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Admitted to Union: April 30, 1812 (18th state)
Capitol: Baton Rouge (formerly Donaldsonville and New Orleans)
State Seal: A pelican and her nest, surrounded by the state motto "Union, Justice, Confidence" and the words "State of Louisiana".
Flag: A pelican feeding its young against a field of blue.
Official Colors: Blue, White, and Gold
Government: State Constitution of 1974 provides for 3 branches of government: Executive, Judicial, and Legislative. The Executive Branch is headed by the governor who is elected for a four year term. The Judicial branch is headed by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Legislative branch consists of 39 State Senators and 105 State Representatives. All are elected for four year terms.
Motto: Union, Justice, Confidence
Nickname: Pelican State
Political Subdivisions: 64 parishes (analogous to counties in other states)
Population: 4,468,976 (2000 Census estimate)
State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
State Dog: Catahoula Leopard Dog
State Flower: Magnolia
State Wildflower: Louisiana Iris
State Insect: Honey Bee
State Songs: "Give Me Louisiana" (Doralise Fontane) and "You Are My Sunshine" (Jimmie Davis)
State Tree: Bald Cypress
Deputies seek clues in shooting death of man in Tangipahoa Parish - Alphonse Reid was found shot to death in a car along I-55.