Metropolitan Lafayette is one of the fastest-growing regions of our state, with a thriving, diversified economy, superb quality of life and an accomplished community of health care providers.

The House Education Committee shot down a bill that would change eligibility for Louisiana's TOPS program and required repayment of the free college tuition if students lose their awards.

The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation in the session’s third week that would force non-governmental organizations that receive state money to open up their related records and meetings to the public.

The budget to finance the House, Senate and other legislative agencies would grow to more than $98 million next year, under recommendations approved without objection Wednesday by a panel of legislative leaders.

The latest shows a dead heat in the U.S. Senate race, solid support for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu as a potential gubernatorial candidate and a big opening for a Democrat to get into the attorney general’s race.

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