Early voting opens Saturday and ends April 17 for the April 24 municipal general election and a special election for a seat in the U.S. House. Polling places will be closed Sunday.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin told lawmakers Thursday that he won't soon restart Louisiana's work to upgrade its voting technology, after two prior efforts to replace thousands of voting machines were scrapped amid controversy.
In what a business lobbyist calls “the holy grail of the session,” House Speaker Clay Schexnayder is pressing a bill he hopes will overcome generations of reluctance by local governmental taxing agencies to turn over their sales tax collection and…
Louisiana launched a COVID-19 vaccine hotline on Thursday that the public can call to schedule a vaccination appointment or talk directly with a medical professional who can answer questions or concerns about the life-saving jab.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said pay raises for K-12 teachers, increased funding for higher education and new rules for sexual misconduct on college campuses are among his top priorities going into the legislative session starting April 12.
A state lawmaker said Wednesday that slavery is alive and well in Louisiana's prison system and put forward legislation that would ask voters to abolish forced labor practices for good.
The Baton Rouge law firm that has represented LSU since the 1930s advised a small group of university leaders not to tell most of the Board of Supervisors about former football coach Les Miles’ alleged improper behavior with female students — advi…
One after the other, all 10 LSU staffers, board members and lawyers who were asked to testify Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children have declined their invitations, instead sending statements that offer few answers as t…
An attorney for LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Miriam Segar sent a letter Tuesday to the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children telling members that Segar would not testify at their April 8 hearing.
In a proposal that sparked immediate controversy, a state Senate leader and others have filed a bill that would divide the parks and recreation system for East Baton Rouge Parish and set up new recreation districts in St. George, Zachary and Central.
Louisiana was awarded $42,796,369 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Transgender athletes would be barred from participating in girls' or women's sports at public schools under a proposal filed last week by a group of GOP state lawmakers, adding Louisiana to a growing list of legislatures considering restrictions o…
Nearly 100,000 people received $405.3 million in unemployment benefits to which they were not entitled and the numbers are probably much larger, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office reported Monday.
Furious with LSU’s sexual misconduct scandal, Louisiana lawmakers are heading into the upcoming legislative session with hopes of fixing some of the glaring problems around universities’ reporting of abuse, with at least three bills already in the…
Louisiana is gearing up to deploy a new data analytics tool to identify the neighborhoods experiencing the highest levels of hunger but the lowest levels of food stamp enrollments.
One of the key issues hovering over the 2021 regular legislative session is how state leaders plan to use the latest gusher of federal stimulus aid: $3.2 billion that could offset pandemic losses and also benefit a wide range of services.
The chief executives of Georgia’s two largest corporations — Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola — issued statements Wednesday opposing Georgia’s new voting laws.
Two weeks ago, Karen Carter Peterson said she wanted three debates during the congressional runoff, and Troy Carter responded by saying, “Bring it!”
As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use – New York became the 15th to do so on Wednesday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law – a Louisiana political pollster found that a fast-growing number of people in this state favor d…
The Legislature's Senate Select Committee on Women and Children has called for 10 people involved in LSU's handling of sexual misconduct and domestic violence complaints over the past several years to testify at their next committee hearing, set f…
Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry hasn’t announced whether he’s running for governor in 2023 – he downplays the idea whenever publicly asked.
More than 40% of Republicans in Louisiana said they don't plan on getting vaccinated against COVID-19, revealing a starkly partisan divide when compared to similar apathy among just 13% of Democrats, according to the results of a poll conducted by…
A conservative activist is asking the Louisiana Board of Ethics to investigate whether House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez are evading disclosure requirements by using a nonprofit group to engage in political activity.
After months of talks behind closed doors trying to come to settlement with the state Attorney General, physicians who successfully challenged a Louisiana anti-abortion law have asked a federal judge to order Louisiana taxpayers to pay the winning…
With a sexual misconduct scandal roiling LSU and a group of female state lawmakers demanding accountability, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that he was appointing two women to positions on the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Board of Regents.
Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will ask lawmakers to raise the cost of recreational hunting and fishing licenses and other user fees to close a budget gap that is only projected to worsen in the future, the agency's leader said W…
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services received federal approval to begin a virtual Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for low-income households who sustained damage or lost income from February's winter storm.
The leaders of the state Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday grilled the secretary for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development about salaries in his agency.
After months of steady improvements and declining hospitalizations, Louisiana's fight against COVID-19 has stalled in recent weeks, worrying some public health officials that the state could be teetering on the edge of another deadly spike in coro…
As the state Legislature prepares to debate whether to change Louisiana’s unique open primary election system and move to closed party primaries, a public disagreement between some of the state’s top Republican officials has emerged over the question.
After being wooed by both of the remaining candidates, Gary Chambers Jr. endorsed Karen Carter Peterson in the April 24 congressional runoff, the Baton Rouge activist who finished third in the primary announced in a video Monday.
The proposed change to the Metropolitan Statistical Area definition could prevent 144 cities nationwide, including Alexandria and Hammond, from accessing millions in federal funding.
A direct mail attack piece sent just before the March 20 congressional primary contained several head-scratching details that has left the campaign of state Sen. Troy Carter criticizing the prominent national women’s organization behind it.
Attorneys in the lawsuit seeking to block the St. George incorporation effort have accused organizers of not cooperating with recent deposition proceedings and are asking the courts to legally penalize them for it.
Louisiana, and the United States as a whole, is engaged in an unprecedented vaccination program to combat the coronavirus pandemic. But vaccination rates vary widely between parishes and even by neighborhood.
U. S. Rep. Garret Graves said money to help build a new bridge across the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge will be his top priority in any massive federal infrastructure bill taking shape in Congress.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday any tax overhaul approved by the Legislature needs to be revenue neutral rather than the cut in taxes some lawmakers are expected to push.
A defamation lawsuit that Louisiana's former Veterans Affairs secretary filed against the state's legislative auditor and inspector general in 2017 can move toward to a trial, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome on Monday announced she's throwing support behind Troy Carter in his runoff bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat against Karen Carter Peterson.
In the village of Tangipahoa, new Mayor Sheila Martin is eyeing improvements to the water system or police service.
Michael Martin has been in charge of universities across the country, but he says he’s only worked in one state where the governor has called him to carry water for the football coach.
Troy Carter led the field but will face Karen Carter Peterson in a runoff after the two Democratic state senators from New Orleans won the top two spots Saturday in a congressional district that stretches from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
Julia Letlow won a special election outright Saturday to represent the 5th Congressional District and will succeed her husband Luke, who captured the seat in December only to die of COVID three weeks later.
Republican attorneys general often tilt at partisan windmills hoping to disrupt what they call the socialist agenda of Democrats. A lawsuit to overturn the presidential election results, unsuccessful because it recycled unfounded claims of electio…
BATON ROUGE — Efforts to remove Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards from office because of complaints about his coronavirus restrictions and mask mandate have failed.
A statewide network of walk-in clinics has agreed to pony up $36 million to resolve a contract dispute with the insurance agency covering state employee's after officials last year discovered the vendor wasn't providing the return on investment pr…
GONZALES — The new Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters is taking a pay cut, or receiving a raise, depending on the perspective.
Louisiana is looking for volunteers to help with a grassroots campaign aimed at connecting the state's most vulnerable communities with vaccines through targeted out-reach and pop-up events.
The number of coronavirus patients in Louisiana's hospitals reached a record low on Thursday as Gov. John Bel Edwards announced expanded vaccine eligibility to a slew of essential workers, including employees at restaurants, bars, grocery stores, …