WASHINGTON – The day after President Joe Biden announced that the COVID pandemic emergency orders would end in May, House Republicans on Tuesday evening pushed through legislation that would immediately end the directives and the policies allowed, such as suspending evictions. The House also agreed to reverse vaccination mandates for health care workers.
After more than three hours of discussion, a bill to offer insurance firms $45 million to write policies in hurricane-battered Louisiana cleared its first hurdle Tuesday.
The state Legislature began a special session Monday aimed at ensuring people will still have access to affordable property insurance after a string of hurricanes damaged and destroyed homes and businesses across Louisiana, upending the market.
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In a sudden turnaround, the state plans to delay the closing of one lane in each direction through a corridor of Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge until at least 2025.
WASHINGTON — Louisiana lawmakers, lobbyists, and business executives headed home Sunday — many to participate in a special session that starts Monday — from what organizers privately surmise was the most popular Washington Mardi Gras ever.
Despite grumbling from some lawmakers, state leaders are confident they can enact a temporary fix for Louisiana's property insurance crisis in a short special session that begins at noon Monday.
In the grim years after Hurricane Katrina, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon was desperate to find companies willing to sell homeowners insurance in southern Louisiana.
WASHINGTON — Front and center this past week and for the next few months will be raising the nation’s $31.4 trillion debt limit to allow the federal government to borrow more money and pay bills.
The structure taking shape on Grand Isle’s western edge rises 20 feet in the air, not unlike most houses on the barrier island, where stilts are the best defense from the threatening Gulf of Mexico.
WASHINGTON – Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson had breakfast Friday with the French ambassador to the United States to seek help with restoring St. Louis Cathedral and to push Air France to establish direct flights between Paris and New Orleans.
Liz Murrill, a senior lawyer for Attorney General Jeff Landry, is running to replace her boss, who is a candidate to be governor.
WASHINGTON – Candidates in the race for Louisiana governor have descended on Washington Mardi Gras to raise money and make their pitches to the state’s political and business elite in social setting far from home.
WASHINGTON — Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves, who is frequently being named as a possible candidate for governor, was linked Thursday to a GOP leadership post that some say may end talk about his seeking to replace Gov. John Bel Edwards.
WASHINGTON – Fourteen Louisiana mayors, legislators and community leaders were invited to the White House Wednesday to kick off Washington Mardi Gras.
The likely Republican candidates for governor have each said that they’re in or out, except one: Garret Graves, the congressman from Baton Rouge.
With three days to go until the Krewe of Chewbacchus ushers in four weekends of Carnival revelry, Mayor LaToya Cantrell gave New Orleans its Mardi Gras wish on Wednesday: All of the big parading krewes will be able to return to their full, pre-pandemic routes.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.
LAKE PROVIDENCE - Small towns are dying, conventional wisdom says, and newspapers are right next to them in the hospice ward.
John Bel Edwards showed the Democrats’ path to the Governor’s Mansion in both 2015 and 2019 — have the party unite behind a single person, watch the Republicans tear each other up in the primary and then defeat the wounded GOP candidate in the runoff.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday called a special session of the Legislature to grapple with Louisiana's property insurance crisis.
WASHINGTON — State and local government officials from across Louisiana are heading to the Washington Mardi Gras this week and their top question for the state’s congressional delegation is “what do we do now?”
WASHINGTON — Seeming to come out of left field, President Joe Biden last week blasted Republicans for pushing legislation that would abolish federal income taxes and the Internal Revenue Service then replace those revenues with a 30% or so national sales tax.
State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon pleaded for a special session to tackle Louisiana's property insurance crisis but faced a flurry of skeptical questions Friday from state lawmakers.
A federal judge has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to consult with federal wildlife officials on the impact the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway has on fish habitat.
WASHINGTON – Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome discussed ways to address crime with mayors from major cities around the nation during a whirlwind trip this week to the nation’s capitol.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday more talks among state leaders are needed before any decision is made on a possible special session on property insurance.
WASHINGTON — The countdown toward a possible U.S. government default is in the offing, and frictions between President Joe Biden and House Republicans are raising alarms about whether the United States can sidestep a potential economic crisis.
Louisiana's $2 billion pharmacy contract for state workers means more than 5,000 employees will have to find new pharmacies, Legislative Auditor Mike Waguespack said Wednesday.
The Louisiana Republican Party’s decision to endorse Attorney General Jeff Landry nearly a year before the gubernatorial primary is continuing to stir controversy, with the party’s director warning U.S. Rep. Garret Graves not to join the race and …
In December 2020, as former President Donald Trump was spreading baseless theories that the election was stolen from him, Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows received a text from a Louisianan who has been making allegations about election fraud fo…
WASHINGTON — Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise was quietly mentioned as a candidate for the speaker of the House during the weeklong Republican fight for the chamber’s top job.
The Legislature will likely hold a special session next month to address Louisiana's property insurance crisis, Senate President Page Cortez said Saturday.
The Louisiana Republican Party made an unprecedented decision to endorse Attorney General Jeff Landry for governor, nearly a full year before the primary election, and well before the field of candidates was settled.
On Jan. 1, the Louisiana Department of Health released preliminary grades for 954 community water systems around the state. The grades are part of a new program in which the state issues yearly grades — similar to those for schools — for water systems around the state.
For years, Opelousas residents have complained about their city’s antiquated water system, in which leaks under streets cause potholes and brown water flows from their faucets.
State Sen. Sharon Hewitt, a Slidell Republican, announced Friday she will run for governor, capping a week of highly anticipated entries into the race to succeed Gov. John Bel Edwards.
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel to investigate the presence of documents with classified markings found at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and at an office in Washington.
A state lawmaker said Thursday that he is preparing legislation on police chases in the wake of a Dec. 31 chase that left two Brusly High School students dead.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday advanced two abortion measures that Republicans call needed protections and Democrats say would further criminalize the procedure.
WASHINGTON — After a week of chaos and 15 votes to choose a speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the slim Republican majority took firm hold of the lower chamber this week to pass controversial measures on party-line votes.
One lane on a stretch of eastbound Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge will be closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Jan. 16-18 as part of preliminary work on the widening of the interstate, officials said Wednesdsay morning.
Capping a dramatic fall from grace, longtime former state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson was sentenced Wednesday to 22 months in federal prison for taking more than $140,000 from the state Democratic Party’s coffers and from her own campaign account to gamble at casinos.
Longtime former state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson will be sentenced in federal court at 10 a.m. Wednesday, more than five months after she pleaded guilty to taking more than $140,000 from the state Democratic Party’s coffers and her own campaign account to gamble at casinos.
Louisiana has more than 85,000 newly rural residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which last year revised decades-old methods of defining what counts as urban in the United States.