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  • Cuts loom as latest budget deficit tops $300 million

    January 13, 2017 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's midyear deficit has been pegged at $313 million, a figure that Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says will trigger the governor to call a special legislative session to re-balance the budget. An income forecasting panel downgraded Louisiana tax collection estimates Friday, to account for unemployment that... more »
  • Edwards defends Medicaid expansion, as GOP works on repeal

    January 12, 2017 10:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his defense for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion by having some of the program's patients describe the medical services they've received. Twenty-three-year-old Monika Calderon spoke of severe headaches that were diagnosed as a brain tumor. Medicaid expansion covered the cost of her surgery,... more »
  • Governor Edwards to hold ceremony for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

    January 7, 2017 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards signed an official proclamation designating Monday, Jan. 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Louisiana. The day is a way of expressing gratitude for the dedicated service of law enforcement officers and their families around the state. "We are immensely grateful... more »
  • Governor names new leader for wildlife and fisheries agency

    December 30, 2016 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has named a new secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries after its former leader resigned abruptly, calling the department "a troubled state agency." Edwards on Friday announced that State Rep. Jack Montoucet will be the agency's new secretary effective... more »
  • Edwin Edwards released from hospital

    December 15, 2016 11:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Edwin Edwards has been released from the hospital after battling pneumonia, according to the former governor's wife. In a post on her facebook page, Trina Scott Edwards wrote "We're missing the Governor's Christmas party and Eli's first school Christmas program tonight, but we're home from the... more »
  • Louisiana colleges spared some cuts for now

    December 15, 2016 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana colleges took a lighter hit to their budgets Thursday than state lawmakers had feared a month earlier. Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget recognized a $312 million mid-year budget cut at the capitol and higher education took a $12 million hit. In November,... more »
  • $700 million yearly boost in road, bridge money proposed to Edwards

    December 13, 2016 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A study group created by Gov. John Bel Edwards is recommending the state spend $700 million more annually on road and bridge work, primarily through tax and fee hikes. The Advocate reports the panel co-chaired by state transportation secretary Shawn Wilson did not specify how much money... more »
  • Closing arguments filed in dispute over LGBT-rights order

    December 2, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawyers for Louisiana's governor and attorney general have made their closing written arguments to a judge trying to decide whether Gov. John Bel Edwards' LGBT-rights protection order is unconstitutional. Both sides say their opponents didn't present evidence to back up their positions at a hearing earlier this... more »
  • Edwards, Landry dispute reaches the courtroom

    November 29, 2016 8:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawyers for Louisiana's governor and attorney general clashed in court in a struggle about the limits of the statewide elected officials' authority and Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order aimed at protecting LGBT rights. Judge Todd Hernandez heard a full day of witness testimony and legal arguments... more »
  • Edwards, law enforcement want peaceful process amid Alton Sterling investigation Play Video

    November 21, 2016 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor Edwards met with local law enforcement and community leaders on Monday to address the relationship between the public and law enforcement prior to the upcoming announcement of the Department of Justice's investigation of the Alton Sterling shooting. As the Department of Justice is still investigating... more »
  • Governor Edwards and law enforcement leaders to discuss Alton Sterling investigation

    November 21, 2016 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards is hosting a meeting on Monday with law enforcement to discuss community response to the pending Department of Justice announcement regarding the investigation of the shooting of Alton Sterling. The Department of Justice has been investigating the July 5th shooting of Alton... more »
  • Health contracts stalled in dispute over LGBT-rights order

    November 18, 2016 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Contracts to provide health insurance next year for 10,000 state employees, retirees and their families are stalled because of the dispute over Gov. John Bel Edwards' LGBT anti-discrimination order. House lawmakers allied with Attorney General Jeff Landry refused Friday to approve contracts for the Office of Group... more »
  • Edwards delays budget cuts amid worry about hit to colleges

    November 18, 2016 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to delay budget cuts for another month, as lawmakers push for him to find a way to spare college campuses from the slashing. As part of his proposal to close a more than $300 million deficit, the Democratic governor had planned... more »
  • Dardenne: La. doesn't have luxury of sparing higher ed. cuts

    November 17, 2016 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is planning an $18 million cut to public colleges to help close a state budget deficit, only months after higher education leaders thought they had escaped reductions. The cut is about 2 percent of colleges' general state financing. But the largest piece of... more »
  • New hearing set on Edwards LGBT protection order

    November 16, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A hearing on the attorney general's effort to block Gov. John Bel Edwards' order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people has been pushed back to Nov. 29. Both sides arrived in court Wednesday. But lawyers for the two elected officials disagreed on what should be... more »
  • Edwards' $315 million deficit-closing plan to be unveiled

