The governor filed a petition seeking an injunction that would keep the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the education department from administering any standardized tests developed through a testing consortium aligned with Common Core.

State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since last summer, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages.

At election time, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu always has a tricky line to walk on abortion, balancing her Catholic faith and Louisiana's strong anti-abortion stances with her Democratic politics and her support of abortion rights.

Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials are digging into the details of how they'll spend a new $40 million higher education incentive fund created earlier this year.

The Democratic incumbent is in a tight race, seeking a fourth term against two Republican challengers.

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