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NBC's Lester Holt spends 2 nights in prison for news show

Sep. 4, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lester Holt laughed when his colleagues proposed that he spend a couple of nights locked up in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for an NBC News report on criminal justice reform. "At first, I was like, 'it's dangerous,'" Holt said. "This is one of the most notorious prisons of the world,...

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...

Hundreds of mourners honor former Louisiana Gov. Blanco

Aug. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bagpiper played a somber "Amazing Grace" as Louisiana's first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, returned to the state Capitol for her last time Thursday, carried in her casket by an honor guard for public viewing. Her former staff lined the building steps, and...

The Latest: Crowds at Louisiana Capitol for former governor

Aug. 22, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the memorial services for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Large crowds have assembled at the Louisiana Capitol to pay their respects to former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who led the state amid the devastation of...

Louisiana governor's race ad takes aim at transgender rights

Aug. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Ralph Abraham has released a new TV ad that takes aim at abortion rights and the transgender community as he works to draw attention for his campaign. In the 30-second spot launched Thursday, the three-term congressman looks directly into...

Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to...

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies

Aug. 18, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died. After struggling for years with cancer, Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette....

New Orleans Superdome to be renovated before 2024 Super Bowl

Aug. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome, home to the Saints football team and a symbol of the city's revival after Hurricane Katrina, will undergo a $450 million facelift, under a financing plan approved Thursday that is aimed at keeping the NFL team in Louisiana for decades. The 44-year-old...

Governor talks Superdome renovation, new Saints lease

Aug. 12, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state is working on lease extensions with the New Orleans Saints designed to keep the NFL club in the Superdome for up to 30 additional years. Edwards, who attended Saints training camp on Monday, says lease talks are running in conjunction with...

2 former LSU students sentenced to 30 days in pledge's death

Jul. 26, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two former LSU students who pleaded no contest last year to misdemeanor hazing in the 2017 alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge were both sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail. State District Judge Beau Higginbotham handed down the sentences to Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of...