Louisiana First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards announced on Facebook that she had published her first in what will become a series of children’s books called “A Bandit in the Mansion” series.
Longtime criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor Carson Marcantel says he's the most experienced candidate in the runoff for a Baton Rouge City Court seat. Lawyer Terrel "TK" Kent has been a prosecutor for 6 1/2 years and offers herself as a…
A proposed law to help minimize flood risks created by Livingston Parish's booming growth has hit a road block just as local leaders were poised to vote on the measure.
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Beginning Saturday, voters in the Livingston Parish town of Springfield will decide if they want to rededicate sales tax revenue to the town's waterworks to help with future maintenance and improvements.
Baton Rouge native Shalanda Young was nominated by President Joe Biden Wednesday to play a leading role in formulating the nation’s budget policies.
After legislators wouldn’t go along with their initial plan to find the money to finish $450 million of renovations for the Superdome, the Edwards administration went to plan B and asked lawmakers to use some of the pandemic recovery money.
An ugly fight over an audit that found the city of Zachary paid two vendors $3.5 million without having contracts in place has died down some, but the city councilman most upset about the matter has made clear he is not giving up on his quest for …
Republican Congressman Clay Higgins, of Lafayette, won’t be attending the Washington Mardi Gras ball put on by Louisiana’s congressional delegation because COVID screening will be required of attendees.
Early voting opens Saturday for the Dec. 11 Louisiana open general election and runs through Saturday, Dec. 4. Polls are closed Sunday.
Peggy Honoré paid her insurance premiums on-time, every month for more than a decade, but in the months after Hurricane Ida tore the roof off her Destrehan home, she’s struggled to get her insurer to call her back, answer her questions or respond …
Low- and moderate-income homeowners in Lake Charles will get some financial help to fix the damage from storms that came ashore more than a year ago, under a program the state and city rolled out Monday.
Republican state lawmakers are lining up against a proposal from Louisiana's health department that would require students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — or submit a written dissent — to attend schools, daycares and universities.
After getting dropped by its first consultant, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has settled on someone new to redraw the boundaries of its election districts — but not before a rancorous vote and mudslinging by the two consultants still in…
With Gov. John Bel Edwards in the governor's mansion, Democrats in Louisiana will have a seat at the table when lawmakers return to Baton Rouge in February to begin the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the state's political maps.
The 81st District is one of the more venerable seats in the Louisiana House of Representatives. And it’s a good example of what’s about to happen when legislators sit down in February for the political task of redrawing the lines of districts from…
Louisiana lawmakers on Friday lambasted the state's temporary housing program enacted after Hurricane Ida, saying it continues to move too slowly to help people living in damaged homes and tents since late August.
In a turn to the political right, House Speaker Clay Schexnayder named five Republicans Thursday night to chair key committees, including two who are replacing Democrats.
Louisiana will require students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, or submit an exemption, to attend schools, daycares and universities, under a pending health department rule that adds the disease to the state-mandated immunization schedule.
Eight casinos are accepting bets on sporting events and seven more applications are pending, Ronnie Johns, chair of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, said Thursday.
Louisiana officials Thursday blocked banking giant JP Morgan Chase from participating in a bond refinancing deal, in Republicans' escalating effort to keep some large investment firms sidelined from state work because they limit business with fire…
U. S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-Madisonville, on Thursday grilled President Joseph Biden's nominee for Comptroller of the Currency for what Kennedy called her past membership in a communist organization.
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain came under fire Thursday from state lawmakers who complained his regulatory agency was moving too slowly in expanding the medical marijuana products available to patients.
Applicants to become licensed massage therapists are irate because turmoil on the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy has stopped the licensing process, the new chairwoman of the panel said Thursday.
The state’s utility regulators didn’t vote Wednesday on an effort to quit a regional transmission authority.
