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  • Gov. Edwards appeals FEMA's aid denial for parishes impacted by tornadoes

    March 13, 2017 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards has appealed FEMA's decision to deny individual assistance for St. James and Ascension parishes. The governor also appealed the decision to deny public assistance for Ascension, Livingston, Orleans, and St. James parishes. Governor Edwards had requested federal aid for the parishes... more »
  • Transgender candidate: Race for governor not about gender

    March 12, 2017 12:57 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's first transgender candidate for governor says her bid for the office isn't about her gender. Democrat Jacey Wyatt, a businesswoman from Branford, says she doesn't like what she sees happening in the state and believes a political outsider can bring a new perspective and fresh ideas.... more »
  • FEMA denies aid to multiple parishes following February tornadoes

    March 1, 2017 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded to Governor John Bel Edwards' request for federal aid for five parishes following February's tornadoes. In a letter released Wednesday, FEMA informed the governor it authorized individual assistance for both Livingston and Orleans parishes, as well as hazard mitigation... more »
  • Edwards meets with President Trump Monday

    February 27, 2017 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined governors across the country to talk with President Donald Trump Monday. Edwards traveled to Washington D.C. this weekend for the National Governor’s Association Winter Meeting. He took advantage of the trip to meet with federal emergency officials, including acting FEMA... more »
  • Former Auburn coach eyes Alabama governor's mansion

    February 21, 2017 9:47 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville is considering running for Alabama governor in 2018. The 62-year-old Arkansas native tells the Associated Press that he's discussing his options with potential backers. Tuberville says he's awaiting poll results that will gauge public support. Tuberville coached at Auburn from... more »
  • Governor Edwards opens special session to address state budget Play Video

    February 13, 2017 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards opened a special session to address Louisiana's $304 million budget deficit Monday night. In his opening address, he pleaded for Republicans and Democrats to compromise in order to solve the state's budget crisis. The governor's plan, if approved, would use $119.6... more »
  • President Trump approves Louisiana disaster relief declaration

    February 11, 2017 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced Saturday that President Donald Trump has approved the federal disaster declaration for Orleans and Livingston Parishes following the tornadoes in South Louisiana. Severe storms swepted through much of Southeat Louisiana Tuesday, causing damage to nearly 800 homes in several parishes. The... 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 »
  • Severe clog at Governor's Mansion fixed Play Video

    February 2, 2017 12:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tucked behind the governor's mansion, sitting between two lakes, Capitol View Place may be one of the most upscale and politically connected neighborhoods in Baton Rouge but it still has drainage problems. Malaura Blanchard has lived in the subdivision for twenty years, her house sits on the... more »
  • Governor will pay his own way to Italy; New details in Friday overseas trip

    January 12, 2017 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor and a posse of state officials will travel to Italy, Friday, his office announced late Thursday. The trip – which includes State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson – will focus on human trafficking and how the state has taken a leading role in fighting... more »
  • Edwards reflects on his first year as governor

    January 11, 2017 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor John Bel Edwards gave his remarks on his first year in office Wednesday. A full transcript of the governor's remarks can be found below: Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here. A year ago today, I took the oath of office with... more »
  • NC governor expands lawsuit against GOP laws

    January 10, 2017 8:28 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's new Democratic governor is expanding his lawsuit against Republican legislative leaders who pushed through laws just before he got sworn in that reduce the longstanding powers of his office. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday broadened litigation he previously filed in state court seeking to block... more »
  • Edwards' administration sends final plan for $438 million in flood relief; plans for $1.2 billion

    January 7, 2017 9:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Community Development submitted its final plan for $438 million flood-relief appropriation on Friday. The plan was submitted to the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development and Edwards said that the state should be cleared to begin spending as soon as March. The... more »
  • Gov. Edwards and First Lady to participate in "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve"

    December 30, 2016 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards will participate in "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017" from New Orleans. The governor and first lady will discuss Louisiana's culture and the resiliency of the people of the state during the celebration.... 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 »
  • Obama talks with Tennessee governor about fires

    December 1, 2016 10:04 AM

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. - President Barack Obama has spoken with Tennessee's governor to offer support for residents gravely affected by recent wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains. A statement from the White House says Obama asked Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for an update on the ongoing response to the wildfires, which... more »
  • Edwards, family move back into Louisiana Governor's Mansion

    November 23, 2016 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his family have moved back into the Governor's Mansion after three months of being displaced by the August flooding in Baton Rouge. The flood waters damaged security and heating and air-conditioning units kept in the basement of the 53-year-old residence. The... 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 »
  • Judge won't force AG to approve contracts with LGBT language

