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Steve Scalise announces he’s self-quarantining after colleague tests positive for COVID-19

  Gov. Edwards asks President Trump to make temporary changes to SNAP, CDBG, HUD and FEMA programs in response to COVID-19

  La. legislature to temporarily adjourn due to COVID-19

  Bill to expand mail-in voting pitched as way to prevent COVID-19 spread

  La. secretary of state postpones presidential primary

  Department of Health updates lawmakers on COVID-19 response

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  Council to hear mayor’s proposal to curb panhandling in Baton Rouge

Deadline to register online to vote in La. presidential primary March 14

  State leaders, Coach Orgeron join Gov. Edwards for prayer breakfast

MISSISSIPPI PRIMARY ELECTION: Here’s what you need to know

  Gov. Edwards focuses on education during opening remarks of legislative session

  What to expect from state lawmakers in 2020

Vaccine-related bills target exemptions, disclosures, and flu shot age restrictions

Legislators in La. filed several proposals to address vaccination and disclosure requirements in the state that can be considered at the upcoming legislative session.

  Proposed amendment would allow local governments in La. to hold elections on legalizing marijuana

There is a new push at the capitol to allow local governments to decide whether marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in their jurisdiction.

  La. lawmakers file bills to keep Daylight Saving Time year round

We’ll be losing an hour of sleep come Sunday, March 8 for Daylight Saving Time, and there have already been a few bills filed ahead of the state’s legislative session, which begins Monday, to keep Daylight Saving Time year round.

  Arguments over La. abortion law before SCOTUS complete

The U.S. Supreme Court finished hearing oral arguments Wednesday, March 4 on a 2014 Louisiana law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

  Newly elected State Rep. Donna ‘Kathy’ Edmonston accused of DWI in Baton Rouge

  La. senator files bills to address alert systems after ExxonMobil refinery fire

WAFB to air CBS News’ coverage of Super Tuesday

President Trump announces ‘Complete and Total Endorsement’ of Sen. Bill Cassidy’s reelection campaign

Putting bodily fluids in food would be crime similar to tampering under proposed law

  Court battles over City of St. George begin

Legislators propose repeal of Louisiana vagrancy law

It’s a law that targets habitual drunkards, prostitutes, habitual gamblers, people who loiter, and able-bodied people who seek to support themselves with welfare or charity rather than seeking employment.

  Save Women’s Sports Act would essentially ban trans athletes from sports in Louisiana

Transgender athletes would not be allowed to compete in high school or college sports in Louisiana under a bill filed by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, ahead of the 2020 Regular Legislative Session.

  Abraham announces retirement from Congress

Congressman Ralph Abraham, MD, R-Alto, announced Wednesday, Feb. 26 that he will retire from the US House of Representatives at the end of his term.

CBS News’ Democratic Debate will air on WAFB on Feb. 25

The Democratic Debate hosted by CBS News will air live from Charleston, South Carolina at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 on WAFB-TV.

Cameras could be placed in special education classrooms at parent’s request under proposed bill

Louisiana House Bill 138 provides that cameras that record audio and video be placed in classrooms where a majority of students receive special education for at least 50 percent of their instructional time.

  New ITEP rules spark fear locals will lose say in granting tax breaks

In a change of course, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is amending the rules to the controversial Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) so that private businesses that are denied tax breaks by local government entities can appeal the decision to the state Board of Commerce and Industry.

REPORT: Amid criticisim, Gov. Edwards wants to give Louisiana’s teachers a $500 raise

Gov. John Bel Edwards adding a direct $500 pay raise for the state’s public school teachers to his proposed K-12 budget, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Sen. Kennedy celebrates disclosure of millions paid to ’swamp creature’ lobbyists

Members of the public can find out how much money is paid to lobbyists convicted of crimes like bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, and money laundering.

Gov. Edwards announces coastal priorities for his second term

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for his second term in office.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy launches reelection campaign, visits previously flooded Juban Crossing Rouses

Senator Bill Cassidy, MD has officially launched his reelection campaign.

