• Donald Trump Nov 17, 2019

    Democrat Edwards Wins Reelection in Conservative Louisiana

    Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity. With his focus on bipartisan, state-specific issues, the moderate Edwards cobbled together enough cross-party support Saturday to defeat Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, getting...

  • Governor Nov 7, 2019

    Election Day Warning Sign for Democrats: Weaker African American Turnout

    Democrats are riding high after unseating GOP Gov. Matt Bevin in Kentucky and winning back majorities in both chambers of Virginia’s General Assembly in Tuesday’s elections. Much as was the case in 2018, when Democrats took back the majority in the House, Democrats’ gains were concentrated in largely white, middle-to-upper income suburbs, NBC News reported. However, the results weren’t as...

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2019

    Louisiana's Democratic Governor Forced Into Runoff for Reelection

    Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ quest for a second term as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor will stretch over another month, as voters in his crimson state denied him a primary win Saturday and sent him to a runoff election. The Democratic incumbent was unable to top 50% of the vote in the six-candidate field, raising questions about his...

  • Governor Sep 4, 2019

    Lester Holt Spends 2 Nights in Prison for Special Report on Criminal Justice Reform

    For two nights, Holt slept in a cell in Angola’s death row, alongside prisoners who were locked inside except for an hour a day of recreation in the prison yard. The man in the cell next to him hadn’t been outside in four years.

  • Governor Aug 19, 2019

    Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's Governor During Katrina, Dies

    Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died. After struggling for years with cancer, Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette. She was 76. “Our hearts are broken, but we are joyful in knowing that she is rejoicing...

  • Governor Jul 16, 2019

    Weakened Barry Still Poses Flood, Tornado Risks

    Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans from catastrophic flooding, but it still swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into “an ocean.” Although Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon, its torrential rains continued to pose a threat Monday. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood...

  • Governor Jul 13, 2019

    ‘It's Powerful': Tropical Storm Starts Lashing Louisiana

    Homeowners sandbagged their doors and tourists trying to get out of town jammed the airport Friday as Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in, threatening an epic drenching that could test how well New Orleans has strengthened its flood protections in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina. With the storm expected to blow ashore early Saturday near Morgan City as the...

  • Governor Jul 13, 2019

    ‘It's Powerful': Tropical Storm Starts Lashing Louisiana

    Homeowners sandbagged their doors and tourists trying to get out of town jammed the airport Friday as Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in, threatening an epic drenching that could test how well New Orleans has strengthened its flood protections in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina. With the storm expected to blow ashore early Saturday near Morgan City as the...

  • Governor Jul 12, 2019

    New Orleans Area Braces for First Hurricane of the Season

    Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses . National Guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took up positions around the...

  • Governor Jul 11, 2019

    Tropical Storm Barry Could Become First Atlantic Hurricane of the Season

    Tropical Storm Barry is already flooding parts of New Orleans and is expected to intensify as it moves over land this weekend.

  • Donald Trump May 30, 2019

    Louisiana's Democratic Governor Signs Abortion Ban Into Law

    Louisiana’s Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party. With his signature, Gov. John Bel Edwards made Louisiana the fifth state to enact a law prohibiting abortion when...

  • Governor May 29, 2019

    Louisiana Passes Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban, Democratic Governor Expected to Sign

    The Louisiana House of Representatives passed an abortion ban on a 79-23 vote Wednesday that would prohibit women from terminating a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, NBC News reports. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has indicated that he would break with his party and sign the ban if it crosses his desk. The Senate already approved the...

  • Governor Dec 13, 2018

    WWII Vet on Mission to Publicize Dwindling Number of Vets

    A World War II veteran is on a mission to travel to all 50 states as part of an effort to raise awareness about the dwindling number of veterans from that war who are still alive.

  • Governor Nov 27, 2017

    Analysis: Clash Over Medicaid Deals May Influence Tax Debate

    Want a preview of how things might be shaping up in Louisiana’s latest round of budget and tax negotiations as the $1 billion budget gap nears? The clash between Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and a group of House Republicans over multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracts reinforces expectations the road to a possible budget deal will be a rocky one. The two...

  • Donald Trump Sep 2, 2017

    Remnants of Harvey Still Powerful Enough to Threaten Floods

    Even a week after it slammed into the Texas coast, Harvey retained enough rain-making power Friday to raise the risk of flooding as far north as Indiana. Back in Houston, officials tried to safeguard parts of their devastated city by intentionally flooding others. The mayor announced plans to release water from two reservoirs that could keep as many as 20,000...

  • Governor Aug 11, 2017

    State of Emergency in New Orleans as City Scrambles to Fix Pumping System

    Flood-weary residents remained on edge as Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans, but this time the threat wasn’t churning in the Gulf of Mexico. The city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain have left some neighborhoods at a greater risk of flooding. The Big Easy hadn’t finished cleaning up from the last round...

  • Governor Aug 10, 2017

    Emergency Declared in New Orleans as Flood Threat Looms

    Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans on Thursday as the city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain left some neighborhoods at greater risk of flooding. The city scrambled to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant and shore up its drainage system, less than a week after a flash flood from torrential rain...

  • Governor Apr 4, 2017

    5 Killed as Storms Sweep Through South

    A Mississippi woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek was among five people killed in storms across the South. Jacqueline Williams, 52, was running a newspaper delivery route when her car slid off a road into a creek in her hometown of Florence before dawn Monday, authorities said. She...

  • Governor Apr 3, 2017

    5 Killed as Storms Sweep Through South

    A Mississippi woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek was among five people killed in storms across the South. Jacqueline Williams, 52, was running a newspaper delivery route when her car slid off a road into a creek in her hometown of Florence before dawn Monday, authorities said. She...

  • Governor Apr 3, 2017

    Mom, 3-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Louisiana Tornado as Storm Sweeps Across Southeast

    A dangerous thunderstorm system brought a tornado to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Sunday, killing a mother and her young daughter, NBC News reported. Francine Gotch, 38, and Neville Alexander, 3, died when a tornado flipped over their trailer Sunday morning, the sheriff’s office in St. Martin Parish confirmed. A second tornado was confirmed later in the afternoon about 30 miles southeast...

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