Latest Louisiana state government News

Louisiana congressman's father among latest virus victims

Jan. 17, 2021 5:06 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The father of U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves of Louisiana has died of complications from COVID-19. Graves’ office announced the Saturday afternoon death of John Graves in a news release. Funeral arrangements were pending. In a brief statement, Graves, a Baton Rouge area Republican,...

A staff member with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System receives a shot with the first batch of Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: No immediate vaccine changes planned in Louisiana

Jan. 17, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Federal officials have changed their guidance to states for distributing and administering the coronavirus vaccine, but that doesn't mean Louisiana is rushing more of its residents to the front of the line for shot eligibility. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is keeping its...

Louisiana confirms 1st case of COVID-19 variant in state

Jan. 16, 2021 4:39 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has identified the state's first case of the COVID-19 variant in a person in the New Orleans area, the governor's office said Saturday. The variant, frequently referred to as the U.K. variant because of its prevalence in the United Kingdom, spreads more easily than other...

Program aims to make Louisiana high schools 'more relevant'

Jan. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education leaders are working on an ambitious program to remake high schools, to avoid wasting high school students' senior years and better prepare them for college or careers. The new program called “Fast Forward” would allow juniors and seniors to spend...

State commissioner of administration Jay Dardenne wears a mask as he testifies before the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana to get $2B in federal virus aid, but with strings

Jan. 15, 2021 5:02 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana expects to receive at least $2 billion in coronavirus aid from the latest relief package passed by Congress, but state officials don’t yet know what strings are attached and how much of the cash could help patch budget holes next year. “It's a big mystery...

March 20 election set to fill vacant Louisiana House seat

Jan. 15, 2021 3:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder has set a special election to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives. Republican Charles Henry of Jefferson Parish abruptly resigned Monday from the 105-member chamber, only a year into his four-year term, saying his...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone addresses supporters at his election night watch party at L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. Rispone, the businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana governor in 2019, said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, that he was dropping his bid to unseat the current chairman of the state Republican Party, ending a heated intraparty feud over leadership.  (AP Photo/Sophia Germer, File)

Former governor candidate drops bid to lead Louisiana GOP

Jan. 14, 2021 12:57 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eddie Rispone, the businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana governor in 2019, said Thursday that he was dropping his bid to unseat the current chairman of the state Republican Party, ending a heated intraparty feud over leadership. “After further consideration, I...

FILE - This April 1991 file photo shows AP correspondent Guy Coates in Baton Rouge, La. Coates, a retired Associated Press correspondent in Louisiana, died late Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 80. Coates' early career included stints at The Times of Shreveport as well as KNOE TV in Monroe and KSLA TV in Shreveport. (Mark Keedy/The Advocate via AP, File)

Guy Coates, longtime AP reporter in Louisiana, dies at 80

Jan. 13, 2021 10:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guy Coates, a former Associated Press correspondent who covered Gulf Coast hurricanes and civil rights, dodged gunfire during a New Orleans sniper's shooting spree and chronicled the tumult of politics in his native Louisiana for four decades, died late Tuesday. He was 80. His wife...

Bars lose appeal in fight against virus-rleated closures

Jan. 13, 2021 6:21 PM EST

Louisiana bar owners fighting coronavirus -related closures of their businesses lost an appeal Wednesday at a federal appeals court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld rulings from two lower court judges who last year refused to block the closure order for groups of bars that filed suit in...

A home missing a roof due to Hurricane Zeta damage is viewed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Grand Isle, La., as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards flyover of stricken areas in the southeastern part of the state. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana receives major disaster declaration for Zeta

Jan. 13, 2021 3:07 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House has approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana's destruction from Hurricane Zeta in October, the governor's office announced. Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said Tuesday that the declaration signed by President Donald Trump will help provide direct aid to...