A bill prohibiting posting to social media sites while driving gained final approval with a 34-1 Senate vote Tuesday. It now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission will reconsider a decision to shelve a planned statewide energy efficiency program, after a lawsuit challenged the commission's previous handling of the issue.

Between now and June 2, officers from 132 agencies will participate in the state's largest-ever concentrated effort to increase the use of seatbelts.

State treasurer John Kennedy says lawmakers are sacrificing long-term gains for a short-term fix in their handling of the tobacco settlement trust fund.

The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to reject the formula, because of concerns about proposed changes to special education and gifted student payments to schools.

The tireless chronicler of the New Orleans brass band and second-line community and a Gambit contributor, Cotton was among the 19 people shot on Mother's Day in New Orleans. She continues to recover from a gunshot wound to her back.

UL Lafayette's primate center has paid the fine for the deaths of three rhesus monkeys in May 2011 and an injury last year to a chimpanzee.

State senators rejected a proposal on Monday for Louisiana to offer government-subsidized health insurance to the working poor through the federal health overhaul law known as the Affordable Care Act.

Overwhelming support from lawmakers comes despite concerns the constitutional amendments would further limit budget areas available to cut when Louisiana has financial woes — and leave public colleges more vulnerable to slashing.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bid to give judges five years of annual pay raises easily received the backing Monday of the Senate's budget committee — after it was changed to require money for the salary hike to come from the annual judicial budget.

A federal judge has dismissed a charge that is the backbone of the case against a former BP executive accused of concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil spewing in 2010 from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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