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Rep. John Stefanski, R-Crowley, center, speaks to Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, as Louisiana lawmakers near the end of their special session, on Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: Tax breaks may worsen Louisiana budget uncertainty

Jul. 5, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana's lawmakers spent most of the last four-year term digging out of nearly a decade of financial instability that forced deep cuts across state services, particularly higher education. Now, they appear headed back to that budget uncertainty. The...

LSU AgCenter's free beginning farmer program starts Oct. 1

Jul. 5, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU AgCenter is taking applications for a free 16-week training program for about 20 beginning farmers. The Grow Louisiana program accepts both people who want to farm and those who have been farming for less than 10 years, program director Marcus Coleman said in a news release...

Louisiana's cap on lobbyist wining and dining edges up a bit

Jul. 5, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's lobbyists can spend a bit more on wining and dining state lawmakers and other public officials. When the new budget year began Wednesday, the lobbying limit on food and drink for a public official edged up $1 per person, per occasion. The new limit per person at an event...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana's medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to speed toward final passage. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana's second medical marijuana grower releases product

Jul. 5, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's second medical marijuana grower announced it has started making its products to the state's dispensaries for sale to patients. Ilera Holistic Healthcare — the company that grows marijuana for Southern University's agricultural center — said Wednesday that...

Cycling surges in popularity in Louisiana amid pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Cycling has become one of the country’s most popular activities and Central Louisiana is no exception to the trend. According to a press release from the NPD Group, “Lifestyle/leisure bikes, which are more basic adult bicycles sold at prices under $200, grew by 203%;...

Louisiana teen redefines volleyball, musical talent

Jul. 5, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) — Not many volleyball players in the state of Louisiana have the talent and musical versatility of Airline’s Jaci Ervin. The senior can play multiple positions on the court for coach Reggie Digilormo but usually serves as the team’s middle blocker. She’s also...

In this 2020 photo, President and CEO of United Way of SWLA, Denise Durel, right, and volunteer Chef Liz Landers at a food drive in Lake Charles, La. “Everyday is a new day, everyday is different and we’re just taking on the challenges as they’re presented to us. Where’s the need, what can we do, and let’s just do it,” said Durel. (American Press via AP)

Louisiana nonprofit helps community amid virus outbreak

Jul. 4, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — “Everyday is a new day, everyday is different and we’re just taking on the challenges as they’re presented to us. Where’s the need, what can we do, and let’s just do it,” said Denise Durel, president and CEO of United Way of SWLA for 11...

Woman killed in wrong-way crash on Louisiana interstate

Jul. 4, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana woman was killed early Saturday in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 55. state police said. Louisiana State Police said Hannah Mcallister, 23, of Hammond, was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-55 when she struck a sport utility vehicle. The SUV was pushed off the...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. The unusual resumption of the NBA season during the coronavirus pandemic is making mental health a priority. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part of living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather in Central Florida to resume their suspended seasons later this month. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

NBA emphasizes mental health as teams await Disney 'bubble'

Jul. 4, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part. The Pelicans guard will be living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather near Orlando, Florida, this month to resume their suspended season. Holiday’s wife, Lauren, a former U.S. national team soccer...

Louisiana aid paying for student computers, internet access

Jul. 4, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is using much of the $50 million in discretionary education aid awarded to Louisiana to help with the coronavirus response to buy computers and expand internet access for public school students. The Democratic governor has agreed to spend $32 million for the...