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.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says colleges need to be able to raise their tuition rates, but he says the state can't afford to continue increasing TOPS program costs, which are estimated to reach $204 million next year.


Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26

As sensible firearm legislation withers on the vine in Congress and the gun nuts at the NRA gin up fear and paranoia, a newly released report trumpets what we’ve intuitively known since musket days: lax gun laws and high rates of gun violence go hand in glove, and Louisiana comes out on “top” in both.

Lafayette Parish School Board members Greg Awbrey and Tehmi Chassion may be playing with fire as far as Thad Welch is concerned, as the so-called “issue” over Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper's refusal to fire Welch will likely hit a boiling point at the end of tonight’s meeting.

The House budget committee chairman is unhappy that next year's proposed public school funding formula strips a requirement for how much money must be spent in the classroom.  Photo by Robin May

Continuing deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are a sign that the Gulf of Mexico is still feeling effects from the 2010 spill that spewed 200 million gallons of oil from a well a mile below the surface, a prominent environmental group said Tuesday.

The company whose nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with the state has been cancelled says it didn't do anything improper to get the work, despite an ongoing federal investigation into the contract award.

Sources are telling The Ind that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial proposal to eliminate the state’s corporate and individual income taxes and replace the lost revenue with a sharp spike and expansion of the state sales tax is finally — and deservedly — dead.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is running for the Senate next year, seeking to keep Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu from a fourth term.

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