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.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley said Wednesday that lawmakers won't vote on Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax plan until they get their own financial analysis of the bills, a review that will slow any efforts to move the tax overhaul to passage.

The governing board for Louisiana's property insurer of last resort didn't choose an alternate approach Wednesday to balance the company's books after a $100 million borrowing plan stalled at the state capitol.

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed all remaining claims against the company that made a key safety device for the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killing 11 workers and leading to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

Federal investigators said Wednesday that as much as $700 million in federal aid intended to help some 24,000 Louisiana families elevate their homes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 may have been misspent.

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