A new prison standard that became law Saturday allows nearly 3,000 lifers, habitual criminals and old-timers, including armed robbers, to apply for parole that eventually could free them from decades behind bars.
A group of unemployed Louisiana residents filed a lawsuit Friday night challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to stop accepting the federal $300-a-week boost to jobless benefits, arguing that the move violates state law and asking the courts …
The recent veto override session lasted only two days after legislators failed to invalidate a single bill rejected by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Amid a worsening COVID-19 outbreak, Louisiana on Saturday will end its participation in the federal government’s pandemic unemployment programs, cutting off jobless benefits for more than 150,000 residents and slashing payments in half for thousan…
With the highly contagious delta variant ripping through Louisiana and overwhelming hospitals statewide, Gov. John Bel Edwards urged the public on Friday to return to mask-wearing indoors and said he’s “seriously considering” reinstating a mask ma…
Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder has removed two Democrats as chairs of legislative committees, amid calls by some Republicans to punish Democrats who refused to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ vetoes, which doomed the state’s first-ever v…
A good many of the state government’s nearly 40,000 employees will return to working at home, at least three days a week, if possible, in hopes of lessening exposure to COVID during this fourth surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
Baton Rouge City Court candidate Carson Marcantel will stay in the race after a state judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to disqualify him.
Last Wednesday, just before the Louisiana House convened for one of the most important votes of his tenure, Gov. John Bel Edwards gave Democratic lawmakers one last pep talk.
A state judge disqualified Baton Rouge City Court candidate Colette Greggs from the Oct. 9 election on Tuesday, noting that, because of where she lives, she isn't even qualified to vote in the contest for the job she wants.
A day after U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins revealed he is ill with COVID, he along with Rep. Garret Graves and Rep. Mike Johnson would not disclose Monday whether they have been vaccinated.
State officials announced Monday they have let a $46 million road project in St. Tammany Parish for the first segment of work voters approved 32 years ago.
Angry Louisiana conservatives are looking for reasons why they lost last week’s two-day veto override session that failed to overcome a single bill rejected by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Troy Carter lost congressional races to represent New Orleans in 2006 and 2008 before winning the seat in a special election in April.
State Sen. Ronnie S. Johns, R-Lake Charles, was named Friday by the governor to chair of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, then resigned his Senate seat.
House Speaker Clay Schexnayder said Friday he was confident moments before the vote Wednesday that the Louisiana House would override Gov. John Bel Edwards' veto of a transgender bill but "three or four" representatives went back on their verbal c…
No stranger to the camera, adult film star, stripper and Baton Rouge native Stormy Daniels will venture into reality TV this fall.
Fueled by frustration over flooding, development and the council's rocky relationship with the new Ascension Parish president, two groups filed papers this week to recall council members Teri Casso and Corey Orgeron.
On Monday, House Speaker Clay Schexnayder made a bold prediction: He was “comfortable 100%” he would have the votes in the Louisiana House to override Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a bill targeting transgender athletes, a measure that …
Gov. John Bel Edwards kicked off his monthly call-in radio show just as Louisiana's House neared a vote on overriding his veto of a ban on transgender children competing in sports.
Republican lawmakers convened the state's first-ever veto session Tuesday with high hopes for overriding Gov. John Bel Edwards' vetoes of key bills, the culmination of a months-long power struggle between the Democratic governor and heavily-Republ…
The Louisiana Senate rejected an attempt to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a bill to allow for concealed carry of guns without a permit, apparently killing one of the two key bills in the state Legislature’s first-ever veto override session.
The Louisiana Senate has voted to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a bill targeting transgender athletes, putting the veto override effort in the hands of the state House as a tense, historic veto session began Tuesday.
Louisiana legislators have never before returned to Baton Rouge to override a governor’s veto and a lot of lawmakers are confused about just how the session that begins noon Tuesday will proceed.
Louisiana legislators are convening a historic meeting at noon Tuesday motivated primarily by the governor’s veto of a bill that forbids transgender youth from participating in organized women’s sports.
Like so many in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards recalled Sunday growing up during the era when Edwin W. Edwards was the center of politics in the state.
An agreement for Tom Benson to buy the Saints and keep the football team in New Orleans was suddenly in doubt.
The Republican majorities in the Legislature made history. They will convene noon Tuesday for the first session, ever, to override the vetoed bills of a governor — bringing Louisiana fully into the partisan warfare that has erupted across the nation.
The three-day qualifying period for the Oct. 9 elections ended Friday, leaving two candidates vying for an East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court seat and four more seeking a spot on Baton Rouge City Court.
Faced with a startling and preventable new surge in COVID-19, an infectious disease specialist in Baton Rouge offered a stark warning on Friday to the millions of Louisiana residents who have opted not to get vaccinated.
Louisiana announced the first two winners in its vaccine lottery Friday, kicking off five weeks of drawings that will dole out $2.3 million in scholarship prizes and cash giveaways to residents who choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
For the first time ever, Louisiana lawmakers will convene a session aimed at overriding the governor’s vetoes, the culmination of a monthslong fight that will test the limits of the Republican-dominated Legislature’s power over Democratic Gov. Joh…
Louisiana will cut off jobless benefits for nearly 100,000 self-employed residents beginning in August, prematurely ending a federal program that has helped musicians, contractors and so-called “gig workers” avoid financial ruin amid the economic …
Metro Councilwoman Erika Green qualified Wednesday to run for an East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court seat on the Oct. 9 ballot, and two lawyers filed qualifying papers for a Baton Rouge City Court seat.
Qualifying began Wednesday and ended Friday for the Oct. 9 open primary. The following races are on the ballot in the Baton Rouge area.
Though funeral arrangements aren't final, one event has been planned: former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards will lie in honor in Memorial Hall at the State Capitol on Saturday for the public, according to the Speaker of the House's office.
Already historic, the much-anticipated veto override session became even more dramatic Tuesday upon news that a Lake Charles Republican senator wouldn’t be attending.
Profiles, interviews, debates — the Louisiana Digital Media Archive is packed with highlights of Edwin Edwards' political career.
Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment said he and the Parish Council have had communication breakdowns and need to "hit the reset button" in their relationships to better manage flood protection work.
The Times-Picayune and The Advocate are joining in a national effort, led by Consumer Reports, to assess disparities in the quality of broadband service customers across the U.S. receive, and how much they are paying for it.
Edwin Edwards, who died Monday at the age 93, has been in public life since being elected to the Crowley City Council in 1954 at the age of 27. He went on to serve in the state Senate before being elected to Congress in 1965. He became governor, f…