Paul Pastorek, who left the Louisiana superintendent of education post in 2011 for a corporate job in Washington, has stepped down as chief administrative officer of Airbus Group Inc. and plans to work again in education policy.

Lafayette fire officials say at least five vacant houses have been set afire in one week. They're investigating a sixth house fire.

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A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Lawmakers have given Gov. Bobby Jindal all the power to choose among their favored projects in next year's construction budget.

Against the backdrop of a West Monroe Baptist church, Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday signed into law new restrictions against abortion in Louisiana, saying the measures will protect women and "the life of the unborn."

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