Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana political leaders party in Washington this week

Jan. 23, 2020 3:06 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's political, government and university leaders have temporarily decamped to the nation's capitol for the Carnival season party called Washington Mardi Gras. Gov. John Bel Edwards, state lawmakers, other elected and appointed officials, lobbyists and business leaders are...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 22, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 22 The (Lake Charles) American Press on Louisiana's public school system: Louisiana's public education system ranked next to the bottom of states in a 2019 ranking of "States with the Best & Worst School Systems" by the financial web site WalletHub....

Court tosses Louisiana's suit over widening waterway

Jan. 21, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's lawsuit alleging that a federal canal has expanded well beyond its legal boundaries and is eating away at state land was rejected Tuesday by a federal appeals court. The 2018 suit claimed the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is 670 feet (200 meters) wide at some points. It was...

Ex-Louisiana state senator pleads guilty to federal charge

Jan. 21, 2020 1:01 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to making false statements to a federal agency about a Hurricane Katrina recovery loan. Wesley Bishop's guilty plea to the single count was expected, according to The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate. Bishop, a New Orleans...

Analysis: House vote shakes up Louisiana politics, but how?

Jan. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The contentious vote for House speaker started Louisiana's new legislative term with yet another controversy, creating waves across the state's political landscape and seeming destined to shape a new relationship between the House and the governor. Louisiana's political class...

Huey Long-era time capsule extracted at Louisiana Capitol

Jan. 19, 2020 10:25 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A decades-old time capsule buried in the walls of the Louisiana Capitol building by former Gov. Huey Long has been uncovered. The state Senate said Long and architect Leon Weiss concealed a copper box behind the cornerstone in the northwest corner of the Capitol building in 1931....

Audit: Louisiana city's pay supplement may have been illegal

Jan. 18, 2020 12:42 PM EST

OAKDALE, La. (AP) — A southwestern Louisiana city may have run afoul of the state's constitution when it gave its workers a one-time pay supplement that cost nearly $41,000, according to an independent financial audit. The city of Oakdale could have violated a Louisiana Constitution provision governing how...

Aviation maintenance company opening at Louisiana airport

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — An aviation maintenance and repair facility will open at a northwest Louisiana airport to serve commercial airline customers. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Advanced Aero Services's plans for a new facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport. The startup company, called AAS, plans...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee answers questions from the joint House and Senate budget committee about new contract awards for the Medicaid managed care program in Baton Rouge, La. Gee, who launched the Democrat's Medicaid expansion program but faced repeated criticism from Republicans about her management of it, is leaving the Edwards administration as the governor begins his second term in office. Gee, a medical doctor who has led the Department of Health since 2016, is resigning from the position effective Jan. 31, the governor's office announced Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana Medicaid managed care contract awards thrown out

Jan. 18, 2020 11:58 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracts awarded by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration have been scrapped by Louisiana's chief procurement officer, who determined the health department mishandled the bid process for deals to provide health services to 1.5 million people....

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....