Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana governor to go abroad to talk insurance, energy

Sep. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — As Louisiana continues to be plagued by a spiraling insurance crisis, with insurers leaving the state and canceling homeowner policies as thousands of claims remain unpaid following a series of hurricanes, Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to London this week to meet with a...

Louisiana lawmaker gets treatment for alcoholism

Sep. 27, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Rep. Stuart Bishop has entered a 30-day treatment program for alcoholism. The Republican, representing Lafayette, said in a statement that he has challenges to overcome “for the betterment of myself, my family and the great state of...

Louisiana No. 4 in rate of dangerous West Nile virus cases

Sep. 22, 2022 19:32 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Preliminary federal data shows Louisiana has the nation’s fourth-highest rate of dangerous West Nile virus infections, so people should protect themselves from mosquitoes, the state Department of Health says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Lucille Babineaux, late Louisiana governor's mom, dies

Sep. 19, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Lucille Fremin Babineaux, matriarch of a large family that included Louisiana's first female governor, died Monday, two weeks before what would have been her 103rd birthday. Babineaux and her late husband, L. Louis Babineaux, had seven children, 24...

Louisiana power project stuck in abortion debate gets funded

Sep. 15, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Louisiana Bond Commission on Thursday approved a $39 million future line of credit for a critical New Orleans area power plant project that had become an unlikely pawn in the ongoing political tug-of-war over enforcing Louisiana’s near-total abortion ban. ...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Sep. 15, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

The Advocate. September 13, 2022. Editorial: Our wretched roads won’t get better if we don’t pay more at the pump Wish you were buying things at the price of 32 years ago? Don’t we all, but we all also know that we’re not going to get as much for our money. ...

Louisiana judge tosses permits for $9.4B plastics complex

Sep. 15, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge has thrown out air quality permits for a Taiwanese company’s planned $9.4 billion plastics complex between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, a rare win for environmentalists in a heavily industrialized stretch of the Mississippi River often referred to as...

Louisiana lawmakers discuss eliminating income tax

Sep. 13, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana legislators are once again discussing a possible path toward eliminating state income tax. Lawmakers acknowledged, during Tuesday’s tax-writing committee meeting, that proposals to rid income tax is bound to meet massive fiscal hurdles, but others...

Record 8 fledged chicks for Louisiana's wild 'whoopers'

Sep. 08, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A record eight whooping crane chicks have taken wing in Louisiana after hatching in the wild. It’s not just a state record for fledglings of the world's rarest crane, but one for any flock reintroduced to the wild to help save the endangered birds, the state Department of...

New congressional maps dilute Black power, critics say

Sep. 04, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Press Robinson registered to vote in South Carolina in 1963, he was handed a copy of the U.S. Constitution and told to read it aloud and interpret it. Robinson, then a college sophomore, wasn’t surprised. He heard stories from others in the South’s...