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Seeking 'the right side of history,' Speaker Mike Johnson risks his job to deliver aid to Ukraine

Apr. 19, 2024 16:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring down a decision so consequential it could alter the course of history -- but also end his own career -- House Speaker Mike Johnson prayed for guidance. A conservative Christian, the speaker wrestled over whether to lead the House in approving $95 billion...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Apr. 18, 2024 07:11 AM EDT

The Advocate. April 16, 2024. Editorial: Louisiana’s got a ton of problems. Libraries aren’t among them. Louisiana’s got some big problems that demand the Legislature’s attention, from unaffordable property insurance to crippling out-migration to dilapidated...

New Black congressional district in Louisiana bows to politics, not race, backers say

Apr. 18, 2024 00:25 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Politics and race are both factors in a pending court challenge of Louisiana's new congressional maps. How much weight each carries is a major question before three federal judges whose ruling could affect the balance of power in the next Congress. At issue is a...

Louisiana bills seeking to place restrictions on where people can carry guns receive pushback

Apr. 17, 2024 21:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana prepares for a new law to go into effect that allows those 18 and older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, a Republican-controlled committee pushed back Wednesday against bills seeking to restrict where people can carry guns. Among...

Republican AGs attack Biden's EPA for pursuing environmental discrimination cases

Apr. 17, 2024 18:18 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Republican attorneys general attacked the Biden administration’s stated goal of pursuing environmental justice, calling it a form of “racial engineering.‘’ Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and 22 other GOP officials asked the EPA Tuesday to stop using...

Home Bancorp: Q1 Earnings Snapshot

Apr. 17, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Home Bancorp Inc. (HBCP) on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $9.2 million. The bank, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, said it had earnings of $1.14 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The...

New Orleans shooting that killed 1, injured 11 renews calls for changes to new concealed carry law

Apr. 15, 2024 19:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A shooting outside a New Orleans nightclub that left one woman dead and 11 other people wounded prompted renewed calls Monday for changes to a pending Louisiana law allowing concealed carry of a handgun without a permit. The shooting took place late Sunday in...

Randal Gaines defeats Katie Bernhardt to become new chair of Louisiana Democratic Party

Apr. 15, 2024 17:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Democratic Party has new leadership. Randal Gaines, a former state representative, was selected Saturday as the political group's new chair after a set of procedural moves ended with him being the only candidate nominated for the position. His...

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Black Lives Matter activist over Louisiana protest lawsuit

Apr. 15, 2024 10:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a lawsuit to go forward against a Black Lives Matter activist who led a protest in Louisiana in which a police officer was injured. Civil rights groups and free speech advocates have warned that the suit threatens the right to protest. ...

Benteler Steel plans $21 million expansion, will create 49 jobs

Apr. 12, 2024 19:16 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A steel tube manufacturer plans to spend $21 million to expand its facility at the Port of Caddo-Bossier in northwest Louisiana and create nearly 50 new jobs, state officials said. Louisiana Economic Development announced Thursday that Benteler Steel/Tube...