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Gasp. Could Mark Allen Babineaux — an attorney — have broken board policy to the tune of $17 million?

As 72-year-old Samuel Little, a former boxer and transient, awaits trial in Los Angeles for the alleged sexually motivated strangulation deaths of two women, authorities in numerous jurisdictions in California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio are scouring their own cold case files for possible ties to Little.

There are now only four Democrats in the Senate who have not expressed support for gay marriage: Sens. Mark Pryor, of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Joe Manchin, of West Virginia.

The consulting firm hired by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration for economic analysis of the governor's tax plan says states should not enact a key plank of Jindal's proposal.

Country singer Sammy Kershaw inadvertently set a fire Thursday in his home that, as a result, sustained "heavy smoke damage, but no structural damage."

Louisiana has received $95 million in legal settlements with insurance companies, ending questions about whether the money would roll in for this year's budget or leave lawmakers scrambling to fill a shortfall.

Republican U.S. Rep. John Fleming said Thursday that he won't enter the U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu because he doesn't want to divide GOP support.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal would leave colleges with shaky and uncertain financing next year and create cash flow problems at the schools, Louisiana's higher education commissioner said Thursday.

With negotiations under way between the Lafayette Parish School System and CSRS — the company hired by the school board to create a facilities master plan in 2009 —  Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper is questioning a “suspicious” $16.5 million contractual provision signed by former Superintendent Burnell Lemoine and school board member Mark Allen Babineaux, then the president of the board.  
tehmi_desperateTo keep certain skeletons — a felony arrest for example — safely hidden from the public eye, some politicians will take desperate measures.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed nothing but praise for each other Wednesday just before Jindal gave the keynote speech at a fundraiser for the Mississippi Republican Party.

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