Karen Carter Peterson, who is both a state senator from New Orleans and chair of the state Democratic Party, disclosed in an email Friday night that she has a gambling problem — minutes after WWL-TV posted a news story reporting that she had viola…
Attorney General Jeff Landry says Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has created a "constitutional crisis" by presenting an executive budget proposal last month that exceeds the recognized revenue estimate for the coming year.
Louisiana leaders have roundly condemned comments that an Iowa congressman made this week portraying Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans as people who only sought government help, compared to Iowans who “take care of each other."
Controversial Iowa Congressman Steve King, who has faced repeated backlash over his extreme views on race and immigration, cited Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans as an example of bad disaster victims, compared to his Iowa constituents, dur…
The panel charged with updating anti-sexual harassment policies in state government has finished its final piece of recommended changes: A proposal that aims to protect outsiders – lobbyists, reporters and others conducing business at the State Ca…
The first installment on a $650 million highway borrowing plan, including major projects in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, won easy approval Thursday from the State Bond Commission.
Today in The Rundown: A new development in the governor's race; Gov. John Bel Edwards' thoughts on LSU athletics; Changes to utilities rules; Why a major city's mayor is mad at the media; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today.
State regulators adopted rules Wednesday that require the directors of utility cooperatives to tell each of their 900,000 members how much compensation they are receiving and then requiring the customers to vote on whether those board members shou…
It appears the competition to face off against Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor’s race is heating up with one announced Republican candidate beginning to take jabs at the other, who has reaffirmed his dedication to only a…
LSU football remains big enough in Louisiana, that when its head coach, Ed Orgeron, gets a two-year contract extension and a raise to $4 million, the news reaches all the way to the state capitol.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said he's not ready to back up a call to oust LSU President F. King Alexander by the former chair of the state’s top policymakers for public higher education.
Motorists frustrated by construction-related delays on a northbound section of La. 1 near Port Allen had new trouble Wednesday. A dump truck driver struck a girder on the Intracoastal Waterway bridge and triggered what's expected to be a month-lon…
This year's Loyola University New Orleans' commencement ceremonies will feature two of Louisiana's household names: Gov. John Bel Edwards and Gayle Benson.
Four top officials of a state facility for children with developmental disabilities suspended during a State Police probe have been absolved of any wrongdoing and are back at work, officials said Wednesday.
Slaves at Rosedown Plantation, the state’s most visited historical site, were “happy” and had “a natural musical instinct,” claimed the wording of an official exhibit sign at the state-owned and administered tourist location.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents will be receiving checks in the mail from the state, not tax refunds, but other unclaimed property dollars collected by the treasury.
When Harrah’s New Orleans Casino sought a 30-year renewal of its state license to operate last year, the state House asked for too little money, while the Senate demanded too much.
The Mississippi River appeared to hit its crest Tuesday in Baton Rouge after an extended rise following heavy rain up river, reaching the seventh-highest level in recorded history, authorities said.
Louisiana lawmakers shored up the state’s finances during a special session last year, but that doesn’t mean budget showdowns are over at the State Capitol with an election looming just months away.
President Donald Trump has nominated a Louisiana native and LSU graduate to become the new U.S. ambassador to the African nation Cabo Verde.
Without dissent, a key legislative committee Tuesday endorsed plans for the initial borrowing needed to finance major road projects in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Today in The Rundown: Republican candidates for governor join Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for events; What the head of the state Department of Transportation sees on the horizon for the state's traffic woes; New Orleans outlines its legislative agenda;…
The two Republican candidates for governor joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday to try to make their case for a Republican to win election this fall over Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
Despite a push from trade groups, Louisiana's transportation chief said Monday he doubts the Louisiana Legislature will seriously debate a hike in the state gas tax in 2019.
The National Flood Insurance Program is set to undergo significant changes likely to affect premiums for home and business owners across the country, according to a Bloomberg report.
When Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was a 20-something law enforcement officer in St. Martinville Parish, he responded to a domestic violence call that has since guided how he deals with an issue that’s critical in the state.
Less than a month away from the start of the 2019 legislative session, Mayor LaToya Cantrell's legislative agenda is being shaped by her push to divert millions of tax dollars from state-sponsored tourism and sports agencies to helping meet New Or…
A lot of Louisiana Legislators were surprised last year to learn that in their last-minute scuffle to fix the state budget, they had jettisoned sales tax holidays.
One of Iberville Parish’s next council hopefuls has his sights set on economic development, infrastructure and accessibility. But, first, his sights are set on finishing high school.
The longest tenured and arguably most colorful judge on the Baton Rouge-based 19th Judicial District Court is retiring effective Aug. 1, but 69-year-old Mike Erwin is leaving the bench much sooner than that.
The Division of Administration is telling more than 66,780 Louisiana taxpayers who received duplicate tax refunds to sit tight for the time being while the state collects the overpayments directly from the banks to which they were deposited.
Early voting starts Saturday and ends March 23 for the March 30 election. On the ballot in parishes in the Baton Rouge region are a number of special and regular elections and propositions. Runoff elections, if necessary, will be held May 4.
Voters face two choices in the March 30 special election that will decide who finishes the remainder of the late metro councilman Buddy Amoroso's unexpired term.
The Republican Governors Association will hold a fundraiser in New Orleans on Monday, featuring Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Phil Bryant of Mississippi.
Thousands of Louisiana homeowners who have been blocked from receiving flood recovery assistance because of the "duplication of benefits" trap may finally be able to qualify for aid in the coming months, after the state’s two U.S. senators acted o…
Abortions in Louisiana hit a 10-year low in 2018, as state lawmakers passed some of the nation's strictest abortion regulations.
Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Abraham is siding with Attorney General Jeff Landry in the ongoing debate over the death penalty's future in Louisiana and thinks that its use could be taken even further.
Today in The Rundown: A former prison warden abruptly pleaded guilty to corruption this week; an LSU event examined hurdles that women face in Louisiana politics; BESE takes pre-session positions on teacher pay raises, pre-K and education spending…
When her daughter was in just the first grade, lobbyist Marie DesOrmeaux Centanni brought her to the Louisiana Capitol to see how the Legislature works.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday morning he cannot disagree with the decision to suspend LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade after the coach declined to meet with school leaders over Wade's comments on an FBI wiretap.
State legislators took a deep dive Tuesday into Louisiana’s stalled death penalty system, but it’s unclear what – if any – legislation may come out of the nearly five-hour Capitol hearing.
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Leaders of a new group called Raise Up Teachers said Monday it plans to urge the Legislature to approve teacher pay hikes but more professional development and other improvements are also needed.
Louisiana's U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy will meet with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Secretary Ben Carson later this week to discuss HUD’s inaction on what's become known as the "duplication of benefits" trap that is blockin…
The office of Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday an effort to establish a new city of St. George won’t go before voters in the southeastern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish any time before October — and only then if the petition to create the new…
Labor organizations, non-profit groups and some small business owners have joined forces to take yet another run at convincing state legislators to overturn a 1999 state law that bars local governments from setting their own minimum wages.
Erroll Williams, the Orleans Parish tax assessor, is complicating plans for a hotel that officials of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center want to build with tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies.
The family of Max Gruver and other advocates are calling on LSU to release findings from a recent investigation into how university officials reacted to complaints about possible hazing at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity that were received well…
Louisiana’s natural gas production has quietly rebounded to its highest point since 2012, as drillers return to north Louisiana with billions in capital investments and new drilling techniques that have made the Haynesville shale basin profitable again.