to descendants of three former governors could instead go toward funding our kids' educations, repairing roads and taking care of the sick.
Sign up for emails from FOX 8 Live
Get news and forecasts from FOX 8 delivered to your inbox by signing up for the lists below.
For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most people will never forget where theymore>>
Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.more>>
A cloud of locusts Clouds of insects slowed traffic Thursday in Madagascar's capitol city of Antananarivo. The island nation has been dealing with locusts for more than two years. The government announcedmore>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped. Here's what's trending today.more>>
SLIDELL, La. (AP) - As George Clooney and Sandra Bullock prepare this fall to shoot the political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis," in New Orleans, producers are looking for locals interested in appearingmore>>
As George Clooney and Sandra Bullock prepare this fall to shoot the political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis," in New Orleans, producers are looking for locals interested in appearing as extras in the film.more>>
A tropical wave is moving from the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico. The circulation is over land right now, but it is worth watching as it pushes west. It is not likely anything will develop untilmore>>
The only area worth watching at the moment is a wave currently over the Yucatan. The wave will move westward today and once over the Bay of Campeche, further development is possible.more>>
Fox 8 WVUE-TV
Louisiana Media Company, LLC.
1025 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125