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  • Edwards: Congressman 'can no longer be trusted' on flood aid

    April 6, 2017 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is accusing a Baton Rouge congressman of spreading myths about flood recovery money and leading a partisan effort that could harm Louisiana's long-term rebuilding. The Democratic governor's office released a memo Thursday saying Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves "can no longer be trusted"... more »
  • Governor Edwards orders flags at half-staff for late Rep. Tinnerello

    April 6, 2017 7:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards has ordered that flags are to be flown half-staff over the State Capitol on Friday in honor of the late Representative Michael Tinnerello. Tinnerello was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1984 to 1988 to represent District 13 for the parishes... more »
  • Gas tax could increase 20 cents per gallon Play Video

    April 6, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The lack of funding for road work in Louisiana is causing more than just frustration on the highway. Business groups said Thursday it's hurting the Baton Rouge area economy. "We have a very unique example recently where the LA 1 Bridge across the river was posted [closed... more »
  • Gov. Edwards to speak at US House hearing on flood response

    April 4, 2017 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington to talk about last year's massive flooding in south Louisiana. Edwards will testify Wednesday morning before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee is holding a hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to... more »
  • Governor Edwards pushes education package

    March 28, 2017 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Closing loopholes for some voucher students and eliminating corporal punishment for disabled children are some of Governor John Bel Edwards' proposals for the upcoming legislative session. The administration released its education package in a news release Tuesday afternoon. Edwards is supporting a bill by State Representative Franklin... more »
  • Rep. Cedric Richmond, colleagues call for assistance appeal for tornado survivors

    March 23, 2017 5:29 PM

    Congressman Cedric Richmond and members of the Louisiana Congressional Delegation have joined in on the appeal by Governor John Bel Edwards calling for additional disaster assistance for tornado survivors. Governor Edwards requested assistance for Orleans, Livingston, Ascension and St. James parishes following tornadoes that struck the area in February.... more »
  • Gov. Edwards orders flags to be flown half-staff for Sgt. Anderson

    March 22, 2017 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards has ordered that the flags of the State of Louisiana and the United States be flown at half-staff outside of the State Capitol and all public buildings in honor of Sergeant Shawn Anderson. Anderson was an 18-year East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy... more »
  • Southern University's disrepair could affect enrollment Play Video

    March 22, 2017 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wires hanging out of the ceilings, makeshift air-conditioning units, and water damaged classrooms have left many buildings at Southern University in Baton Rouge resembling condemned structures. Administrators fear the enormous maintenance backlog is driving students away. "The students are a different breed these days," said Vice... more »
  • 26-year Louisiana State Police veteran to be interim leader Play Video

    March 22, 2017 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has chosen a 26-year Louisiana State Police veteran from north Louisiana to lead the agency as interim superintendent. Maj. Kevin Reeves, who commands a state police quick reaction force, will start the interim job Saturday. He's taking over from Col. Mike Edmonson, who... more »
  • Louisiana senators reject closure of mental health program

    March 22, 2017 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana state senators blocked plans by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration to shutter a Medicaid program that provides mental health services to more than 47,000 children. The Edwards administration planned to close the program April 1, to save Louisiana more than $2 million this year, in response... more »
  • Louisiana State Police interim leader to be chosen next week

    March 16, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to have an interim Louisiana State Police superintendent appointed next week, to temporarily replace the agency's retiring leader. Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said Thursday the governor intends to have that person chosen by March 24. That's the last workday for retiring Col.... more »
  • Governor Edwards, First Lady host equal pay summit

    March 9, 2017 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards hosted the Louisiana Equal Pay Summit on Friday morning. The summit was held in collaboration with the Governor's Office on Women's Policy. And we're off. @LEDLouisiana Secretary @DPiersonLA talks about how equal pay is good... more »
  • Governor's Rome trip cost state $15,000 for security detail

    February 25, 2017 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' trip to meet the Pope in Rome cost taxpayers $15,000 for his state police security detail. Edwards personally paid travel costs for him and his wife for the weeklong trip in January. The travel expenses for the governor's bodyguards were billed to the... more »
  • TOPS cuts may continue through next year Play Video

    February 23, 2017 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Edwards' administration proposed a state budget Thursday that keeps the cuts to the TOPS scholarship program intact. In the proposal, students would only receive 70 percent of their scholarships beginning fall 2017. It's the same amount students are receiving this year after lawmakers cut the program... more »
  • Edwards to meet with President Trump to discuss tornado relief

    February 23, 2017 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington D.C. this weekend to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss flood and tornado relief. On Monday, Edwards will meet with President Trump and other governors. He will then meet with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and new... more »
  • Edwards calls on lawmakers to use rainy day fund Play Video

    February 14, 2017 12:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards urged lawmakers to use Louisiana's "rainy day" fund to help eliminate a $304 million budget gap as the House and Senate opened a deficit-closing special session called by the governor. Edwards told lawmakers Monday night that their mission was to stabilize the budget... more »
  • Gov. Edwards requests disaster declaration for 5 parishes following tornadoes

    February 10, 2017 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a federal disaster declaration for five parishes following tornadoes that struck the area on Feb. 7. Edwards requested the declaration to include assistance for Orleans, Ascension, Livingston, Jefferson and St. James Parishes. The requests... more »
  • WATCH: Gov. Edwards travels to N.O. to tour damage, gives updates following severe weather

    February 7, 2017 3:30 PM

    WATCH: Tour of tornado damage NEW ORLEANS – Governor John Bel Edwards traveled to New Orleans to tour tornado damaged areas following Tuesday's severe weather that impacted several parishes throughout Southeast Louisiana. Edwards held a press conference with New Orleans elected officials to provide an update. Edwards... more »
  • Flood victims can comment in person on state recovery plans

    February 4, 2017 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is holding public meetings for victims of the March and August floods to comment on the governor's plans for spending $1.2 billion in federal rebuilding aid. The first public meeting was held Friday in Lafayette Parish. Additional meetings are scheduled in Baton... more »
  • Chief of staff change coming in governor's office

    February 2, 2017 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' leadership team will experience a shakeup later this month. The Democratic governor's chief of staff, Ben Nevers, is exiting after a year in the job. A former Jindal-era cabinet official, Mark Cooper, will fill the position. Edwards announced Thursday that Nevers, a close... more »
  • Edwards calls special session for Feb. 13-23 Play Video

    January 27, 2017 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor Edwards announced on Friday that he is bringing the legislature into its next special session starting Feb. 13 to address the state's $300 million budget deficit. The special session will run to Feb. 23. Gov. Edwards: Next week, I intend to issue a... more »
  • State budget cuts loom Play Video

    January 26, 2017 11:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor John Bel Edwards is scheduled to address state lawmakers in a joint budget meeting Friday morning at the capitol where he's expected to disclose more details on an upcoming special legislative session. The Louisiana budget is short $304 million for the current fiscal year leaving state services... more »
  • Louisiana's December unemployment rate dips as labor force shrinks

    January 24, 2017 1:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent in December as people kept leaving the labor force. The jobless rate fell from 6.2 percent in November, but remained above December 2015's 5.8 percent level. Fewer people reported having jobs and fewer were looking. The number of unemployed Louisianans... more »
  • 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 »

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