A Seattle education official has been name as executive director of Louisiana's top school board.
The Advocate reports Heather Cope, an official with the League of Education Voters, will be paid $125,000 per year as executive director of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.
The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office.
New Orleans police say a new strategy that involves undercover officers buying drugs from dealers led to the arrest of a 32-year-old murder suspect.
Police say they arrested Burnell Allen on Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder. Allen is accused of gunning down 21-year-old Lonnie Johnson on June 9.
Officers conducted a drug buy-bust on Tuesday in the same area where the murder took place. Detectives say they got enough information about Allen to arrest him after interviewing people detained in the drug buy-bust.
A federal judge is set to hold a hearing in the dispute over who will to be the next chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court.
Louisiana's constitution says the longest-serving of the seven justices must get the top spot.
Bernette Johnson has served on the court since 1994 but supporters of fellow justice Jeffrey Victory say Johnson's first years shouldn't count. She was elected from an appeals court district and assigned to the higher court under a civil rights lawsuit settlement.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency for Plaquemines Parish as it deals with encroaching salt water that's threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area.
Wednesday's declaration clears the way for state agencies to offer help to the parish as it deals with its water supply issues. The Mississippi River was closed temporarily to shipping traffic as contractors began building an underwater barrier that the Army Corps of Engineers says will stop the advance of salt water.
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 11 north Louisiana parishes as disaster areas because of drought.
He says he was notified Wednesday that four — Morehouse, Richland, Union and West Carroll — are primary natural disaster areas. The other seven — Caldwell, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln, Madison and Ouachita — were named because they're are adjacent to the primary disaster area.
All of Louisiana's incumbent congressmen signed up for their re-election bids on the opening day of qualifying.
The most heated congressional race is expected between two Republican incumbents forced into the same district. Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Jeff Landry of New Iberia are battling for a reconfigured 3rd District because Louisiana's population didn't grow enough to hold on to seven congressional seats.
Candidates must file paperwork and pay their fees by Friday if they want to run in the Nov. 6 election.
The Mississippi River has been closed temporarily as contractors placed a pipeline in the Mississippi River to build an underwater barrier that the Army Corps of Engineers says will stop the advance of salt water threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area.
Due to low water levels in the Mississippi River, salt water has been moving far upriver and was at the outskirts of New Orleans by Wednesday, reaching 89 miles north of the mouth of the Mississippi.
Lawmakers have chosen a one-time legislative staffer to be the Louisiana Legislature's top budget adviser.
John Carpenter was named Wednesday to be interim legislative fiscal officer by a joint House and Senate budget committee, while legislative leaders seek applications from contenders to fill the position permanently.