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$205M is first deposit in Louisiana fund aimed at stability

Oct. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana collected enough business taxes during the last budget year to deposit the first $205 million into a never-used, five-year-old trust fund created to curb the state's boom-and-bust cycles of budgeting. The money may not be spent for...

University of Louisiana board chairman resigning for new job

Oct. 18, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Louisiana System's governing board announced Monday he's stepping down after the governor named him to another position. Chairman James Carter was named to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans...

Analysis: Lawmakers travel Louisiana to talk redistricting

Oct. 17, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are moving behind-the-scenes conversations about redrawing state political maps to public hearings around the state over the next three months, to discuss the once-a-decade process that decides how people are represented in government. ...

1st Black cannabis entrepreneurs expo coming to New Orleans

Oct. 16, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peter Labat and his wife Venia are a bit bemused, but also excited, to be among a group of around 2,000 budding marijuana entrepreneurs slated to participate in the first ever Black CannaCon in late November at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. ...

Louisiana Senate workers getting 8% pay raise, costing $625K

Oct. 15, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Employees in the Louisiana Senate will get an 8% pay raise starting this month, a move Senate President Page Cortez described Friday as a “little bit of a makeup” because he said the workers have gone more than two years without salary hikes. ...

$4.5B clean energy complex planned for southeast Louisiana

Oct. 14, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Industrial gas supplier Air Products announced Thursday it will build a $4.5 billion clean energy facility in Louisiana's capital region, a project that Gov. John Bel Edwards said will help the state's work to reduce carbon emissions in the heart of the petrochemical...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Oct. 13, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. October 12, 2021. Editorial: Don’t endanger children, teachers with Brumley loophole in quarantine policy When Cade Brumley was chosen to lead public schools in Louisiana in May 2020, we stood strong behind his selection because we...

State: Video game venture means 75 new New Orleans-area jobs

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new video game development project based in New Orleans will create 75 new jobs with an average annual salary of $100,000, state officials said Wednesday. Possibility Space is a project of entrepreneur Jeff Strain, who is known for creating...

Police: Louisiana trooper, woman killed in shooting rampage

Oct. 10, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state trooper was killed by a man who authorities believe also fatally shot another person and wounded three others across multiple parishes, the state police said. Master Trooper Adam Gaubert, a 19-year veteran of the force, was...

Analysis: Louisiana school systems split on quarantine rules

Oct. 10, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley's decision to contradict the COVID-19 quarantine guidance of public health officials is creating sharp divides in Louisiana's school districts, which already were a hotbed of disputes over how to handle coronavirus...