Latest Louisiana state government News

Possible Louisiana gov candidates await Kennedy's decision

Dec. 01, 2022 18:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As the election for Louisiana's next governor creeps closer, all eyes are on Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy. Potential GOP candidates have indicated that they are awaiting the congressman's decision on whether he will enter next year's race as they...

Raymond Blanco, former Louisiana first gentleman, dies at 87

Nov. 21, 2022 15:25 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Raymond Blanco, a former coach, longtime academic administrator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and husband to the state’s first female governor, has died. He was 87. Blanco died Saturday at his home in Lafayette, The Advocate reported, citing...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Nov. 18, 2022 12:31 PM EST

The Advocate. November 14, 2022. Editorial: Endorsements from insider clubs, GOP or Democratic, may be political losers Louisiana’s wide-open election system isn’t good for either party, Republican or Democrat. Or at least for the party...

Louisiana parole eligibility urged for drug informant killer

Nov. 18, 2022 12:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana parole board is recommending that a man convicted in the 1986 death of drug smuggler and federal informant Barry Seal be made eligible for parole. The Advocate reports that the Pardons and Parole board has sent the recommendation to Gov. John...

Sen. Cassidy says he will not join Louisiana governor race

Nov. 18, 2022 10:06 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced Friday that he has decided not to run for Louisiana governor next year, opting instead to focus on his work in the Senate. “When I was elected to the United States Senate, I was given a job to represent the...

Louisiana governor apologizes for 1972 deaths of 2 students

Nov. 17, 2022 18:36 PM EST

Louisiana's governor has issued an official apology for the deaths of two students who were shot by a law enforcement officer 50 years ago during a protest at Southern University. The fatal shooting of Leonard Brown and Denver Smith, both 20, occurred Nov. 16, 1972, after weeks of...

School performance scores at pre-pandemic levels

Nov. 16, 2022 18:46 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 1.8 point increase in the performance score for Louisiana public schools brings the overall state score up to pre-pandemic levels, state education officials said Wednesday. Figures released by the state Department of Education put the state performance...

Both of Louisiana's GOP senators weighing gubernatorial bid

Nov. 15, 2022 16:38 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With Louisiana's highly anticipated gubernatorial race less than a year away, both of the state's U.S. senators say they have considered running for governor and plan on announcing their decisions soon, possibly in the coming days. During a routine press...

Louisiana grand jury convenes in Black man's deadly arrest

Nov. 14, 2022 17:17 PM EST

FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana grand jury began hearing evidence Monday in the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene, long-awaited testimony that will determine whether state charges are brought against the white troopers seen on body-camera video stunning, striking and dragging the Black...

GOP Sen. John Kennedy considers bid for Louisiana governor

Nov. 14, 2022 12:17 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A week after securing his reelection to the U.S. Senate, Republican Sen. John Kennedy said Monday that he is “giving serious consideration” to entering the 2023 Louisiana governor's race. In a statement, Kennedy said he will be announcing “soon”...