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Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

May. 26, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

The Advocate. May 24, 2022. Editorial: With teacher shortages a reality, a higher pay raise should come from State Capitol Two good arguments collided in the discussion of a teacher pay raise in Louisiana. We think the raises are needed, at the state...

Moody's raises Louisiana's bond credit rating after 6 years

May. 26, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s bond credit rating has moved up a notch. The new rating by Moody’s Investors Service will save the state about $750,000 a year in interest for every $300 million in bonds issued, state Treasurer John Schroder said. Louisiana...

Rice company's new product line brings 20 new jobs in Acadia

May. 25, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana economic development officials said Wednesday that 20 jobs will be created in Acadia Parish when a rice milling company invests $16.2 million in facilities to make ready-to-eat products. Supreme Rice is making the investment to develop parboil...

Louisiana gov faces decision on transgender athlete bill

May. 23, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bill to keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls’ athletic teams won final legislative passage Monday in the state Senate, meaning Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has been critical of the measure, will have to decide...

Retired judge gets formal apology for 1963 attack

May. 22, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Retired Judge Calvin Johnson can still smell the tear gas. He was 16 years old, marching with other Black teenagers to integrate their high school in Iberville Parish, when a mob of White lawmen and civilians attacked with billy clubs, fire hoses, cattle prods...

House vote sends $39 billion 2022-23 budget to Edwards

May. 19, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) — The Louisiana House granted final legislative passage Thursday to a $39 billion state operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The vote to accept various Senate changes to the bill was 88-7. The House vote came despite...

$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

May. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate. The House-passed bill,...

COVID-19 vaccine no longer required, for Louisiana students

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration has agreed to remove the COVID-19 vaccine from the list of vaccines students are required to get to enroll in school in the state, officials said Wednesday. The state health department said in a news release that it...

Louisiana bill limiting trans athletes nears governor's desk

May. 17, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women’s and girls' athletic teams was approved Tuesday 72-21 by the state House, moving the bill closer to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who vetoed similar legislation last year. ...

Louisiana justices toss COVID-related charges against pastor

May. 13, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court threw out charges Friday against a pastor who flouted restrictions on gatherings early in the coronavirus pandemic, ruling 5-2 that the governor's executive orders violated freedom of religion. “This is a tremendous win for religious...