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La. governor claims victory over state treasurer in battle for unclaimed property

Officials in the Office of Governor John Bel Edwards boasted about a court ruling that will cause Treasurer John Schroder to turn over millions of dollars of unclaimed money being held by the state.

LDH partners with 11 companies to expand COVID-19 testing statewide

VIDEO: NOPD officer dragged by vehicle while attempting to arrest carjacking suspect

NOPD denounces actions of Minneapolis police officers

JPSO: Police seeking help locating runaway child

  Trooper George Baker honored with public procession, private memorial service

Zapp’s launches new line of frozen appetizers

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  Bill to give entering freshmen another shot at ACT, SAT tests sailing through capitol

Medical marijuana expansion nears final passage in Louisiana

  Gov. Edwards: 13 cases of MIS-C, 1 death in La.

  Truckers gather outside of La. state capitol in support of proposed bill that would lower car insurance rates

Bills to loosen Louisiana gun limits nearing final passage

Shreveport police training officer on departmental leave, under administrative investigation over Facebook post

Victims group contacts La. governor to demand statewide investigation into pedophile priest allegations

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reached out to Governor John Bel Edwards as part of its latest request for a statewide investigation into child sex abuse allegations involving religious authorities in Louisiana.

  Produce giveaway happening in Donaldsonville Thursday, May 28

Several organizations will be hosting a drive-thru produce box giveaway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Lemann Center.

Cash Money Records founders pay rent for hundreds of Uptown tenants

Cash Money Records is hoping to ease the stress of paying rent for some Uptown residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  La. AG says nursing home residents entitled to their stimulus checks

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says nursing home residents are entitled to keep their stimulus checks. He’s issuing a warning to anyone trying to defraud these vulnerable people.

  COVID-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter

  Every child care provider in La. to receive free supplies to ensure safe reopening

UPDATE: Suspect arrested for machete attack on Little Caesar’s employee

Saints punter Thomas Morstead becomes author of new book

Possible game changer: LSU Health Shreveport trailblazing research into using nitric oxide as a COVID-19 treatment

  Health experts believe anxiety and depression will become a national crisis following pandemic

  Lawmakers advance bill aiming to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits

Louisiana lawmakers are debating whether residents should be able to sue a restaurant if they think they contracted COVID-19 at the restaurant.

  What will the fall semester look like on LSU’s campus?

Over the next 30 days, expect to hear some decisions from LSU officials regarding the fall. Until then, it’s mostly speculation.

  Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux canceled for 2020

The prestigious national camp will resume in June 2021 where it will celebrate its 25th anniversary

Join Gov. Edwards on Zoom, Facebook to ‘Reimagine Louisiana’ after pandemic

Gov. Edwards will be among thousands of leaders across the state taking part in a Zoom call and Facebook live stream to "re-imagine Louisiana" as the state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  LDWF patrols for safety and social distancing compliance during Memorial Day weekend

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries patrolled the state's waterways Memorial Day weekend to ensure boaters were practicing safety and social distancing.

  RV sales jump 170% during coronavirus pandemic, says association

The RV Industry Association attribute the growth to Americans wanting to control their surroundings.

Pizza Hut will give away free medium pizza to 2020 graduates

Pizza Hut announced that restaurants will be giving away a free, one-topping medium pizza to the Class of 2020.

TODAY: National WWII Museum reopens to Memorial Day guests

The Museum will operate at 25 percent of its total capacity while enacting new safety measures,

  La. state trooper dies of injuries, marking first LSP line of duty death since 2015

Louisiana State Police Trooper George Baker succumbed to injuries sustained in the performance of his duties. Baker's death is the first LSP line of duty death since Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, Troop D, in August of 2015.

  2 rescued, 1 teen dead in Grand Isle swimming incident

The rescue is ongoing as a 17-year-old male is still missing. The other two were rescued and currently being taken to the hospital.

La. lawmakers plan their own special legislative session for second time since 1950s; comes with potential $1.8 million price tag

Lawmakers in Louisiana have called themselves into a special legislative session. It is set to begin one minute after the current, regular session ends.

Just over 2,000 Louisianans still owe accidentally issued tax refunds; over $2 million collected

Those individuals are being issued bills by the Louisiana Department of Revenue and may be targeted by its collection efforts.