    November 14, 2016 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief budget adviser will unveil the administration's proposal for closing a $315 million deficit to lawmakers on Friday. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne will outline the recommendations to the joint House and Senate budget committee, seeking to close a budget hole left from... more »
  • Edwards promotes awareness of 'move over' law for safety

    November 14, 2016 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards, highway officials and law enforcement agencies are promoting Louisiana's "move over" law. The law requires motorists to change lanes, if possible, when approaching emergency or police vehicles on the shoulder of a highway, or to at least slow down. The law is aimed... more »
  • Governor's office emails reveal concerns about Shelter at Home Play Video

    November 11, 2016 12:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Emails from the staff of Governor John Bel Edwards show the administration had concerns about the Shelter at Home program just two weeks after its launch. The emails reveal how officials struggled to manage the emergency program and rectify complaints from victims of the August flood. "The... more »
  • Edwards asking to speak with Trump about Louisiana flood aid

    November 10, 2016 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is reaching out to the nation's president-elect for help in Louisiana's recovery from mid-August flooding that heavily damaged southern parishes. The Democratic governor sent Donald Trump a letter Wednesday, congratulating him on his victory, thanking him for his August visit to see the... more »
  • Edwards to travel to D.C. to discuss additional federal assistance following flood

    November 7, 2016 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the state's need for additional federal assistance following the flood in August. Edwards and congressional delegation lobbied Congress for an initial recovery down payment of $438 million .... more »
  • $135M boost going to LSU hospital managers under new deals

    October 27, 2016 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The private operators of LSU's charity hospitals are in line for a $135 million boost in their payments as part of new deals struck by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration. State lawmakers are being asked Friday to increase financing for the privatization deals to nearly $1.3 billion... more »
  • Former La. House speaker appointed to Public Service Commission

    October 21, 2016 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards appointed former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Charles "Charlie" Dewitt, Jr. to serve on the Louisiana Public Service Commission for District 4. Dewitt will take over the vacancy as a result of the passing of Clyde Holloway . Dewitt's... more »
  • Edwards seeks cheaper environmental review for flood repairs

    October 21, 2016 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is seeking a waiver of federal regulations that would require environmental reviews of any flood-damaged, single-family home that is repaired with federal disaster block grant aid. The governor's office Friday released a letter sent to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro... more »
  • Construction money steered to roads, building repairs

    October 20, 2016 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is stalling hundreds of millions in construction projects planned for state financing to instead steer more money to state building and university repairs and roadwork. The Bond Commission approved the plans Thursday, though some lawmakers have expressed concern about specific projects that... more »
  • Governor, mayor laud @Highland project as high tech job creator

    October 19, 2016 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined other community leaders Wednesday to highlight a new technology park being constructed on Highland Road. Edwards along with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden lauded the new @Highland technology park as a job creator for the Baton Rouge area. ... more »
  • Edwards reaches deal with north Louisiana hospital operator

    October 3, 2016 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief lawyer says the state has reached a renegotiated management deal with the operator of the LSU charity hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. The governor's executive counsel, Matthew Block, said Monday that he hopes to have a signed agreement within days with... more »
  • Louisiana governor heading to Cuba next week for trade talks

    September 30, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling to Cuba next week for a trade mission, seeking to build economic ties with the island nation now that the U.S. is moving to normalize relations between the countries. The Monday through Friday trip will include Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, Economic... more »
  • Louisiana governor sues AG over anti-discrimination clause

    September 30, 2016 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's suing the state attorney general over his rejection of contracts with an anti-discrimination clause that would protect LGBT people. Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry has refused to approve contracts allowing state agencies to hire outside lawyers because they contain language... more »
  • Flood recovery group told: Work 'to restore our great state'

    September 28, 2016 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards charged members of his flood recovery planning group to be bold and innovative in its response to the mid-August flooding and to "devise a plan to restore our great state." The Democratic governor spoke Wednesday as the Restore Louisiana Task Force held its... more »
  • Louisiana officials ramp up Shelter at Home program

    September 23, 2016 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Shelter at Home program has "ramped up" in recent days. Julie Baxter Payer and others, including officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, issued an update on the flood recovery. Payer touted the Shelter at Home program,... more »
  • Edwards aims to end contract with north La. hospital manager

    September 22, 2016 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is moving to oust the operator of LSU's hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, after it refused renegotiated contract terms sought by the governor. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne sent a letter to the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana notifying the hospital manager... more »
  • Governor Edwards announces ER in north BR, Council member slams plans

