Republicans considering or already in the 2015 governor's race are sitting on more sizable campaign war chests than the lone Democrat who's announced plans to run.

Contributors to the reward fund include zoos in Florida, Louisiana and Massachusetts and Operation Migration, which uses ultralight planes to teach young cranes a Wisconsin-to-Florida migration route.

Louisiana's high school seniors had among the poorest performances nationwide in reaching passing scores on Advanced Placement exams, which are used to earn college credit.

A gay rights group plans a legal challenge to the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

The state sold $347 million in tax-exempt bonds and $149 million in taxable bonds to investors for upfront cash. The debt will be paid off over decades, with interest.

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