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 on Saturday night urged residents across south Louisiana to stay ...

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 forecasters predicting landfall as a hurricane by early Saturday. The storm's ...

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

U.S. 05/30/19, 22:14

Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party. With his signature, Gov. John Bel Edwards made Louisiana the ...

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 to a bill barring abortion once there's a detectable fetal ...

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 working as a school counselor, and Edwards finds himself an ...

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 Democratic Sen. John Milkovich to prohibit abortions when a fetal ...

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 sessions across three years about finances, lawmakers and Gov. John ...

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 the parking lot of a strip mall that was destroyed ...

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 morning before state District Judge James Doherty.Matthews, the son of ...

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, 2019 file photo, firefighters and fire investigators respond to a ...

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 Opelousas, a city of about 16,000 people in rural St. ...

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, warning them they would lose the insurance coverage unless they ...

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 economic policy.Still, U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone ...

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 Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, after heavy rain overnight. ...

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 Gov. Matt Bevin and win an open governorship in Mississippi. ...

Edwards releases re-election video in formal campaign launch

Business 01/22/19, 11:34

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards officially kicked off his re-election bid Tuesday with an online video that not only touts his performance, but also warns he'll be a target of multimillion-dollar attack campaigns.Edwards is seeking a second term as the only Democratic governor in the Deep South. He faces two ...

Budget stability, clergy abuse top Louisiana stories of 2018

Football 12/29/18, 08:39

As 2018 comes to an end, Louisiana finally could be close to budget stability and the state has dropped from its spot as the nation's top jailer. In addition, New Orleans saw its first woman mayor sworn into office and celebrated 300 years of existence.Those were some of the top ...

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