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A photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows Trooper George Baker, 33, who died Sunday, May 24, 2020, days after he was struck by another law enforcement vehicle as he aided in a pursuit of two suspects. (Louisiana State Police via AP)

Trooper dies of injuries suffered in on-duty death

May. 24, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state trooper injured last week during a vehicle pursuit died Sunday morning, state police and the governor's office said. Trooper George Baker, 33, was assisting the Hammond Police Department with the pursuit around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. State police said Baker and another...

Nearly 2,100 still need to send back refund sent in error

May. 24, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 2,100 Louisiana taxpayers have yet to return refund money they were sent as the result of a mistake. WAFB -TV reports that nearly $595,000 is involved. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says computer problems led to 66,780 individual income tax refunds totaling $26.9...

Louisiana Senate derails bill to limit legislative spending

May. 23, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state senators Friday stalled a proposal that would cut the amount of money available to lawmakers to spend on the state's general operating expenses, raising concerns about the impact on essential services. The Senate Finance Committee didn't vote to kill Baton Rouge...

FILE - In a Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel in Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s income forecasting panel planned to quantify on Monday, May 11, 2020 just how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the state’s economy as officials begin to put together next year’s budget.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana lawmakers plan their own special session for June

May. 22, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican legislative leaders Friday called a June special session, setting a lengthy agenda that will allow debate on the budget, taxes, fantasy sports betting and the coronavirus response. It's only the second time in state history that lawmakers have called...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at a news conference to discuss testing statistics and contact tracing pertaining to COVID-10, Friday, May 8, 2020, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

Governor: Louisiana getting only drug approved for COVID-19

May. 22, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is getting the only drug approved to treat COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday. A new shipment of remdesivir means the state will have received enough of the drug to treat about 1,200 patients, according to data Edwards presented during a news conference livestreamed...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana GOP lawmakers want virus tracking to be voluntary

May. 22, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers, citing concerns about privacy rights, are trying to ensure that Louisiana won't penalize residents who refuse to cooperate with the state's work to track the coronavirus's spread. They've attached a provision by House Republican leader Blake Miguez in...

New Louisiana unemployment applications lowest since March

May. 21, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About 28,800 Louisiana residents filed for unemployment last week -- more than 12 times as many as a year earlier, but the lowest number since pandemic restrictions began pounding the state’s economy. The number of was down nearly 11,300 from the previous week, according to state...

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, answers questions about the budget on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The House Appropriations Committee advanced a package of bills to close a $1 billion state budget gap, largely in line with plans recommended by Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Dispute erupts over virus aid for Louisiana local government

May. 21, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan for steering more than $800 million in congressional aid to local government agencies struggling with the coronavirus outbreak ran into roadblocks Thursday with House Republicans who want a say in how the dollars are spent. GOP lawmakers on the House...

Louisiana officer fired for Facebook coronavirus comments

May. 21, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

KAPLAN, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police officer has been fired after posting racial comments about the coronavirus on Facebook. Kaplan Chief of Police Joshua Hardy said Officer Steven Aucoin commented under a live feed of the governor's news conference last Friday. One person posted “Virus that was...

Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee read through budget documents on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The committee advanced a package of bills to close a $1 billion state budget gap, largely in line with plans recommended by Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

House GOP largely backing Louisiana governor's budget plan

May. 21, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House Republican leaders Thursday started advancing a budget plan that largely mirrors Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to use federal coronavirus aid to close a $1 billion gap caused by the pandemic without deeply slashing state services. The House Appropriations...