Barry drenches Gulf Coast, but initially spares New Orleans

U.S. 07/14/19, 06:06

Weakened but still potent, Barry inundated the Gulf Coast but appeared unlikely to deluge New Orleans as it continued its slow advance, though it brought fresh fears of flash flooding to Mississippi's capital city Sunday morning. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards ...

Tropical Storm Barry’s wind and rain hit Louisiana coast

U.S. 07/12/19, 06:37

Tropical Storm Barry's wind and rain began hitting parts of Louisiana Friday as New Orleans and coastal communities braced for a drenching from what could be the season's first hurricane. A hurricane warning was in effect along the Louisiana coast, with ...

Louisiana lawmakers send new abortion ban to governor’s desk

U.S. 05/29/19, 19:19

Louisiana lawmakers on Wednesday passed a strict new abortion ban that would prohibit the procedure before some women even know they are pregnant, joining a half-dozen conservative states with similar measures. In a 79-23 vote, the Louisiana House gave final passage ...

Louisiana governor breaks with Democratic Party on abortion

U.S. 05/17/19, 14:20

Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused.Now, daughter Samantha is married and ...

Louisiana ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban nearing final passage

Health 05/15/19, 10:47

A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana as early as six weeks of pregnancy is speeding toward legislative passage, one of several measures lawmakers are advancing to add new restrictions on the procedure.The House health committee Wednesday backed legislation by ...

Few issues settled at Louisiana legislative session midpoint

Sports 05/07/19, 13:04

Louisiana lawmakers reached the midpoint of their annual regular session Tuesday with budget plans starting to take shape, but the fate of most bills still uncertain. Expectations remain intact that legislators will head home without a special session.After seven special ...

Update: Louisiana governor declares state of emergency

U.S. 04/25/19, 16:32

The Latest on a tornado that tore through Louisiana early Thursday(all times local):4:30 p.m.Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency after severe weather hit the northern part of the state and killed two people.A pair of men walk though ...

Bond hearing for white suspect in black church fires

U.S. 04/15/19, 00:23

The white suspect in three recent arson fires that destroyed African American churches in Louisiana is scheduled for a bond hearing.The clerk of court's office in St. Landry Parish says the hearing for 21-year-old Holden Matthews is scheduled for Monday ...

Update: Suspect in church fires identified as white man

U.S. 04/11/19, 10:07

The Latest on fires at black churches in Louisiana. (all times local):10:05 a.m.The suspect arrested in a string of fires at historically black churches in southern Louisiana has been identified as a 21-year-old white man.FILE - In this April 4, ...

Suspect arrested in ‘suspicious’ fires at black churches

U.S. 04/11/19, 09:23

Each church catered to an African American congregation. Each graced a rustic, country setting. Each fronted a small cemetery. And each is now a charred disaster scene, the result of three conflagrations that brought echoes of civil rights-era violence to ...

30K removed from Louisiana Medicaid rolls, deemed ineligible

Health 04/03/19, 17:42

More than 30,000 people in Louisiana have been booted from the Medicaid program, after an upgraded state computer check determined they earn too much to receive the taxpayer-financed health insurance.Louisiana's health department sent notices to 40,000 Medicaid recipients in February, ...

GOP candidates for Louisiana governor showing differences

Business 03/18/19, 18:38

Louisiana's two Republican candidates for governors started Monday to stake out modest differences on business tax breaks, teacher pay and the state's Medicaid expansion program, at an event called to tout their differences from Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards on ...

Update: Louisiana declares emergency for flood threat

U.S. 02/28/19, 18:39

The Latest on weather in the Deep South (all times local):5:20 p.m.Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency because of the threat of flooding along the Mississippi River and elsewhere across the state.Middle Valley Plaza is seen flooded in ...

Democrats try to make gains with governors in 2019 elections

U.S. 02/22/19, 10:32

Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors' races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in Donald Trump territory. Democrats hope to unseat Kentucky's Republican ...

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