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Interstate 10 widening in Louisiana capital region completed

Oct. 26, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $72 million project to widen Interstate 10 in Louisiana's capital region is wrapping up, nearly three years after construction began. Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with East Baton Rouge and Ascension parish officials, celebrated the largely completed work at an event Monday. I-10...

Hurricane Laura evacuee, swimmer setting new records

Oct. 25, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, Ala. (AP) — Many of us seek normalcy in 2020. William Bright embraces his normal each afternoon at the A.C. Lewis YMCA pool. “The coaches and guys on the team have all been nice,” Bright said. “Swimming gets me in a good mood. I missed it.” A story that includes...

House Republican leader Blake Miguez, R-Erath, left, speaks with Rep. Gary Carter, D-New Orleans, on the House floor on the final day of the special session on Oct. 23, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana House GOP trying to yank governor's virus rules

Oct. 23, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Republicans filed a petition Friday to revoke Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions for a week, as lawmakers finished a special session in which they sought more power over the Democratic governor's emergency actions but appeared likely to see that effort...

Louisiana lawmakers skirmish in special session's final days

Oct. 22, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As they reached the final days of their special session, Louisiana lawmakers Thursday haggled over elections issues and a controversial police financing measure, skirmishes that kept them bickering rather than wrapping up the session early. Gov. John Bel Edwards, who didn't support...

Edwards loosens restrictions on high school football crowds

Oct. 22, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will allow more high school football fans to attend games in outside stadiums, if they're in parishes with low numbers of coronavirus cases in the last few weeks. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that the stadiums will be allowed to have crowds at 50% capacity in...

Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church, leaves East Baton Rouge Parish jail after posting bond in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Louisiana authorities arrested the pastor on an assault charge on Tuesday 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)

Senators stall bill prohibiting emergency rules on churches

Oct. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to keep Louisiana's emergency orders from governing churches and to upend prosecution of a pastor who violated Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions was narrowly shelved Wednesday by state senators. A Senate judiciary committee voted 3-2 to kill the bill by Oil...

LSU head coach Ed Ogeron watches his team as his team fails to score a touchdown in the final seconds of their 45-41 loss to Missouri during second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

LSU working with NCAA to self-impose penalties for football

Oct. 21, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has self-imposed penalties for NCAA rules violations by the football program that include a reduction of scholarships and a two-year ban from its athletic facilities for Cleveland Browns star and former Tigers receiver Odell Beckham Jr., according to a report by Sports...

Frat suspended, probe launched into possible LSU hazing

Oct. 20, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, lA. (AP) — A fraternity chapter at Louisiana State University has been suspended and a Baton Rouge prosecutor said Tuesday that police are investigating a possible case of illegal hazing. The developments surrounding the suspension of the Phi Kappa Psi chapter were announced a day after an LSU...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, at lectern, and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, answer questions at a news conference in Memorial Hall before the start of the Special Legislative Session, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana lawmakers pass bill striking at governor's power

Oct. 20, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Louisiana lawmakers voted Tuesday to give themselves more authority to curb Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions and emergency powers, under a deal brokered between House and Senate GOP leaders that ended a stalemate on the major issue of the special session....

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided. The House unanimously gave final passage Tuesday to a package of measures...