GOP strategist Karl Rove says he can imagine a Republican candidate in the next presidential campaign supporting gay marriage.

federal_defenders2The lawyers who defend the nation's poor in federal courts across the country are grappling with budget cuts they say will decimate their offices.

Louisiana is one of a baker's dozen states in which the ad campaign will appear.

The head of Louisiana's Department of Natural Resources has named 13 scientists and other experts to serve on a commission to determine the long-term stability of the area around northern Assumption Parish's sinkhole.

The attorney general's public corruption unit says that the office has an ongoing investigation into the awarding of the contract to CNSI, which was supposed to take over Medicaid claims processing next year.

About $88 million expected for this year's state budget hasn't been received yet by the treasurer's office for spending, lawmakers were told Friday.

"We call on Gov. Jindal to withdraw and publicly disavow this analysis so that citizens and elected officials can begin to have a reasonable debate based on facts, not distortion and untruths."

Maryland-based CNSI, which once employed Jindal health secretary Bruce Greenstein, was supposed to take over Medicaid claims processing next year.

Within hours of The Advocate breaking the story of a federal investigation into the state's awarding of a lucrative Medicaid contract to CNSI in 2011, the Jindal administration cancels the contract.

Derrick Comeaux believes the move was in retaliation for comments he made to the school board the night before in which he detailed discipline problems he encounters on a daily basis.

A bill pre-filed in the Legislature would, pending legislative and voter approval, amend the state constitution and make the job of state superintendent an elected position.

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