Louisiana

US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana’s restrictive new abortion law.District Judge John……

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In New Orleans, a 10-year sentence for Ray Nagin

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Ray Nagin was elected mayor in 2002, there was real hope that he was a break from the city’s sleazy past.Three years……

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Gov. Jindal seeks to block Common Core test in La.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took steps Wednesday to block the use of tests tied to the Common Core education standards, a……

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Poll: Landrieu at new lows for reelection

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) posts her lowest level of support yet in a new poll of her tough reelection fight.
The survey, from Louisiana-based bipartisan pollster Southern Media & Opinion Research, gives Landrieu just 36…

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‘Kissing Congressman’ McAllister Ducks Tea Party Rally for Counseling

The governor, the chairman of his state party and a growing list of other Republicans (including, in all likelihood, the GOP leadership in the House — though they’ve yet to say so publicly) have asked…

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Holy Bible clears first hurdle to becoming Louisiana’s official state book

Legislation that would make the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana cleared the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs with a vote of 8-5 Thursday afternoon. It will now head to…

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Louisiana Senate race likely heading to a runoff

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) leads her GOP opponents in a new survey from conservative pollster Magellan Strategies — but falls far below the 50 percent threshold to win her race outright in November.
Landrieu pulls…

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Married GOP congressman admits to kissing female staffer

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) asked for forgiveness Monday afternoon after a video purporting to show the congressman kissing a female staffer in his congressional office in Louisiana surfaced.
McAllister, who was just elected in a…

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Mardi Gras wraps with 2 dead, as Lent dawns for Christians

Christians on Wednesday headed into 46 days of Lent, the sacrificial lead-up to Easter — just a few hours after the revelry of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, left two dead by gun fire in…

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Gulf Coast set for Bakken-like boom with liquefied natural gas

The energy boom that has North Dakota boasting the country’s lowest unemployment rate — and skyrocketing real estate prices — could soon do the same for the Gulf Coast.
Dozens of facilities are set to…

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Ex-Mayor Nagin, once the public face of post-Katrina recovery, now on criminal trial

Ray Nagin rose to American political fame in swift, albeit uncensored, fashion — as the New Orleans mayor who publicly trashed and pleaded with President George W. Bush to save his city in the aftermath…

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Vitter to run for Louisiana governor

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) announced Tuesday he will run for governor in 2015, a decision many had long expected.
Vitter said he believes he can have a bigger impact on the state from a perch…

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Louisiana GOP Senate field swells

Louisiana state Rep. Paul Hollis has jumped in the race for Senate, becoming the third Republican in the Pelican State looking to take down Sen. Mary Landrieu (D).
The development further complicates the GOP’s hopes…

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