Sandra Degeyter admitted in federal court late Monday afternoon to receiving more than $5,000 for her role in the bribery scheme that continues to haunt the 15th Judicial District, making her the fifth guilty plea entered in the case so far.

Former Acadiana Outreach Center case manager Sandra Degeyter is expected to plead guilty Monday at 4 p.m. to conspiracy to commit bribery.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, said Monday he wouldn't take part in the conclave to elect the next pope after being accused of improper conduct with priests — an unprecedented first head to roll in the mudslinging that has followed Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign.

Louisiana's "Katrina cottages" program took years longer than expected to build homes for hurricane-displaced residents and paid significantly more per house than similar nonprofit programs.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said he would hear several hours of opening statements Monday and the first witness would take the stand Tuesday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic spending cuts go into effect March 1.

sequesterThe impact of the cuts would be felt everywhere from funding for Head Start and education to environmental protection and military readiness.

Win great prizes just by picking the winners.

Those members of the Lafayette Parish School Board itching for the ouster of the superintendent’s hand-picked special assistant — supposedly over his lack of a high school diploma — may want to reconsider, or at least read the letter his lawyer sent Tuesday to board attorney James Simon.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.7 billion budget proposal for next year plugs hundreds of millions in patchwork funding into public colleges and assumes hefty savings from the privatization of LSU hospitals to make the numbers balance.

A report to the state Bond Commission on Thursday showed Louisiana carried a debt load of $1,336 for every man, woman and child in the state as the books were closed for 2012. That's an increase of $18 per person from the previous year.

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