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FILE - In this June 4, 2012, file photo, state Sen. Conrad Appel, left, R-Metairie, and state Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, confer at the side of the House Chamber during the debate on Appel's Senate Concurrent Resolution 99, a $3.4 billion dollar spending plan for public schools, on the closing day of the 2012 legislative session at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. Former Louisiana lawmaker Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican who championed school choice issues during his three terms in the state House and spoke strongly in favor of following health guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, of complications from COVID-19. He was 77. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)

Former Louisiana lawmaker Steve Carter dies from COVID-19

Jan. 27, 2021 1:08 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana lawmaker Steve Carter, a Baton Rouge Republican who championed school choice issues during his three terms in the state House and spoke strongly in favor of following health guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus, died of complications from COVID-19. He...

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

Judge refuses to toss case against defiant Louisiana pastor

Jan. 26, 2021 2:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge has refused to toss out six criminal complaints filed against a Louisiana pastor charged with violating coronavirus gathering capacity rules put in place during the early days of the pandemic. Nineteenth Judicial District Judge Eboni Johnson-Rose on Monday dismissed pastor...

Virginia Tech forward Justyn Mutts (25) and guard Tyrece Radford (23) reach for a rebound against Syracuse's Joseph Girard (11) and Marek Dolezaj (21)  during an NCAA college basketball game at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday Jan. 23, 2021. (Scott Schild/The Post-Standard via AP)

Virginia Tech indefinitely suspends guard Tyrece Radford

Jan. 25, 2021 5:05 PM EST

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has indefinitely suspended starting guard Tyrece Radford from all men’s basketball team activities. In a release Monday school school officials said Radford failed to uphold “the high standards Virginia Tech has for its students and athletes.” The...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, House Republican leader Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, asks questions of Louisiana Department of Health officials about new contract awards for the Medicaid managed care program, in Baton Rouge, La.  Harris, who once led the state House Republican delegation, announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that he's running to be chairman of the Louisiana GOP, challenging the current party leader. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

State lawmaker challenges current chairman of Louisiana GOP

Jan. 25, 2021 1:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An Alexandria lawmaker who once led the state House Republican delegation announced Monday that he's running to be chairman of the Louisiana GOP, challenging the current party leader. Rep. Lance Harris said he'll seek to unseat state Republican Party Chairman Louis Gurvich, a New...

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Kamala Harris' inauguration dress made by Louisiana designer

Jan. 23, 2021 3:34 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The father of the Baton Rouge native who designed Kamala Harris’ dress for Wednesday’s inauguration said watching the vice president take the oath of office in a purple dress his son designed is one of the proudest moments of his life. Christopher John Rogers II, who...

7 face charges in last year's attack on restaurant hostess

Jan. 22, 2021 7:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Seven people have been charged in an attack last year on a restaurant hostess trying to enforce COVID-19 dining rules. The teenage hostess was punched multiple times in the face and hit with a “wet floor” sign during the Aug. 9 confrontation at a Chili's restaurant in...

Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, makes her way into the Louisiana State Archives to sign up to run for the 5th District seat on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Luke Letlow won a December election for the congressional seat but died of COVID-19 complications in December, before he could be sworn into office. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Louisiana congressional candidate registration period ends

Jan. 22, 2021 7:04 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than two dozen candidates vying to be Louisiana's newest U.S. House members registered by Friday's deadline to run in the March 20 special election to fill the two vacant congressional seats. Thirteen contenders filed paperwork to appear on the ballot for the 5th District seat...

A look at Louisiana candidates signed up for March election

Jan. 22, 2021 5:46 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The sign-up period for the March 20 election ended Friday. The ballot includes two special elections for U.S. House seats and a special election for a state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education seat. The candidates who qualified are: U.S. HOUSE, 2nd DISTRICT: Chelsea Ardoin,...

Longtime WAFB anchor Donna Britt waves as she sees her husband and son in the studio, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, as she signs off for one last time at WAFB studios in downtown Baton Rouge, La. Britt, who capped a nearly four-decade Louisiana broadcast journalism career with periodic on-air chronicles of her battle against a debilitating neurological disease, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Baton Rouge. She was 62. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

Donna Britt, longtime Baton Rouge TV anchor, dies at age 62

Jan. 21, 2021 6:17 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Donna Britt, who capped a nearly four-decade Louisiana broadcast journalism career with periodic on-air chronicles of her battle against a debilitating neurological disease, died Thursday in Baton Rouge. She was 62. WAFB-TV, where Britt rose from fledgling reporter to longtime,...

State Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, speaks about his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District seat after signing up for the race on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. The seat is vacant because former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond resigned to work for the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Candidate qualifying begins in Louisiana congressional races

Jan. 20, 2021 5:40 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Candidate registration opened Wednesday for Louisiana's March 20 election to fill two vacant U.S. House seats, one representing a majority-minority district centered in New Orleans and the other a rural district covering the state's northeast and central parishes. The special...