BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance decreased for the week ending July 26. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,312 from the previous week's total of 2,543. There were 2,627 a year ago.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Auditors looking at state payments to private schools through Louisiana's $35 million voucher program found about $52,000 in overpayments during the last school year. Education Superintendent John White says the money has been recouped from the schools.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "strongly" supports the Common Core education standards. The position puts him at odds with Gov. Jindal, but could bolster support from the business community. Vitter is raising money for the 2015 governor's race.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police are investigating an early morning stabbing in the French Quarter. A police spokesman says a 26-year-old Metairie man was stabbed multiple times. Authorities say his injuries are not life-threatening. Two people have been questioned about the stabbing.
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