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Amanda Bohren holds her one-year-old son, Luke Spencer Bohren, as she waits to vote on Election Day, in the Mid City section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana renews search for vendor to replace voting system

Jan. 27, 2021 5:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has resumed efforts to replace thousands of decades-old voting machines, with the state's elections chief issuing a new solicitation for bidders Wednesday amid a political climate where such contracts are getting intensified scrutiny. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin already...

FILE - In this June 4, 2012, file photo, state Sen. Conrad Appel, left, R-Metairie, and state Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, confer at the side of the House Chamber during the debate on Appel's Senate Concurrent Resolution 99, a $3.4 billion dollar spending plan for public schools, on the closing day of the 2012 legislative session at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. Former Louisiana lawmaker Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican who championed school choice issues during his three terms in the state House and spoke strongly in favor of following health guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, of complications from COVID-19. He was 77. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)

Former Louisiana lawmaker Steve Carter dies from COVID-19

Jan. 27, 2021 1:08 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana lawmaker Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican who championed school choice issues during his three terms in the state House and spoke strongly in favor of following health guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus, died of complications from COVID-19. He...

A destroyed home is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Insurers paid $5B for 2020 Louisiana hurricane claims so far

Jan. 27, 2021 1:04 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Insurance companies have paid out $5 billion to thousands of Louisiana customers with damage from the 2020 hurricanes so far, according to data released by Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office that offers the first detailed look at claims. Policyholders have filed nearly...

A destroyed home is seen in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana governor asks White House for $3B in hurricane aid

Jan. 26, 2021 3:55 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Joe Biden for $3 billion to help Louisiana with its ongoing recovery from the 2020 hurricanes, saying Tuesday that he's filed a request with the new White House similar to the unfulfilled ask he made of the prior administration. The...

FILE - In this April 21, 2020, file photo, Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church, leaves East Baton Rouge Parish jail after posting bond in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana authorities arrested the pastor on an assault charge after he admitted that he drove his church bus toward a man who has been protesting his decision to hold mass gatherings in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge refuses to toss case against defiant Louisiana pastor

Jan. 26, 2021 2:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge has refused to toss out six criminal complaints filed against a Louisiana pastor charged with violating coronavirus gathering capacity rules put in place during the early days of the pandemic. Nineteenth Judicial District Judge Eboni Johnson-Rose on Monday dismissed pastor...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, House Republican leader Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, asks questions of Louisiana Department of Health officials about new contract awards for the Medicaid managed care program, in Baton Rouge, La.  Harris, who once led the state House Republican delegation, announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that he's running to be chairman of the Louisiana GOP, challenging the current party leader. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

State lawmaker challenges current chairman of Louisiana GOP

Jan. 25, 2021 1:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An Alexandria lawmaker who once led the state House Republican delegation announced Monday that he's running to be chairman of the Louisiana GOP, challenging the current party leader. Rep. Lance Harris said he'll seek to unseat state Republican Party Chairman Louis Gurvich, a New...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, Dr. Rafik Abdou checks on a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. 
U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining under record numbers of COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

VIRUS TODAY: More hospital ICUs edge nearer a breaking point

Jan. 24, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Here’s what’s happening Sunday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation’s intensive care units are running out of space, supplies and staff. An Associated Press analysis of...

Workers erect scaffolding at the Louisiana Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. A new phase of building repairs has started to replace mortar on the walls of the House and Senate chambers. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: New repair work, more needed at Louisiana Capitol

Jan. 24, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Capitol cost $5 million to complete nearly 90 years ago, but its ongoing repair needs total tens of millions of dollars today, little of which has been earmarked for the upkeep project to ensure the historic Art Deco building can remain the seat of government for...

Louisiana encouraging people to download contact tracing app

Jan. 24, 2021 11:09 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has released a voluntary contact tracing application for mobile phones that can let people know if they've been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the launch of the COVID Defense mobile application Friday and encouraged...

Family says they were mocked at funeral home over mask usage

Jan. 23, 2021 5:39 PM EST

LAFAEYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana family mourning the loss of a relative to COVID-19 says they were mocked at a funeral home for asking others to wear masks. Peter Guarisco IV, of Lafayette, said his family asked the funeral home to enforce the governor’s mask mandate, only to be silenced by a...