A legislative panel on Tuesday advanced legislation that would give lawmakers oversight – but not an up-or-down vote – over the governor’s emergency declarations, a response to complaints by Republican lawmakers that they have been sidelined by Go…
A $24 million rental aid program Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in July for people facing eviction because of coronavirus-related lost wages has committed less than one-third of the assistance promised, even though demand was so high that applica…
As the gavel fell Monday evening, the Louisiana Legislature began a month-long session specially-called by Republican lawmakers to review bills on a long list issues, the foremost of which are Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions.
Rescuing Louisiana's unemployment fund and recovering from Hurricane Laura are the marquee issues for the monthlong legislative session hastily called by the Republican majority to begin 6 p.m. Monday, but a political tug-of-war over Democratic Go…
Gov. John Bel Edwards was correct when he said the special session, which only is supposed to focus on one or two items, will be more like a regular session with 70 issues on the agenda.
Judge Richard Anderson has served on the 19th Judicial District Court's criminal bench since 1997 and hopes to serve one more term before hanging up his black robe for good.
The state modified its rules to pay more $250 stipends to people who worked while others sheltered-in-place during the initial spike in coronavirus infections.
Louisiana Senate President Page Cortez spent several minutes during Friday’s Revenue Estimating Conference meeting talking about the need for legislators and Gov. John Bel Edwards to work together to solve the state’s problems.
U.S. Sen. John Kennedy reassured the public that Republicans will support the Constitution, after President Donald Trump declined for two days last week to promise a peaceful transition of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election to Joe Biden.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said he’s got to focus on putting on an election and won’t appeal a federal trial court decision that requires expanded availability to absentee mail ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Businesses received temporary relief from an automatic 20% surcharge on their employment taxes, and jobless workers dodged for now a 10% cut in their payments thanks to the non-action of a state government board on Friday.
Igniting controversy, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday asked legislative leaders to move what he called $175 million in unspent dollars for small businesses to help shore up Louisiana's dwindling unemployment fund and for local governments.
When it comes to the city-parish's infrastructure, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome touts projects and initiatives that started her under administration as the relief the community needs to address issues surrounding traffic and frequent flash…
A Baton Rouge lawyer who lost a recent City Court runoff by a 2-1 margin, then claimed in a lawsuit that the victor was too old to serve, was told this week that her appeal of a unanimous lower court ruling was filed too late.
The proposed $5 million settlement in the civil suit filed on behalf of Alton Sterling's five children is off the table for now, but one member of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council said she plans to reintroduce it for consideration at the end of …
Pilloried with angry criticism and accusations of nefarious intent, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin had a more human reason for the state’s online voter registration website being down on the evening of National Voter Registration Day.
Gov. John Bel Edwards endorsed East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s re-election bid Wednesday, reaffirming their longtime friendship but at the same time alienating a state Capitol ally a week before a special legislative session.
A Baton Rouge City Court judge who spent nine years as a prosecutor and two local attorneys with nearly three decades of civil law experience apiece are vying for a spot on the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.
PORT ALLEN — Voters in Donaldsonville will likely go to the polls on Nov. 3 without knowing the outcome of a felony theft charge pending against a leading challenger for city mayor after a West Baton Rouge Parish judge delayed a scheduled trial.
When colleges around the country closed down earlier this year to slow the coronavirus contagion, higher education officials fretted that fall enrollment numbers would drop significantly. Many launched task forces to calculate just what that would…
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday the special session should be limited to 10-14 days, not up to 30 days as the Louisiana Legislature is planning, and be restricted to about five topics rather than the 70 on the House and Senate agenda.
The Louisiana Legislature will begin its second special session of the year at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28, legislative leaders said Monday.
Bradley Cryer, the assistant auditor whose job is to check the finances of Louisiana’s cities, towns, and villages, recently brought a stack of papers with color-coded tabs to the Legislature.
It was one of those moments that in hindsight Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter wishes he would have knocked on wood and spit three times as he said on Aug. 19: “We’ll be in decent in shape unless a hurricane hits us.”
In his first detailed statement about a recent federal trial court’s ruling expanding access to absentee mail ballots for the Nov. 3 election, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said in a statement Friday that while disappointed, he is concerned with …
Drainage and small business development are top priorities for the candidates running for the District 4 seat on the East Baton Rouge Metro Council, a position soon to be vacated by term-limited councilman Scott Wilson.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission sent out about 7,600 notices to recently unemployed people demanding they pony up sometimes tens of thousands of dollars in overpaid benefits.
The race for East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president is unusually competitive this year, with seven candidates vying for the job.
A section of Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge is set to have lanes closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Louisiana should allow more access to absentee mail ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential elections, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick ruled in a 44-page decision released Wednesday afternoon.
Just 48 hours after things looked dire, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he is thankful Hurricane Sally will largely slide east of Louisiana after days of anxious planning for a second potentially deadly storm.
More than 20,000 East Baton Rouge Parish voters have requested mail-in ballots — more than three times the number in 2016 — and Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn says those ballots could start going out in the next few weeks.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that, while the path of Hurricane Sally has moved eastward, southeast Louisiana remains under the threat of heavy rain, flooding and the unknowns on what any storm is going to do.
Defense lawyer Dele Adebamiji and prosecutor Will Jorden have never squared off against each other in a trial at the 19th Judicial District Court, but now they're going head-to-head for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Baton Rouge state court.
A somber Gov. John Bel Edwards and weather experts said Sunday Tropical Storm Sally will turn into a slow-moving, Category 2 hurricane that could arrive with winds of up to 100 miles per hour, triggering power outages and huge amounts of rainfall.
The coronavirus has shut down a lot of in-person politicking in this year's race for East Baton Rouge mayor-president, but with seven weeks remaining until Election Day, and five weeks until the start of early voting, look for the seven candidates…
A group called Louisiana Wins that backs sports betting will unveil its first television commercial Sunday during the New Orleans Saints’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Baton Rouge landed a new city court judge this week and the woman who wanted the post not only lost by a 2-1 margin at the polls, but also lost 5-0 at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal.
Sharon Weston Broome acknowledges she made some mistakes in her first term as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, but says what she learned from those mistakes will make her an even better "servant leader" in a second term.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will have a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday to detail the state's Phase 3 coronavirus restrictions.
Louisiana U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy in a Wednesday interview continued to back President Donald Trump despite reports that the president was aware in February how contagious and deadly the coronavirus was but knowingly downplaying its seriousness.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will have a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to address the state's response to coronavirus.
The number of mail ballots already requested for the November presidential election has almost tripled, leaving the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office worried it won’t be able to count them fast enough, according to testimony Wednesday in feder…
Johnell Matthews was sworn in as a Baton Rouge City Court judge one day after a judge ordered the Secretary of State to certify her victory in last month's runoff election.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday morning that about 90% of Calcasieu Parish, which includes Lake Charles, is without power nearly two weeks after Hurricane Laura struck.
LSU Interim President Tom Galligan Jr. said Wednesday morning he agrees with Gov. John Bel Edwards' view that Tiger Stadium should be limited to about 25% of capacity because of the coronavirus.