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Gov. Edwards appoints Stephen Dwight to LCLE Board

Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed Calcasieu District Attorney Stephen Dwight to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice.

  Some Louisianans blast Biden’s energy policies, other applaud them

Julia Letlow announces run for Congressional seat left vacant after husband Luke Letlow’s death

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards back in the hospital

  ‘From Osborne to the White House’; New Orleans native tapped for high-ranking position in Biden administration

Governor Edwards staffer tests positive for COVID-19

2020 Election Results: Constitutional amendments in La.

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Gov. Edwards vetoes 2 bills authored by Republican lawmakers during second special session

Gov. Edwards suing legislature to defend coronavirus rules

La. lawmakers sign petition to end COVID-19 restrictions; Gov. Edwards calls move ‘reckless, irresponsible, and unconscionable’

Louisiana lawmakers end special session

Here’s the nearly 200 Louisiana laws that take effect Saturday

Louisiana lawmakers react to SCOTUS decision in Louisiana abortion law case

How you can ask Gov. Edwards a coronavirus-related question

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will be answering questions from state residents during his daily news conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Edwards focuses on education during opening remarks of legislative session

Governor John Bel Edwards told Louisiana’s lawmakers he wants the legislature to make education a priority for the state during a speech on the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session Monday, March 9.

Newspaper report suggests AG Jeff Landry profited off immigrant labor scheme

A major report from the Baton Rouge Advocate is putting a spotlight on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s business dealings with a man in prison for cheating the immigration system so he could make money.

State Superintendent John White announces resignation

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White announced that he is stepping down from the post he has held for eight years.

'How sweet it is:’ Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards elected to second term

WAFB PROJECTION: Ardoin defeats Collins-Greenup in race for Secretary of State

Final debate trades substance for vitriol

Vice President Mike Pence visits Baton Rouge to stump for Eddie Rispone

Well-known Republican resigns from party, calls push for Foil to drop out of Senate 16 race ‘corruption’

  John Gott and Mark Herford head to run-off for Beauregard Parish Sheriff

Vernon Parish Election Results

We have election results from Vernon Parish here

Doug Hebert re-elected as Allen Parish Sheriff

We have results from the Allen Parish election here

  Pres. Trump, Gov. Edwards make final pitches ahead of Saturday election

KPLC will be livestreaming President Trump’s remarks at a campaign rally Friday for the Republican candidates for Louisiana governor.

U.S. Supreme Court to consider La. abortion case

The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices have agreed to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic.

Attorney General Landry’s press secretary resigns after domestic violence arrest

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s press secretary was arrested last week on a felony charge of domestic abuse battery with strangulation and a charge of domestic abuse battery with a pregnant victim, records show. He resigned Monday afternoon

Wake up: It’s Jeff Landry texting

If you were startled out of your sleep by a 3 a.m. text message Thursday morning, you are not alone.

Louisiana lawmakers respond to impeachment inquiry

Several Louisiana lawmakers have released statements following Pelosi’s announcement.

Candidates ready for first Louisiana Governor’s race debate

The three major candidates for Louisiana governor are facing off in their first debate

La. restaurants face new rule for shrimp and crawfish

Locals say a new law will help protect the reputation of local seafood.

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn’t political

The governor said his decision on the legislation wasn’t a political one, but that he was “being true” to himself and consistent with how he ran for the governor’s job, as an anti-abortion candidate.

Louisiana teachers will get pay raise after bill wins final passage

Teachers will get a $1,000 pay raise for the 2019-2020 school year after house representatives unanimously passed legislation calling for the raises on Monday, June 3.

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

Louisiana's Democratic governor has signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, a move that has provoked anger from members of his own party

Officials, organizations react to Gov. Edwards signing abortion ban

On Thursday, May 30, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill banning all abortions past about six weeks of pregnancy.

House committee approves governor’s version of K-12 formula

On Thursday, May 30, the House’s education committee approved Louisiana’s k-12 operating formula, which includes $1,000 raises for teachers and a $39 million bump for school districts.

Gov. Edwards signs first bills of 2019 regular legislative session into law

On Wednesday, May 29, Governor John Bel Edwards signed the first bills of the 2019 regular legislative session into law. He also issued his first veto.

Lawmakers to vote on bill to expand ride-sharing statewide

Ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, have become a vital resource for travelers. However, those services aren’t available to everyone in Louisiana. Lawmakers are now discussing a bill that could expand services and regulations statewide.

Bill to legalize sports betting dead in state capitol

The House Appropriations Committee killed a bill Tuesday, May 28 that would have allowed voters to decide whether people could place bets on college and professional sporting events in their parishes.

State budget expected to advance Monday with education amendments

The Senate Finance Committee will work through the weekend to determine how they’d like to change the state’s $30 billion operating budget before amending the bill and advancing it to the senate floor on Memorial Day.

Bill to build LA 415 connector speeding through legislature

A Senate committee has approved a bill that would divert money currently earmarked for state savings accounts to construct a new LA 415 to LA 1 connector.

Bill that would have raised smoking age to 21 in La. killed

A bill that would have raised the smoking age died in the state capitol Thursday, May 23.

Sports betting bill advances in state capitol

The House’s criminal justice committee approved a bill Tuesday, May 21 that would allow voters to decide whether sports betting will be legal in their parishes during the October election. Most revenue from any expansion would be dedicated to early childhood education.

La. governor pushes for extra $18M in budget for early education

Governor John Bel Edwards is trying to get more money for early education added into the state budget.

Bill that would allow La. farmers to grow hemp heads to Senate

A bill that would allow Louisiana farmers to grow hemp just cleared its largest hurdle Tuesday morning.