    September 21, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards detailed Wednesday on Our Lady of the Lake’s plans to bring a new emergency room to north Baton Rouge. The new emergency room is set to be built at the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic on Airline Highway. OLOL plans to... more »
  • Gov. Edwards going back to Washington seeking disaster aid

    September 21, 2016 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is making his third trip to Washington in as many weeks, trying to build support for billions in federal disaster aid for Louisiana's flood recovery. Edwards' office says the Democratic governor will travel to Washington on Wednesday and return home Friday. He'll be... more »
  • Stalemate emerges between state, north La. hospital operator

    September 19, 2016 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration appears to be in a stalemate with the manager of the state-owned charity hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana has refused to sign off on renegotiated terms of its deal with the state, financing and other... more »
  • Edwards and 1 LSU hospital manager haven't reached deal

    September 16, 2016 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has reached renegotiated deals with all but one of the operators of the charity hospitals and patient services previously managed by LSU. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said seven of the eight hospital operators had agreed to reworked terms Friday. The Biomedical... more »
  • Edwards restarts stalled community college expansion plans

    September 7, 2016 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction is moving ahead on a stalled list of upgrades planned for Louisiana's community college campuses. Gov. John Bel Edwards is announcing the projects at events this week, restarting plans that he stymied earlier this year as he reworked state construction spending amid ongoing budget troubles. More... more »
  • Governor seeks role in lawsuits against oil, gas companies

    April 7, 2016 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Edwards administration has joined the state attorney general in getting involved in lawsuits filed against oil and gas activities over damage to coastal wetlands. On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is seeking to intervene in lawsuits filed by Plaquemines,... more »
  • Edwards appoints Hogan to fisheries commission

    April 6, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed the president and CEO of Ruston Bank to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. William D. Hogan will serve as an at-large member. He replaces Ronny Graham of Ruston. Hogan will attend his first commission meeting as a board member Thursday... more »
  • Back in session: Higher education, healthcare could face cuts

    March 14, 2016 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new legislative session began today, and Governor John Bel Edwards delivered grim news to lawmakers regarding the state budget in his opening address. Lawmakers didn't raise enough money in the special session to keep critical services from being cut. Under state law, they can't raise... more »
  • Special session deadline looms at the capitol Play Video

    March 9, 2016 12:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A deadline looms at the state capitol. By the end of Wednesday, the special session called to deal with the state's budget woes will be over. It'll be a busy day. Lawmakers have to find another $200 million. Accomplishing that could be easier said than done; They've... more »
  • Income tax overhaul proposed Play Video

    February 15, 2016 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of proposals for a revised income tax system are on the table at the state capitol. It's part of an effort to solve the state's budget crisis. Governor Edwards' administration wants to lower to income taxes for everyone while reducing deductions. In one plan,... more »
  • No college sports, a distant reality Play Video

    February 12, 2016 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - University athletics are putting a lot of faith in state leaders to right the state budget gap. The state partially reinstated TOPS Friday , following a big scare to Louisiana students and their parents. Many in-state student athletes rely on TOPS. LSU baseball head Coach Paul... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • PAR wants cuts before taxes Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A "good government" group wants Louisiana's leaders to get control of spending before they raise taxes. The Public Affairs Research (PAR) Council released a report where it lists specific cuts. A few of the proposed measures include: - Control increased spending for state workers' health... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • Governor, Mayor meet with top transportation official Play Video

    January 22, 2016 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This week, Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor-President Kip Holden met with federal transportation authorities about Louisiana's traffic problems. Holden met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Thursday in Washington, D.C. while Edwards and Secretary of DOTD Shawn Wilson met with him Friday. All three discussed... more »
  • Obama promise could help I-10 congestion Play Video

    January 15, 2016 7:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wheels appear to be in motion for Louisiana to get some badly needed road money from the federal government. Governor John Bel Edwards said Friday his administration received phone calls from Washington D.C. about a potential $100 million grant. This comes after President Obama visited earlier... more »
  • Lawmakers urged to raise state sales tax Play Video

    January 13, 2016 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers were told to face the music and raise the sales tax Wednesday. LSU professor Jim Richardson said it's one of the only ways to raise money immediately. Lawmakers have till June to raise $700-$750 million. Otherwise Medicaid, public schools and state colleges could run out... more »
  • Edwards heads upriver for flood briefings

    January 13, 2016 11:30 AM

    VIDALIA, La. - For his second day on the job, Gov. John Bel Edwards headed to briefings on flood fighting efforts along the Mississippi River. State emergency managers briefed the new governor on current operations along the Mississippi River as well as future concerns and plans for flooding along... more »
  • Thousands pack the State Capitol to welcome Edwards Play Video

