State education officials say the percentage of Louisiana public school students reaching "basic" achievement levels on standardized tests grew from 66 percent to 68 percent this year. Statewide, improvement was noted at almost every grade level and every subject.
Roughly 1,500 astrologers from more than 30 countries have converged at the Mariott Hotel on Canal Street for the United Astrology Conference, where they will discuss planetary alignments and the role the solar system has in such matters as the economy and upcoming U.S. presidential race.
GRETNA, La. (AP) — The brother of imprisoned former Congressman Bill Jefferson has surrendered in Jefferson Parish. Authorities say Archie Jefferson was wanted for misapplication of funds and theft for renovation work conducted at a Marrero home.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to hike the amount rank-and-file state workers pay for retirement has advanced to the full House for debate, despite criticism a tie to pay raises could cost the state more than it benefits. It's unclear when the 2 percentage point increase in pension contributions would be levied on employees.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attempt to tap into Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to fill a $200 million deficit this year is mired in negotiations. Members of a bloc of conservative House Republicans say they won't support using the rainy day fund to fill the gap in the current year budget, unless the Senate goes along with limitations on the use of one-time money in next year's spending plans.
The highly respected journalists at New Orleans' Times-Picayune last night found out the hard way — from another news outlet — that they're about to face deep staff cuts and that the newspaper will soon only print three days a week.
A major, slow-moving thunderstorm is moving into the New Orleans region, according to a bulletin just issued by the National Weather Service.
The storm system, currently about two miles to the northwest of the city and moving east at 10 miles per hour, is packing frequent lightning, dime-sized hailstones, and wind gusts near 40 miles per hour. Winds of that intensity can down tree limbs and blow unsecured objects around.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials are expected to make a sponsorship announcement at a news conference tonight for the Super Bowl Host Committee Volunteer Services Program. The news conference was to include representatives from the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.