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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...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 22, 2020 2:16 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 22 The (Lake Charles) American Press on Louisiana's public school system: Louisiana's public education system ranked next to the bottom of states in a 2019 ranking of "States with the Best & Worst School Systems" by the financial web site WalletHub....

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...

Aviation maintenance company opening at Louisiana airport

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — An aviation maintenance and repair facility will open at a northwest Louisiana airport to serve commercial airline customers. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Advanced Aero Services's plans for a new facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport. The startup company, called AAS, plans...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee answers questions from the joint House and Senate budget committee about new contract awards for the Medicaid managed care program in Baton Rouge, La. Gee, who launched the Democrat's Medicaid expansion program but faced repeated criticism from Republicans about her management of it, is leaving the Edwards administration as the governor begins his second term in office. Gee, a medical doctor who has led the Department of Health since 2016, is resigning from the position effective Jan. 31, the governor's office announced Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana Medicaid managed care contract awards thrown out

Jan. 18, 2020 11:58 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracts awarded by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration have been scrapped by Louisiana's chief procurement officer, who determined the health department mishandled the bid process for deals to provide health services to 1.5 million people....

Appeals court won't rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

Jan. 17, 2020 3:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes...

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...

FILE - In a Thursday, July 17, 2014 file photo, Superintendent of Education John White speaks after his meeting with Gov. Bobby Jindal about public school testing, in Baton Rouge, La. White, who helped strengthen the role of charter schools, backed a taxpayer-funded tuition voucher program for private schools and oversaw overhauls of the state’s school accountability efforts, announced Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 that he is stepping down as Louisiana's education superintendent. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana education board kicks off superintendent search

Jan. 16, 2020 2:14 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's statewide public school board began its search for a new education superintendent Thursday shortly after members took their oath of office for their new four-year term. A headhunter firm could be in place before the end of the month. The state's long-time education...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...