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It was a rare loss for gay-marriage supporters — one that even the judge who issued the ruling acknowledged won't be the final word.

New Orleans' former mayor, Ray Nagin, will get a federal public defender to handle his appeal, a federal judge decided Wednesday.

Republican Senate candidate Rob Maness was unable to persuade Baton Rouge's district attorney to file a residency challenge against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles has scheduled a status conference Sept. 30 on a request to block Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law while a suit challenging it is in court.

Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.

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