Latest Louisiana state government News

Football championship sidelines Louisiana inaugural ball

Dec. 5, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won't have an inaugural ball to celebrate the start of his second term in office, a disruption to tradition caused by college football's national championship game. The Democratic governor will be sworn in for his second term, along with other...

Louisiana Boy Scouts leader accused of child porn possession

Nov. 27, 2019 5:22 AM EST

LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (AP) — A Louisiana Boy Scout leader has been charged with more than 500 counts of possessing child pornography. A statement from Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office said 49-year-old Randy D. Miller was arrested Tuesday following an investigation by state and federal...

Attempted cyberattack disrupts Louisiana state government

Nov. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Many of Louisiana’s state government websites and email systems are shut down because of what the governor’s office says is an attempted ransomware attack. The problem Monday disrupted business operations and online services across state agencies. It happened two days...

Did Louisiana football success boost Edwards? Couldn’t hurt.

Nov. 17, 2019 6:52 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In picking apart Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ reelection victory in the red state of Louisiana, analysts talk of cross-party voters, the get-out-the-vote effort in New Orleans and the Donald Trump factor. But in a year when both the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints...

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

Nov. 17, 2019 10:23 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity. With his focus on bipartisan,...

Democrats hold on to Louisiana governor’s seat despite Trump

Nov. 17, 2019 12:48 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and handing Donald Trump another gubernatorial loss this year. In the heart of Trump country, the moderate Edwards cobbled...

The Latest: Rispone: Disappointed at loss, but thankful too

Nov. 17, 2019 12:36 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the Louisiana governor’s election (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Republican Eddie Rispone says he’s disappointed at losing the Louisiana governor’s race but he’s thankful for his family and supporters and vowed to continue to work to improve...

Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards stuns GOP, wins reelection to a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor

Nov. 16, 2019 10:54 PM EST
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards stuns GOP, wins reelection to a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.

Louisiana fishing industry hit with $258M in flooding losses

Nov. 15, 2019 8:26 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The governor says the Louisiana fishing industry has been hit with $258 million in losses due to historic flooding this year. In a news release Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducted an economic impact analysis to determine...

Trump says impeachment probe has been ‘very hard’ on family

Nov. 15, 2019 4:38 AM EST

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — President Donald Trump said the impeachment probe has been “very hard” on his family, even as he tried to flex his political muscle to flip the governor’s mansion in deep-red Louisiana. Speaking in friendly territory in a state he carried in 2016 by 20...