  $642 million in tax dollars were misused or missed out on in 2019, Louisiana legislative auditor says

Louisiana state and local governments wasted or missed out on a combined $642 million in 2019, according to the state legislative auditor’s year-end report released the week of Feb. 17.

  Newspaper report suggests AG Jeff Landry profited off immigrant labor scheme

A major report from the Baton Rouge Advocate is putting a spotlight on Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s business dealings with a man in prison for cheating the immigration system so he could make money.

Mayor Broome encourages residents to report graffiti to Crime Stoppers

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is urging residents to call Crime Stoppers to report graffiti in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Louisiana governor plans nearly $1M in raises for appointees

Entering a second term without the budget woes of his first, Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to dole out nearly $1 million in pay raises to his staff, Cabinet secretaries and other high-level political appointees across state government.

  Gov. Edwards appoints head of Texas health department as new LDH secretary

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips has been named the new Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, outgoing Secretary Dr. Rebkah Gee confirms in a tweet.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

  La. higher ed leaders ask for more money to address $1.5 billion backlog of issues

Higher education leaders Monday, Feb. 10 requested more money from state lawmakers that would help chip away at the $1.5 billion backlog of repairs on state campuses, offer faculty pay raises, and help cover rising employee retirement and insurance costs.

  Edwards presents budget wish list to lawmakers

State lawmakers spent their morning Friday, Feb. 7 working on this year’s budget.

La. senators introduce bill to make mail-order chemical abortions illegal

Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy have introduced legislation to prohibit chemical abortions from being performed without the supervision of a healthcare provider.

Proposed bill would eliminate death penalty, imprison current death row inmates for life

Inmates removed from death row would not have the opportunity for parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

La. Rep. Steve Scalise supports repercussions for Nancy Pelosi’s speech ripping

Scalise called Pelosi's behavior "disgraceful" and said it was "beneath the dignity of the House of Representatives."

100-year-old Tuskegee Airman, Cleveland Native honored during State of the Union address by President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump stopped to recognize McGee who was in the crowd at the State of the Union address.

  Democratic caucus results in Iowa delayed indefinitely due to ‘quality checks’

Problems with a mobile app appear to have forced the delay, as the campaigns, voters and the media pressed party officials for an explanation — and got few answers.

  The stakes are high for the 2020 Iowa Caucus

Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer Joins This Week’s "Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren" From Iowa

  Greta Van Susteren reports the latest in the run-up to Iowa Democratic Caucus

Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer Joins This Week’s "Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren" From Iowa

REPORT: Lawmakers seek $150M to elevate highway leading to Port Fourchon

Louisiana’s lawmakers are hoping to secure $150 million in federal funding to elevate a state highway leading to Port Fourchon, according to a report from the Associated Press.

  Sen. Cassidy joins Trump administration in revealing new Medicaid funding model

Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.) has joined health officials in President Donald Trump’s administration in unveiling the new Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO) program, which will allow states to create specific policies to provide better care for able-bodied adults who are eligible for Medicaid.

  Lawmakers aim to lower Louisiana’s car insurance rates during legislative session

Louisiana lawmakers will again try to lower your car insurance rates during the 2020 legislative session.

Louisiana first lady, congressman Scalise speak at March for Life rally in Washington D.C.

Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards and Congressman Steve Scalise were speakers during the first day of the March For Life rally in Washington D.C.

  EBR Metro Council appoints Jennifer Racca to replace Barbara Freiberg’s seat

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted for an appointee to fill the seat of former District 12 councilwoman Barbara Freiburg on Jan. 22.

La. Senator John Kennedy introduces pro-life legislation to protect mothers, unborn children

Senator John Kennedy, R-La., has now introduced the Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act of 2020 in order to “protect the health of women and children," a release from his office states.

‘It appears to me it is clearly partisan’: Sen. Cassidy on Senate impeachment trial of President Trump

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is now underway.

