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Edwards proposes $36B Louisiana budget, education increases

501 vaccine providers in all 64 parishes will receive COVID-19 vaccine this week

LSP arrest 5 for operating an illegal poker room in Baton Rouge

Judge denies release of BRPD video in Sunday incident

  Gov. Edwards provides update on state’s response to winter storms and coronavirus

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LSP: Level II Endangered/Missing child advisory issued for Vidalia teen

La., Hawaii senators introduce bill to increase funding for schools performing research into minority health disparities

What to know before you head to the polls

  One year ago; Mardi Gras 2020

  Sen. Cassidy: “I am such at peace with that vote”

  Public Service Commission presses Entergy Louisiana exec on outages and repair expenses

LDWF hosting public meeting via Zoom Feb. 24 on proposed changes to hunting seasons, WMA rules and regulations

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) say they will hold a virtual public meeting via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to present and gather comments on the proposed changes to hunting seasons and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) regulations.

Louisianans impacted by winter storms urged to fill out self-report damage survey

The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has released a self-reporting survey in order to assess damage caused by the winter weather event.

Amtrak: Passenger trains to return to Gulf Coast in 2022

The route will connect Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, with four stops in Mississippi: Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula.

LSU expects ‘vast majority’ of classes to be face-to-face in Fall 2021, assuming coronavirus vaccinations proceed as expected

LSU expects the majority of classes to be administered face-to-face and campus operations to go back to normal in Fall 2021, university Interim President Tom Galligan said in a letter to students and faculty on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

  Public Service Commission to meet about sudden blackouts, customers can submit comments

Newborn becomes youngest patient to receive lifesaving $2 million treatment

  Teenage girl dies in 16-vehicle crash on old Miss. River Bridge, police say

Sen. Bill Cassidy to face higher prop taxes after review

Summertime jobs could be scarce due to COVID-19

La. Lawmakers nearing compromise on ‘qualified immunity’ change

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

Senators voted 78-20 to confirm Thomas-Greenfield to the post, which will be a Cabinet-level position.

  Surveillance video captures moments during deadly gun store shooting

Sheriff Joe Lopinto says Joshua Williams fired more than 30 shots inside the Jefferson Gun Outlet

Teachers, daycare workers, and pregnant women now among those eligible to get COVID-19 vaccinations in La.

People in the next tier of eligible vaccine recipients are now able to get a shot.

Homeowner’s insurance claims rolling in after winter storm

The recent winter storm that affected thousands of families across the state is not much different from any other natural disaster in terms of what homeowners’ insurance will cover.

Lake Charles remains under boil advisory as of Monday, Feb. 22.

With a pandemic, two major hurricanes, and now a historic winter storm, it’s hard to believe that Louisiana is now in its fourth federally declared disaster in a single year following last week’s winter storms.

Gov. Edwards issues statement on President Biden’s reduction in non-federal cost share for Hurricane Laura

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has received notice that President Joseph R. Biden has ordered the federal share for Public Assistance related to Hurricane Laura, including direct federal assistance, to be increased to 90 percent of the total eligible

La. state offices closed in 7 parishes as effects of winter storm still being felt

Louisiana state offices in 7 parishes will remain closed Tuesday, Feb. 23 as the effects of the severe winter weather continue to be felt.

LPSO helicopter rolls before takeoff in St. Helena Parish

When the helicopter was about to takeoff from the ground, there was a ‘malfunction’ that caused the chopper to roll.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Where to get COVID-19 vaccine in the ArkLaTex

Interactive map of where to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the ArkLaTex

LA 10 construction project to begin in March

DOTD has announced that they will begin work on the LA 10 construction project in Vernon Parish on Monday, March 1, 2021.

WATER UPDATES: Boil advisory lifted in DeRidder

Water updates following a winter storm that rolled through the south.