Gov. Edwards launches task force to protect Louisianans with preexisting conditions

On Tuesday, May 21, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order launching the Protecting Health Coverage in Louisiana Task Force after efforts to have protections offered to Louisianans with preexisting conditions repealed.

Gas tax hike dead in state legislature

Baton Rouge Republican Rep. Steve Carter shelved his bill that would have raised the gas tax by 18 cents over the next 12 years on Monday, May 20.

Recreational marijuana bill not dead in Louisiana Legislature

The House’s judiciary committee did not approve or kill a bill that would allow for recreational marijuana use in Louisiana. Instead, lawmakers essentially sent it to the House’s criminal justice committee, where the concept faces opposition.

Bill would make prosecuting hazing cases easier

The House’s education committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 15 that would require campus organizations and university officials to contact law enforcement as soon as they learn of any hazing allegations.

Protesters pour fake blood in Capital Building as La. lawmakers debate Fetal Heartbeat Bill

A bill banning abortions in Louisiana after a heartbeat can be detected is one step closer to becoming law.

Beer to your front door? Alcohol delivery bills advance in legislature.

Two bills that would allow retailers to deliver alcohol to doorsteps are now headed to the Senate floor after a judiciary committee approved the bill Tuesday, May 14.

Could inspection stickers be a thing of the past?

The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Monday, May 13 that would eliminate inspection stickers in Louisiana.

Senate kills bills that would exempt feminine hygiene products from taxes, ratify equal rights amendment

The Louisiana Senate killed a bill Wednesday, May 8 that would have allowed voters to decide if feminine hygiene products and diapers should be exempt from state sales tax.

State budget advances with increased teacher pay raises, no per-pupil bump

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the first iteration of the state operating budget without objection Monday, May 6.

Medical marijuana inhalers could become treatment option for Louisiana’s sickest patients

The Louisiana House’s health committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 1 that would loosen regulations on the state’s medical marijuana program so certain patients could use medical marijuana inhalers.

State senator’s vaccine comments prompt strong reaction

A state senator’s controversial comments linking vaccines to abortion fetuses and autism had medical professionals reassuring the public that vaccines are safe.

Louisiana Legislature recognizes Baton Rouge non-profit dedicated to helping military veterans

Lawmakers at the Louisiana State Capitol paused on Tuesday to honor first responders who take care of the state during a crisis.

Bill to ban cell phone use while driving advances

The House Transportation Committee overwhelmingly approved a bill Monday, April 29 that would ban drivers from holding their cell phones while behind the wheel.

Minimum wage hike, equal pay legislation advance in Louisiana legislature

The Senate’s labor committee advanced a bill Thursday, April 25 that would allow voters to decide whether the state should adopt a $9 per hour minimum wage.

Bill to raise smoking age to 21 advances in Louisiana House

The House Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill Wednesday, April 24 that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 in Louisiana.

Sports betting legalization bill clears first hurdle

A Senate judiciary committee approved a bill Tuesday, April 23 that would allow voters to decide whether sports betting will be legalized in their parishes during the October election.

Committee approves tax break for diapers, tampons

The Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs approved a bill Monday, April 22 that would allow Louisiana voters to decide if diapers and feminine hygiene products should be exempt from state sales tax collections.

House committee rejects K-12 budget, removing per pupil funding boost

The House Education Committee returned the state’s K-12 budget to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Tuesday, April 16, recommending BESE redo its calculation to remove a per-pupil funding increase for Louisiana students.

Bill would restore sales tax holidays lawmakers accidentally suspended

The House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill Monday, April 15 that would restore Louisiana’s three sales tax holidays, which lawmakers accidentally suspended during a scurry to fix the budget last special session.

Budget battle simmers as lawmakers recognize additional tax revenue

The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) formally recognized $110 million in additional revenue Wednesday, April 10 for this year’s budget, easing tensions and effectively ending a battle between Republicans and Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration.

TOPS expected to be fully funded this year; governor asks students to stay in La.

More than 1,200 students from colleges in the UL system celebrated funding stability for higher education at the capitol Wednesday.

Early voting for March 30 election starts Saturday

Early voting for the March 30 election begins on Sat., March 16.

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

LSU’s AgCenter has released a statement after allegations were made by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) that they’re violated the state’s medical marijuana law.

New law could close some abortion clinics in Louisiana

A 2014 law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is set to take effect Jan. 28 after years of legal hangups.

Phillip Tarver running for State Representative for Dist. 36

Phillip Tarver has announced that he is running for State Representative for Calcasieu

Tim Temple running for Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance

A DeRidder native has announced his run for Louisiana Insurance Commissioner.

Gov. Edwards formally announces re-election run

Although there was never a doubt that he would, Gov. John Bel Edwards has officially announced his re-election campaign.

Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office K9 to receive protective vest

New K9 protective vest donated to APSO.

  Governor Edwards on impacts of Revenue Estimating Conference

The Revenue Estimating Conference must unanimously agree on revenue forecasts, for the legislature to then appropriate. Representative Cameron Henry, stand-in for speaker Taylor Barras, was the only “no vote” in the committee.

Johns’ riverboat proposal gains approval

Louisiana's senators have agreed to allow the state's riverboat casinos to move on land. The Senate voted 22-14 Tuesday for the proposal by Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Lake Charles Republican. The measure would allow Louisiana's 15 riverboat casinos to conduct gambling activities within 1,200 feet on land from where the riverboat is berthed and remove the requirement the riverboats have an operable paddlewheel. It also would redefine the limits on gambling space.