Challenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-election

Two Republican congressmen trying to win re-election while under indictment in a fresh test of partisanship in the Trump era

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Republican candidates who are still calling for repeal of the Obama-era health care law find themselves on the defensive about how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions

Constitutional amendment would ensure transportation dollars do not go to state police

A proposed constitutional amendment would prevent state lawmakers from diverting money in the Transportation Trust Fund to Louisiana State Police (LSP) for traffic control purposes.

Gov. Edwards heading to Israel on economic development trip

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and others will travel to Israel later this month on an economic development mission.

Louisiana’s lucrative voting machine contract award canceled

Louisiana is voiding a multimillion-dollar contract award to replace state voting machines, after a key official in Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration found flaws in the vendor selection

Legislative audit: Lawmakers not getting complete tax incentive picture

An October legislative auditor’s report indicates managers for 33 of Louisiana’s 78 major tax incentive programs did not submit enough information about return-on-investment (ROI) to be considered “compliant” with legal reporting requirements.

Both sides of abortion debate ponder extent of Justice Kavanaugh’s impact

Local pro-live advocates are hopeful Kavanaugh's appointment will help in their fight.

Kavanaugh Supreme Court Confirmation: How did we get so angry?

In the build-up to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and swearing in as a Supreme Court justice, we saw weeks of protests and vitriol aimed at him and lawmakers. Where did all that anger come from? What does it say about where we are headed?

Landry, Lanoux aim to replace longtime Ascension Parish court judge

Drugs, traffic tickets, and other crimes are increasing right along with growth in Ascension Parish. Two women, both Republican, are hoping to tackle those things and more should they be elected to replace a longtime, well-respected judge there. Judge Marilyn Lambert has announced she will be retiri

Secretary of state candidates take positions on cyber security, sexual misconduct at Press Club

With less than a month left before election day on November 6, five secretary of state candidates explained how they will secure your vote to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

Kavanaugh sworn in as newest associate justice, concluding deeply bitter Supreme Court fight

Kavanaugh was sworn in just hours after his confirmation. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath.

  La. governor submits waiver request to president for SBA duplication of benefits fix

On Friday, October 5, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards submitted a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a waiver of any requirements to consider Small Business Administration (SBA) loans as a duplication of benefits to funding appropriated by Congress for flood recovery.

Sen. Kennedy says FBI report doesn’t support claim of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh

For days now, U.S. Senator John Kennedy has doubled down on his claims that Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is innocent of sexual misconduct.

Nearly 200 female Louisiana lawyers urge block of Kavanaugh nomination

Nearly 200 female Louisiana lawyers have signed a petition urging the state’s two United States senators to vote against nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Latest: Ford's lawyers criticize scope of FBI probe

Ford's lawyers are criticizing the scope of the re-opened investigation of Brett Kavanaugh by the FBI

Senators Cassidy, Kennedy applaud nomination of Louisianan as director of US Marshal Service

U.S. Senators Dr. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are applauding President Donald Trump’s nomination of a Louisianan, Donald Washington, to serve as the director of the U.S. Marshal Service.

Senate passes duplication of benefits fix; heads to president’s desk for signature

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Trump orders ‘limited’ new FBI probe after judiciary committee sends Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to Senate for vote

President Trump said the supplemental FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh must be limited in scope, and last no longer than a week.

Metro council considers if Baton Rouge needs a city manager

The Plan of Government Amendment Committee just wrapped up a meeting in metro council chambers where they discussed whether Baton Rouge needs a city-parish manager.

The Latest: Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein

President Donald Trump has postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week

Here’s what to expect at the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify separately about her allegation of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.

White House postpones meeting between Trump, Rosenstein

President Donald Trump says his would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein and not fire the deputy attorney general

Trump’s disapproval rating reaches all-time high

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Friday 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing.

Qualifying set to end for November elections

Open qualifying in Louisiana for the November election started Wednesday and will end Friday.

LSU Honor College opens renovated French House

LSU's Honor College has a brand new, renovated home. University leaders call it a chance to make the institution more competitive.

Suspected impaired driver dies after crashing into house during police chase

An Independence, LA man died Tuesday afternoon after a police chase that ended with the vehicle crashing into a house.

Our Turn: Vote Louisiana

The November 4th election is an important one for the future of our state and nation.

WAFB Inauguration Coverage Online

WAFB is covering all angles of today's presidential inauguration. Right now, you can go to www.wafb.com to see LIVE coverage from Washington, D.C. and much more.

2010 Legislative Session officially starts

The 2010 Louisiana Legislative Session officially got underway at noon, but Gov. Bobby Jindal will not make his opening address until 2 p.m. The main issue in this year's session is the budget shortfall.

Jindal opens legislative session

In his opening address to the legislature, Gov. Bobby Jindal challenged lawmakers to make the tough decisions. He wants them to break a trend of non-success and turn the state around, like the Saints did.

Sen. proposes bill to name official Louisiana cookie

Many people love them for different reasons, but one Louisiana lawmaker wants to take the tea cake to a place no cookie has gone before. She wants the tasty treat to become the official cookie of the state.

Monday could be tense at the Capitol

Political pundits are buzzing the day after Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker threw down the gauntlet on four members of the House. Some even suggest Tucker's leadership position could be in jeopardy.

Parents urge lawmakers to avoid privatizing mental health services

The House Appropriations Committee heard from a Ville Platte man who is very concerned about the state privatizing these services. He detailed how much help the state-run facility gives to his handicapped child.

Committee rejects bill to drug test welfare beneficiaries

A bill that would make it mandatory for people to pass drug screens to qualify for the benefits was tossed out of the House Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday. It was authored by Rep. John LaBruzzo.

Bill to make "legal marijuana" illegal passes House committee

A bill passed through a House committee Thursday morning that would make herbal blends that produce a high similar to the one from marijuana illegal. It targets products sold as incense, but can be smoked.

Lawmakers reject spanking ban in schools

Despite a move to alter the original bill, the House Education Committee has rejected a proposal to ban spanking in public schools.

Bill to ban sale of energy drinks to teens fails

A Senate bill proposed to ban the sale of energy drinks to young people under 16 years old was defeated by a committee Wednesday morning. State Sen. Robert Adley, R-Baton Rouge, sponsored it.

Drug testing of welfare recipients bill passes first hurdle

HB 617 by Rep. John LaBruzzo requires the LA Dept. of Social Services to randomly drug test 20 percent of people receiving welfare assistance from the state. The measure passed out of committee Wednesday.

Lawmakers tackle red light camera issue

The issue of red light cameras is getting lots of attention at the Louisiana Capitol. The House Committee of Transportation, Highways and Public Works will meet Monday to discuss the issue.

Budget deficit gets a precise number next week

Louisiana's budget deficit finally gets a precise number next week, after weeks of speculation about how grim the financial picture may be. Projections have ranged from $200 million to $400 million.

2010 Session: Governor's Opening Address

Watch the Governor's opening address to the Louisiana Legislature. Live streaming Capitol coverage on WAFB.com as well as broadcasting on Cable Channel 9. WATCH NOW!