  Louisiana congressman added to President Trump’s defense team for impeachment trial

Lawmakers in the Senate are still trying to determine how President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will be conducted.

  Selection process begins for new state superintendent

The selection process for a new state superintendent of education will take another step forward.

  John Bel Edwards sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

John Bel Edwards was sworn in for a second term as Louisiana governor on Monday, Jan. 13.

Rep. Schexnayder elected as La. House speaker

A divided Louisiana House elected Gonzales Republican Clay Schexnayder as speaker on Monday, Jan. 13.

  Gov. Edwards discusses funding future with SU Board of Supervisors

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards met with Southern University's board of supervisors to discuss the future of funding for the school.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

  AG Jeff Landry files paperwork for President Trump to appear on Louisiana ballot in 2020

Attorney General Jeff Landry confirms President Donald Trump will show up on the Louisiana ballot.

  State Superintendent John White announces resignation

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White announced that he is stepping down from the post he has held for eight years.

  New Ascension Parish president, new parish council sworn in

Eleven new council members in Ascension Parish were sworn in on Monday.

  Dr. Rebekah Gee resigns as secretary of Louisiana’s health department

Dr. Rebekah Gee announced her resignation as secretary of the state’s health department effective January 31.

Louisiana not among 24 states where minimum wage is being raised

Arkansas is one of the 20 states where those increases went into effect Jan. 1

  Ascension sewer consolidation proposal vote postponed

A heated discussion is expected to take place in Ascension Parish Friday, Dec. 20.

Age to buy tobacco products may soon change from 18 to 21

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that could soon require anyone to be at least 21 in order to buy tobacco products.

  Gov. Edwards says he’ll sign a state of emergency following severe storms in Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards said he’ll sign a state of emergency for Louisiana later Wednesday during his end of the year speech on Dec. 18.

Rep. Cedric Richmond caught watching golf during impeachment hearing

During the impeachment hearing on Dec. 12, Rep. Cedric Richmond was caught watching the President’s Cup golf tournament.

  Long-time French Settlement mayor to resign Friday

Toni Guitreau says she's proud to have helped the town recover from the flood.

  Legislature enters all-too-familiar budget debate

The halls of the Louisiana State Capitol are certainly decked as lawmakers have their annual Christmas party tonight in the capital city.

DeVos: Defrauded students may only get partial loan relief

The U.S. Education Department has released a new policy that will provide full loan forgiveness to students who are cheated by their colleges only if they earn far less than their peers.

  Louisiana legislature expected to look different by the time the next session starts in March

The Louisiana state legislature will look much different when lawmakers gavel back in in just a few months, but we now have new details on some of their top priorities.

  What would the impeachment of President Trump mean for you?

Democrats took a major step Tuesday, Dec. 10 towards impeaching President Donald Trump, announcing they’ll charge the president with at least two high crimes.

Gov. Edwards will not hold inaugural ball the same day as National Championship game

Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards have announced plans for the inauguration.

  Senators Cassidy, Kennedy applaud confirmation of Dan Brouillette as Dept. of Energy secretary

Senators Bill Cassidy, MD and John Kennedy joined the Senate Monday, Dec. 2 in confirming Assumption Parish native, Dan Brouillette, as secretary of the Department of Energy.

  Governor declares state of emergency after cyber-attack

The Office of Motor Vehicles is still slated to re-open Monday

  Gov. Edwards charts new goals for second term

The newly re-elected governor will be thanking supporters and discussing his next four years in office during a press conference Thursday.

  President Trump congratulates Gov. Edwards on reelection in private phone call

President Donald Trump called Governor John Bel Edwards to congratulate him on winning re-election Monday (Nov. 18) afternoon, an Edwards staffer confirmed to WAFB.

  New legislature poses new challenges for Gov. Edwards

9News Capitol Reporter Matt Houston will lay out the details on 9News at 5.