Louisiana’s prisons department has suspended its inmate work crews program from Dixon Correctional Institute after two inmates tested positive for COVID-19, the agency confirmed Thursday, as the prison sees a spike in cases.
A bombastic Republican state representative known mostly for an incendiary social media presence posted, then deleted, an anti-semitic meme that was rebuked by at least one member of his own party.
Two months in and the program aimed at giving front-line workers during the pandemic a one-time $250 stipend has spent about half the money available, sending checks to 95,367 workers and rejection letters to 27,344 applicants, the Louisiana Depar…
Advocates for Louisiana prisoners called Wednesday for the state to select an independent health monitor to track the safety of inmates in the coronavirus outbreak, urging Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to do more furloughs because of the h…
State lawmakers Tuesday began studying police practices, including claims that Black citizens represent an inordinate number of those killed by law enforcement both in Louisiana generally and Baton Rouge.
Now that Hurricane Laura has passed, Louisiana politicos are returning to the issue of what role mail-in balloting will play in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
The number of coronavirus cases at LSU surged Monday to 229, a sharp jump over the last five days as the state’s flagship university marches ahead with its in-person fall semester.
Louisiana lawmakers have long been quick to bestow praise upon Steve Gleason, even passing laws in the name of the former New Orleans Saint who has become an icon of resilience.
The Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, the state’s largest and most influential business lobby, commanded considerable influence over the state Legislature this year, according to its annually released “scorecard.”
Hoping to put an end to claims by some sheriffs and parish officials that the Edwards administration has exaggerated the number of positive COVID-19 tests, a legislative committee last week investigated.
The Louisiana Department of Health will scrap multi-billion-dollar contracts for Medicaid services nearly 1.7 million people and restart the bid process, after challenges to the deals tied them up for more than a year.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining for 14 days, his office announced Thursday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he won’t support the emergency election plan put forth by Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, setting up a donnybrook with Ardoin and other Republicans that could end up with the federal courts deciding how Louisiana…
Louisiana drivers will pay the highest prices for auto insurance in the nation next year despite having passed a sweeping tort reform law that was sold as a way to dramatically lower premiums by as much as 25%, an insurance industry executive, who…
Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana's top Democrat, has taken sides in the race for Democratic party chair, backing Baton Rouge state Rep. Ted James to fill the post.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday expressed concern that as many as 200,000 jobless Louisiana residents, representing nearly half of those receiving unemployment benefits, could be excluded from enhanced payments issued by President Donald Trump, i…
Former Senate President John Alario, the most powerful state legislator in recent years, disclosed Saturday that he has been hospitalized with the coronavirus.
Local governments that have seen revenues dry up amid the coronavirus pandemic will likely exhaust a more than half-billion-dollar pot of federal aid by the fall, according to the governor’s top budget official, unless Congress appropriates more i…
A new poll commissioned by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and distributed to state House members found wide support for a statewide mask mandate and opposition to an effort led by conservative lawmakers to repeal the state's public health emergenc…
Despite a bit of a computer stumble on the first day, the state has received in five days almost 185,000 applications from frontline employees – who went to work during the coronavirus pandemic “stay at home” order – seeking a one-time $250 check.
Limits on how many students can ride school buses because of the coronavirus pandemic are helping to shape the reopening of public schools, including which students return to classrooms.
Though the business community and their allies among legislators have long painted Louisiana as having a crippling tax burden, BestPlaces.net doesn’t think so.
Though debate and negotiations had gone on for years, a deal on legislation to limit civil trials in hopes of lowering auto insurance rates didn’t really make progress until the final days of the Louisiana Legislature’s special session.
The head of the one of Louisiana's largest hospitals urged his employees Wednesday to ask their state representatives and senators not to support a right-wing Republican effort to revoke the Democratic governor’s orders aimed at slowing the fast s…
Though he had worried about the drain on Louisiana's treasury, Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law the full multimillion-dollar package of business tax breaks that lawmakers passed in their June special session as a coronavirus recovery effort.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican who is quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, released an opinion Wednesday blasting Gov. John Bel Edwards' mask mandate.
Workers from bus drivers to garbage collectors to grocery store clerks – people who stayed on the job during coronavirus pandemic while the rest of the state stayed home – can start applying Wednesday for a $250 “hazard pay” check.
The governor is expected this week to sign into law a bill that reduces an individual’s ability to successfully seek recompense for injuries in state courts on the hope auto insurance rates will fall.
As a $275 million grant program for small businesses in Louisiana is set to launch in 18 days, Treasurer John Schroder said Friday while he’s still working through the details of who and what will qualify, businesses will have to submit receipts o…
Senate Education Committee Chairman Cleo Fields on Monday asked the president of Louisiana's top school board to have the panel suspend public school athletic activities during the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Republicans notched several important legislative victories in the regular session and in the special session that ended Tuesday, showing they can muster the votes to pass measures favored by the state’s powerful business interests.
When Louisiana lawmakers returned to the State Capitol in early May after a six-week hiatus because of the coronavirus, they faced the prospect of passing a budget that was down almost $1 billion in revenues from previous estimates.
State lawmakers have approved spending $2 million to tackle Louisiana's alarming reading problem for its youngest students, in part because a 24-year-old former teacher made a successful pitch to one of the Legislature's top leaders.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that one of his State Capitol staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
Louisiana small businesses can start applying for up to $15,000 grants each on July 28, Treasurer John Schroder announced Wednesday, after he selected three firms to run the $275 million program set up by Republican lawmakers.
A change shrouded in secrecy will exempt Treasury Secretary John Schroder from key rules governing how he can disburse a huge pot of federal money to small businesses.
Louisiana lawmakers Tuesday passed the state’s $35 billion budget that seeks to halt pay raises for state employees along with a flurry of other laws in the final hours of a month-long special session concerned partly with coronavirus recovery.
After much negotiation and toil, the Louisiana Legislature finally approved on Tuesday legislation that changes how Louisiana courts operate in hopes that it will bring down auto insurance rates.
With the special session nearing the end, the Louisiana Senate passed Monday possible compromise legislation aimed at lowering auto insurance rates by limiting lawsuit options in state district courts for people injured in car wrecks.
Legislation that would ban most civil lawsuits against school districts and colleges if students or teachers contract the coronavirus will be decided on the final day of the special session.
Louisiana lawmakers gave final legislative approval Monday to send $250 “hazard pay” checks to up to 200,000 frontline workers and came close to taking the final step on overhauling the state’s legal system in hopes of lowering auto insurance rates.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has decided to use $32 million of $50 million in discretionary federal dollars for computers and improved internet access for public school students, officials said Monday.
An unprecedented special session called by Republican legislators during the coronavirus crisis still must resolve two key issues before adjournment at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused more confusion and uncertainty than just about anyone can remember.
As the Louisiana Legislature heads into its final 48 hours of what has been two back-to-back sessions, overwhelming Republican majorities were able to strip the name of George Floyd, whose death while being detained by Minneapolis police set off a…
The Louisiana state Senate on Friday passed a state spending plan that uses hundreds of millions in federal aid to plug holes and freezes state pay for workers, as lawmakers are set to hash out which tax breaks for businesses they will pass in the…
Though a Senate panel wanted only one “tort reform” bill, the committee Friday advanced a second measure along with three House-passed nuclear options that would only go into effect if a measure doesn’t pass or is vetoed.
A proposal to send $250 checks to thousands of frontline workers in Louisiana has gained widespread favor in the state Legislature and is close to becoming law, after the state Senate approved the bill Friday.
Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder's office confirmed one of its staffers tested positive for the coronavirus this week, the latest infection at the State Capitol to come to light.