The Alliance for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, is tearing into the Public Service Commission over its vote to reverse a statewide energy conservation program the PSC had already approved.

State Superintendent John White is ready to run with a plan to fund Louisiana’s voucher program that he believes sidesteps a state district court judge’s ruling that using Minimum Foundation Program funds to send students to private schools is unconstitutional.

Rep. Jared Brossett said he believes that because the hospitals are public assets, turning them over to private managers should require legislative backing.

The commission voted 3-2 to abandon the previously approved program plans, without allowing any public testimony before the vote.

Mark Bly, who led the investigation and has served as BP's global head of safety, said his team didn't have enough information to conduct a "systemic evaluation" of what caused the blowout.

OK, this ain't local. But a cookie cake?

Meteorologists are predicting the right wind speed and direction and relative humidity for a safe burn, and the right "mixing height" to disperse the smoke.

The extension means there will be two Carnival cruise ships sailing year round from New Orleans through at least Feb. 12, 2016.

Government agencies are already taking steps to comply with automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday.

Thad Welch, take heart. Since 2009 the Lafayette Parish School Board and system have hired 34 others who did not fully meet the education requirements of their job description.

Tony Hayward was head of the London-based oil giant in 2010 when there was an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

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