Latest Jeff Landry News

A popular tour guide's death leads to more scrutiny of border issues

Jul. 13, 2024 13:12 PM EDT

Kristie Thibodeaux's gunfire death made headlines first because it happened in the French Quarter — New Orleans' oldest neighborhood and a place where residents of historic homes and owners of tourist-dependent restaurants and clubs have long worried about recurring violent crime. ...

Opponents of Louisiana's Ten Commandments law want judge to block it before new school year starts

Jul. 08, 2024 19:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Opponents of a new Louisiana law requiring that a version of the Ten Commandments be posted in public school classrooms have asked a federal court to block implementation of the requirement while their lawsuit against it progresses and before the new school year starts. ...

Ten Commandments. Multiple variations. Why the Louisiana law raises preferential treatment concerns

Jun. 29, 2024 08:41 AM EDT

Christians and Jews believe in the Ten Commandments — just not necessarily the version that will hang in every public school and state-funded college classroom in Louisiana. The required text prescribed in the new law and used on many monuments around the United States is a...

Louisiana's health secretary taking on new role of state surgeon general

Jun. 25, 2024 16:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ralph Abraham, a physician and former Republican U.S. representative from Louisiana, has been named the state's first surgeon general. Abraham has been serving as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. On Tuesday, Gov. Jeff Landry announced he was...

Lawsuit challenges new Louisiana law requiring classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

Jun. 25, 2024 00:57 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block Louisiana’s new law that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom, a measure they contend is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in the suit include parents of Louisiana...

Lawsuit challenges new Louisiana law requiring classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

Jun. 24, 2024 23:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block Louisiana’s new law that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom, a measure they contend is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs in the suit include parents of Louisiana...

Louisiana becomes first state to allow surgical castration as punishment for child molesters

Jun. 21, 2024 18:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has become the first state where judges can order offenders guilty of certain sex crimes against children to undergo surgical castration under a bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry on Tuesday. While the punishment of surgical...

Long a Republican state, Louisiana is redder than ever under new governor

Jun. 21, 2024 17:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has long been reliably red. The Bayou State has voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election since 2000, with residents overwhelmingly supporting Donald Trump during the past two, and the GOP has held a majority in the statehouse for years. ...

New Louisiana law requiring classrooms to display Ten Commandments churns old political conflicts

Jun. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bill signed into law this week makes Louisiana the only state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every classroom in public schools and colleges — and stirs the long-running debate over the role of religion in government institutions. Under...

New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

Jun. 20, 2024 05:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom, the latest move from a GOP-dominated Legislature pushing a conservative agenda under a new governor. The legislation that Republican Gov....