Louisiana edged forward Wednesday with its latest effort to update the state's voting system, with the convening of a new commission that will help choose the technology after receiving broader input than officials did during prevous unsuccessful …
Entergy Louisiana owes up to $4.4 billion for getting the lights back on after a string of storms and needs a $1 billion loan to meet those costs in the short-term, says the head of the utility that provides electricity to about half the state’s c…
Louisiana ranks 35th in the U.S. in overall cost effectiveness and highway conditions but finished in the bottom tier of most key indicators, according to a national report issued Wednesday.
The staff of the Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy and the chairwoman of the board have resigned in the wake of a state audit that accused the panel of downplaying possible cases of human trafficking and other complaints, officials said Wednesday.
A seat on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council will soon become vacant, setting up a springtime election to fill the position and a debate over who the council will appoint to the role during the interim.
Though many policyholders already are aware, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon told a task force Monday that auto insurance rates have gone up since a new law went into effect that limits access to the courts and was sold with the promise of lowe…
East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilwoman Erika Green defeated fellow attorney Natalie Tellis Robertson on Saturday night for the right to fill an unexpired term on East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court.
Not many voters participated, but the relative handful who did decided Saturday to launch a historic change in the way Louisiana levies and collects income taxes.
Voters in Baton Rouge and Baker approved a 10-year property tax renewal that funds a majority of the cities’ bus system, ending months of anxiety from local leaders who warned of disastrous consequences if the measure failed.
The passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, IIJA, was a generational change in how government approaches neglected roads, bridges, drinking water systems and other fundamental structures upon which the nation’s economy…
Voters statewide will consider four revenue-related constitutional amendments Saturday, while those in Baton Rouge will pick a pair of judges and weigh in on a tax benefiting the region’s bus system.
Polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday for the Louisiana open primary and close at 8 p.m. Voters in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.
After years of doing taxes the same way, Louisiana voters beginning Saturday are being asked to decide if the state should head in a different direction.
Ascension Parish grew by nearly 18% over the past decade — the second most in Louisiana — but a first crack at devising new Parish Council election districts suggests they are not likely to change much.
Louisiana lawmakers are trying a new approach to determine how much the state will spend on Medicaid services each year, as the program has ballooned to more than one-third of the state's budget and added hundreds of thousands of people during the…
Two regional insurance companies are facing insolvency due to Hurricane Ida losses, prompting Louisiana’s insurance commissioner to seek a government takeover and ensure policyholders get paid what they’re owed.
LAKE CHARLES – Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday he would travel to Washington again next week as part of efforts to secure more disaster relief in the wake of the repeated hurricanes that have devastated parts of Louisiana since 2020.
A heated discussion broke out at the Zachary City Council’s meeting Tuesday when one council member brought up the possibility of the panel hiring its own attorney ahead of the release of a legislative auditor’s report on the city government.
The Republican Party of Louisiana faces infighting and accusations of vote manipulation tactics ahead of next year's party leadership elections.
Liz Murrill, a top official in Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office, said Landry gave her a verbal exemption to rules he established that bar employees from running for political office, before Murrill filed papers to run for Landry’s job in 2023.
The narrowing of Interstate 10 for westbound motorists near the I-10/12 split is a temporary measure linked to the overhaul of the College Drive exit, Louisiana's transportation chief said Wednesday.
Back in December 2020, when COVID vaccines first became available to the public, the Louisiana Department of Health sent an urgent directive to health care providers across the state: immediately tell us about any serious side effects.
The number of mail-in ballots for Saturday’s election – triple the amount of the last similar contest in 2017 – fueled nearly 50,000 more voters participating early.
Even as state crews reconnected power and rented campground spaces to tourists as soon as cleared of storm debris, the head of Louisiana State Parks facilities and operations surveyed a forest of downed trees and said his biggest concern was how t…
The anger against insurers across storm-ravaged south Louisiana is so intense, one political hopeful suggested a biblical punishment for companies giving policyholders the run-around: boil ‘em alive in oil.