U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said he would hear several hours of opening statements Monday and the first witness would take the stand Tuesday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic spending cuts go into effect March 1.

sequesterThe impact of the cuts would be felt everywhere from funding for Head Start and education to environmental protection and military readiness.

Win great prizes just by picking the winners.

Those members of the Lafayette Parish School Board itching for the ouster of the superintendent’s hand-picked special assistant — supposedly over his lack of a high school diploma — may want to reconsider, or at least read the letter his lawyer sent Tuesday to board attorney James Simon.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's $24.7 billion budget proposal for next year plugs hundreds of millions in patchwork funding into public colleges and assumes hefty savings from the privatization of LSU hospitals to make the numbers balance.

A report to the state Bond Commission on Thursday showed Louisiana carried a debt load of $1,336 for every man, woman and child in the state as the books were closed for 2012. That's an increase of $18 per person from the previous year.

The funds will pay for emergency response work and repairs to facilities damaged between Jan. 8 and Jan. 17 in the parishes of Acadia, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Madison, St. Landry, and Vermilion.

Louisiana taxpayers are leaving tens of millions of property insurance rebates unclaimed each year.

Louisiana property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 60 days to file claims for their flood-related losses.

One of Louisiana's chief budget-writers said Thursday he feels better about coping with the state's more than $1 billion shortfall after getting a sneak peek at Gov. Bobby Jindal's spending recommendations for next year.

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