Longtime Louisiana journalist dies at 74

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - Jack Wardlaw, who covered all four of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards' terms, the construction of the Superdome and the prosecution of a New Orleans businessman in the assassination of President John Kennedy for The States-Item and The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, has died at the age of 74.

Wardlaw died Wednesday at his Baton Rouge home. A cause of death was not released.

Wardlaw was often referred to by Edwards as "that lyin' Jack Wardlaw" for his critical columns about Edwards and others.

Wardlaw took that as a compliment.

Upon learning of Wardlaw's death, Edwards called him a "gentleman" and a "very fair journalist" who "called things like he saw them."

Family members said a memorial service will be held, but no date has been set.