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.

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.
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