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State Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, right. (Associated Press)<br>

State Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, right. (Associated Press)

Bill proposes to put cost controls on TOPS tuition program

By The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's top higher education leaders are rallying behind a proposal to put cost controls on the TOPS free college tuition program, to address concerns about its ballooning price tag.

The legislation is supported by two Senate leaders: Finance Chairman Jack Donahue and Educat ...


Gov. Jerry Brown, center, answers a question concerning the executive order he signed requiring the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns to cut water usage by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels, at Echo Summit, Calif., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo)<br />

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

ECHO LAKE, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in h ...

In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo)

Reid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats.

Dick Durbi ...

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ (AP Photo)

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor.

A federal ...

This image provided by The John Innes Centre, UK, shows a salad made with red and purple tomatoes. (AP Photo)

"New wave" of GMOs: pink pineapples, purple tomatoes

WASHINGTON — With recent government approval of potatoes that don't bruise and apples that don't brown, a new generation of genetically modified ...

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Bucs shortstop Ally Crooks steps on the bag to get the forceout at third base as the Sam Houston baserunner slides Tuesday at Barbe High School. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Better late than never for Broncos

The Sam Houston Broncos left it late again, rallying for a 5-3, eight-inning win over Barbe Tuesday in a District 3-5A softball showdown for first pla ...

LSU's Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over North Carolina State's Beejay Anya (21) during the first half of an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo)

Sophomore makes himself eligible for NBA draft

LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones has the nation’s top-rated recruit and a prized transfer coming in to man the paint for next season.

Good thi ...


New looks coming for districts next season

When the 2015-16 academic year rolls around some of the districts in Southwest Louisiana will have a new look.

While the reclassification and redistr ...

St. Louis coach Rick LeBato earned honors in 3A. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)

St. Louis' LeBato named top coach in Class 3A All-State

University Lab did it again at the Top 28 tournament, winning its second consecutive Class 3A state championships in both

girls and boys basketball.


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UFO 2 by Kevin Haran of Ovideo, Fla., was created using ink and charcoal on paper.

National Works on Paper exhibit opens April 2 at McNeese

The 28th annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition opens with a reception honoring the exhibiting artists at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 2, in the ...

‘Ernest & Celestine’ will be screened at 6 p.m. March 30 in Stokes Auditorium on the McNeese State University campus. (Special to the American Press)

French film festival offers family-friendly selection

McNeese State University’s Banners Series will show a free screening of the French animated film “Ernest & Celestine” at 6

p.m. ...

The fire that ravaged the old Nina P's building is a distant memory and the newly renovated location has been welcoming back old customers and meeting new ones for only about a week now. <br />

Locals happy to see Nina P's back in action

Tuesday, I had a flat tire, my washing machine broke, a pen snapped in my pocket, I spilled a cup of water on my desk at work,

I accidentally broke m ...

The Lake Charles Symphony’s 14th annual Wild Beast Feast Fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Historic Cash and Carry Building. (Kirk Meche / American Press Archives)

Symphony to serve up authentic Louisiana cusine at Wild Beast Feast

Authentic Louisiana cuisine will be on the menu at the Lake Charles Symphony’s 14th annual Wild Beast Feast Fundraiser at

5 p.m. Saturday, Marc ...

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