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Officials urge Louisiana residents to prepare for omicron

Dec. 03, 2021 16:35 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The new coronavirus omicron variant has not been found in Louisiana, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t arrived — and people should get ready, Louisiana’s governor and chief health officer said Friday. Dr. Joseph Kanter compared the situation to...

Louisiana again extends "Shot for $100" vaccine incentive

Nov. 30, 2021 16:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is extending its “Shot for $100” coronavirus vaccine incentive campaign for another month, in a continuing effort to try to boost the number of people who have gotten the shot. The new deadline to get a $100 Visa cash card for...

French ambassador to honor Plessy during Louisiana visit

Nov. 29, 2021 14:23 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — France’s ambassador to the U.S. plans to attend a ceremony honoring Homer Plessy during a visit to Louisiana to strengthen longstanding ties between his country and the state. Plessy’s decision to sit in a “whites-only” railroad car to...

Louisiana spends $27M and counting on vaccine outreach work

Nov. 25, 2021 08:56 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Trying to boost one of the nation's lowest coronavirus vaccination rates, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has spent $27 million and counting on incentive programs, community door-knocking and advertising in hopes of persuading people to get the shot. ...

Huey Long’s statue gets makeover at Louisiana Capitol

Nov. 24, 2021 13:39 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bronze statue of Louisiana’s most famous politician, which faces the Capitol he built, has had a makeover after decades of exposure to weather and birds. The statue of Huey P. Long was recently cleaned by the expert who is restoring the...

Vaccine requirement for Louisiana schools drawing GOP anger

Nov. 23, 2021 12:21 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican legislative leaders are outraged about a plan by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to start requiring some students to get the coronavirus vaccination or submit a written dissent to attend school. ...

Louisiana launches $11M housing program for Hurricane Laura

Nov. 22, 2021 17:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 15 months after Hurricane Laura struck, Louisiana is kicking off $11.3 million in housing repair and rebuilding programs for the southwestern city of Lake Charles while it waits for hundreds of millions in promised federal aid to arrive. ...

Ida temporary housing program slammed by Louisiana lawmakers

Nov. 19, 2021 15:41 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers on Friday lambasted the state’s temporary housing program enacted after Hurricane Ida, saying it continues to move too slowly to help people living in damaged homes and tents since late August. “We're moving at a snail's...

Louisiana bars banking giant from bond deal over gun policy

Nov. 18, 2021 16:48 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials Thursday blocked banking giant JP Morgan Chase from participating in a bond refinancing deal, in Republicans' escalating effort to keep some large investment firms sidelined from state work because they limit business with firearm manufacturers. ...

Hammond conveyor belt facility expansion bringing 425 jobs

Nov. 18, 2021 16:18 PM EST

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — A manufacturer of conveyor belts is expanding in a project that will create 425 new jobs in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Thursday. Intralox is investing $60 million to expand its Hammond facility, Edwards and Intralox President...