Louisiana's top higher education official said Tuesday that the state's investment in public colleges has sunk to its lowest level in more than 50 years when compared to income levels, and he's pushing for new tuition increases to offset some of the loss.

Lawmakers digging into the details of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to restructure Louisiana's tax code said Tuesday that his administration needs to do a better job selling the tax plan to the public.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said it's premature for the state property insurer of last resort to borrow $100 million to help close a budget gap.

Despite so many pressing issues — like the plea from Acadian Middle administrators for a reconstitution of their troubled school — Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion is still waging his unspoken war against Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper, this time by asking for what is no doubt an illegal executive session during Wednesday’s board meeting.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is meeting for the first time with the families displaced since August by a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass on Tuesday, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people attending to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest and to let tenderness "open up a horizon of hope."

The Louisiana Supreme Court was to hear back-to-back arguments Tuesday afternoon about the expanded school voucher program and the plan to shift future rank-and-file state workers to a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

The LSU Board of Supervisors next week will decide whether to turn over management of university-run hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana.

An 11-member search committee chose F. King Alexander, president of California State University Long Beach, as the sole finalist for the LSU president's job.

A local ecological restoration company donated 100 live oak trees that will be planted at the park-to-be Tuesday afternoon.

clergy_jindalMore than 250 Louisiana clergy members have signed a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal opposing his tax swap proposal.

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