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Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers return Monday to the state Capitol for their first full-length regular session since the pandemic began and with far more topics than the coronavirus on the agenda. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page...

FEMA opening mass vaccination site in Louisiana capital city

Apr. 09, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will open its first Louisiana mass coronavirus vaccination site in Baton Rouge, capable of administering up to 3,000 shots a day, President Joe Biden's administration announced Friday. The site is expected...

Louisiana launches statewide COVID-19 vaccine call center

Apr. 08, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana on Thursday opened a coronavirus vaccine hotline to help people schedule immunization appointments and to connect those reluctant about getting the shot to medical professionals who can answer questions. The hotline, reachable at...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Apr. 07, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ April 6 The Advocate on a political divide in vaccine hesitancy: Some key numbers don’t look good for Louisiana as we work to ramp up vaccinations while...

Virus pandemic slows renovations to Superdome in New Orleans

Apr. 07, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Plans for $450 million in upgrades to New Orleans' iconic Superdome have been disrupted because of financial troubles caused by the pandemic, the stadium's manager told state lawmakers during a budget hearing Wednesday. The coronavirus outbreak...

Storage facility expansion at port to create 50 jobs

Apr. 07, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The planned expansion of a cold storage facility at an eastern Port of New Orleans location will create 50 new jobs, the Louisiana governor's office said Tuesday. The project was announced in a news release by Gov. John Bel Edwards, port CEO Brandy...

Louisiana's biggest barrier island restoration yet, $167M

Apr. 07, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

TRINITY-EAST ISLAND, La. (AP) — Dredges, pumps and bulldozers are at work on Louisiana’s biggest barrier island restoration yet, a $167 million project using BP oil spill money. Pipelines are pumping sand 15 miles (25 kilometers) to build 1,100 acres (445 hectares)...

Don't fall back? He wants permanent daylight saving time

Apr. 05, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana official plans to ask his local government join efforts to make daylight saving time last all year. Rowdy Gaudet is a member of the governing council for Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. He tells The Advocate that he will ask...

Analysis: Closed party primary debate dividing Louisiana GOP

Apr. 04, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican leaders are sharply at odds over whether and how the state should redesign its primary elections, a resurfacing disagreement driven by political ideology that could have significant sway in future election victories. The...

New complaint hits Louisiana legislators' 'dark money' group

Apr. 02, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new complaint by a conservative Republican is alleging that Louisiana's top GOP House and Senate leaders are engaging in improper political activities through a nonprofit they created to promote their agenda and should have to disclose its contributors and...