The cardinals held the first day of the conclave Tuesday deeply divided over the problems of the church and who best among them could fix them.

The archbishop of Boston, dressed more often in the humble brown robe of his religious order than a cardinal's regalia, has emerged as an unlikely star amid the drama unfolding in Rome.

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday begins weeks of planned hearings to comb through the details of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2013-14 budget proposal for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

When 27th Judicial District Attorney Earl Taylor decided to dismiss the second-offense OWI charge against Luke Edwards — a former ADA and public defender in the 15th JDC — he did so with knowledge of the Lafayette lawyer’s reputation for boozing and driving.

State Treasurer John Kennedy says the feds are withholding $16.5 billion in bonds that are no longer earning interest, and he argues purchasers of those bonds or their descendents should be allowed to redeem those now-mature bonds.

The good-government advocacy nonprofit has produced a report delineating some of the demographic and health-care-delivery issues the state will be facing, and it urges Gov. Bobby Jindal to explain his alternative to expanding Medicaid.

A group of Lafayette teachers calling themselves the "Fearless Foursome" launched a Facebook page to spark continued discussion about education issues.

Republican Rep. Simone Champagne has filed the proposal to limit statewide elected officials to three consecutive four-year terms. Lawmakers will consider the measure in the legislative session that begins in April.

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.

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