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Frat suspended, probe launched into possible LSU hazing

Oct. 20, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, lA. (AP) — A fraternity chapter at Louisiana State University has been suspended and a Baton Rouge prosecutor said Tuesday that police are investigating a possible case of illegal hazing. The developments surrounding the suspension of the Phi Kappa Psi chapter were announced a day after an LSU...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, at lectern, and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, answer questions at a news conference in Memorial Hall before the start of the Special Legislative Session, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana lawmakers pass bill striking at governor's power

Oct. 20, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Louisiana lawmakers voted Tuesday to give themselves more authority to curb Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions and emergency powers, under a deal brokered between House and Senate GOP leaders that ended a stalemate on the major issue of the special session....

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided. The House unanimously gave final passage Tuesday to a package of measures...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reacts after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The Saints won 30-27. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Mayor agrees to start allowing fans at Saints' home games

Oct. 20, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints will start having fans in the stands for home games after the mayor agreed with the team on a phased plan starting Sunday against Carolina. The plan announced Tuesday will start with 3,000 tickets for Sunday's game, increasing to 6,000 fans for November games with...

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., delivers remarks to media after registering as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

No TV debates in Louisiana US Senate race ahead of election

Oct. 20, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy won’t square off in person with his primary Democratic challenger or any of his opponents ahead of the Nov. 3 election, marking this as Louisiana’s first Senate race in more than 20 years not to feature a TV debate. Cassidy's campaign...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, at lectern, and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, answer questions at a news conference in Memorial Hall before the start of the Special Legislative Session, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: Few virus decisions made in La. special session

Oct. 18, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have entered the waning days of their special session on the coronavirus pandemic with few decisions made on responding to the outbreak or their dispute with Gov. John Bel Edwards about his approach. The majority-Republican House and Senate have sent the...

A truck drives through a flooded street in Lake Charles, La., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, past a home with damage from Hurricane Laura, after Hurricane Delta moved through on Friday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Displaced, distraught, Louisiana evacuees languish in hotels

Oct. 17, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Languishing in a tiny hotel room, their three young children buzzed around them on two beds pushed together. A pile of donated toys sat on the floor near a baby stroller that doubles as a cart to fetch groceries. Cockroaches lurked on the inside of an open cabinet near a mini...

Police: Murder charge for Louisiana man who shot toddler

Oct. 16, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 2-year-old girl who was shot in a spree of violence in Louisiana's capital city has died, and a man has been arrested and charged in her killing, authorities said. Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul announced the toddler's death at a news conference Friday. He said Kendrick...

Interim superintendent named for Baton Rouge schools

Oct. 16, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An interim superintendent has been named to lead Baton Rouge schools while officials look for a permanent leader. After nearly five hours of debate Thursday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted unanimously to promote top administrator Adam Smith to take over as interim...

A member of the Louisiana Secretary of State's elections office, Stephanie Pourciau, helps build signs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Early voting will run from Oct. 16 to Oct. 27 - except on Sundays - from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the arena and four other locations in New Orleans (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Cassidy has financing advantage in Louisiana US Senate race

Oct. 16, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's chief Democratic challenger matched his fundraising prowess in the latest quarter, but Louisiana's Republican incumbent still has millions more in the bank for the final days of campaigning ahead of the Nov. 3 election as early voting is underway. Shreveport...