A repeated attempt by Rep. Jeff Arnold to rework the laws involving automated traffic cameras has again stalled because of opposition from local government officials who rely on the penalty dollars for their budgets.

Two bills aimed at regulating salt dome operations were approved unanimously by the Louisiana House on Thursday, a day after some Bayou Corne residents were told an evacuation order will remain in place indefinitely due to the instability of a 15-acre sinkhole.

The money will continue work at programs in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Mandeville, New Orleans, and Shreveport.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley reversed course Thursday and threw his support to bipartisan budget negotiations in the House between Democratic leaders and a group of conservative Republicans.

A bid to make Louisiana's education superintendent an elected position failed to gain traction Wednesday in the state Senate, but only after showcasing the deep divide between state and local education leaders.

darwin_carouselBecause evolution is just a theory. Like gravity.

Now more Louisiana children than ever will learn that it's Adam and Eve, not atoms and amino acids.

Republican lawmakers seeking to stop the use of patchwork financing in next year's budget lost a legal battle Wednesday in their bid to keep the Legislature from plugging that money into operating expenses.

The bill would have applied to the lieutenant governor, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, insurance commissioner, secretary of state and treasurer.

The 6-3 vote shelves the proposal by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, for the legislative session. He's unsuccessfully pushed similar measures in previous years, always running into strong opposition from religious leaders and conservative organizations.

New Orleans businessman John Georges held a news conference in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, a day after The Times-Picayune announced a return to seven-day-a-week publishing with a tabloid edition.

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