Latest Louisiana state government News

Analysis: Lawmakers travel Louisiana to talk redistricting

Oct. 17, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are moving behind-the-scenes conversations about redrawing state political maps to public hearings around the state over the next three months, to discuss the once-a-decade process that decides how people are represented in government. ...

New oyster reef in Caillou Lake, Louisiana

Oct. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

CAILLOU LAKE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has built a new 200- acre (81-hectare) oyster reef in south Louisiana. The 200-acre reef in Caillou Lake will be closed to all oystering for at least two years to let tiny oyster larvae latch...

Louisiana Senate workers getting 8% pay raise, costing $625K

Oct. 15, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Employees in the Louisiana Senate will get an 8% pay raise starting this month, a move Senate President Page Cortez described Friday as a “little bit of a makeup” because he said the workers have gone more than two years without salary hikes. ...

$4.5B clean energy complex planned for southeast Louisiana

Oct. 14, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Industrial gas supplier Air Products announced Thursday it will build a $4.5 billion clean energy facility in Louisiana's capital region, a project that Gov. John Bel Edwards said will help the state's work to reduce carbon emissions in the heart of the petrochemical...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Oct. 13, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

The Advocate. October 12, 2021. Editorial: Don’t endanger children, teachers with Brumley loophole in quarantine policy When Cade Brumley was chosen to lead public schools in Louisiana in May 2020, we stood strong behind his selection because we...

Louisiana intends to scrap school letter grades this year

Oct. 13, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s top school board Wednesday agreed to shelve letter grades for public schools this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, assuming the federal government signs off on the move as expected. The action from the state Board of...

Louisiana: tag and validate deer, turkey by smartphone

Oct. 13, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hunters in Louisiana can now use their smartphones to tag and validate deer and turkey immediately after killing one, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said. This must be done before moving the deer or turkey, and either the tag...

Ida-delayed Supreme Court arguments set for next week

Oct. 12, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Supreme Court arguments that were postponed last month due to Hurricane Ida have been set for next week. The court issued a statement Tuesday saying oral arguments will be held Monday through Wednesday. In the...

Analysis: Louisiana school systems split on quarantine rules

Oct. 10, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley's decision to contradict the COVID-19 quarantine guidance of public health officials is creating sharp divides in Louisiana's school districts, which already were a hotbed of disputes over how to handle coronavirus...

Louisiana may tweak state worker schedules for I-10 widening

Oct. 10, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is considering whether to move Louisiana's state workers to four-day work weeks, staggered shifts or some work-from-home scheduling to cut down on traffic in Baton Rouge when the state starts widening Interstate 10 in the capital...