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Candidates fight for second place in final Louisiana gubernatorial debate 

BY: - September 28, 2023

In the final televised debate before Louisiana’s Oct. 14 primary for governor, five candidates clashed in a battle for second place — while the frontrunner was again notably absent.  With Attorney General Jeff Landry’s place in the runoff all but certain, Republicans Stephen Waguespack, John Schroder and Sharon Hewitt and independent Hunter Lundy all fought […]

House Oversight and Accountability Chair James Comer of Kentucky

GOP witnesses at Biden impeachment hearing see insufficient evidence of wrongdoing so far

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — With two days before a partial government shutdown, House Republicans held their first impeachment inquiry hearing Thursday over unproven allegations that President Joe Biden benefited from his son’s business dealings overseas. Witnesses tapped by Republicans for the House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing acknowledged that there was no evidence showing that the president […]

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With two days until shutdown, border security package eyed by U.S. Senate GOP

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. senators huddled behind closed doors Thursday, attempting to draft an amendment to the short-term government funding bill that would increase spending on border security and make policy changes. The provision could help nudge U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to put the broadly bipartisan measure up for a vote in that chamber, […]

Special session remains in place pending further 5th Circuit ruling

5th Circuit cancels redrawing of Louisiana’s congressional district map

BY: - September 28, 2023

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has canceled the redrawing of Louisiana’s congressional districts that was scheduled to begin Oct. 3, adding another delay to the efforts of Black voters to gain equitable representation. NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney Jared Evans confirmed the news Thursday afternoon, saying the Republican defendants are claiming a lower […]

A woman holds up a sign that reads "Books are the least of your worries. They are learning far worse from the internet and their peers"

St. Tammany library board chips away at mountain of challenged books 

BY: - September 28, 2023

MANDEVILLE – A book shelved in the adult section of the St. Tammany Parish public library system was challenged on the grounds that it is inappropriate for children. Ten months and $400 later, the parish library board voted to keep it there.  At a Thursday meeting, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control voted […]

A placard at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Government shutdown won’t affect health care or most benefits for veterans, VA says

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — Veterans who rely on government health care and other assistance can continue to see their doctors and receive education and pension benefits despite a possible, and likely imminent, partial shutdown that will temporarily cease many federal operations. The Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday released guidance on what functions will continue and not […]

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Final debate of the Louisiana governor’s primary takes place today

BY: - September 28, 2023

The final debate before Louisiana voters head to the polls in the governor’s election takes place Thursday night. The nonprofit Council for A Better Louisiana and Louisiana Public Broadcasting are sponsoring the event that can be viewed on public television stations across the state from 7 to  8 p.m. It will also be available live […]

An image of a wildfire in Beauregard Parish from drone video shows burning trees and first responder vehicles on a nearby highway.

Louisiana modifies statewide burn ban as fires near total containment

BY: - September 28, 2023

Louisiana will modify its statewide burn ban, in effect since late August, to allow each parish to set its own guidelines. Recent rain and the work of firefighters has lowered the risk of additional blazes in the state’s most prone areas. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, each parish can choose to opt out of the […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks speaks at a campaign rally at Drake Enterprises, a non-union automotive parts manufacturer, on Sept. 27, 2023 in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Trump to UAW: Endorse me or you won’t have a union

BY: - September 28, 2023

DETROIT — Former President Donald Trump told United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders Wednesday that they would not have a union if they fail to endorse him in the 2024 presidential election. “They have to endorse Trump, because if they don’t, all they’re doing is committing suicide,” Trump said. UAW President Shawn Fain criticized Trump’s Wednesday […]

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Work begins early for Louisiana’s new ombudsperson on child abuse response

BY: - September 28, 2023

Retired Baton Rouge juvenile Judge Kathleen Richey begins her new job Monday as Louisiana’s first state child ombudsperson, leading an office that will review policy to promote the best interests of children and handle complaints when public and private agencies fall short. Even before she starts officially, Richey has already made appointments to meet with […]

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Task force looks into Louisiana’s inability to enforce its own seafood labeling laws

BY: - September 28, 2023

Louisiana’s failure to enforce its own seafood labeling laws has prompted one state lawmaker to revive a long-dormant panel. It met Wednesday for the first time in years to address a struggling domestic fishery and the increasing health threats from imported foreign catch. The Louisiana Legislature created the Seafood Safety Task Force in 2009. The […]

"No Trespassing" sign outside Jetson Center for Youth in Baker

Louisiana pulls incarcerated girls out of controversial youth prison

BY: - September 27, 2023

Louisiana officials plan to move incarcerated girls held in state custody out of a north Louisiana detention center before Saturday, bringing an abrupt end to an arrangement with the facility that has been in place for 15 years. The Office of Juvenile Justice won’t renew its contract with the controversial Ware Youth Center in Coushatta […]