A federal judge conducting a trial to assign fault for the nation's worst offshore oil spill dismissed claims Wednesday against a BP contractor and the company that made a key safety device on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

A superseding indictment handed up Wednesday by a federal grand jury in New Orleans accuses Kurt Mix of deleting about 40 voicemails from a supervisor and roughly 15 voicemails from a BP contractor.


The guitar master has conspicuously declined to release a statement disavowing the Sonny Landreth fan who is a stealer.

The council delayed the vote while city-parish attorney Mike Hebert researches how revenue generated through city-initiated lawsuits — attorneys contracted by the city to pursue the suits would likely earn about one-third the value of each citation — is divvied up between the city and Redflex, the company that administers the program.

Louisiana's top higher education official said Tuesday that the state's investment in public colleges has sunk to its lowest level in more than 50 years when compared to income levels, and he's pushing for new tuition increases to offset some of the loss.

Lawmakers digging into the details of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to restructure Louisiana's tax code said Tuesday that his administration needs to do a better job selling the tax plan to the public.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said it's premature for the state property insurer of last resort to borrow $100 million to help close a budget gap.

Despite so many pressing issues — like the plea from Acadian Middle administrators for a reconstitution of their troubled school — Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion is still waging his unspoken war against Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper, this time by asking for what is no doubt an illegal executive session during Wednesday’s board meeting.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is meeting for the first time with the families displaced since August by a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.

Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass on Tuesday, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people attending to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest and to let tenderness "open up a horizon of hope."

The Louisiana Supreme Court was to hear back-to-back arguments Tuesday afternoon about the expanded school voucher program and the plan to shift future rank-and-file state workers to a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

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