The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.

Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.

McAllister's office vowed that he intended to stay in office — for now. As for questions about whether he would stand for re-election in November, those were dodged.

The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.

payday carousel newTo encourage a cap at 36 percent is one thing (we could ignore); to require it by force of law is fascism because Obama.

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