Steve Scalise's election to a key leadership post among House Republicans gives Louisiana the kind of high-profile influence it hasn't seen in that body since Robert Livingston was in line for the speaker's post 15 years ago.

Louisiana's debt load has risen each of the last six years, with the state hitting a record this year for how much debt it owes for each state resident, according to a report released Thursday.

The New Orleans-area flood board that filed a lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies last summer is expected to discuss the future of that lawsuit in light of legislation aimed at outlawing it.

House Republicans have picked Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise to be their majority whip.

Gov. Bobby Jindal sought Wednesday to derail Louisiana's use of standardized tests tied to the Common Core education standards, but state education leaders say the governor's executive order is meaningless.

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