Latest Louisiana state government News

Memorials for former governor Blanco move to her Cajun home

Aug. 23, 2019 1:04 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Memorial events honoring former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco are shifting to Cajun country, her beloved home region. A public visitation for the state's only female governor is scheduled for Friday at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette. A prayer service will...

Hundreds of mourners honor former Louisiana Gov. Blanco

Aug. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bagpiper played a somber "Amazing Grace" as Louisiana's first and only female governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, returned to the state Capitol for her last time Thursday, carried in her casket by an honor guard for public viewing. Her former staff lined the building steps, and...

The Latest: Crowds at Louisiana Capitol for former governor

Aug. 22, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the memorial services for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Large crowds have assembled at the Louisiana Capitol to pay their respects to former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who led the state amid the devastation of...

Louisiana governor's race ad takes aim at transgender rights

Aug. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Ralph Abraham has released a new TV ad that takes aim at abortion rights and the transgender community as he works to draw attention for his campaign. In the 30-second spot launched Thursday, the three-term congressman looks directly into...

Louisiana candidates split on constitutional convention idea

Aug. 21, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — While efforts to rewrite Louisiana's constitution stalled with state lawmakers, advocates for a constitutional convention are trying to make new inroads for the movement, seeing opportunity with legislative term limits and statewide elections this fall. The push may face an...

Louisiana business group backs both GOP governor candidates

Aug. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A powerful Louisiana business lobbying group wants a Republican for governor, but isn't choosing between the two major GOP contenders challenging Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards. PACs for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry announced Wednesday they will support...

Louisiana university urges vigilance after false gun alarm

Aug. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander is encouraging the college community to continue reporting anything suspicious even though a previous report of a man with a gun turned out to be a false alarm. On Tuesday, someone in Coates Hall saw a man with a gun and...

Louisiana: 9 West Nile cases include 5 dangerous infections

Aug. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Health reports the first nine human cases of this year's West Nile virus season, including five dangerous infections of the brain and spinal cord. Those five cases include two in Washington Parish and one each in East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany and Livingston...

Protests could stall Louisiana Medicaid contract negotiation

Aug. 20, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Despite an ongoing challenge to the contract awards, Louisiana's health department wants to continue negotiating terms with four companies chosen to manage Medicaid patient care, saying delays could put health services at risk. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee filed the request Monday...

Losing bidders for Louisiana Medicaid contracts file protest

Aug. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana Medicaid contractors are challenging a decision by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to oust them from that lucrative work next year, accusing the health department of a biased bid review. Louisiana Healthcare Connections and Aetna Better Health filed lengthy...