Jindal sent a letter late Tuesday to the Republican and Democratic leaders of both the U.S. House and Senate, asking them to support an immediate delay in the increases set in motion by a 2012 revamp of the federal flood insurance program.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff, Paul Rainwater, is leaving state government after working for the governor since he took office six years ago.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office says the number of people in Louisiana who won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul has dropped to 62,000.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is using creative financing maneuvers to get around constitutional and political limitations on using surplus and other sources of patchwork financing for next year's budget.

The Louisiana ballot box might get to decide whether the last remaining elected officials forced to pasture by an age restriction — state district court judges — can serve as long as voters keep re-electing them.

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