    October 17, 2016 8:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has thrown out Gov. John Bel Edwards' lawsuit seeking to force Attorney General Jeff Landry to sign off on legal contracts that include anti-discrimination language to protect LGBT people. Judge Donald Johnson dismissed the case Monday, saying the law is unclear what the attorney general's... more »
  • Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant sticks with Trump

    October 9, 2016 11:35 AM

    JACKSON - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says Donald Trump's remarks about women are unacceptable but stopped short of withdrawing support for the GOP presidential nominee's White House bid. In a statement Saturday, Bryant said Trump's comments "do not square with the man I have gotten to know the past few... more »
  • Haggling over on tweaking LSU hospital privatization deals

    September 7, 2016 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is making its final offer Thursday to the operator of LSU's hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe for a renegotiated contract with the state. The governor has been trying to rework the privatization deals that turned over patient care previously handled by LSU... more »
  • Governor talks with President about funding for Comite completion Play Video

    August 23, 2016 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Obama to expedite federal funds for the completion of the Comite River Diversion Project when the two met in Baton Rouge Tuesday. The president visited flooded-damaged areas in a quick trip to the region around lunch and made remarks on... more »
  • Gov. Edwards contributes to blood drive at Capitol

    July 21, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor contributed to a blood drive taking place at the State Capitol on Thursday morning. State workers and the public will be contributing to the blood drive into the afternoon which was arranged by the Governor’s Office of Programs and Planning and LifeShare Blood Centers... more »
  • Governor's office to host blood drive for slain officers on Thursday

    July 20, 2016 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards' office will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday in honor of the officers involved in Sunday's shooting on Airline Highway. The drive planned by the governor's office along with LifeShare Blood Centers, will be open to all state employees and members of... more »
  • Jindal added to company's Board of Directors

    July 13, 2016 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Gov. Bobby Jindal has been added to the Cotton Holdings Inc. Board of Directors. The company announced Jindal's addition to the board on Tuesday. In a news release, CEO Pete Bell says he's worked with Jindal over the past several years and is confident... more »
  • Governor Edwards attends vigil for Alton Sterling

    July 7, 2016 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is attending a vigil and meeting with federal officials for an update on the investigation into the police shooting death of a Baton Rouge man. The governor's office said Edwards will attend a 6 p.m. prayer vigil with community and faith leaders... more »
  • Who will pay? A look at tax bills approved by lawmakers

    June 21, 2016 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are nearing the end of a special session aimed at raising more money for next year's budget through tax changes. Here's a look at bills that passed and those that failed to win support: BILLS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR: -Lessen the tax break... more »
  • Bill to create electronic driver's licenses sent to governor

    June 6, 2016 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana drivers pulled over by police could soon show identification with a driver's license app, under a proposal sent to the governor. The bill to create electronic driver's licenses from Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, received final passage with a 95-0 House vote and... more »
  • Gov. Edwards trying to sell lawmakers on need for taxes

    June 4, 2016 12:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards has been meeting with groups of lawmakers over the last week, trying to build support for a fast-approaching special session on taxes. The Democratic governor wants to raise an additional $600 million for next year's budget in the special session that begins Monday, 30... more »
  • Bill to punish grave robbers sent to governor's desk

    June 3, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Columbia lawmaker's bill to outline a legal framework and set penalties for prosecuting Louisiana grave robbers is headed to the governor's desk. The Senate voted 31-0 Friday to give final passage to the proposal from Republican Sen. Neil Riser. The House unanimously supported the measure, which... more »
  • Bill would limit last-minute raises from outgoing governors

    June 1, 2016 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's lawmakers want more say over a governor's ability to dole out last-minute pay raises. A bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Long requires the joint House and Senate budget committee to approve executive branch salary increases during the last 90 days of a governor's term. The measure... more »
  • Senate sends bid to ban sex offender salesmen to governor

    May 19, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to bar convicted sex offenders from working as door-to-door salesmen in Louisiana is headed to the governor's desk. The Senate unanimously supported the measure Wednesday, giving it final passage with a 37-0 vote. The House also unanimously supported the measure. If Gov. John Bel Edwards... more »
  • Governor sets May 15 target for tax study recommendations

    April 29, 2016 1:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging a study group looking at state budget and tax policy to give him preliminary recommendations by May 15 for ways to raise money to fill financial gaps. A report from the task force, created by state lawmakers, is due in September.... more »
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards looks back on first 100 days in office

    April 19, 2016 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With 100 days in office now under his belt, Governor John Bel Edwards took Tuesday morning to reflect on the challenges he has faced since he took office. Among those challenges, Gov. Edwards has inherited the largest state budget deficit in the history of the state... more »
  • $1.1M spent on Gov. Edwards' inauguration and transition

