Gov. Edwards travels to Cuba for 5-day trade mission

Gov. Edwards travels to Cuba for 5-day trade mission

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards headed to Cuba, but it's not for those white sand beaches and legendary cigars.

The governor is on a trade mission in hopes of boosting economic ties with the country.

President Barack Obama helped to reopen US-Cuban relations earlier this year. Now, a team of state and business officials is looking to rebuild what once was one of Louisiana's top trading partners.

The group was supposed to leave early Monday, but the flight was delayed by mechanical issues with the plane. They had to wait at the airport for a new plane.

It is scheduled to be a five-day trip. However, Hurricane Matthew's present path could complicate matters.

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson accompanied Edwards on the trip along with port officials.

WAFB's Kevin Frey is also on the trip with the governor.

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