The Louisiana Democrat is the mother of two adopted children and the wife of a man adopted from overseas.

Seven months after a sinkhole forced the evacuation of 150 homes in swampy Assumption Parish, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that he'll visit the site where nine acres of land have disintegrated into muck.

An executive from the company that was BP's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig testified Monday that he learned of some "irregularities" in tests that the contractor's employees performed after the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Louisiana public school students can start registering for free online classes taught by 42 organizations, including universities, according to the state education department.

Planning for the moment when the next pope is proclaimed to the world, and for the installation ceremony a few days later, is a big-time guessing game. And that adds up to an ungodly logistical headache for the city of Rome.

Can the fractious Italians rally behind a single candidate? Can the Americans live up to their surprise billing as a power broker?

On the eve of their conclave to select a new pope, cardinals held their final debate Monday over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager to clean up the Vatican or a pastor to inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.

It closed Monday and will remain closed until Friday, April 12 for all public uses — off-road vehicles, horseback riding, bicycles and walking.

University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board.

unemploymentThe unemployment rate is at its lowest level in four years.

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