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.

The conclave date was set on Friday afternoon during a vote by the College of Cardinals. Tuesday will begin with a Mass in the morning in St. Peter's Basilica, followed by the first balloting in the afternoon.

BP is cautioning investors that the price tag will be higher than initially estimated for its multibillion-dollar settlement with businesses and residents who claim the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money.

The wife of City-Parish Councilman Keith Patin died last night of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

City-Parish President Joey Durel’s wife, who suffered 11 broken ribs, several with multiple fractures, in a head-on collision March 1, is now recovering at home.

Laura Boudreaux, senior paralegal aide/supervisor for the city prosecutor’s office, has been on administrative leave — collecting about $3,200 a month — since May.

gun_lawsBut the research leaves many questions unanswered and won't settle the debate over how policymakers should respond to recent high-profile acts of gun violence.

Residents displaced since August have criticized the governor for having never traveled to see the sinkhole or speak with the families.

Six environmental groups are suing the U.S. Coast Guard, challenging a denial of two Freedom of Information Act requests about the response to an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

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