Mobile home fire claims a life

“Fire crews ... discovered the body of who is believed to be a female resident of the trailer inside,” fire marshal’s office says

VIDEO: Gunshots from firing range shootout captured on cellphone at Metairie park

The sounds of Saturday’s shootout at Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie was caught on a cellphone by a girl at LaSalle Park

Coroner identifies three killed in shooting at Jefferson Gun Outlet

A disagreement inside of the store led to a suspect shooting and killing two people

  “It felt like we were in a war,” Eyewitnesses thankful to walk away from Metairie gun store shootout

They both walked into a concealed carry class without knowing each other, but now, Wanetta Joseph and Tyrone Russell say they’re both survivors

Family of woman struck by NYX float files lawsuit against krewe and city

Geraldine Turner Carmouche was killed when she was stuck by a float after falling while attempting to cross through the middle of a tandem float.

  Some Republicans criticize the censure of Sen. Cassidy; state GOP chairman denies there is a rift

GOP strategist Jim Farwell says the La. GOP has always prospered as a center-right party that included people who are very conservative and those that are mainstream conservatives.

President Biden signs Louisiana’s emergency declaration request

Gov. John Bel Edwards, in a Wednesday evening letter to President Joseph R. Biden, requested a Presidential emergency declaration as severe winter weather continues to impact the state, leaving three people dead and tens of thousands of people without electricity and water for several days, with mor

  Interstate 20 westbound from Monroe to Shreveport closed due to ice

According to police, Interstate 20 westbound from Monroe to Shreveport is closed due to ice on the roadway.

Central Fire Dept. returns favor from 2016 flood, sends water tanker to north La. hit hard by winter weather

Firefighters with the Central Fire Department say they have returned the favor from the good folks in north Louisiana who helped them during the August 2016 flood.

Gov. Edwards holds news conference on La. winter weather conditions, COVID-19 Thursday

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will give an update on winter weather conditions and the state's COVID-19 threat at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

  Haughton makes emergency appeal for its water customers to cut their usage

Doing so could help avoid the need for a boil advisory and/or a water outage, town says

LDH COVID-19 testing only available in one region statewide due to severe winter weather

Due to adverse winter weather conditions, COVID-19 testing sites operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) are closed today (Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021) in all regions except Region 1 (Greater New Orleans).

  Third day of freezing temperatures leaves thousands without power across Baton Rouge area

The Baton Rouge area is experiencing its third straight day of freezing temperatures and thousands remain in cold homes without electricity Wednesday, Feb. 17.

  STRANGER THINGS: Deputies share eerie photos of Livingston Parish roads turned upside down by ice

Three days of freezing temperatures and ice have left Livingston Parish, particularly rural areas, in the eerie dark.

‘Large majority’ of Louisiana’s roads remain impassable due to winter weather, State Police says

Troopers with Louisiana State Police are encouraging residents to stay off of the roads Tuesday, Feb. 16 until conditions improve.

  Entergy, Cleco customers asked to conserve electricity

Entergy’s Louisiana customers are asked to voluntarily reduce their electricity usage, especially between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. this evening.

One dead in Washington Parish trailer fire; cause undetermined

A relative discovered the fire when checking on the man’s well-being due to the extreme cold temperatures.

  Gov. Edwards holds news conference as La. faces bitter cold

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference on the bitter cold and winter weather threat at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15.

Baton Rouge dad saves the day

Sorry, dads, the Father of the Year for 2021 has already been named!

Man dead after slipping, falling on ice in Lafayette Parish; LDH marks first storm-related death

A 50-year-old man has died as a result of the winter storm moving through Louisiana Monday, Feb. 15.

  State officials warn after drivers seen navigating around barricades on Miss. River Bridge

“We’re told by officials the bridge is closed, but vehicles are going around the barricades,” Caparotta said.

14 vehicle crash on I-10 near Whiskey Bay

The initial crash happened just after midnight in the westbound lanes of I-10, six miles east of the Whiskey Bay exit

Gov. Edwards declares State of Emergency due to heavy rainfall and potential wintry weather

Gov. Edwards has declared a state of emergency due to the current heavy rainfall totals beginning to impact the state and the potential for wintry conditions beginning this weekend and extending to next week.

