Latest Louisiana state government News

Manhunt underway for escaped inmate in Louisiana

Nov. 26, 2021 17:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities searched Friday for an inmate who escaped from a south Louisiana prison. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections said a manhunt is underway for 23-year-old Shwilliam Cheevis, who is serving 15 years for sentences out of...

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...

Free COVID-19 vaccines available ahead of Bayou Classic

Nov. 24, 2021 13:04 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Health is partnering with the Bayou Classic and the National Medical Association to offer free COVID-19 vaccines at events ahead of the 48th annual football clash between Grambling State and Southern University. On...

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. ...

Frustration boils over about Louisiana road and bridge work

Nov. 19, 2021 16:59 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana readies for an infusion of federal infrastructure cash, a powerful state senator Friday said he's so dissatisfied with the state transportation department's handling of road and bridge money that he's ready to “blow it up and start over.” ...

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...

State Supreme Court to consider Ochsner vaccine mandates

Nov. 18, 2021 17:15 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court will hear arguments next month on whether the state’s largest health care provider can require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Cases involving Ochsner Health employees in the Shreveport and Lafayette...

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. ...