Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year. That's according to figures from the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its lawyers' computers, the state of Mississippi requested and was granted an extra day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

Even though the state Ethics Board could still technically appeal the federal ruling that allows the Fund for Louisiana's Future to accept unlimited donations above the state's $100,000 threshold, the super PAC's architect isn't waiting around. 

Jindal, who opposes Common Core, is asking Judge Todd Hernandez to dismiss much of the lawsuit. His lawyer also wants the judge to forbid depositions of the governor, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols and other administration officials.

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Attorney General Buddy Caldwell addressed the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association during its conference last month, referring to himself as "family."
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