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A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Against the backdrop of a West Monroe Baptist church, Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday signed into law new restrictions against abortion in Louisiana, saying the measures will protect women and "the life of the unborn."

Fox pen hunting is officially considered part of Louisiana's folklife heritage.

Conservative insurgents rallied Wednesday to capitalize on the downfall of their party's House majority leader, whose loss to a tea party-backed challenger put the differences dividing Republicans back at the forefront of this year's midterm elections.

Smoking will be prohibited near Louisiana's elementary and secondary schools and the entrances of state-owned office buildings.

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