But the battle between political newcomer Vance McAllister and state Sen. Neil Riser isn't tea party outsider vs. the chamber of commerce politician.

Steve Cottrell, chief financial officer for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., said the company's doing better than projected but is still $15 million in the red, with more money owed than income available.

The grants were announced Thursday by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Louisiana is getting $67.9 million, Florida $15.7 million, Alabama $12.6 million, Texas $8.8 million and Mississippi $8.2 million.

The lawsuits allege a variety of environmental law violations, including operating unpermitted waste pits and the dredging of canals without proper permits.

Legislation granting university boards more control over tuition didn't make it through this year's regular session, but House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, said he's willing to give it another chance in 2014.

Areas south of Interstate 10, including Lake Charles, Lafayette and New Orleans, will still see cold winds, but will likely stay above freezing.

Scott Thomas, 29, was found shot Friday at an abandoned house in Duson, and autopsy results are pending.

It's the "Official Newspaper of the New Orleans Saints." You wouldn't know it from the sports section in today's Acadiana edition.

Mary Landrieu needs some good news from the federal health care law — and soon — or an issue that's already tricky for the Democratic U.S. senator's 2014 re-election bid threatens to become a tough hurdle for her campaign.

LPSB member Hunter Beasley’s role in this year’s selection of an administrator for the school system’s group benefits plan recently drew the ire of many teachers and retired educators, and was the likely impetus for his delivery of a bizarre informational report about the different styles of leadership during Wednesday’s meeting.

President Barack Obama is heading to the Gulf Coast to make the case that more exports equals more jobs.

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