In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court is turning to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.

Lawmakers urged Gov. Bobby Jindal's health department Tuesday to look at alternative program models to tap into the Medicaid expansion money available under the federal health care.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax restructuring plan would shift $500 million in tax costs from individuals to businesses, the governor's leader on the effort said Tuesday.

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 said Tuesday that its recent discovery of missing cement samples was the result of a "simple misunderstanding," not an attempt to withhold crucial evidence.

Police Chief Jim Craft says adhering to national policing standards could improve the work of officers and help the agency avoid lawsuits.

The search process has been lambasted by the Faculty Senate as too secretive, and faculty leaders have questioned whether Alexander has the background to lead a research-based university system.

Lawmakers seeking more information about the Jindal administration's cancellation of a nearly $200 million Medicaid contract amid an ongoing criminal investigation were told Tuesday that administration leaders were advised against discussing it.

Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell has been at odds with the GOP governor over the depth of budget cuts to public colleges and what that slashing means to higher education.

The free Wi-Fi service began Monday, allowing anyone in the building to access the public network with their computers, tablets and smartphones.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue implemented the requirement beginning with returns due in 2013. Filing extension requests must be submitted no later than the tax filing deadline.

A federal engineer examining the lessons from Hurricane Sandy says findings after the October storm closely track the disaster of Hurricane Katrina seven years earlier.

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