Letter in honor of critically injured trooper prays for safety over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is a holiday when many spend time with family on a road trip. Although most will have a relaxing weekend with loved ones, it can be a difficult time for those working in law enforcement.

Over 2 million Louisianans have received stimulus payments

About 2,186,332 Louisianans have received stimulus payments. That collectively totals to state residents receiving $ 3,680,836,165 through the CARES Act payment program

Union reps: Myers no longer warden at Oakdale FCC

Rodney Myers is no longer warden at Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex, two union reps have confirmed to KPLC.

La. to receive nearly $100M for skilled nursing facilities to help combat COVID-19

Louisiana is set to receive $98,475,000 for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in the state to help combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

New crisis counseling text line now available in La.

A new crisis counseling text line is now available to provide free, confidential, 24/7 support for people.

Gov. says April unemployment rate for La. slightly lower than national average, but still more than double usual

On Friday, May 22, Governor John Bel Edwards released some information in regards to April’s unemployment figures for the state.

Louisiana travelers face recommended restrictions in Florida, despite drop in COVID-19 cases

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise says it will be difficult for Florida Governor to enforce restrictions on Louisianans.

  House further cuts healthcare in first rewrite of state budget proposal

The House’s budget committee Thursday, May 21 approved a modest rewrite of Governor John Bel Edwards’ proposal for state spending.

Union leaders for prison employees file “imminent danger” complaints with OSHA

"By...allowing those inmates to roam, walk around on the compound, interacting with staff and other inmates, some are asymptomatic, they are still able to spread the virus to staff and inmates," said Ronald Morris, who is union president of Local 1007.

  LDH says contact tracers might call; answer to help stop the spread

There’s a chance you will get a call from one of those contact tracers the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) hired to help track the spread of COVID-19. This unfamiliar number, 877-766-2130, might pop up on your caller ID.

  As Louisiana sees spikes in COVID cases, no evidence of second wave yet

A day shy of Governor John Bel Edwards’ Phase 1 reopening of the state’s economy, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported several spikes in coronavirus cases.

Another lawsuit takes aim at Louisiana’s emergency voting plan

Critics of Louisiana’s emergency voting plan denounce the limited amount of excuses accepted to qualify for absentee voting, witness signature requirements for absentee ballots, and in-person voting requirements for first-time voters.

  West Monroe student defies odds, defeats 4 different types of cancer to graduate high school

A West Monroe High School senior’s journey to graduate this spring is unlike anything you’ve probably ever come across.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Nursing home spokeswoman raises questions about LDH coronavirus data

Leaders at Old Jefferson Community Care Center say they are concerned about how coronavirus data is being reported by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

Gov. Edwards hopes to make Phase 2 determination on June 1

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in his monthly radio show Wednesday, May 20 he is hopeful he will be able to determine June 1 if the state can move forward with Phase Two of reopening the economy.

  Lawmakers urge state to protect privacy while contact tracing

A House committee on Wednesday, May 20 urged the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) to limit how it acquires information from COVID-19 patients through contact tracing, a process where state workers conduct interviews to identify people who’ve been exposed to the virus.

Louisiana Lottery to feature jackpots starting at $500k in August

The Louisiana Lottery has announced that this summer, it will upgrade its flagship game to begin offering jackpots starting at $500,000. The first such drawing will held Aug. 5.

  BESE selects new state superintendent of education

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has selected a new state superintendent of education.

  Rep. Garret Graves announces more than $190M in coronavirus testing for La.

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced a new federally-funded testing effort by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to significantly expand coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testing in Louisiana.

Some Florida vacation rental owners cancel reservations from Louisiana ahead of Memorial Day weekend

As Florida short term rentals open, Governor Ron Desantis advises against renting to high-risk areas.

  Ochsner expands visitation at all facilities

All persons entering an Ochsner Health location will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. In addition, all employees, patients and visitors will always be asked to wear a face mask while inside the facility (except children under 2).

Louisiana sports betting bill near final legislative passage

A bid to help legalize sports betting in Louisiana is steps from final legislative passage, though the wagering still would be a year or more away.

