Latest Louisiana state government News

Homebase for Louisiana city's civil rights activity honored

Aug. 12, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — The home that served as the base of operations for the Bogalusa Civil Rights Movement is now recognized with a marker along the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism on Thursday dedicated the seventh marker...

Supreme Court hearing set on Shreveport mayor reelection bid

Aug. 12, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court has set arguments for Tuesday on whether Shreveport’s mayor can run for reelection in November after using the wrong address when he signed up for the race. A lawsuit says Mayor Adrian Perkins did not use the address where he claims...

Louisiana Supreme Court rejects appeal in abortion ban case

Aug. 12, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday denied an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban, allowing the ban to stay in effect. The ruling marked a major blow to abortion-rights advocates and providers, who had...

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Nungesser planning to run for governor

Aug. 11, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — After much speculation, Republican Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has confirmed that he plans to join the wide-open 2023 race to succeed Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. Nungesser, who has long been considered likely to throw his hat into the gubernatorial...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 11, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Public health notice after oil spill in a Louisiana bay

Aug. 10, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — People should stay away from an oil spill in the Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto area, the Louisiana Department of Health said Wednesday. Its advisory also warned against fishing in, entering or driving vessels through areas with visible slicks or sheens. ...

Congressman and Louisiana House member Buddy Leach dies

Aug. 07, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Anthony Claude “Buddy” Leach Jr., who spent a term in the U.S. House and ran the budget committee in the Louisiana House before leading the state Democratic party, has died. He was 88. Leach died Saturday, according to a statement by Louisiana Gov. John...

Louisiana school district bans corporal punishment

Aug. 07, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school system is banning paddling students, saying the time to use corporal punishment in the classroom is long past. The St. Landry Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday to specifically prohibit corporal punishment in the district's...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Aug. 05, 2022 02:45 AM EDT

The Advocate. August 1, 2022. Editorial: Baby steps won’t get Louisiana’s needy children into life’s fast lanes With a state budget flush with new revenues signed into law, advocates for improved child care — a bipartisan coalition of conservatives and...

Louisiana abortion providers file appeal, hope to block ban

Aug. 04, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates hope Louisiana’s near-total ban of the procedure will soon be blocked again, after plaintiffs in an ongoing legal challenge filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court Thursday. Access to abortion in Louisiana has been back-and-forth...