The position puts him at odds with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, but could bolster support from the business community as the senator raises money for the 2015 governor's race.

Hundreds of new laws take effect Friday, with the start of August. A look at some of the changes on the books:

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Is sending a 16-year-old boy to prison with men for up to 99 years really the way to address juvenile crime?

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Behind the scenes a growing number of parents are saying, ‘We want our school back!’

Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.