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Attempted cyberattack disrupts Louisiana state government

Nov. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Many of Louisiana’s state government websites and email systems are shut down because of what the governor’s office says is an attempted ransomware attack. The problem Monday disrupted business operations and online services across state agencies. It happened two days...

Edwards faces 2nd term with more conservative Legislature

Nov. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards spent his first four years in office tangling with conservative House Republicans who regularly fought his agenda. As Edwards heads to his second term starting in January, those tensions are likely to worsen and expand into the Senate. Many of the Democratic...

Louisiana reports its first death from vaping

Nov. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has reported its first death from vaping-related lung injury. The Louisiana Department of Health says the person who died was among 30 people in Louisiana with the ailment ranging in age from 17 to 71. The agency says privacy laws keep it from releasing information about...

Did Louisiana football success boost Edwards? Couldn’t hurt.

Nov. 17, 2019 6:52 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In picking apart Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ reelection victory in the red state of Louisiana, analysts talk of cross-party voters, the get-out-the-vote effort in New Orleans and the Donald Trump factor. But in a year when both the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints...

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

Nov. 17, 2019 10:23 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity. With his focus on bipartisan,...

Democrats hold on to Louisiana governor’s seat despite Trump

Nov. 17, 2019 12:48 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and handing Donald Trump another gubernatorial loss this year. In the heart of Trump country, the moderate Edwards cobbled...

The Latest: Rispone: Disappointed at loss, but thankful too

Nov. 17, 2019 12:36 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the Louisiana governor’s election (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Republican Eddie Rispone says he’s disappointed at losing the Louisiana governor’s race but he’s thankful for his family and supporters and vowed to continue to work to improve...

Edwards wins governor’s race, Ardoin secretary of state

Nov. 17, 2019 12:32 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters settled the nation’s last 2019 gubernatorial contest Saturday, giving the Deep South’s only Democratic governor a second term, rather than replacing him with a Republican businessman favored by President Donald Trump. Democratic incumbent John Bel...

The Latest: Rispone: Disappointed at loss, but thankful too

Nov. 17, 2019 12:01 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana election (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Republican Eddie Rispone says he’s disappointed at losing the Louisiana governor’s race but he’s thankful for his family and supporters and vowed to continue to work to improve the state. Rispone...

Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards stuns GOP, wins reelection to a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor

Nov. 16, 2019 10:54 PM EST
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s John Bel Edwards stuns GOP, wins reelection to a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor.