Govt + Politics

Southern narrows president-chancellor search to 3 finalists

BY: - January 25, 2022

Southern University has narrowed the search for its next president and chancellor to three finalists. They will take part in a final round of interviews next week. The finalist are: Laurence Alexander, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans Dennis Shields, chancellor of the […]

Louisiana utility regulators rescind contract given to suspended lawyer

Louisiana utility regulators rescind contract given to suspended lawyer

BY: - January 25, 2022

The Louisiana Public Service Commission on Tuesday rescinded a state contract it awarded to a consultant with ties to one of the commissioners who approved the deal last month. In a 3-2 vote, the Public Service Commission reversed its Dec. 14 decision to hire Scott McQuaig as a consultant on electric vehicle charging stations. The commission […]

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

Louisiana governor prioritizes bridges, water systems, teacher raises in budget proposal

BY: - January 24, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards prioritized massive bridge projects, water system fixes and teacher pay raises in his Louisiana budget proposal that incorporates $3.8 billion in additional, unexpected funding. After years of lean spending plans and heartache-inducing tax hikes, Louisiana is finally flush with cash, thanks in part to pandemic and hurricane-related recovery dollars and spending.  […]

Louisiana State Police to hire outside firm to review backlog of body-cam footage

State senators push policy changes to add accountability for Louisiana State Police

BY: - January 24, 2022

The leader of the oversight body for Louisiana State Police said it will consider policy changes in response to recent allegations of troopers using excessive force. The Louisiana State Police Commission will look at its rules for body-worn cameras, placing troopers on probation and how incidents involving state police are reported, commission chairman Eulius Simien […]

Lawsuit challenging early end to Louisiana unemployment benefits dismissed

BY: - January 21, 2022

A lawsuit that challenged Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to end additional unemployment benefits early was dismissed Wednesday from a state court in Baton Rouge. A group of unemployed Louisiana residents filed the suit in July after Edwards and the Louisiana Legislature agreed to end the federal government’s $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefits five weeks […]

GOP lawmakers reluctant to add majority-minority districts in Louisiana

GOP lawmakers reluctant to add majority-minority districts in Louisiana

BY: - January 21, 2022

State lawmakers tasked with redrawing political boundaries to reflect the latest Census figures made the final stop Thursday of their statewide redistricting roadshow in Baton Rouge. Although the data show a population increase of Black residents in urban areas and decreases of white residents in rural areas, Republican lawmakers voiced skepticism and probed for ways […]

More COVID-19 in Louisiana now than ever before, state health officials say

BY: - January 20, 2022

The amount of COVID-19 in Louisiana is higher now than it ever has been at any point in the pandemic, state officials said during Gov. John Bel Edwards’ press conference Thursday afternoon. Louisiana will be at elevated levels of COVID-19 cases, percent positive test results and hospitalizations “for quite a while,” Edwards said. “The risk […]

COMMENTARY

History gives Treasurer John Schroder a fighting chance in the 2023 governor’s race 

BY: - January 20, 2022

The field for Louisiana governor could feature three Republican statewide elected officials. Of the three positions, only treasurers have demonstrated a recent history of ascending politically.

Prison lockdown

Legal fight over North Louisiana prison conditions costs taxpayers millions

BY: - January 20, 2022

A legal battle over one North Louisiana prison’s mental health services and its lockdown of people with disabilities has already cost the state millions of dollars – and its price will go up significantly now that a trial is underway.  Louisiana agreed to pay $2.9 million in legal fees for private attorneys to defend a […]

Louisiana’s Voting System Commission weighs paper ballot option

Louisiana’s Voting System Commission weighs paper ballot option

BY: - January 20, 2022

Louisiana’s Voting System Commission met Wednesday to learn about new certification standards for voting machines, part of its assigned task to upgrade the state’s outdated equipment. A group of residents that has closely followed the commission — while peddling false information about the 2020 presidential election — continued to pressure the commission to reject voting […]

Troy Carter

Congressman Troy Carter tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - January 19, 2022

"I am so thankful to be fully vaccinated and have received my booster shot, measures which are highly protective against more severe symptoms and illness," Carter said.

Less than half of Louisiana K-3 students reading at or above grade level

BY: - January 19, 2022

Reading skills for more than half of Louisiana’s kindergarten through third-grade students were below grade level last fall, according to a Louisiana Department of Education report. On the upside, data shared Tuesday at a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting also showed more students reached grade-level status or above as they advanced each year.      […]