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Mississippi vows further appeal after loss on abortion ban

Dec. 14, 2019 12:53 PM EST

Mississippi's outgoing governor vowed Saturday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks. "We will sustain our efforts to fight for America’s unborn children," Republican Phil Bryant wrote on Twitter. “Mississippi will continue this mission to the United...

Entergy Louisiana CEO named to state higher education board

Dec. 14, 2019 10:10 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education board has a new member. Gov. John Bel Edwards tapped the president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, Phillip May of New Orleans, as his latest appointee to the Louisiana Board of Regents. May was sworn in Wednesday at the board's meeting. The Board of...

Louisiana education leaders set early college credit goal

Dec. 14, 2019 10:04 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education leaders are pushing for all high school graduates within a decade to leave school with college credit or an industry-based credential, a target inline with the state's new higher education master plan. The Advocate reports that the Board of Elementary and...

Mississippi 15-week abortion ban is blocked by appeals court

Dec. 13, 2019 9:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Courtruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge...

House GOP leader blocks Louisiana income forecast boost

Dec. 12, 2019 7:25 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's income forecasting battles are continuing into Gov. John Bel Edwards' next four-year term. House budget committee chairman Cameron Henry, a conservative Republican who clashed with the Democratic governor during Edwards' first term, refused Thursday to boost the state's...

Louisiana legislative leadership races cloaked in secrecy

Dec. 12, 2019 4:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The secrecy that shrouds competition for Louisiana's legislative leadership jobs is drawing new criticism, as deals are being brokered behind closed doors ahead of the new term. A secret ballot process to choose the Senate president is under fire from a government watchdog...

Louisiana lawmakers get special access to football tickets

Dec. 11, 2019 2:37 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the middle of a record-breaking, undefeated LSU college football season, Louisiana's lawmakers have a special perk that gives them access to face-value, postseason game tickets that regular fans can't easily obtain before they hit the pricey secondary market. The longstanding...

Louisiana high court's new name honors late chief justice

Dec. 10, 2019 6:02 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court building, a sprawling landmark in New Orleans' French Quarter, was formally named in memory of the late Chief Justice Pascal Calogero Jr. in a Tuesday ceremony. The Legislature voted in June to name the building that houses the high court after Calogero, the...

Louisiana House GOP urged to pick leader without Democrats

Dec. 10, 2019 4:51 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two top Louisiana Republicans are urging GOP state House members to pick their next speaker without input from Democrats. U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry sent Republican House members a letter suggesting that Democrats shouldn't have a say in the...

Analysis: Louisiana has sharply divided government next term

Dec. 8, 2019 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When the new term for Louisiana's governor and lawmakers begins in January, state government will be more sharply split than at any other time in recent history, raising questions about whether compromise or division will mark the four-year period. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards...