Latest Louisiana state government News

Online students score lower on Louisiana standardized tests

Aug. 03, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education leaders said Tuesday state standardized test results show that public school students who attended in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic outperformed those who relied on distance learning. The Advocate reports the...

Louisiana breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

Aug. 03, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's COVID-19 hospitalizations surged Tuesday to record levels, with 2,112 largely unvaccinated people in hospital beds struggling and hospital leaders describing facilities overrun with patients. The Louisiana Department of Health...

Louisiana reinstates indoor mask mandate amid COVID surge

Aug. 02, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana on Monday reinstated a mask mandate in all indoor locations, including schools and colleges, as the state experiences the highest per capita COVID-19 growth in the nation, driven by the delta variant and one of the country's lowest vaccination rates. ...

Analysis: La. rental aid moves slowly as eviction ban ends

Aug. 01, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal cash to assist renters struggling with job losses and slashed paychecks because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the aid has been slow to reach tenants and landlords. Across two...

Lawsuit challenges Louisiana's end to federal jobless aid

Aug. 01, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A group of unemployed Louisiana residents filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to stop accepting the federal pandemic benefits that gave jobless workers an extra $300-a-week boost and made some self-employed and gig workers eligible for the...

Breakneck pace of crises keeps National Guard away from home

Aug. 01, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

SHADDADI, Syria (AP) — In the searing 108-degree heat, far from his Louisiana health care business, Army Col. Scott Desormeaux and his soldiers are on a dusty base near Syria’s northern border, helping Syrian rebel forces battle Islamic State militants and keeping an eye on Russian troops...

Louisiana veto session carried $76K price tag for taxpayers

Jul. 31, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s two-day veto session, which saw Republicans unable to override any of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' bill rejections, cost taxpayers $76,000. Information provided in response to a request from The Associated Press showed most of...

Masks mandated in New Orleans; Louisiana may follow Monday

Jul. 30, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell reinstituted a citywide indoor masking mandate Friday and said all city employees and contract workers will be required to get COVID-19 vaccinations as Louisiana deals with skyrocketing numbers of new infections and hospitalizations. ...

Louisiana House speaker ousts Democrats after veto session

Jul. 30, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder on Friday said he removed two Democrats from their leadership positions, fallout from Louisiana's failed veto session in which Democrats blocked GOP efforts to overturn any of the governor's bill rejections. ...

COVID-19 cases soar in Louisiana amid pleas to vaccinate

Jul. 29, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Increasingly urgent efforts to persuade, entice or cajole people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are taking a variety of forms in Louisiana, where new cases and hospitalizations continued a steep climb on Thursday. Three heralded music venues in...