If you're driving on Louisiana's interstates, the days of letting your pooch have free range in the bed of a pickup truck might be nearing an end.

Activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday include watching state biologists catch and band songbirds and boat tours to the pelican rookery on nearby Queen Bess Island.

Louisiana Lottery officials said Tuesday that no one has claimed a $10,000 Powerball prize won in the Nov. 17 drawing.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says most policyholders with the National Flood Insurance Program have until April 22 to complete their proof-of-loss claims.

Lafayette tech consultant and civic activist Mike Stagg is vice-president of Holy Rosary Redevelopment, the private nonprofit and would-be beneficiary of HB 420, which was unanimously approved Monday by the House Appropriations Committee. He says taking the $200,000 annual allocation from the Cajundome, as proposed by the bill, is a no-brainer.

If the council approves the ordinance the amnesty period will lead to the city subcontracting with private attorneys to take motorists with outstanding fines to court to collect the citations.

ouisiana may owe the federal government more than $115 million for disaster relief aid that was misspent or awarded to ineligible recipients after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a state audit said Monday.

Senators opened their budget hearings Monday with questions raised by the Legislature's financial analysts about assumptions used by Gov. Bobby Jindal to balance next year's spending recommendations.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, state Superintendent of Education John White, House Education Committee Chairman Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, and Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, are also scheduled to appear.

A runner from Lafayette was about a block away when two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon's finish line. Two runners from Opelousas crossed the line about two minutes before the explosions. They and 18 Baton Rouge-area runners are safe, newspapers reported.

More than two months after receiving a public records request for the deposition of Lafayette developer Greg Gachassin, the Louisiana Board of Ethics has responded: request denied.
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