Latest John Bel Edwards News

Audit: Louisiana state workers decrease, but pay costs rise

Jan. 18, 2021 10:06 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's state government employee ranks have thinned over the last seven years, but the decline in workers hasn't dropped the state payroll's costs, according to a new audit released Monday. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found that the number of state workers across...

Louisiana congressman's father among latest virus victims

Jan. 17, 2021 5:06 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The father of U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves of Louisiana has died of complications from COVID-19. Graves’ office announced the Saturday afternoon death of John Graves in a news release. Funeral arrangements were pending. In a brief statement, Graves, a Baton Rouge area Republican,...

Travellers walk towards the Covid-19 testing centre at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.  The UK will close all travel corridors from Monday morning to protect against the coronavirus with travellers entering the country from overseas are required to have proof of a negative Covid test. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Slovakia wants tests for nearly all in nine days

Jan. 17, 2021 5:01 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is launching a project to test almost all citizens for the coronavirus in nine days. The government hopes the nationwide testing will speed up a recovery from the latest wave of the infections, make it possible for students to return to school in February, help the health...

A staff member with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System receives a shot with the first batch of Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: No immediate vaccine changes planned in Louisiana

Jan. 17, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal officials have changed their guidance to states for distributing and administering the coronavirus vaccine, but that doesn't mean Louisiana is rushing more of its residents to the front of the line for shot eligibility. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is keeping its...

In this aerial photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers build a large centralized quarantine facility capable of holding several thousand people in Shijiazhuang in northern China's Hebei Province, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients in Nangong, south of Beijing in Hebei Province, to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on infected people or goods from abroad. (Yang Shiyao/Xinhua via AP)

The Latest: China reports a few new cases of COVID-19

Jan. 16, 2021 9:41 PM EST

BEIJING — China on Sunday reported 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing, and no deaths. There were 72 new cases in Hebei province, where the government is building isolation hospitals with a total of 9,500 rooms to combat an upsurge in infections,...

Louisiana confirms 1st case of COVID-19 variant in state

Jan. 16, 2021 4:39 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has identified the state's first case of the COVID-19 variant in a person in the New Orleans area, the governor's office said Saturday. The variant, frequently referred to as the U.K. variant because of its prevalence in the United Kingdom, spreads more easily than other...

State commissioner of administration Jay Dardenne wears a mask as he testifies before the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana to get $2B in federal virus aid, but with strings

Jan. 15, 2021 5:02 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana expects to receive at least $2 billion in coronavirus aid from the latest relief package passed by Congress, but state officials don’t yet know what strings are attached and how much of the cash could help patch budget holes next year. “It's a big mystery...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone addresses supporters at his election night watch party at L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. Rispone, the businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana governor in 2019, said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, that he was dropping his bid to unseat the current chairman of the state Republican Party, ending a heated intraparty feud over leadership.  (AP Photo/Sophia Germer, File)

Former governor candidate drops bid to lead Louisiana GOP

Jan. 14, 2021 12:57 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eddie Rispone, the businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana governor in 2019, said Thursday that he was dropping his bid to unseat the current chairman of the state Republican Party, ending a heated intraparty feud over leadership. “After further consideration, I...

Bars lose appeal in fight against virus-rleated closures

Jan. 13, 2021 6:21 PM EST

Louisiana bar owners fighting coronavirus -related closures of their businesses lost an appeal Wednesday at a federal appeals court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld rulings from two lower court judges who last year refused to block the closure order for groups of bars that filed suit in...

A home missing a roof due to Hurricane Zeta damage is viewed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Grand Isle, La., as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards flyover of stricken areas in the southeastern part of the state. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana receives major disaster declaration for Zeta

Jan. 13, 2021 3:07 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House has approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana's destruction from Hurricane Zeta in October, the governor's office announced. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said Tuesday that the declaration signed by President Donald Trump will help provide direct aid to...