Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana Republicans re-elect their party chairman

Jan. 17, 2022 17:54 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 200 Republican activists and elected officials have re-elected Louis Gurvich, the embattled chairman of the G.O.P. The vote solidifies his grip on the party’s leadership ahead of the 2023 elections. Republican State Central...

Louisiana seeks gov. money to plug thousands of orphan wells

Jan. 15, 2022 00:03 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Louisiana is home to 4,605 orphan oil and gas wells, some of them threatening the environment, and now plans to ask the federal government for a Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grant to help pay the estimated $401.7 million cost of plugging them. ...

Gators fouled by diesel spill get a scrubbing, teeth cleaned

Jan. 14, 2022 22:50 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wildlife rehabilitators are decontaminating dozens of alligators, brushing their pointy teeth and scrubbing their scaly hides in the weeks after a pipeline rupture dumped 300,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland. Diesel...

Court dismisses Louisiana pastor's virus restrictions suit

Jan. 12, 2022 19:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana pastor’s lawsuit over Gov. John Bel Edwards’ past COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings was rejected for a second time Wednesday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge said the lawsuit by Tony Spell seeking an...

Louisiana Supreme Court extends courthouse closure

Jan. 12, 2022 18:14 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With the number of COVID-19 cases rising daily in Louisiana, the state Supreme Court building will remain off limits to the public, the court said Wednesday in a news release. A December closure order was to expire this month, but the court now says the...

Louisiana to start accepting income tax returns Jan. 24

Jan. 10, 2022 16:13 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will begin accepting 2021 individual state income tax returns on Jan. 24, the same day the IRS will begin accepting federal returns for 2021. The state Department of Revenue said in a Monday news release that people who file electronically and who...

Louisiana Supreme Court upholds employer vaccine mandate

Jan. 07, 2022 17:48 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the state’s largest healthcare system. The ruling was handed down the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about the Biden administration’s order for...

Deer tested in 2 N Louisiana parishes free of fatal disease

Jan. 07, 2022 12:58 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 300 deer tested in two parishes near Arkansas were all free of a deadly brain disease, so hunters in those parishes may resume baiting, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Friday. “The department is happy about the outcome,...

COVID: Louisiana sets another 1-day case record

Jan. 06, 2022 17:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has again set a record for COVID-19 cases, with 14,077 diagnosed in one day, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. And despite the pandemic's long slog, people need to keep up precautions against spreading and contracting the coronavirus, he said. ...

Man whose arrest led to ‘separate but equal’ is pardoned

Jan. 05, 2022 17:05 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s governor on Wednesday posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy, the Black man whose arrest for refusing to leave a whites-only railroad car in 1892 led to the Supreme Court ruling that cemented “separate but equal” into U.S. law for half a century. ...