Louisiana governor declares state of emergency

Declaration is due to the threat of wintry weather, heavy rainfall and flash flooding

Louisiana’s improving virus outlook not driven by increased immunity, doctors say

More than 20% of Louisianans have developed Covid-fighting antibodies, either because they’ve been infected or because they’ve been vaccinated.

La. will remain in modified Phase 2 for 21 more days, Gov. Edwards says

Gov. Edwards announced his decision Tuesday afternoon at a vaccine event in Louisiana and signed the extension of the modified Phase 2 order on Wednesday.

GOHSEP, LDH host virtual town hall on coronavirus vaccine

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) held a virtual town hall to educate citizens who are concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, Feb. 9.

La. senators split on constitutionality of impeachment trial

The U.S. Senate voted 56-44 that Trump is subject to impeachment hearings.

Gov. Edwards receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a robust news conference on the state’s response to the coronavirus at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Louisiana State Police release new details behind arrests of four troopers

Officials with Louisiana State Police say investigators have filed charges against four Monroe area troopers for excessive force in two separate incidents.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 requires social distancing, something that’s hard to do inside prison facilities putting prisoners and officers at a unique risk.

Bar owners feeling the squeeze ahead of Mardi Gras weekend through COVID compliance checks

The city says a security guard at the G7 event hall pulled a weapon on their code enforcer trying to investigate the place.

Gov. Edwards to announce Pennington Biomedical Research Center as Baton Rouge’s first mass vaccination site for coronavirus vaccine

Gov. John Bel Edwards will announce the location of Louisiana’s first mass vaccination site for the COVID-19 vaccine during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 9 on the campus of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, according to his office.

‘Call 911, he just carjacked me,’: Woman robbed at gunpoint by suspect in rash of violent crimes

She says the robber took off with her house keys, wallet, and purse before peeling off.

  DRAMATIC VIDEO: Sanitation workers on trash route spot alleged kidnapper’s car

Two men working their trash route Monday morning spotted a car in which police say a 10-year-old girl was kidnapped Sunday

Louisiana Organ Donations hit record high, despite pandemic

For people like Tyrone Cooper who received a transplanted heart nine years ago, the gift of life is emotional.

Police say missing 10-year-old has been found safe

A 10-year-old girl who was reported missing out of New Iberia late Sunday, Feb. 7 was found safe on the morning of Monday, Feb. 8, according to the New Iberia Police Department.

Report: Saints facing discipline for Covid-19 violations

Report: Saints could face more Covid-19 discipline

In preparation for retirement, Brees reduces salary

The move will save the Black and Gold $24 million in salary-cap space

Louisiana OMV set to release LSU National Championship license plate

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) is excited to announce the release of the 2019 LSU National Championship license plate. Beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, LSU fans can celebrate the perfect 15-0 season everywhere they go by purchasing the newest specialty plate offered to Louisiana dri

  Shreveport funeral home says it had to expand morgue to deal with pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, particularly those who run funeral homes.

All New Orleans bars closed for Mardi Gras; no loitering on Bourbon Street

Mayor Cantrell said she's "really concerned about Mardi Gras and the potential for super spreaders."

NSU launches competitive esports team

The world of gaming and esports is quickly growing, and Northwestern State University has decided to join other universities in Louisiana in launching an esports team.

  Gov. Edwards: People ages 65 and older can get the COVID vaccine starting Feb. 8

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will be lowering the age requirement to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for non-medical and first responder personnel in the Phase 1B, Tier 1 from age 70 to 65 beginning Monday, Feb. 8.

Gov. Edwards holds news conference on state’s response to COVID-19, vaccine distribution efforts

Governor John Bel Edwards is scheduled to address the state Thursday, Feb. 4 with an update on the fight against COVID-19.

  Natchitoches mayor talks about his new job, who inspires him

In September 2020, Ronnie WIlliams, Jr. was elected mayor of Natchitoches, making history as the first African-American to do so.