The election of a new pope could help heal the wounds left by a Roman Catholic sex abuse crisis that has savaged the church's reputation worldwide.

On his first day as shepherd of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis picked up his luggage at a Vatican hotel, personally thanked each member of the staff and even paid his own bill.

New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.

jobless_aidApplications for unemployment aid are a proxy for layoffs, and their steady decline signals that companies are laying off fewer and fewer workers.

The delay affects people claiming education tax credits who filed returns between Feb. 14 and Feb. 22.

Hell hath no fury like a small town scorned.
One of the state’s most respected political journalists will lecture in Lafayette Wednesday, March 20.

Jindal wants to boost state sales taxes from 4 percent to 5.88 percent; increase cigarette taxes from 36 cents per pack to $1.41; and assess sales taxes on a wide range of services not currently taxed. He also wants to remove an unspecified list of tax breaks.

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.

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