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  • Gov. John Bel Edwards spending week in Washington

    January 21, 2016 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new governor is in the nation's capital, for the state congressional delegation's annual Washington Mardi Gras festivities. Gov. John Bel Edwards left Louisiana on Wednesday and is expected to return Sunday. The Democratic governor, sworn into office on Jan. 11, was scheduled to meet Thursday with... more »
  • Left outside but still glad to see president

    January 14, 2016 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 200 people lined the streets of Old South Baton Rouge to see President Obama's motorcade whiz by Thursday. They were left out in the cold, unable to get a ticket into his town hall meeting at McKinley Senior High. However, the conditions didn't put a... 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 »
  • Obama to visit Baton Rouge next week Play Video

    January 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first trip to the Capital City during his presidency, according to an announcement from the White House Thursday night. Obama will visit the state capital next Thursday, Jan. 14. Other times and locations for the trip have yet... more »
  • Inmates celebrate the holidays with their kids Play Video

    December 15, 2015 12:05 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People behind bars in West Feliciana Parish received some early Christmas cheer Tuesday. Montreal Floyd is a father of six, but on Tuesday he got to see two of his children. This will be the first Christmas without his kids. "When you're use to being around them,... more »
  • Pope urges Congress to welcome immigrants, protect family

    September 24, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis urged lawmakers to embrace immigrants, abolish the death penalty, and protect families while also calling for the U. S. to help avert climate change. Tens of thousands of spectators watched from the West Lawn of the Capitol as the... more »
  • Pope calls for action on climate change

    September 23, 2015 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- The pope says climate change is an urgent problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation." Francis waded into that hot-button political issue in remarks at the White House, where President Barack Obama and a crowd of thousands welcomed him. The pope praised Obama for... more »
  • 'Perfect Guy' leads weekend box office

    September 13, 2015 12:08 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "The Perfect Guy" and "The Visit" have sailed past modest opening weekend expectations - and budgets - locking in debuts in the mid-$20 million range. "The Perfect Guy," a PG-13 rated thriller starring Sanaa Lathan, earned $26.7 million to secure the first place spot, according to studio... more »
  • Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

    August 28, 2015 8:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former President George W. Bush says today is a day to celebrate the resurgence of New Orleans schools. Bush spoke at a ceremony at Warren Easton Charter High School. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state took over almost all the city's schools, which... more »
  • Obama in New Orleans for hurricane's 10th anniversary Play Video

    August 27, 2015 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama is marking 10 years since Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the revival of New Orleans, which suffered the worst of the storm's devastation. He's also using the occasion to press governments to start helping communities prepare for the stronger storms that climate change will cause. ... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • Obama and Kenya: 1st trip to father's homeland as president

    July 22, 2015 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for the future president. He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never... more »
  • Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama to commemorate marches

    January 20, 2015 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to visit Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. The White House says the March 7 trip also will highlight the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Obama last visited Selma... more »
  • Pope arrives in Philippines on first papal visit in 20 years

    January 15, 2015 4:10 AM

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Pope Francis has arrived in the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds awaited the first papal visit in 20 years. Church bells tolled across the country and hundreds of children danced and waved small Philippine and Vatican flags as the pontiff emerged from... more »
  • Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

    November 17, 2014 11:52 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's mayor says it's a "joyous day." Michael Nutter says the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia will be the largest event in the city's modern history. The pontiff confirmed today that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with the trip to... more »
  • Obama's 1st visit to Indian Country as president

    June 13, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is making his first visit to Indian Country as president for an in-person look at the often bleak conditions on tribal lands. The president and first lady are scheduled to visit Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Friday during an annual event known as the... more »
  • Despite possible phone tap, Merkel to visit U.S.

    January 8, 2014 7:48 PM

    BERLIN, GERMANY- German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted President Obama's offer to visit the U.S. despite strained relations over taps to her phone. The President called her on Wednesday to congratulate her on forming a new government and wished her a speedy recovery from the recent skiing accident. That's... more »
  • Veterans visit WWII Memorial despite shutdown

    October 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON- The National Park Service says veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access, despite the government shutdown. The Honor Flight Network is being granted access to conduct First Amendment activities at the memorial. Memorials and monuments remain closed... more »
  • Dalai Lama kicks off New Orleans visit

    May 17, 2013 9:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Dalai Lama kicks off his visit to New Orleans with a series of speeches Friday at the city's convention center. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader arrived Thursday. On Saturday, he is scheduled to speak at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena and deliver Tulane University's... more »
  • Obama: Israeli settlements not constructive

    March 21, 2013 9:41 AM

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - President Barack Obama says he's told Israel's leaders the U.S. does not consider settlement activity in the West Bank to be constructive or appropriate. He says the activity does not advance the cause of peace. Obama spoke at a news conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud... more »
  • Jindal travels to sinkhole, says buyouts progressing Play Video

    March 19, 2013 3:56 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today he met with people in Bayou Corne who'd been "uprooted" from their lives because of a sinkhole in the area, and received the latest information about work being done to deal with it. Jindal said Texas Brine, the company which owns... more »
  • Jindal sidesteps questions about sinkhole visit

    March 6, 2013 3:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal has dodged questions about whether he'll visit the site of a massive sinkhole that has swallowed nine acres of land in swampy Assumption Parish. Residents displaced since August have criticized the governor for having never traveled to see the sinkhole or speak with the families.... more »
  • Probation officers find meth lab during visit

    February 27, 2013 9:04 AM

    GONZALES - Probation officers in Ascension Parish said they busted a man operating a meth lab during one of their routine visits. Scott Bateman was on probation for possession of methamphetamine and simple burglary. During their visit, agents said they came across methamphetamine lab and drug paraphernalia. Narcotics... more »
  • US: Obama peace agenda 'urgent' on Israel visit

    February 6, 2013 6:30 AM

    JERUSALEM - The U.S. ambassador to Israel says President Barack Obama will bring an "urgent" peacemaking agenda to Israel on his upcoming visit, focusing on the region and the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Dan Shapiro spoke to Israeli media Wednesday, a day after the White House... more »

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