TOPS payments stalled because of La. budget uncertainty

BATON ROUGE -- Payments to Louisiana's colleges from the TOPS free college tuition program have been put on hold, because of uncertainties about the state's budget.

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance notified campuses Thursday that it was temporarily suspending TOPS payments.

Venture Global inks deal with Shell

Venture Global LNG officials earlier this week announced the company has entered into a sales and purchase agreement with Shell.

City Council to consider retention ponds ordinance

The Lake Charles City Council will vote on an amendment at its Feb. 17 regular meeting that could potentially address the issues concerning area retention ponds.

Louisiana: Likely Zika in 2 of group that visited Caribbean

NEW ORLEANS  — The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says two people from a group that recently

Ragley woman arrested for indecent behavior

A Ragley woman has been arrested for indecent behavior with a juvenile, authorities said.

Manning will make presence felt

It would be the perfect ending.

Peyton Manning could head back home to New Orleans a champion for life.

His second Super Bowl title proved more a victory lap for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

Newton can, should learn from mistake

Cam Newton can overcome this.

Basically all he did after flopping on America’s biggest stage was pull a Bill Belichick in the postgame press conference.

Not good (although it looked and sounded like Belichick after a victory).

Extra work pays off in St. Louis win

Better lucky than good, indeed.

After not being able to find the net in more than 90 minutes of play, St. Louis escaped with a 1-0 win over St.

Lady Rams sweep past rival Saints

WESTLAKE — The Westlake girls’ team overcame a slow start to defeat St. Louis 39-34 for the regular season sweep of the rival program and clinch second place in District 4-3A on Monday at the Lady Rams’ senior night.

The Lady Rams (21-7, 8-2 District 4-3A) fell behind early, but limited the Lady Saints (25-5, 7-3) to just 13 points in the

Manziel’s troubles keep mounting

DALLAS — Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend says in an affidavit that he hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation that she lost hearing in one ear.