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Louisiana political leaders party in Washington this week

Jan. 23, 2020 3:06 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's political, government and university leaders have temporarily decamped to the nation's capitol for the Carnival season party called Washington Mardi Gras. Gov. John Bel Edwards, state lawmakers, other elected and appointed officials, lobbyists and business leaders are...

Baton Rouge student accused of making terrorizing threat

Jan. 21, 2020 7:57 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana high school student was arrested Tuesday after making a threat against a school, authorities said. The 14-year-old from Lee High School in Baton Rouge was charged with terrorizing, news outlets reported. The decision to charge him came after a meeting attended by the...

Louisiana medical marijuana maker seeks room to grow

Jan. 20, 2020 2:33 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A medical marijuana company has big expansion plans for its Louisiana operations and is separately courting hemp farmers to support an upcoming launch into CBD products. Wellcana Group, one of only two companies approved in the state to produce medical marijuana, is scouting out...

Analysis: House vote shakes up Louisiana politics, but how?

Jan. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The contentious vote for House speaker started Louisiana's new legislative term with yet another controversy, creating waves across the state's political landscape and seeming destined to shape a new relationship between the House and the governor. Louisiana's political class...

LSU fans cheer as players ride on floats during a parade celebrating LSU's NCAA college football championship, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LSU title parade draws massive crowds

Jan. 18, 2020 7:20 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Thousands of LSU fans wearing purple and gold lined streets near Tiger Stadium and packed a basketball arena for a parade on Saturday honoring the football team's national championship season. A day after visiting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Tigers players rode...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2016 file photo, Mayor Ken Ritter, right, and State Sen. Page Cortez talk together at Youngsville City Hall, in La. Cortez, the Louisiana Senate's new Republican president will continue a tradition for bipartisan leadership across the majority-GOP chamber's subject-matter committees, but Republicans will take charge of the key financial and redistricting panels. Cortez, a Lafayette Republican unanimously elected to the top job, released the membership breakdown of the Senate's 17 standing committees Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP, File)

GOP leaders tapped for Louisiana Senate's budget, tax panels

Jan. 17, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate's new Republican president will continue a tradition for bipartisan leadership across the majority-GOP chamber's subject-matter committees, but Republicans will take charge of the key financial and redistricting panels. Senate President Page Cortez, a Lafayette...

LSU: football championship make-up days on 2 Saturdays

Jan. 17, 2020 12:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University says students at its flagship campus will have to attend classes on two Saturdays to make up for the days they got off for the College Football Championship between LSU and Clemson. Although the championship in New Orleans was a night game, the university...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, left, and quarterback Joe Burrow, center, hold the trophy beside safety Grant Delpit after a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Clemson, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

LSU football team getting White House visit in quickly

Jan. 16, 2020 6:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome the Louisiana State University football team to the White House on Friday after the Tigers defeated Clemson on Monday night in the college playoff final. Before visiting the White House, the LSU team will tour the nearby National Museum of African...

Letter admonished investigator who misidentified homicide

Jan. 16, 2020 7:17 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An investigator who mistook a homicide as a fatal overdose was issued a letter of reprimand for the error from the Louisiana coroner's office where he works. W. Shane Tindall was found to be at fault for the misidentified cause of death, The Advocate reported, citing the letter by...

LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire breaks away from Clemson cornerback Derion Kendrick during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Edwards-Helaire among 7 LSU players entering NFL draft

Jan. 15, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Dynamic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among seven players from LSU's national championship team who've stated their intention to enter the NFL draft. Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry, and linebackers...