- Bid to limit governor's records exemption near final passage Updated: Jun-03-15 8:11 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Lawmakers in both the House and Senate want to curb the broad public records exemptions granted to Louisiana's governor, and the proposed changes moved one step from final legislative passage Wednesday with a 100-0 House vote.
- Some Caddo, Bossier residents evacuate as Red River rises Updated: Jun-03-15 7:49 pm
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - Some Caddo and Bossier parish residents have evacuated as water threatened their homes. The Red River is rising as floodwaters drain from Oklahoma and Texas.
- Granddaughter of Saints, Pelicans owner concludes testimony Updated: Jun-03-15 7:47 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The disowned granddaughter of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson spent most of Wednesday testifying in a trial aimed at establishing if her grandfather is competent to run his business empire.
- Deputy says man may have child sex victims in many states Updated: Jun-03-15 6:58 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A 67-year-old man convicted on child sex charges in Florida has been sent back to southeast Louisiana to face charges that he raped a girl there 30 years ago, the Plaquemines Parish sheriff's office said Wednesday.
- Trial set June 15 in stripper's death, dismemberment Updated: Jun-03-15 6:08 pm
GRETNA, Louisiana - Prosecutors say Terry Speaks tried to get police to shoot him when he was arrested in connection with the murder and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street stripper three years ago.
- Man dies in custody of Opelousas police; autopsy planned Updated: Jun-03-15 5:51 pm
OPELOUSAS, Louisiana - Louisiana State Police are investigating how a man died in the custody of local police in Opelousas.
- Lawmakers in House stall key bill in budget negotiations Updated: Jun-03-15 5:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - In a rebuke to Gov. Bobby Jindal, House lawmakers Wednesday rejected a proposal sought by the Republican governor to maintain his record against tax increases, upending budget negotiations between lawmakers and the Jindal administration.
- Houston-area man sues after flooding displaces wife's casket Updated: Jun-03-15 4:48 pm
DALLAS - A Houston-area man has filed a lawsuit after his wife's casket was unearthed and carried away by recent floodwaters and deposited along a trail where it was discovered by people on a morning walk.
- Health insurers to increase Affordable Care Act rates Updated: Jun-03-15 2:01 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016.
- Arlington denies burial of guardsman killed in chopper crash Updated: Jun-03-15 1:41 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Arlington National Cemetery says a Louisiana National Guardsman who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico can't be buried at the hallowed grounds because he was killed during a training exercise.
- Louisiana editorial roundup Updated: Jun-03-15 11:53 am
Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:
- Port Allen budget calls for pay raises, body cameras Updated: Jun-03-15 8:18 am
PORT ALLEN, Louisiana - Port Allen leaders are considering an $8.4 million proposed budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The budget includes funds for the purchase of body cameras for Port Allen police and a 4 percent across-the-board pay raise for full-time employees.
- Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority awards 3 grants Updated: Jun-03-15 7:31 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has awarded $250,000 in grants addressing river diversions and coastal soils.
- Avoyelles school board denies 2 charter school applications Updated: Jun-03-15 7:20 am
MARKSVILLE, Louisiana - The Avoyelles Parish School Board has denied two charter school applications, including one that was recommended for approval by a third-party consultant. It was the board's second time to deny both groups.
- Alexandria council approves bingo ordinance in 4-2 vote Updated: Jun-03-15 7:08 am
ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana - An ordinance capping the number of bingo sites in Alexandria has been approved by the City Council, but it didn't sail through.
- Police: Teenage sex trafficking victim saved, 1 arrested Updated: Jun-03-15 6:59 am
NEW ORLEANS - In a multi-agency human trafficking investigation in metro New Orleans, a 17-year-old victim has been rescued and a man police believe was her pimp has been arrested.
- Lafayette rapper gets 16-year sentence on unusual charge Updated: Jun-03-15 6:49 am
COVINGTON, Louisiana - A Lafayette rapper received a 16-year sentence on an unusual conviction holding him responsible for the 2012 shooting death of a 43-year-old man, although he didn't pull the trigger.
- Man pleads guilty in child pornography case, sentenced to 40 years Updated: Jun-03-15 5:52 am
SLIDELL, Louisiana - A Slidell man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in a child pornography case.
- CenturyLink president of global markets to retire Updated: Jun-03-15 4:17 am
MONROE, Louisiana - A top executive at for CenturyLink Inc., a major technology company based here, is retiring.
- Ban on billing rape victims for exams passes in Louisiana Updated: Jun-02-15 8:02 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The common practice of billing rape victims for their medical exams should come to an end under changes to Louisiana law given final passage by state lawmakers.
- Prosecution: Ex-BP exec lied; defense: no motive to lie Updated: Jun-02-15 7:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.
- House votes for TOPS program cost controls; Jindal opposed Updated: Jun-02-15 7:14 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana House voted Tuesday to put spending restrictions on the TOPS free college tuition program, a bill that could have students and their parents paying more out of pocket for tuition.
- Former SU head's retirement suit before La. Supreme Court Updated: Jun-02-15 6:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court says it will consider whether a state retirement system must pay what it says is nearly $79,000 a year too much to the former head of the Southern University System.
- New Orleans businesses ask judge to strike down smoking ban Updated: Jun-02-15 4:12 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A group of bars and restaurants asked a state judge on Tuesday to strike down a smoking ban that they said is hurting business.
- Saints extend defensive end Cameron Jordan through 2020 Updated: Jun-02-15 3:04 pm
METAIRIE, Louisiana - The New Orleans Saints' brass appears confident that defensive end Cameron Jordan's dip in sacks last season was not the start of a trend.