Louisiana will borrow $100 million to repair and improve rural roads around Louisiana, in a plan scaled back Thursday by state officials grappling with a shortage of construction funds and trying to stay under the state's debt ceiling.


The UL student was indicted Thursday for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault.

James E. Simon is a public servant, working both as an assistant district attorney in the 15th Judicial District and as legal counsel for the Lafayette Parish School Board, but he says that doesn’t mean he has to talk, especially to the media.

gun_billsLawmakers in the Legislature have begun pre-filing bills aimed at heading off possible gun restrictions that might come down from Washington.

Reports of an armed man spotted walking the grounds of the N.P. Moss campus earlier this month are bogus, says Lafayette Parish School System Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.

The U.S. Justice Department and the five Gulf coast states affected by a massive oil spill nearly three years ago have indicated they would like to settle their environmental and economic claims with BP PLC ahead of a trial scheduled to start next week.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik also on Wednesday ordered 35-year-old Brian Toriano Crimiel to pay a total of nearly $4,000 in restitution to the St. James Baptist Church and to the insurance company of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

The senator says the funds are provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program.


Saying 15th Judicial District Judge Herman has conflicts on both sides, the state is asking that he be recused from the case involving Seth Fontenot, who is accused of murdering 15-year-old Austin Rivault and attempting to kill his two friends.

Louisiana Education Superintendent John White says improving the graduation rate among students with disabilities and enabling high school students to earn technical college associate degrees are among the priorities in the coming year for the state education department.

Ex New Orleans mayor says he's not guilty of bribery, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan set Nagin's bond at $100,000 and a preliminary trial date of April 29.

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