    January 11, 2016 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite a chilly morning, there wasn't an empty seat available today at the State Capitol. Many of those who came to Baton Rouge travelled long distances to get here. James Stewart, a retired teacher, said he made a bucket list and attending an inauguration was... more »
  • Data doesn't support Jindal food stamp claim

    January 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal claimed the threat of kicking people off food stamps spurred them into the job market, but data released Thursday shows that's not exactly accurate. In October the Jindal administration announced 61,000 able-bodied adults had 3 months to find work or lose food stamps.... more »
  • WATCH Governor-Elect Edwards talks possible tax increase

    January 4, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards gave some indication Monday about a possible plan to raise taxes to fill Louisiana's budget deficit. Specifically he would be in favor of eliminating some income tax deductions for individuals and corporations while lowering income taxes overall. Edwards said people would pay a... more »
  • Edwards' inauguration festivities not comparable to previous governor's plans

    January 2, 2016 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards may have cannon fire and a black-tie ball, but the approach for his Jan. 11 inaugural festivities is more understated compared to past governors. Among Edwards' immediate predecessors, Bobby Jindal had a free festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Kathleen Blanco's team created... more »
  • Governor issues "State of Emergency" as Mississippi River rises to dangerous levels Play Video

    December 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, in case the Mississippi River gets too high. There are already problems up-stream. Both Jindal's and Edward’s Administrations are preparing for historic high water. Levels that have not been seen since 2011. National Weather Service Ken Graham said an... more »
  • Medicaid, TOPS, public schools all running out of money Play Video

    December 30, 2015 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's budget woes keep getting worse. Louisiana now has a $2.65 billion budget hole to be filled by June. Incoming Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced the sobering news Tuesday at LSU. "This is the clear view, the true picture for where we are today. It's... more »
  • 31,000 could wait two weeks for food stamps Play Video

    December 29, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some food stamp recipients in Louisiana could lose their benefits for a couple of weeks in January. Benefits for an estimated 31,000 people are set to expire Thursday. Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards has said he'll reinstate the benefits but he can't do it until he takes office.... more »
  • Jindal sells his food stamp plan, but can't support it with data Play Video

    December 22, 2015 10:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal attempted to defend his plan requiring people on food stamps to get jobs. He claimed mandatory work requirements spurred poor people into the job market but he didn't offer data to support his argument. In late September, the state agency over food stamps announced... more »
  • Next first lady to champion music education Play Video

    December 21, 2015 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When former State Representative John Bel Edwards announced he was running for governor, few Louisianians knew who he was. So it's safe to say even fewer knew his wife Donna. Now that the Edwards are awaiting their transition into Governor's mansion in January, the state's next first... more »
  • Healthcare and higher ed could be broke by spring Play Video

    December 14, 2015 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care and higher education could be broke by spring if money isn't raised for state services. There's a $227 million shortfall for Medicaid and the college tuition program, TOPS, according to Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project. "This is an extremely serious situation," said Moller.... more »
  • Edwards still plans to expand Medicaid Play Video

    November 23, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards plans to expand Medicaid early on in his term. Louisiana is one of twenty states that hasn't expanded the program offered under the Affordable Care Act. "We're going to do it as soon as we can, as responsibly as we possibly can, and... more »
  • Candidates react ot Jindal's non-endorsement Play Video

    November 13, 2015 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some have considered Jindal's non-endorsement a slight to Republican candidate David Vitter. Jindal did not endorse Vitter's 2010 re-election to the U.S. Senate following his prostitution scandal. "Based on their strong disagreements, we certainly weren't expecting one," said a Vitter spokesperson. The Republican has consistently... more »
  • Veteran chastised Edwards for pandering Play Video

    November 11, 2015 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A wounded Afghanistan War veteran and David Vitter supporter got political Wednesday at a state sponsored Veterans Day ceremony. Mike McNaughton who currently works for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker at the event held at the Old State Capitol. In his speech... more »
  • Edwards, Vitter tangle in first debate of runoff campaign Play Video

    November 9, 2015 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter sought to draw policy contrasts with his Democratic opponent in the Louisiana governor's race, as the two men faced off for the first time in the runoff campaign. Vitter, who is lagging in the polls, told a crowd at the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Four major candidates at tonight's LA Tech debate Play Video

    October 15, 2015 6:16 PM

    RUSTON, La. - All four major candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial primary will be at a televised debate tonight in Ruston, the last likely chance for that to happen before the election. Sen. David Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, and Rep. John Edwards are... more »
  • Governor's race candidates differ on how to serve elderly

