Statewide News

Jindal will not cut education funding

NEW ORLEANS - Governor Bobby Jindal says there will be no more cuts to higher education. The state faces a $1 billion short fall. The proposed $24.2 billion budget focuses on protecting economic growth, certain parts of healthcare and education

Former Rep. Charlie Wilson dead at 76

LUFKIN, Texas - A hospital spokeswoman says former Rep. Charlie Wilson of Texas has died at the age of 76.The Trinity native served in Congress for the second district of Texas for more than two decades.

Brees grandparents eager to watch

A central Texas couple will be watching for their grandson in this Sunday's Super Bowl. Football has a long history in the Texas family of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Failure rate for AP tests climbing

The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests hit a record high last year, but the portion who fail the exams - particularly in the South - is rising as well, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Students last year took a record 2.9 million exams

Arson up across the state

LOUISIANA - The State Fire Marshal's office says arson is up a whopping 30% over the last eight months. Officials believe a bad economy is to blame.

O'Keefe hinted about Landrieu job

NEW ORLEANS - It appears one of the men accused of trying to tamper with Senator Mary Landrieu's office phones gave a warning about the plot. Sources say James O'Keefe told people last week he was about to work a project in New Orleans. O'Keefe

Board of Regents orders degree cuts

LOUISIANA - The Board of Regents is ordering state universities to cut degree programs with low graduating numbers. The Advertiser reports students already enrolled in the programs will be able to finish their degree.

Inmate caught during Angola escape attempt

ANGOLA - A prison inmate tried to escape from Angola State Penitentiary Sunday. Roy McLaughlin made a run for it while working in the exercise yard. Prison officials say he escaped through razor wire by using his jumpsuit and restraints. Co

Homes evacuated in San Antonio as hill crumbles

SAN ANTONIO – Construction crews moved dirt to shore up a group of houses precariously perched on a crumbling hill in San Antonio on Monday as engineers tried to determine why the land below was shifting, causing do

Governor Jindal asking help from Who Dat nation

Louisiana — Governor Bobby Jindal wants to make this weekend's game a little more interesting with a bet against Minnesota's Governor. Governor Jindal wants "Who Dat" nation to head to his facebook page and help him decide what Minnesota sho