Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana governor election won't uproot Medicaid expansion

Sep. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, moved quickly to expand Medicaid when he took office in 2016, making his state the only one in the Deep South to embrace that signature piece of President Barack Obama's health care law. And in a conservative state that solidly...

Dismissed NFL suit cited in sexual abuse suit against church

Sep. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana court's recent dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL over officiating at a January playoff game is now being cited by attorneys for the Catholic Church as they fight civil lawsuits over alleged sex abuse by clergy. A Tuesday filing by church attorneys quotes from the Supreme...

The Latest: Dismissed NFL suit cited in 2 sex abuse defenses

Sep. 13, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on lawyers for the Catholic Church citing the Louisiana Supreme Court's dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL in efforts to end lawsuits against the church over sexual abuse (all times local): 4 p.m. For the second time this week, Catholic Church attorneys fighting sex abuse...

'Nola No-call' lawsuit is no more; fan drops his fight

Sep. 9, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney and New Orleans Saints fan said Monday he will go no further with his court fight against the NFL over game officials' failure to call an obvious penalty at a crucial point in a January playoff game. The no-call helped the Los Angeles Rams beat the Saints and advance to the...

Louisiana high court rejects 'NOLA No-Call' suit against NFL

Sep. 6, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans Saints fan's lawsuit against the NFL and game officials over the failure to call a crucial penalty against the Los Angeles Rams in a January playoff game was dismissed Friday by the Louisiana Supreme Court. The ruling appeared to be a death blow to the last remaining...

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwards, 92, discharged from hospital

Sep. 4, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has been discharged from the hospital after an overnight stay. A spokesman for the 92-year-old Edwards said he was discharged Wednesday evening from Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Edwards was hospitalized Tuesday. His daughter said...

4-term ex-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in hospital

Sep. 3, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was hospitalized in Baton Rouge after becoming unresponsive Tuesday morning and was expected to stay in the hospital overnight, his daughter said. Anna Edwards said doctors believe dehydration led to a drop in the 92-year-old, four-term governor's...

The Latest: Hopes high Louisiana ex-gov can be released soon

Sep. 3, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the hospitalization of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A daughter of former four-term Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards says she expects her 92-year-old father to be released from the hospital as early as Wednesday. Anna Edwards confirmed that...

Candidate uses racially offensive term on radio show

Aug. 30, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A longshot candidate for Louisiana governor is facing backlash for using a racist epithet on talk radio. Gary Landrieu, a white independent, was on WGSO radio in New Orleans this week. The Advocate reports he was talking about names used against him when he was a child. One was a...

Funeral service for Katrina-era governor, Kathleen Blanco

Aug. 24, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's former governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, was remembered Saturday for her authenticity, compassion and love as well as for the impact she had on the state and on those she met. Three days of public mourning for Blanco ended with a funeral Mass and burial service for the...