Wednesday, August 31, 2016
On Aug. 12, the rain started falling and the rivers started rising, and floodwaters soon washed over much of Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes.
As thousands of Louisiana residents continue to navigate the flood recovery process, several are already starting to receive letters notifying them that FEMA has rejected their requests for assistance.
Fearing that people were underestimating David Duke’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate, a 25-year-old political action committee rebooted to aggressively challenge the white supremacist in this fall’s election.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Two of the top Republicans in the U.S. House -- Majority Whip Steve Scalise and House Speaker Paul Ryan -- will be tailgating with GOP supporters as LSU prepares to take Lambeau Field to face Wisconsin on Saturday.
A state panel Wednesday began reviewing science standards used in public schools, which have not been changed since 1997 and are the third oldest in the nation.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says it's too early to consider changes to the state's sales taxes following the deadly floods that recently swept the state, but at least one statewide official is calling on the state Legislature to roll-bac…
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Louisiana is currently experiencing what is likely to become its first significant increase in the rate of adults who have health insurance in more than a decade.
Louisiana borrowed $187 million Tuesday to keep money flowing to state-financed construction work, with continued budget uncertainties and the recent flooding damage raising questions about which projects will proceed.
Monday, August 29, 2016
David Duke, the white suprematist candidate for the U.S. Senate, over the weekend asked voters to back him and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Monday, August 29, 2016
More than 5,400 people whose homes were damaged by the catastrophic flooding that swept across south Louisiana this month have applied to take part in the state's new "Shelter at Home" program.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Monday his latest appointment to the LSU Board of Supervisors would be Valencia Sarpy Jones, of Cloutierville.
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is slated to speak at Hofstra University next month as part of the school's presidential debate program.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Rarely is a Louisiana Public Service Commission meeting as significant in scope as the discussion and vote Wednesday on two Entergy requests: that its customers pay for a $140-million mistake at nuclear power plant and permission to build a new na…
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is settling into a new role — one that other state leaders say he's uniquely qualified for — as Louisiana prepares for what is expected to be a long recovery from catastrophic flooding that has left 13 people dea…
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Congressman John Fleming last week scratched his chin for a moment, wondering who Rahm Emanuel was paraphrasing when the president’s then-chief of staff said, “You never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Bayou Country Superfest, the country music festival that has rocked Tiger Stadium for the past six years, is scrambling to find a new home after LSU announced it's unable to provide the stadium as a venue for at least the next two years.
The Louisiana Republican Party's governing committee overwhelmingly rejected an attempt Saturday to censure Republicans Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle because they did not endorse U.S. Sen. David Vitter in his run for governor against Democrat Joh…
Friday, August 26, 2016
The flood that swept through south Louisiana earlier this month, displacing thousands of people from their homes, is being described as the nation's worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy.
Republican Donald Trump's campaign has spent the past three days blasting statements from Republican officials from across the country who back his call for an corruption probe into Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The group tasked with crafting a long-range plan for stabilizing Louisiana's turbulent state finances says it needs a little more time in light of catastrophic flooding that swept across Louisiana earlier this month.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
In the coming days, state-directed crews will begin clearing drywall, ripping up carpets, inspecting electrical systems and performing other small-scale repairs to get people back into their flood-ravaged homes. And all of it will come for free fo…
The Louisiana National Guard deployed troops to rescue victims of the torrential downpour of rain that created flooding in south Louisiana. Here are some of the images they shared from their response to several devastated areas.
In an escalating feud, state Attorney General Jeff Landry asked Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to justify why a felon should serve as legal counsel for the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards faced questions during his monthly call-in radio show on Wednesday about his response to Donald Trump visiting flood-affected areas in Louisiana, as well as his thoughts on the timing of President Barack Obama's trip here.
As Louisiana flood victims work to navigate the assistance that is becoming available to them, FEMA crews are working neighborhoods, disaster recovery centers are opening and officials repeatedly have directed them to disasterassistance.gov, where…
Louisiana state officials on Wednesday unveiled a three-pronged plan for housing flood victims, including a program that will bring manufactured housing units to the state for people with more severe damage.
State leaders are responding to the housing crunch that has followed mass flooding across South Louisiana with a three-pronged plan to assist flood victims shift into the next phase of housing needs, including bringing in temporary manufactured ho…
When GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump traveled to flood-ravaged Louisiana last week, word spread that the real estate mogul would donate $100,000 to flood recovery efforts, as well as an 18-wheeler full of supplies for flood victims.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards said on national television Tuesday night that he doesn't have time for politics that have started to consume discussions about the catastrophic flooding in Louisiana. He also said he personally asked the White House for Pres…
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican House Majority Whip who represents Louisiana's 1st District, is calling on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to travel to Louisiana to see the effects of catastrophic flooding first-hand.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged his commitment to a full recovery from floods that struck south Louisiana this month, leaving 13 people dead and thousands more displaced.
President Barack Obama visited Baton Rouge on Tuesday, addressing the flooding that has left 13 people dead and thousands more displaced after he walked through the Castle Place subdivision in Zachary and met with flood victims there.
Monday, August 22, 2016
President Barack Obama will tour flood-ravaged areas of Louisiana on Tuesday and meet with leaders in Baton Rouge to discuss what is expected to be a long recovery process.
The Louisiana Lottery just wrapped a records sales year, with an estimated $508.3 million in revenue, lottery leaders announced on Monday.
Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration, will be in Louisiana on Thursday to review damage from flooding that has left 13 people dead and thousands more displaced from their homes.
Hillary Clinton is calling on her supporters to donate to victims of devastating flooding that hit Louisiana this month and says she plans to travel to flood-affected areas at a later date.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Republican state Rep. Kenny Havard asked Sunday that the governor and the Louisiana congressional delegation press for changes in law to allow flood victims to tap their retirement accounts without penalty.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, on CNN Sunday morning, praised GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for coming to see the massive flooding damage in the state first-hand.
“Obviously this disaster changes everything,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said Thursday while talking about the impact of heavy rains that turned into historic flooding last weekend.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
As the flood response in Louisiana turns from rescue to recovery, the role the federal government -- and especially federal dollars -- will play is set to become the focus in coming weeks.
Friday, August 19, 2016
President Barack Obama is scheduled to travel to Baton Rouge on Tuesday to view damage from flooding that has left 13 people dead and thousands more displaced from their homes.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence visited the Baton Rouge area on Friday to visit flood-stricken areas.
Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence traveled to Baton Rouge on Friday to visit flood victims and relief crews and survey damage from the catastrophic flooding that has killed 13 people and displaced thousands across South Louisiana.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC Thursday night, asking the national cable network audience to contribute to relief efforts as the state transitions to flood recovery mode.
Twenty parishes in Louisiana have received federal disaster declarations following historic flooding across the southern part of the state this week.
CNN is reporting that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will travel to Baton Rouge on Friday to tour damage from catastrophic flooding in Louisiana.
Though Louisiana's state government officially wasn’t working Thursday, the pressure of paying expenses created by the historic flood catastrophe prompted officials to gather in the closed State Capitol to start the process for taking out a short-…