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House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, speaks about the legislative session with Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers mulling business tax breaks in session

Jun. 2, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana lawmakers resumed work Tuesday on piecing together a budget, their biggest unresolved financial question centered not on the coronavirus pandemic, but on how much they'll want to give in tax breaks to help businesses recover from the outbreak. The majority-Republican...

Fireworks go off in front of police, who with protesters in front of police headquarters in St. Louis on Monday, June 1, 2020. The small group of protesters was originally part of a much larger group demonstrating earlier in the afternoon against the death of George Floyd. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Police say 4 officers shot in St. Louis protests

Jun. 2, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ ST. LOUIS — Police say four officers were hit by gunfire after protests in St. Louis that started peacefully Monday became violent overnight, with...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic border closures...

Reps. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, left; Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles, center; and Jerome

Louisiana lawmakers finish regular session without budget

Jun. 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Wrapping up a shortened regular session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana lawmakers Monday handed business groups the limits on car wreck lawsuits that they've sought for years while punting completion of next year's budget to another session. The House and Senate...

LSU schedules first football games vs Grambling, Southern

Jun. 1, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Defending national champion LSU has for the first time scheduled football games with Southern and Grambling State, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward announced on Monday. Both games involving the historically black Louisiana schools will be played in LSU's Tiger Stadium, with...

In this March 21, 2019, photo, Archie Williams, who had been serving a life sentence after conviction for a 1983 rape, holds a T-shirt given to him after he walked out of the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in Baton Rouge, La., a free man, after a hearing in which he was exonerated after fingerprint technology pointed to another suspect decades after his conviction. Williams fulfilled one of his biggest dreams: singing on ”America’s Got Talent.” The NBC reality competition’s latest season premiered May 26, 2020, with Williams among the contestants. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)

Exonerated man becomes 'America's Got Talent' hopeful

May. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Archie Williams was freed last spring after serving almost four decades for crimes he didn’t commit, his mind kept returning to the thousands of men he was leaving behind — an untold number facing wrongful convictions and excessive sentences in Louisiana’s...

$55M contract toward Comite River diversion canal

May. 28, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Baton Rouge company has a $55 million contract for work on a flood-control canal planned for decades. The Comite River Diversion Canal would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River during an emergency. The...

Bills to loosen Louisiana gun limits nearing final passage

May. 28, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana would ban municipalities from enacting gun restrictions beyond those in state law and loosen restrictions on carrying guns in church, under two measures that moved closer to final legislative passage Thursday. A Senate judiciary committee voted 4-1 to send those proposals...

La. lawmakers refuse to shield incentive recipient details

May. 27, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposal pushed by Louisiana business groups to shield from the public information reported by companies receiving state tax incentives. Opponents said the measure would hide crucial details about those businesses that are benefiting from...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...