Latest John Bel Edwards News

Another flood aid hurdle crossed

Jun. 15, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Thousands of Louisiana homeowners with damage from the 2016 floods are a step closer to accessing federal aid. Many homeowners have been restricted from getting Restore Louisiana grants because they sought Small Business Administration loans to help with rebuilding. But the...

Louisiana held its own Iowa Straw Poll for Republicans

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Hundreds of people grabbed plates of jambalaya and black-eyed peas, some with a beer. They took seats for the stump speeches. And then, they selected their favored GOP candidate for governor on the paper ballot and slapped on an "I Voted" sticker. Welcome to the Iowa Straw Poll,...

The Latest: Ralph Abraham wins Louisiana's Iowa Straw Poll

Jun. 15, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana's version of the Iowa Straw Poll for Republicans (all times local): 4 p.m. Republican candidate for governor Ralph Abraham has won Louisiana's version of the Iowa Straw Poll. Southwestern Louisiana Republicans hosted the state's first-ever gubernatorial straw...

Louisiana Medicaid program spending $400M under projections

Jun. 12, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Medicaid program will spend about $400 million less than expected in the nearly ended budget year, largely because tens of thousands of people were booted from Medicaid rolls amid bolstered computer checks of eligibility. The latest Medicaid forecast for the budget year...

Federal hate crime charges filed in black church fires

Jun. 12, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The son of a Louisiana sheriff's deputy is facing federal hate crime charges in connection with three fires that destroyed African American churches earlier this year. Holden Matthews , 21, was charged in a six-count federal indictment that was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges...

Edwards signs Louisiana ride-hailing regulations into law

Jun. 11, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's mid-sized and rural communities are hopeful they'll soon see Uber and Lyft drivers on their streets now that lawmakers passed a measure creating statewide rules for the ride-hailing services. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law Tuesday at Nicholls State...

Louisiana expands foster care for youth with jobs, in school

Jun. 8, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is expanding its foster care program to cover youth in the state's care until age 21. Lawmakers passed the plan , which will cost an estimated $3 million next year, in the just-ended legislative session. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed it into law Thursday. The voluntary...

Bid to expand college credit access leads to La. study group

Jun. 8, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' bid to ensure that public high school juniors and seniors have free access to two courses for college credit didn't win legislative backing. Instead, lawmakers in the just-ended regular session created a task force to study the issue, including how to pay for...

Louisiana retailers will have to apply to sell CBD products

Jun. 8, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control says it will release applications for retailers who want to sell CBD products on June 17. A regulatory structure for the products was passed by lawmakers, and Gov. John Bel Edwards signed it Thursday. Under the new law, retailers are...

Lawmakers lock Louisiana into spending hikes for the future

Jun. 8, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Flush with new cash in an election year, Louisiana lawmakers got generous, passing pay raises and boosted spending plans, but the full bill won't come due until later years. Despite improved revenue collections, the Legislature didn't have enough money to cover all the items on its...