    August 6, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three contenders to be Louisiana's next governor say they'd elevate elderly affairs issues to a cabinet-level department, rather than a small agency inside the governor's office. But the candidates differed on the approach. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he would merge the oversight of services for... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • Candidates make push to polls Play Video

    December 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Candidates for both the 6th District Congressional race and the Senate race canvased Louisiana Wednesday in a bid to gather more voters before the polls open on Saturday. Mary Landrieu spent her day in New Roads asking supporters to vote against her opponent Bill Cassidy and... more »
  • Freshman faces off with reality TV star in congressional debate Play Video

    December 2, 2014 10:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves squared off Tuesday for the pair's last debate ahead of Saturday's election for the 6th Congressional District representative. The two men fired shots at each other on issues such as taxation, immigration, education and even the Internet. "We've seen a... more »
  • Breaking down election results Play Video

    November 5, 2014 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The results are in, but what does it all mean? LSU's Bob Mann joined us on 2une In this morning to breakdown Tuesday's biggest races, as well as December's runoffs. One of the most intriguing races is for Louisiana's seat in the U.S. Senate. Three-term Democrat... more »
  • Scandals old and new mark House races

    November 4, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Four of the six U.S. House races on Louisiana's ballot are dreary matters by the state's colorful standards, with incumbents in line for easy re-election. But the 6th District race features 87-year-old former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who hopes to overcome memories of his corruption conviction in Tuesday's... more »
  • Candidates talk weed, terrorism at 6th congressional debate Play Video

    October 23, 2014 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Seven of the candidates vying for the 6th congressional seat took time this afternoon to answer questions in front of voters. The forum, hosted by Leaders with Vision and broadcast on WBTR, focused on questions from a panel of journalist and the candidates themselves. Three... more »
  • Landrieu skips endorsement of Edwin Edwards

    September 23, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Democratic Party may have endorsed former Gov. Edwin Edwards for Congress, but the state's highest elected Democratic official won't be doing the same. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu dodged talk Monday of backing the convicted felon for an open Baton Rouge-based congressional seat. She said Edwards... more »
  • At dinner, everyone's talking about Edwin Edwards Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:42 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - People did not hold back, discussing their thoughts about Edwin Edwards' decision to return to politics after federal prison and a more than twenty-year hiatus from public service. At Don's Seafood Monday night in Denham Springs, the dinner table banter was flowing as much as beer... more »
  • Pundits, opponents sound off on Edwards Play Video

    March 17, 2014 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Edwin Edwards joins a crowded race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional district, some of his opponents and political pundits have a lot to say about his candidacy. "I don't think this is a day to celebrate for Democrats or Republicans," said LSU professor and political analyst Bob... more »
  • Big announcement expected from Edwin Edwards

    March 17, 2014 7:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former La. Gov. Edwin Edwards will announce today whether or not he will again seek public office. Many expect him to enter into the race for the 6th District Congressional seat. That is the spot currently held by Congressman Bill Cassidy, but will be vacated as... more »
  • Edwards jabs Landrieu about governor's race

    February 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only announced Democratic candidate in Louisiana's 2015 governor's race is sending a message that he wants re-elected New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to stay out of it. Rep. John Bel Edwards says he expects the Democratic mayor to keep his promise to serve a full, four-year... more »
  • Former governor Edwards' wife in labor

    July 31, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wife of former governor Edwin Edwards, Trina Scott Edwards, is in labor. The couple made the announcement on Trina's Facebook page earlier this afternoon, saying they were preparing to welcome Eli Edwards into the world. The two married shortly after Edwin Edwards was released... more »
  • Edwin, Trina Edwards expecting first child

    February 15, 2013 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Trina Edwards, the wife of former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, announced today that the couple are expecting their first child. "As of today I am officially allowed to make that announcement I've been dying to make...WE ARE EXPECTING!!" Trina posted on her Facebook page. She also... more »
  • Edwards asks feds to end supervised release early

    January 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's flamboyant former Gov. Edwin Edwards says he's done his time, paid $2 million in fines and forfeitures and done everything required for his supervised release, and wants the supervision to end now. Federal prosecutors support the request. They say Edwards has served more than 18 months... more »
  • New reality series to focus on Trina and Edwin Edwards Play Video

    January 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former governor Edwin Edwards and his new wife are the focus of the latest reality TV series to come out of Louisiana. Production on "The Governor's Wife" has already finished, and it is scheduled to air on A&E Feb. 27. According to reports, the show... more »

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