U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and chef Paul Prudhomme are visiting a farm in New Orleans.

JINDAL_hearth_troubleGov. Bobby Jindal faces deepening crises in his home state even as he dishes out advice on how the divided GOP can regroup.

Polozola worked for the court for four decades, starting as a law clerk. He was nominated to the bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and served as chief judge from 1998 to 2005.

Authorities have raised their estimate of the amount of dangerous material improperly stored at an explosives recycling company in Louisiana.

The Education Department said the changes were made as part of an effort to more closely align government lending programs with industry standards and decrease default rates.

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.

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