A state audit says Louisiana's health department made nearly $2.7 million in Medicaid payments to state prisoners, who are not eligible for the benefits.

All 110 chimps from a laboratory in New Iberia have been moved to Chimp Haven in northwest Louisiana, according to the national sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from federal research.

Federal prosecutors say former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has shown no remorse for his crimes and lies to investigators and U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan should sentence him harshly.

There's a wrinkle in the state education board's plan to hire attorneys for advice on a possible lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal: The contract for special legal counsel appears to need the governor's approval.

While it may be too early to identify what the swing parishes will be in the developing U.S. Senate race, Republicans appear to be putting an early focus on St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes and, to a lesser extent, Washington, St. Helena and Livingston parishes.

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