Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana governor names new homeland security agency chief

Oct. 21, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that his top homeland security adviser is resigning, and he named the agency's chief deputy to the position. James Waskom is on medical leave until January, when he'll formally leave the position...

Louisiana lawmakers won't commit on Superdome renovations

Oct. 21, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative leaders balked Thursday at a $63 million debt forgiveness plan for the Superdome's oversight board that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration framed as a key piece of striking a new deal with the New Orleans Saints. The...

Officer's suit in protest injury goes to Louisiana court

Oct. 20, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court is now faced with the question of whether a police officer — seriously injured by an unknown assailant in a 2016 demonstration against police brutality — has grounds to pursue a lawsuit against the high-profile protest organizer under state...

Louisiana governor, lawmakers at odds over Superdome upgrade

Oct. 20, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two years after a contract appeared near to keep the Saints football team in New Orleans for decades, Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying to persuade legislative leaders to commit to putting up the cash for Superdome upgrades central to those plans. ...

Louisiana higher education leaders seek $220M budget boost

Oct. 20, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top higher education board is asking for a nearly $220 million state budget increase next year, saying the money would aid its work to boost the number of people obtaining degrees and professional certifications beyond high school. ...

New mediation option set up for Ida home insurance disputes

Oct. 19, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Homeowners and insurance companies haggling over Hurricane Ida damage claims can take advantage of a new mediation program announced Tuesday by Louisiana’s Department of Insurance. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon detailed the program at a...

"Celebration Gator:" Louisiana float to be in Macy's parade

Oct. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will introduce an alligator-themed float celebrating the state's music, food and culture at the 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who oversees state tourism efforts, announced the float...

Louisiana House leader: Ida housing help moving too slowly

Oct. 18, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana House leader offered blistering criticism Monday of Gov. John Bel Edwards' temporary housing program for people with severe home damage from Hurricane Ida, slamming the effort as moving too slowly to assist suffering residents. Though...

$205M is first deposit in Louisiana fund aimed at stability

Oct. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana collected enough business taxes during the last budget year to deposit the first $205 million into a never-used, five-year-old trust fund created to curb the state's boom-and-bust cycles of budgeting. The money may not be spent for...

Fishing pier condemned: former bridge section unstable

Oct. 18, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

DOYLINE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities have condemned and will remove a section of a Louisiana bridge used for nearly two decades as a fishing pier, officials said Monday. Work at the Lake Bistineau spillway fishing pier will begin Oct. 25 and is expected to take 90...