    April 12, 2016 4:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spent about $1.1 million on his inauguration festivities and other transition expenses as he prepared to take office. By law, Edwards was required to pay for transition and inauguration activities with private donations, not taxpayer funds, with a cap of $5,000 per donor.... more »
  • Alabama lawmaker threatens to impeach Governor after top aide resigns

    March 30, 2016 9:59 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A Republican Alabama lawmaker says he plans to start the impeachment process against Governor Robert Bentley. This comes after the announcement Wednesday, that one of his top political aide's is resigning. Rebekah Caldwell Mason said in a statement Wednesday that she is resigning as Bentley's senior policy... more »
  • Senate votes to curb last-minute pay raises from governors

    March 30, 2016 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governors would have limited ability to dole out last-minute pay raises, if the House agrees to a measure that won unanimous support from state senators. The bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Long would require the joint House and Senate budget committee to approve any salary boosts in... 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 »
  • Thousands of homes flooded, Edwards to tour west La. Play Video

    March 13, 2016 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Emergency officials say thousands of homes have received flood damage after severe weather brought record breaking rainfall to Louisiana this week. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says initial reports indicate more than 4,958 homes received flood damage already. GOHSEP says that number... more »
  • Out of office, Jindal looms over Louisiana budget crisis

    March 7, 2016 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Bobby Jindal left the governor's office nearly two months ago, but his legacy permeates a special legislative session aimed at digging Louisiana out of deep financial troubles. Louisiana's worst budget crisis in nearly 30 years is threatening public colleges with cuts that could shutter campuses mid-semester and... more »
  • Edwards criticizes 'lackadaisical' House effort Play Video

    March 4, 2016 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says with only days remaining in a special legislative session, lawmakers have "failed to produce" a budget balancing solution. While the Democratic governor's comments were broad Friday, he acknowledged his main point of complaint was the House, where Republican leaders have bottled... more »
  • Mississippi governor: April named Confederate Heritage Month

    February 25, 2016 6:35 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, without mentioning slavery. His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website , but not on the governor's site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have removed the... more »
  • Obama talks to governors about the need to work together

    February 21, 2016 8:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - At a dinner with the nation's governors, President Barack Obama says he's not naive in believing politics can be a noble endeavor. The president and first lady Michelle Obama are playing host Sunday to dozens of governors in town for a National Governors Association conference. Obama has made... more »
  • Edwards in Washington for national governors' meeting

    February 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is in Washington for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association. The Democratic governor, in office since January, headed to the nation's capital on Saturday and returns to Louisiana on Monday. In Washington, he'll meet with governors from around the country. The... more »
  • Efficiencies? Edwards agency heads say Jindal cuts went deep

    February 18, 2016 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are learning that agency cuts made during former Gov. Bobby Jindal's tenure may have gone deeper than the efficiencies that were described. Jindal and his leaders regularly explained away reductions made over the last eight years of state government budget cuts as doing "more with... 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 »
  • Baton Rouge is a political hotbed Thursday; three events to be streamed on WBRZ.com

    February 11, 2016 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the second time this year, the capitol city will be buzzing with political activity Thursday evening. First, Governor John Bel Edwards is set to discuss the state's budget crisis and sell his plan on fixing it in a rare state-wide address. The governor will appear... more »
  • Louisiana's current budget woes mirror 1988 financial gaps

    February 11, 2016 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- As Gov. John Bel Edwards struggles to stabilize Louisiana's finances, the troubles mirror the deep budget difficulties the state faced 28 years ago. Long-timers at the Louisiana Capitol equate today's financial woes with similar problems Gov. Buddy Roemer inherited when he took office in March 1988. He had... 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 »
  • Edwards to outline parameters Friday for special session

    February 5, 2016 4:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards is readying to release his outline for a special legislative session he is calling to stabilize Louisiana's finances. The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14. Edwards says... more »
  • Governor keeps juvenile justice, financial agency leaders

    February 3, 2016 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is keeping his predecessor's picks to lead Louisiana's juvenile corrections office and the state's financial regulatory agency. The governor announced Wednesday he is reappointing Mary Livers as deputy secretary for the Office of Juvenile Justice and John Ducrest as commissioner of the Office... 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 »
  • Gov. Edwards discusses future at oil & gas group event

    January 29, 2016 12:03 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Industry leaders and state officials say times are tough in the oil and gas patch with low commodity prices and a troubled state budget only complicate the path toward recovery. During the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association's annual meeting Thursday in Lake Charles, the American Press... more »
  • La. Medicaid expansion plan up for first legislative test

    January 29, 2016 6:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is facing its first legislative test. The Democratic governor's administration is seeking support to hire new health department workers to sign people up for the expanded coverage. The Department of Health and Hospitals wants to add 248 new... 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 »
  • Edwards keeps Jindal-era salaries he criticized Play Video

