A bid to raise cigarette taxes to the rates charged in neighboring Texas stalled in the House tax committee Monday, as lawmakers continue to show resistance to raising any of Louisiana's current tax rates.

The measure by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, would prohibit retribution against those who refuse a request for access to their email, Facebook pages and other personal online sites.

Lafayette nonprofit organization charged with turning the Horse Farm property into a public park announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement with the Urban Land Institute to develop an independent and transparent process for soliciting and enlisting broad community input.


Key Democrats and conservative Republicans in the state House are engaged in private negotiations to forge an agreement that could lead them to dramatically rewrite Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget currently before the Legislature, lawmakers disclosed to The Lens over the weekend.
Northside High School and the705, Young Leaders for a Better Acadiana, are teaming up Tuesday for a job shadowing project.

The Houston-based company says it hopes to resolve a substantial portion of private claims spawned after the explosion of the rig Deepwater Horizon.

The Mississippi River remains closed at Vicksburg on Monday as authorities worked to determine whether a sunken barge was a navigation hazard.

Nearly a year after Gov. Bobby Jindal declared that Louisiana wouldn't tap into billions of federal dollars to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, lawmakers will take their first vote on whether to challenge his stance.

IND Events FlashmobDDA’s Nathan Norris was in the final minutes of his Smart Growth presentation at Friday’s luncheon when he was interrupted by a slow drumbeat coming from behind an adjacent sliding door.

A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and alleged accomplice dead.

You never know when you might be called on to save a life.
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