Latest Louisiana state government News

$10M to build houses at Louisiana National Guard post

Nov. 11, 2019 3:55 PM EST

CAMP BEAUREGARD, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor says $10 million in hurricane recovery money will build about 50 houses for Louisiana National Guard members at a post in central Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news release Monday that the houses will replace mobile homes originally brought in...

Lawsuit: Mental care isn't great for Louisiana Medicaid kids

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services. News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five children, representing 47,500...

Sobering center open near New Orleans' French Quarter

Nov. 10, 2019 10:47 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans has a 25-bed facility where people found seriously drunk in public can sober up under the care of trained staffers. "This will be a place where people can be safe and have access to a compassionate place to sober up for a few hours - whether you are a one-time visitor to this...

Black voter outreach intensifies in Louisiana governor race

Nov. 9, 2019 9:39 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — To win a second term in his Southern state, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards needs strong turnout from Louisiana's black voters, who form the core of his party and who lagged in getting to the polls for the primary election. Edwards and his supporters are laboring to reverse that...

Anti-Edwards ad in Louisiana governor's race removed from TV

Nov. 8, 2019 5:55 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An attack ad against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was pulled Friday from TV airwaves, after it claimed the Democratic governor's West Point roommate landed a state contract worth up to $65 million, even though the contract was never awarded. A Republican-financed, anti-Edwards...

Louisiana senator charged with making false statements

Nov. 8, 2019 4:42 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana state senator who is under investigation for possible payroll fraud is now being accused of making false statements about his rental property. News outlets report Democratic Sen. Wesley Bishop of New Orleans was charged Friday with making a false statement to a federal...

Early voting in Louisiana runoff election ending Saturday

Nov. 8, 2019 4:41 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Early voting ahead of Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff election is wrapping up Saturday. The governor's race tops the ballot, along with elections for secretary of state, legislative seats and a state Supreme Court justice. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is vying for a second term...

Louisiana reaches emergency deals for Medicaid managed care

Nov. 8, 2019 4:04 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has reached emergency agreements to keep Louisiana Medicaid services intact for 1.5 million people. The one-year deals still need final state and federal approvals to take effect in January. The emergency contracts will keep the five private...

International game testing company coming to New Orleans

Nov. 7, 2019 6:33 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An English digital game-testing company plans a quality assurance testing facility in New Orleans. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news release Thursday that Testronic Laboratories, based in the south London town of Croydon, plans to employ 150 people within five years. It says...

Trump administration has mixed messages on Louisiana economy

Nov. 7, 2019 3:48 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House is sending mixed messages about Louisiana's economy while President Donald Trump tries to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. Trump trashed Edwards' economic performance Wednesday at a Monroe rally, as he works to replace the Deep South's only Democratic...