Phillip Newton said Monday he first began to notice a dramatic increase in violence by the once rare, now almost daily, emergency code blasting over radios and intercoms.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards joined a bipartisan group of governors finding fault with the U.S. House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017 that is now being considered by the U.S. Senate.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
A day after he was shot in the hip by a lone gunman who fired into a crowd of Republican lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise remained in critical condition Thursday evening after undergoing another lengthy third surgery, this one aimed at repairing…
Thursday, June 15, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise is "in some trouble" but "he's going to be OK, we hope," offering the assessment as a shaken U.S. House gaveled back into session a day after the sho…
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the most powerful Louisianian in Congress in decades, was badly wounded early Wednesday at a Republican baseball practice by an Illinois gunman who apparently was carrying a partisan grudge.
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the most powerful figure from Louisiana in Congress in decades, was badly wounded early Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice by an Illinois gunman who apparently was carrying a partisan grudge.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
When Steve Scalise served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, two of his three roommates were Democrats. At night, the four of them attended legislative receptions together — and even fundraisers for one another — ignoring the partisan divide.
On Wednesday afternoon, the hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is being treated said that the House Majority Whip remains in "critical condition."
When it comes to the U.S. Congress, a politically split institution located in an increasingly divided town, baseball is one of the few, surefire ways to make friends fast.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
People crowded around Steve Scalise to shake his hand and clap him on the back when the Republican congressman visited the State Capitol in Baton Rouge several weeks ago.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., witnessed the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia that injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Traditionally, it's been Louisiana's Democrats and liberal social justice advocates who have pushed for reforms in the state's criminal justice system — asking for more lenient drug sentences, programs to rehabilitate criminals and softer penaltie…
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging a move to charge state employee smokers a surcharge on their health insurance policies.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Covington Republican Rep. John Schroder is resigning from the Louisiana House to focus on his bid for state treasurer.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Terry Cordick will serve as interim Lafayette city-parish public works director pending a decision on a permanent replacement for retiring Director Tom Carroll, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced Wednesday.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana's first-term Republican senator, wants a more robust replacement for Obamacare, one that lives up to Donald Trump’s campaign promise to replace it with a law that covers more people at a lower cost.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Louisiana will receive another $51.4 million in federal flood recovery dollars raising the state's total allocation to about $1.7 billion, according the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
When news broke this year that a group of high-ranking state troopers had charged the state for a lavish excursion they took to Las Vegas while driving to a law enforcement conference in California, Louisiana State Police brass condemned the "side…
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has begun interviewing candidates to become the next Louisiana State Police superintendent, a powerful position that came open two months ago when Col. Mike Edmonson retired amid a controversy involving a grou…
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a proposal to repeal a one-year ban on people convicted of drug-related felonies from getting food stamps and welfare benefits when they leave prison.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Taxes for Airbnb and other short-term leases in New Orleans would go to the city rather than the state under legislation advanced Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee.
Monday, May 08, 2017
Weighing in on a race for a state senate seat, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond on Monday endorsed state Rep. Ed Price over fellow Democrat Warren Harang III.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
The future of parks, road work and drainage projects in unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish could be grim after the failure of two tax renewals on the April 29 ballot.
Friday, May 05, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards' successful run for governor came to many as a surprise in 2015, and a liberal-leaning Texas political magazine says his win is worth considering as the national Democratic Party mulls the direction in which it's heading.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The state House has agreed to a $29 billion spending plan for the coming year that would fully-fund TOPS scholarships but doesn't fund the state agencies that oversee health and social services to the levels that leaders say is needed to fund critical programs.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Annoyed, perhaps, at a steady drumbeat of news stories pointing out that he has yet to fill hundreds of appointed positions, President Donald Trump has put out word that he wants nominees – soon – for many of the federal jobs he has yet to fill.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Voters on Saturday rejected a Lafayette Parish School Board proposal for an extra half penny in sales tax for the next 10 years to fund a major school improvement plan to eliminate more than half of the 420 temporary classrooms in the district.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Lafayette attorney Candyce Perret won election to the State 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal judge in Saturday's run-off election.
Acadiana voters head to the polls Saturday to elect a new judge for the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, weigh in on a proposed half cent sales tax for Lafayette Parish schools and decide several tax renewals throughout the region.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
A Louisiana state trooper who says he was wrongly accused in a campaign ad of abusing his children has filed a defamation lawsuit against appeals court candidate Candyce Perret and his ex-wife, who he alleges is the voice behind the anonymous accu…
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Port Barre Republican who took office in January, will be one of the featured speakers when the National Riffle Association gathers in Atlanta later this week.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
For a race that has drawn little voter interest, the contest for a seat on the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has attracted a large amount of cash, most of it for candidate Candyce Perret.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
President Donald Trump's inauguration drew a record-setting $107 million in donations, and records released this week show that Louisiana residents and businesses contributed more than $1 million toward that haul.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Louisiana leaders are hoping that by the end of this month, the state will have an additional $2 billion in federal aid for the state's recovery from last year's historic floods.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday fielded questions about the state budget, traffic problems, TOPS scholarships and Confederate monuments during his monthly call-in radio show.
A state representative responded in a letter Tuesday to criticism over his proposed bill to ban public universities from licensing “official” alcoholic beverages.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Two longtime employees of the Angola state penitentiary have resigned during the past week in the wake of yet another scandal alleging self-dealing at the state’s maximum-security prison.
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said that a recent trip to China and Japan gave him an opportunity to stress the United States' deep concerns over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The Louisiana State Police troopers under investigation for taking a lavish detour to Las Vegas last year on their way to a conference in California apparently deleted every text message they sent or received during the 11-day road trip, but the a…
Friday, April 14, 2017
Early voting for the April 29 spring municipal elections kicks off Saturday in Acadiana where some ballots will include a judicial runoff and a number of local tax propositions.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Meddling by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has left the Louisiana State Museum leaderless and adrift, according to several members of the museum's board, threatening the long-term future of some of the state's most significant historical buildings and a…
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A tax package proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards would raise taxes on the wealthy while giving 95 percent of Louisiana families a tax cut, according to a study released Wednesday.
Today in The Rundown: The 2017 session is underway; a House committee has started taking up tax legislation; Round #? of the Landry vs. Edwards battle has begun; A new group takes aim at Edwards; and everything else you need to know about Louisian…
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A thorny reality confronts Louisiana lawmakers as they begin to consider a series of measures designed to hack away at the nation's highest incarceration rate.
A newly-formed political group has launched a blistering, six-figure digital ad campaign against Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax plans, just as he sets out to try to woo support from skeptical legislators.
Lawmakers on the House tax committee quickly launched their work Tuesday on the main debate of the legislative session: whether and how to rewrite Louisiana's tax laws.