Despite pleas from local governments that legislation forbidding reducing law enforcement budgets would quickly put them in unintended legal difficulties, a Louisiana Senate committee Wednesday advanced a “defund the police” bill, again on a party…
Republican U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, of Lafayette, who is often embroiled in controversy, is running for his third term in Congress against two Democrats and a Libertarian.
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A bill that would change public school discipline rules statewide after a BB gun controversy in Jefferson Parish sparked national attention won final legislative approval Wednesday night.
A day before an LSU search committee was set to take up whether to split up the top post at the university into two jobs--a president and a chancellor – Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday said he prefers a single leader for the flagship university…
The state Board of Ethics has charged two members of a local groundwater commission with conflict-of-interest violations that, if proven, could make them subject to civil fines and put their spots on the commission at risk.
The Louisiana Legislature on Tuesday night narrowly gave final approval to legislation giving state lawmakers new ways to end key parts of Gov. John Bel Edwards' restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
A state Senate bill aimed at lessening a governor’s ability to influence how Louisiana holds elections during times of emergency, advanced Tuesday to the full House after its chief sponsor backed down a bit.
The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided.
Campaigning to unseat U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Adrian Perkins is criticizing Cassidy in a new TV ad for his votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Kevin Kennedy stepped out of his red Ford Expedition on Tuesday morning into the parking lot of Louisiana’s “reception center” for storm evacuees, a mega-shelter in Alexandria, and steadied himself with a wooden cane.
Twice as many Black voters, 22% more in-person voters and three times more mail-in voters have cast ballots during the first two days of early voting in Louisiana for the Nov. 3 presidential election compared with the first two days of early votin…
House Democrats officially asked Monday that Louisiana legislative Republican leaders to end the special session, arguing that little has been accomplished among the stated goals of shoring up the trust fund that pay unemployment benefits and help…
Seven Democrats are running to replace longtime East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council member Tara Wicker in District 10, all working to distinguish themselves from their opponents in the crowded and competitive race.
State officials plan to formally announce the completion of the $72 million widening of Interstate 10 between Highland Road and La. 73 in suburban Ascension Parish on Oct. 26.
Noel Hammatt, best known for the 16 years he served on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, died Friday afternoon at age 62 after a short bout with brain cancer.
Last week, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin did as he said he would and appealed the court order that established how Louisiana is voting in the Nov. 3 election.
Thousands of residents flocked to the polls in the Baton Rouge region on Friday for the first day of early in-person voting, sticking it out in winding lines with hours-long wait-times to cast a ballot for what many voters said is the most consequ…
The 201,653 mail ballots requested statewide, so far, for the Nov. 3 presidential election is more than the total number of votes cast in Baton Rouge in the last presidential election.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy raised as much money during the last quarter as Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, his main Democratic challenger in the Nov. 3 election.
Early voting starts Friday and election officials in Baton Rouge anticipate long lines and heavy turnout as voters flock to the polls to cast their ballots amid an ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has upended all aspects of civic life.
After several days of negotiations – and a controversy that erupted over pet projects to lawmakers’ districts – the Louisiana Legislature Thursday voted to spend tens of millions of dollars to help shore up the state’s dwindling unemployment fund …
U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is making a bid for his fourth term in Congress against three longshot challengers who are running nearly invisible campaigns.
Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Friday. Ballots may be cast through Oct. 27, excluding Sundays, at these locations:
The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council will reconsider a proposed $5 million settlement in the civil lawsuit filed on behalf of Alton Sterling's five children, who lost their father in a 2016 police shooting that ignited protests nationwide.
Polling results released Wednesday suggest Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has substantial support among the city-parish's moderate white voters, which many thought she might lose to one of her challengers.
Early voting opens Friday and ends Oct. 27 for the Nov. 3 primary and general election. The ballot includes races for U.S. president, members of Congress, the Public Service Commission, mayors, city councils, state justices, local judges and a num…
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has a considerable lead over her challengers in this year's mayoral race, but it's not enough to avoid a run-off, according polling results released Wednesday by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.
Sparked by the suspension of a nine-year-old in Jefferson Parish, the Louisiana House on Tuesday easily approved a bill that would expand the rights of students who are punished by school officials.
Among eight or so measures being pushed by Republican legislators to strip power from the Democratic governor to oversee the state’s pandemic response, Democratic legislators could get behind the one sponsored by Senate President Page Cortez, said…
Louisiana’s expanded early voting, mail ballots and other coronavirus precautions will still take place for the Nov. 3 presidential election, but Republicans Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin and Attorney General Jeff Landry are appealing a judge’s d…
As New Orleans furloughs thousands of public employees and takes on debt to weather a precipitous drop in tax revenue, Mayor LaToya Cantrell came to Baton Rouge Tuesday to implore state lawmakers to deliver more aid money to keep the city afloat.
The Louisiana House approved Monday evening a bill that would penalize municipalities and parishes that defund law enforcement.
Three weeks before election day, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy remains a heavy favorite for re-election, with a huge fund-raising advantage over his main Democratic opponent that is fueling a robust TV ad campaign.
The Louisiana House on Monday approved a resolution that would suspend the ability of the state Fire Marshal to enforce Gov. John Bel Edwards' anti-coronavirus rules.
As Louisiana takes on federal debt to pay unemployment benefits after running out of money in the jobless fund, lawmakers on Monday rejected a proposal to boost benefits to jobless workers by $100 a week, while advancing measures to suspend benefi…
Baton Rouge Metro Council member Denise Amoroso faces a challenger in her re-election bid to the District 8 seat — the same candidate her late husband defeated four years ago.
Voters will decide seven constitutional amendments on the Nov. 3 ballot, including questions on abortion, property taxes and whether unclaimed property dollars deserve special protection.
It's "Round 3" for newly elected 19th Judicial District Court Judge Tiffany Foxworth and longtime Baton Rouge City Court Judge Yvette Alexander, and this time the prize is even greater.
The national debate around police reform has become a hot topic in this year's Baton Rouge mayoral race, where the crowded field of candidates share many ideas about how law enforcement might be changed in the current political climate.
For the second time in two years, voters in all 64 parishes will decide individually whether to authorize a new form of sports betting.
Councilman Matt Watson has been ordered by a judge to pay Campus Federal Credit Union roughly $8,400 after defaulting in September 2019 on a $15,300 loan.
Thousands of National Guard troops, utility workers and other emergency responders were readying Friday for a response to Hurricane Delta that was expected to be complicated by its route through storm-battered southwest Louisiana, as the latest st…
Another staffer for Gov. John Bel Edwards has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s office announced Friday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday said Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 for another four weeks, as he made another key decision on coronavirus restrictions amid a dangerous hurricane that had its sights set on southwest Louisiana.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday cautioned that Hurricane Delta was taking an eerily similar track to Hurricane Laura, as forecasters said they were confident storm-ravaged southwest Louisiana would be hit with another blow when the storm makes l…
GONZALES — Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters Robert Poché says a mail-in ballot discrepancy that a candidate for justice of the peace uncovered last week is limited to no more than eight out of more than 2,500 ballots sent out for the Nov. 3 election.
FRANKLIN – Befitting his low-key style, former Gov. Mike Foster received a simple sendoff, complete with military honors, at his hometown cemetery here Wednesday in St. Mary Parish.
The nationally-watched case of a Harvey fourth-grader suspended in a BB gun controversy arrived at the State Capitol on Wednesday when a Louisiana House committee approved a bill that would give students and families more appeal rights.