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Call center expansion to add 50 jobs in Louisiana

Jan. 19, 2022 13:38 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The expansion of a Louisiana call center business that provides safety, health care and counseling hotline services will bring 50 new jobs to the Acadiana region, company and state officials said Wednesday. The expansion of the CALLS PLUS multilingual call...

Gurvich retains Louisiana GOP chairmanship with 101-90 vote

Jan. 19, 2022 13:12 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louis Gurvich has been re-elected chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, fending off a challenge from party secretary Michael Bayham. Gurvich won re-election Saturday with a 101-90 vote of the Republican State Central Committee, The Advocate reported....

Official: Too soon to say if omicron has peaked in Louisiana

Jan. 13, 2022 13:59 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana officials said Thursday that they hope the state is nearing a peak in new COVID-19 infections driven by the omicron variant — which health experts blame for the state's fifth surge in new cases and hospitalizations — but they don’t yet see data indicating the...

Court dismisses Louisiana pastor's virus restrictions suit

Jan. 12, 2022 19:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana pastor’s lawsuit over Gov. John Bel Edwards’ past COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings was rejected for a second time Wednesday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge said the lawsuit by Tony Spell seeking an...

Boston leads No. 1 South Carolina past No. 13 LSU, 66-60

Jan. 06, 2022 23:54 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 19 points and 18 rebounds, and top-ranked South Carolina beat No. 13 LSU 66-60 on Thursday night, ending the Tigers' 13-game winning streak. “We’re super-happy we have Aliyah. Nobody else in the country has her,” South Carolina coach...

A season of joy -- and caution -- kicks off in New Orleans

Jan. 06, 2022 22:31 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vaccinated, masked and ready-to-revel New Orleans residents began ushering in Carnival season Thursday with a rolling party on the city's historic streetcar line, an annual march honoring Joan of Arc in the French Quarter and a collective, wary eye on coronavirus statistics. ...

COVID: Louisiana sets another 1-day case record

Jan. 06, 2022 17:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has again set a record for COVID-19 cases, with 14,077 diagnosed in one day, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. And despite the pandemic's long slog, people need to keep up precautions against spreading and contracting the coronavirus, he said. ...

Man whose arrest led to ‘separate but equal’ is pardoned

Jan. 05, 2022 17:05 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s governor on Wednesday posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy, the Black man whose arrest for refusing to leave a whites-only railroad car in 1892 led to the Supreme Court ruling that cemented “separate but equal” into U.S. law for half a century. ...

Analysis: Louisiana to see repeat political debates in 2022

Jan. 02, 2022 16:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The new year will bring a rerun of several political debates in Louisiana, while also adding the once-a-decade battle over redistricting and an expected uptick in heated rhetoric as officials ready for the next statewide election cycle. Debates over how...

Louisiana judge resigns after outcry over racist language

Dec. 31, 2021 12:34 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge who repeatedly used a racial slur in a video recorded at her home and posted to social media resigned in a letter her attorney sent to the Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday. In the letter, Michelle Odinet resigned as judge of the Lafayette...