DALLAS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday froze state hiring for the second time in less than a year to cut expenses as the state's economy shows signs of weakness after several years of multimillion-dollar surpluses.

Jindal said he issued the executive order to help state government deal with the recovery costs of the two recent hurricanes, falling oil prices, declines in state revenue, and a projected $1.26 billion shortfall for fiscal 2010 in the midst of national economic uncertainty.

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