Celebrate the front line with a virtual second line on May 19

In Louisiana, there’s no better way to thank those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic than with a secondline.

  State lawmakers kill vote-by-mail expansion

A House committee will consider Tuesday whether Louisiana should provide absentee ballots to any registered voter who requests one.

Statewide nursing home concerns highlighted with newly released data

New data released by the Louisiana Department of Health shows crushing effect COVID-19 has had in nursing homes, but among the concerns are signs of improvement.

Man disappears after heading out to go fishing

“Missing Bossier City Man SAFELY LOCATED. ...," Bossier Sheriff’s Office reports

La. allocates $41.9M to 500+ struggling schools in the state

A committee of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) today (May 19) approved $41.9 million in allocations to improve over 500 struggling schools across the state.

Naming rights for Mercedes-Benz Superdome up for grabs; stadium to be re-named in 2021

Mercedes-Benz has chosen to focus its sponsorship on the stadium built for the Atlanta Falcons

Sen. Kennedy announces $4.3M for advanced manufacturing at La. universities

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $4,334,588 in funding from the National Science Foundation to the Louisiana Materials Design Alliance (LAMDA) to promote 3D printing research and education programs in multiple universities within the state.

St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office searching for person struck by train, thrown into river

The Louisiana Search and Rescue K9 Team is also assisting deputies with the search.

Harvey OMV office to close again after possible COVID-19 exposure

The office had just reopened after weeks of closure.

  La. governor says he’s optimistic state will reach Phase 2 of reopening by early June

Louisiana just entered Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 15, but Governor John Bel Edwards is already eyeing the start of June for when the state could potentially enter Phase 2.

  La. activates crisis text hotline to help people cope with stress of COVID-19 pandemic

Louisiana residents who are experiencing stress or a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic can text REACHOUT to 741741 to receive free, confidential support from a trained crisis counselor.

  Federal money spares TOPS, most state services from deep cuts in Edwards’ new budget proposal

“It looks more and more like we may be back in June,” Dardenne said, referring to the likelihood of a special legislative session.

  OMV to start offering limited services at 11 locations statewide May 18

Starting Monday, May 18, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) will start providing some services to residents at 11 locations across the state.

  Entergy Louisiana expands utility bill relief options for customers

Entergy Louisiana has developed several new flexible payment options for customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

La. congressman announces $58M+ for fisheries suffering from ’19 opening of Bonnet Carré Spillway

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today (May 18) that Louisiana will receive an additional $58,343,185 in fishery disaster funding to offset the impacts of the 2019 Bonnet Carré Spillway opening on Louisiana’s fisheries and other impacts.

  La. families who receive free/reduced lunch can now apply for financial assistance to feed kids

Louisiana has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed as many as 611,430 students during the coronavirus pandemic, Governor John Bel Edwards announced today (Friday, May 15).

Sheriff: "Satan has taken over Bogalusa and it’s time to take it back;’ authorities update mass shooting at weekend memorial service

The shooting happened while people were gathered for a memorial service for Dominique James who was recently murdered

At least 1 killed, 9 injured by likely tornado NW of Lafayette

One person died and several were injured after severe weather Sunday, May 17.

  Casinos plan for reopening Monday; big changes on the way for gamblers

Come Monday, May 18, those who want to beat the odds at the slots will see some big changes.

Louisiana Supreme Court issues two new orders

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued two new orders Friday, May 15. Governor John Bel Edwards’ renewal of state of emergency for COVID-19 considering the spread throughout the state.

  Most La. state parks reopen May 15

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced 18 of Louisiana’s 21 state parks will reopen beginning Friday, May 15.

NOPD makes 2 arrests, search for third suspect in killing of man and 3-year-old boy in Algiers

Officers responded to a call of a shooting near the intersection of Vespasian Street and L.B. Landry Avenue.

After a night of heavy rains, Northshore and St. Charles Parish residents are left to deal with flooding

Parts of the Northshore and St. Charles Parish saw flooding overnight as heavy rains moved through the viewing area.

La. casinos will not reopen Friday; new rules in place

Casinos and video poker parlors in Louisiana will be allowed to reopen Monday, May 18 with new rules and regulations in place, the chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board said Tuesday.