    January 26, 2016 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When he was a candidate, John Bel Edwards said Louisiana's cabinet secretaries were paid too much by then-Gov. Bobby Jindal, calling the salaries "exorbitant." But since he moved into the governor's office, Edwards has kept most of those salaries in place. And in some instances, he boosted... more »
  • Cabinet jobs remain to be filled in Edwards administration

    January 26, 2016 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two weeks into Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, a few cabinet secretary positions remain to be filled by Louisiana's new governor. Edwards has chosen leaders of most of the executive branch departments. But he has yet to name the secretaries of the Department of Natural Resources, which oversees... more »
  • Gov. Edwards hasn't made decisions on Jindal-era lawsuits

    January 25, 2016 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican Bobby Jindal left the governor's office with his administration embroiled in three high-profile lawsuits - on Planned Parenthood, Common Core and same-sex marriage. Decisions on those cases now rest with John Bel Edwards. But the new Democratic governor appears in no rush to wade into the controversies.... 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 »
  • Education leaders meeting with Edwards over funding

    January 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards and education leaders from around Louisiana met at Governor's Mansion Wednesday to discuss how the ongoing budget crisis will impact colleges and universities. The meeting comes a day after Edwards proposed tax increases and budget changes to help get Louisiana back in... more »
  • Possible sales tax increase by April part of plan to balance budget

    January 19, 2016 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards proposed, among other things, a one-cent sales tax increase to help balance the budget. The plan was revealed at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Edwards discussed ways he plans to fill a $750 million shortfall in the current budget and a shortfall... more »
  • Republicans criticize waiver of food stamp work requirements

    January 14, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans are decrying Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to waive work requirements for thousands of food stamp recipients. Edwards won approval to sidestep a federal requirement that childless adults aged 18 to 49 have to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in... more »
  • Edwards reaches out to business leaders, seeking compromise

    January 14, 2016 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards struck a conciliatory tone with business leaders who backed his opponent in last year's governor's race, describing himself as a "willing partner" with them. In his first week in office, the new governor spoke Thursday at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Association... 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 »
  • Edwards signs executive order to begin Medicaid expansion

    January 12, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-minted Gov. John Bel Edwards signed his first executive order Tuesday, beginning the process to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. The signing comes two days before President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge, where he'll champion his federal health care overhaul that allows for the Medicaid expansion.... 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 »
  • Amite Warriors watch fellow alum become governor Play Video

    January 11, 2016 6:16 PM

    AMITE CITY - Juniors at Amite High School watched fellow Amite Warrior, John Bel Edwards, take his oath as Louisiana's new governor today. "(It) gives me a lot of inspiration to think that someone who's the governor of Louisiana, came from the small town of Amite," said Kristen Good,... more »
  • Edwards sworn in as Louisiana's 56th governor

    January 11, 2016 6:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - John Bel Edwards has been sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of Louisiana. Edwards is promising that he will not be a "business-as-usual governor," as he takes office. Edwards said he planned to tackle healthcare and wage issues as governor. He said... more »
  • Crews ready Capitol for Monday's inauguration Play Video

    January 10, 2016 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The day before he officially takes the oath as Louisiana's next governor, John Bel Edwards and his transition team went over preparations for Monday's inauguration on the steps of the state Capitol. Edwards walked across the platform Sunday where he will be sworn in as the... more »
  • La.'s new governor working to set meeting during Obama visit

    January 8, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards hopes to meet with President Barack Obama when he's in Louisiana next week, but no meeting has been scheduled yet. The Obama administration announced the Democratic president will travel to Baton Rouge on Thursday, three days after Edwards is sworn into office as... more »
  • At least 4 La. governors to attend Edwards inauguration

    January 8, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least four of Louisiana's former governors will watch Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards take the oath of office at his inauguration ceremony Monday. Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo says outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is term-limited, will attend the ceremony to watch his Democratic successor take over... more »
  • $50M spent on Louisiana governor race, campaign records show

    January 7, 2016 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most recent governor's race appears to be the most expensive in state history as unfettered spending from outside political groups boosted total campaign spending to $50 million. The latest campaign finance reports were filed with the state ethics administration office this week. The reports document dollars... more »
  • Jindal grants 21 pardons in final days in office

    January 6, 2016 4:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - As he nears the end of his term, Gov. Bobby Jindal has approved clemency for 21 people convicted of crimes in Louisiana. Jindal's office said the clemency approvals include 20 pardons and one sentence cut. Jindal's office said Wednesday that brings the number granted clemency during his... more »
  • Haley's response to Obama not 1st time on national stage

    January 6, 2016 11:12 AM

    COLUMBIA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's selection to give the Republican response to the State of the Union address won't be her debut on the national stage. Haley drew wide praise for her leadership after the June 17 slaying of nine parishioners of historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston... 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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