The audit, released Monday, says the monthly Bayou Health and Louisiana Behavioral Health Program payments were made for 2,644 inmates over the 23 months ending Dec. 31, 2013.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's steep descent from the days when he was seen as a fresh-faced reformer continues this week when he is sentenced in federal court on 20 criminal charges counts including bribery, money laundering and fraud.

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.

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.

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.

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