Latest John Bel Edwards News

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

Jul. 23, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures. The...

Louisiana senator resigns to lead gambling regulatory board

Jul. 23, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A longtime state lawmaker from the Lake Charles area resigned Friday from the Senate to take the helm of Louisiana's gambling regulatory board. Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Republican Ronnie Johns, of Sulphur, as chairman of the Gaming Control...

Edwards calls for return to masks indoors amid COVID spike

Jul. 23, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With more than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday encouraged everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors if they can't stay distanced from others. But the Democratic governor...

Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections

Jul. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring, White House officials said Thursday in a sign that the summer surge is getting the attention of vaccine-hesitant Americans as hospitals in the South are being overrun with patients. ...

COVID surge: Steve Scalise, Little Freddie King vaccinated

Jul. 22, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A once-reluctant blues musician and a powerful Louisiana congressman are among those who have recently rolled up their sleeves amid climbing COVID-19 infections and an urgent push to increase the number of people vaccinated in the state. House...

Louisiana veto session ends with no bill rejections reversed

Jul. 21, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers ended their historic veto session Wednesday after two days in which Republicans failed to overturn any of Gov. John Bel Edwards' bill rejections, a significant blow to GOP efforts to assert independence from the Democratic governor. ...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jul. 21, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

The Advocate. July 18, 2021. Editorial: State Police should honor its values and come clean in Greene case The beating death of Ronald Greene, and a number of other incidents involving violence against Black motorists by State Police in the Monroe...

Louisiana Senate backs transgender sports ban veto override

Jul. 20, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican state senators Tuesday narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports, on the opening day of the first veto session under the state's nearly...

Louisiana heads into historic veto session with uncertainty

Jul. 19, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ahead of the opening of an unprecedented veto override session, Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder said Monday he's “comfortable 100%” that his chamber has the votes to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill to ban transgender girls from school...

Glenn Koepp, former secretary of the Louisiana Senate, dies

Jul. 19, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Senate Secretary Glenn Koepp, a lawyer who worked in the Senate for decades before rising to the chief administrative officer's position, has died. He was 76 years old. Koepp's death was confirmed Monday by Gov. John Bel Edwards...