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.

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

The quality of care at Louisiana's nursing homes is among the worst in the nation, with high rates of bed sores and physical restraints and low levels of nursing staff, according to a state legislative report released Monday.

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

Sarah Haley's hiring was announced in April. On Monday, the governor's spokesman, Mike Reed, confirmed that Haley was leaving the administration at the end of the week.

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