A look at the top stories in Louisiana during 2015
NEW ORLEANS - The Democratic Party's reclaiming of the Louisiana governor's mansion for the first time in eight years is the top state news story of 2015.
Democrat John Bel Edwards, a little known state lawmaker, beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who at one time was the race's front-runner. With his 12-percentage point loss, the Republican Party took another hit when Vitter announced he wouldn't seek re-election to the Senate in 2016.
Vitter, whose character was pummeled in the race, also was hampered by high disapproval ratings for his fellow Republican, outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was blamed for the state's massive budget problems amid a failed run for the presidency.
Some of the other top stories by The Associated Press include: a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette and the shootings by police of a 6-year-old boy and his father in Marksville; milestone anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; and a push to remove Confederate monuments in New Orleans.