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Louisiana sends help to Florida as Hurricane Ian makes landfall

BY: - September 28, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that Louisiana has sent National Guard units to Florida to help with Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday at almost Category 5 strength. “I have spoken with Governor DeSantis and instructed our state agencies to offer resources, personnel and expertise to Florida officials,” Edwards said in a […]

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Gov. John Bel Edwards to travel to London to meet with insurance leaders, attend Saints game

BY: - September 27, 2022

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to London Wednesday to meet with business and insurance leaders. On Thursday, Edwards plans to meet with representatives of Lloyd’s of London, the largest reinsurance marketplace, to discuss Louisiana’s insurance crisis. Since a flurry of major hurricanes dating back to 2020, Louisiana has lost nine home insurers. Lloyd’s […]

Federal judge allows Louisiana to move incarcerated teens to Angola

BY: - September 23, 2022

A federal judge will not stop Louisiana from moving incarcerated teens in the state’s juvenile justice system to a building on the grounds of one of the largest maximum security adult prisons in the country. “While locking children in cells at night at Angola is untenable, the threat of harm these youngsters present to themselves, […]

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Louisiana DCFS will get close scrutiny; it needs full accountability

BY: - September 8, 2022

Members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee made it clear Tuesday that they intend to take a good, long look at deficiencies within the state Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Their hearing this week comes after the deaths of two toddlers over the summer, one from a fentanyl overdose and the other […]

Edwards: Bond Commission will move past abortion dispute, approve New Orleans power plant project

BY: - August 23, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Gov. John Bel Edwards said he expects the Louisiana Bond Commission to work through an impasse that’s holding up nearly $40 million in financing for a critical infrastructure project here.  At issue is the city’s decision not to enforce the state’s abortion law, and Attorney General Jeff Landry and other conservative members […]

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Judge finds Louisiana abortion laws vague; enforcement still on hold

BY: - July 21, 2022

Judge Don Johnson ruled Thursday that Louisiana’s abortion laws are vague and therefore cannot be enforced. His decision puts a preliminary injunction on the state’s “trigger” law that keeps Attorney General Jeff Landry and the state health department from shutting down the state’s three abortion clinics for now. Kathaleen Pittman of Hope Medical Group for […]

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Louisiana will move incarcerated youth to an adult prison. Child advocates are worried.

BY: - July 20, 2022

Child welfare advocates say they are extremely concerned about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to temporarily move half of the incarcerated youth in a facility in Jefferson Parish to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, one of the nation’s largest and most notorious maximum-security adult prisons.  Edwards emphasized the teenagers and young adults will be kept […]

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Louisiana abortion clinics resume services after judge temporarily blocks ban

BY: - June 27, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana’s three abortion clinics will resume providing services after a state judge temporarily lifted the state’s abortion ban Monday.  Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport and the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge will start providing abortions again Tuesday, and Women’s Health Care Center in New Orleans will see patients for abortions […]

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What Louisiana elected officials are saying about abortion after the Supreme Court’s ruling

BY: - June 24, 2022

Elected officials have weighed in with their opinions Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the right to an abortion, and paved the way for a new statewide ban on the procedure in Louisiana. Here is some of what they had to say: Gov. John Bel Edwards, Democrat: “I […]

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Louisiana Governor has COVID-19

BY: - June 24, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, the day after he returned from a five-day trip to a Louisiana trial lawyers conference in California, according to his office. Edwards is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received recommended boosters. He has no symptoms but plans to isolate for five days as the U.S. […]

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In Louisiana, an abortion clinic anxiously waits for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling

BY: and - June 23, 2022

SHREVEPORT – On a Thursday morning in mid-June, every parking space in the Hope Medical Group for Women parking lot was claimed by a car with either a Louisiana or Texas license plate. A brown fence surrounding the abortion clinic provides some privacy, obscuring the faces of people going in and out of the building. […]

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John Bel Edwards travels to California for Louisiana trial lawyers meeting

BY: - June 20, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards left Sunday for a five-day trip to Carmel, California, to attend a conference put on by the Louisiana Association for Justice, a trial lawyers organization. Edwards’ office said the excursion is a “personal trip” and the state is not covering the cost of the governor’s travel. His political action committee, John […]