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New Orleans drops mask mandate as coronavirus numbers fall

Oct. 27, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is largely ending a mandate requiring residents and visitors wear masks indoors as infections of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continue to fall, the city's mayor announced Wednesday. Mayor...

Edwards: Ida temporary trailer program ramps up in Louisiana

Oct. 27, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's temporary housing program for people displaced by Hurricane Ida is increasing its pace of getting people into travel trailers, but Gov. John Bel Edwards said he's still pushing for the program to accelerate its work. “We're not...

Louisiana governor ends mask mandate, except at some schools

Oct. 26, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he’s largely ending Louisiana’s nearly three-month-old indoor mask mandate since the state has emerged from its latest coronavirus spike and is seeing lower rates of COVID-19 infection. “I stand here today...

Louisiana lifts mask mandate amid sharp drop in COVID cases

Oct. 26, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending its statewide indoor mask mandate after emerging from its latest and worst coronavirus spike of the pandemic and seeing a sharp decline in new COVID-19 infections, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday. The decision marks...

Louisiana to get $595M federal disaster aid for Laura, Delta

Oct. 26, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will receive $595 million in federal disaster block grant aid to help with housing restoration and other recovery needs from last year's back-to-back blows of Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the state's two U.S. senators announced Tuesday. ...

In Louisiana, a father, a son and a culture of police abuse

Oct. 26, 2021 02:44 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Growing up in the piney backwoods of northern Louisiana, where yards were dotted with crosses and the occasional Confederate flag, Jacob Brown was raised on hunting, fishing and dreams of becoming a state trooper. But within weeks of arriving at the...

In Louisiana, a father, a son and a culture of police abuse

Oct. 26, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Growing up in the piney backwoods of northern Louisiana, where yards were dotted with crosses and the occasional Confederate flag, Jacob Brown was raised on hunting, fishing and dreams of becoming a state trooper. But within weeks of arriving at the...

Edwards heading to Scotland this week for climate conference

Oct. 25, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and other Louisiana officials will travel Thursday to Scotland to attend an international climate change conference packed with world leaders. The governor's economic development and coastal policy advisors will be among...

Analysis: Louisiana budget boom continues for another year

Oct. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Rather than crush state finances, the coronavirus pandemic is sending a glut of money to Louisiana's treasury, with Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers facing another year of decisions about how to spend piles of cash available to them. The state...

Louisiana governor names new homeland security agency chief

Oct. 21, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that his top homeland security adviser is resigning, and he named the agency's chief deputy to the position. James Waskom is on medical leave until January, when he'll formally leave the position...