"The American system of criminal justice demands that judges not only uphold the constitution and laws of this country but also remain un-swayed by fear of public criticism. Your recent public criticism of Judge Edward D. Rubin severely tests that principle, but I am sure Judge Rubin will live up to his reputation as a fearlessly independent judge." —  Russell Castille, former coordinator of the pre-trial monitoring program, 15th Judicial District Court

If approved, the 7-mill property tax would have generated about $6.5 million annually in additional revenue for a beleaguered Parks/Rec Department that currently relies on an almost $4 million subsidy from the city’s general fund.

ROULETTEThe department says collections from 18 participating casinos range from a high of $106,771 to a low of $12,218.

Now that a $4 billion plea deal has resolved BP's criminal liability for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill nearly three years ago, the company will turn its focus to a trial that could potentially cost it billions of dollars more in civil penalties.

New Orleans police are in the middle of an unprecedented security challenge with an estimated 150,000 Super Bowl fans packing the city during the raucous annual buildup to Mardi Gras, when thousands of revelers flock to the historic French Quarter and its restaurants, bars and strip clubs.

Mississippi officials are asking the federal government to thoroughly study the potential effects of any proposed new levee construction in southeast Louisiana.

Tulane said in a news release that the center will promote the study of Chinese culture and language.

Conservative House lawmakers who have been at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal over budgeting tactics proposed Tuesday to rewrite the laws governing how the state estimates and spends its money and how the annual budget is crafted.

The overall rate at which teachers are leaving public schools has been steady in recent years, despite a recent sharp increase in retirements.

A federal judge will decide whether to approve an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Washington fundraising heavyweight set up federal and state super PACs on Monday to support U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a move that heightens speculation that Vitter is eyeing a bid for governor.

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