lafayette_v_broussardCity-Parish President Joey Durel unveiled another arrow in Lafayette’s quiver: cutting off fire dispatch services.

HIGH_ON_POPECatholic church bells pealed long and joyously across Louisiana after Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis.

Treasurer John Kennedy, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell have given salary bumps to various employees in their offices in the current budget year.

"They caused the situation. They've got to make this right," Jindal said after a closed-door meeting with company leaders.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday did not say why Mikal Watts, who was in court only for the trial's first day, resigned from the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council voted, 7-4, with one abstention, in favor of creating a special license for casinos that will allow them to sell alcohol past 2 a.m. — unlike other Baton Rouge bars and stores.

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

Cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication that disagreements remain about the direction of the Catholic Church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation.

A worker says a flurry of activity on the Deepwater Horizon hindered his ability to monitor BP's well for signs of trouble before the April 2010 blowout that caused the drilling rig to explode.

reefer_madnessAt issue is Jindal's diversions of millions of dollars donated by oil companies to turn old rigs into artificial reefs to instead pay for other items in the budget.

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