The nation's largest Protestant denomination is set to take its biggest step yet toward resolving its troubled racial past.
On Tuesday, the Southern Baptist Convention plans to vote on whether to elect an African-American president for the first time in the denomination's 167-year history. The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is so-far unopposed for the position.
Seventeen years ago, Luter was one of the authors of an SBC resolution that apologized to African-Americans for perpetuating racism and resolved to strive for racial reconciliation.
BATON ROUGE — Treasurer John Kennedy, a critic of the Jindal administration's financial policies, has found his budget cut with Gov. Bobby Jindal's line-item veto.
In his veto message, Jindal said he's stripping more than $511,000 from Kennedy's budget next year to "streamline" the agency, to reflect spending patterns over the last three years and to strip money for four vacant jobs.
Kennedy's office will have a $12.2 million budget in the fiscal year that begins July 1, compared to $12.7 million this year, a 4 percent reduction, according to the treasurer's office.
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's education board has agreed to a framework for a new statewide voucher program that will use tax dollars to send children to private schools. But that framework does not have accountability standards required by the Legislature and still being ironed out by the education department.
BATON ROUGE — The top national organization of university professors has censured Louisiana State University for alleged mistreatment of faculty. The group also censured Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State universities for allegedly using state budget cuts as excuses to fire some tenured faculty.
The Army Corps of Engineers has restarted bidding for a $700 million contract to design and build permanent storm surge closure and pump stations on three canals that end in Lake Pontchartrain. Levees on two of them broke after Hurricane Katrina, letting floodwaters into the city.
The projects represent the final major construction of the post-Katrina levee system.
New Orleans police says they are questioning a suspect in an early morning shooting in the French Quarter that left one man dead. The shooting happened at 3:30 a.m. in the 300 block of North Peters Street.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The agent for suspended defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says the NFL has used semantics, but not hard evidence, as the basis for punishing Saints players in its bounty investigation. In a statement, agent Phil Williams questions whether the NFL made Hargrove a central figure in its investigation because his past drug suspensions made him an "easy target."