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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.

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

Gov. Edwards announces coastal priorities for his second term

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

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

  Newspaper report suggests AG Jeff Landry profited off immigrant labor scheme

Mayor Broome encourages residents to report graffiti to Crime Stoppers

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Louisiana governor plans nearly $1M in raises for appointees

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

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

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

  Edwards presents budget wish list to lawmakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louisiana first lady, congressman Scalise speak at 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.

  'How sweet it is:’ Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards elected to second term

Voters elected John Bel Edwards to a second term as Louisiana’s governor in a General Election held Saturday, Nov. 16, according to projections by WAFB Political Analyst Jim Engster.

  President Trump’s support helped but not enough for Rispone

President Trump made it clear during his visits to Louisiana what the stakes were during the runoff election. However, Louisiana voters chose the Deep South’s only Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards.

All eyes on President Trump after Edwards prevails against Republican offensive in governor’s race

Edwards would go on to address Trump directly for his role in the onslaught during his victory speech Saturday, Nov. 16.“God bless his heart,” said Edwards.

2019 ELECTION RESULTS: Louisiana Gubernatorial General/Runoff Election

Results for the 2019 runoff elections.

Cazes elected to fifth term as West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff

Voters elected West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes to his fifth term in office during a General Election held Saturday, Oct. 12 in Louisiana, according to complete but unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

WAFB PROJECTION: Ardoin defeats Collins-Greenup in race for Secretary of State

Kyle Ardoin has been elected Secretary of State in Louisiana during a General Election held Saturday, Nov. 16. Ardoin defeated the lesser-known Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup for the second time.

Service restored to voter information app, Secretary of State’s voter portal after temporary outage

The office of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says service has been restored after a temporary outage of the GeauxVote Mobile app and Secretary of State’s Voter Portal Saturday. Nov. 16.

  Election Day: Here’s what you need to know

Saturday, Nov. 16 is Election Day for the gubernatorial runoff election.

  Election Day is here, and both candidates for La. governor gave final message for voters

Both candidates traveled across the state Friday to try to get their bases energized ahead of Saturday’s runoff.

Need a free ride to the polls? There’s an app for that

The NAACP Louisiana State Conference has contracted with Uber to get you to the poll on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Louisiana agrees to repay $13M in Medicaid claims settlement

Louisiana’s health department has agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims for nursing home and hospice care during the Jindal administration

Edwards, Rispone visit New Orleans on eve of election

Louisiana voters are about to make a choice about the future of the state. Friday is ostensibly last day of campaigning on the eve of the high-stakes and extremely close runoff in the governor's race.

  West Feliciana parish president pushing to rededicate portion of existing sales tax dollars during election

West Feliciana Parish voters will decide Saturday, Nov. 16 if they want to keep paying a sales tax, and if they want some of that money to go towards roads and bridges.

  President Trump speaks in Bossier City ahead of runoff election Saturday

Louisiana’s Republican and Democratic political parties hosted rallies for their prospective candidates in northwest Louisiana on Nov. 14, two days before the Nov. 16 runoff election for governor.

  Gov. Edwards says good working relationship with president to continue should he be reelected

As he’s done each time the president has visited Louisiana recently, Governor John Bel Edwards also held his own rally Thursday, Nov. 14 in Shreveport.

  A look at the runoff election for the 19th JDC judge seat

The runoff election for the 19th Judicial District Division L judgeship will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16.

  Lines form outside CenturyLink Center ahead of POTUS rally

A steady line of people is continuing to grow outside of the CenturyLink Center for today’s President Donald Trump rally.

Bossier City lays out some ground rules for Trump rally

Here are some do’s and don’ts, including what you cannot bring in with you

Shreveport mayor says his city will provide some support for Trump rally at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City

He held a news conference to try to clear up confusion over the role the city will play in the logistics of the event

  Exclusive WAFB Poll: Most Louisiana voters oppose impeaching President Trump

The impeachment debate is pretty much all over network television these days, however, the same folks that conducted WAFB’s exclusive poll on the governor’s race also asked voters about how they feel about potentially impeaching President Donald Trump.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: La. secretary of state accused of violating state law, endorsing other candidates

Less than a week before voters head to the polls for the Non. 16 runoff election, questions have now been raised over whether Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin broke the law recently in his comments at a Republican rally in Monroe on Thursday, Nov. 7.

  Exclusive WAFB gubernatorial poll results released Monday

The poll of 625 registered Louisiana voters shows Edwards with a slim lead over Rispone.

Mayor, ‘Boo’ Milton, others to host Move and Groove to the Polls early voting event

The last day of early voting for the runoff election is Saturday, Nov. 9, and Baton Rouge leaders are holding an event to encourage people to vote.

President Trump speaks at campaign rally in Monroe

President Donald Trump was in Louisiana Wednesday, Nov. 6 campaigning for gubernatorial candidate, Eddie Rispone.

  President Trump to hold rally Nov. 14 in Bossier City

Congressman Mike Johnson confirmed the plans Wednesday

SU hosts ‘Prowl to the Polls’ to encourage students to early vote

Southern University is hosting a few events to encourage students to take advantage of early voting.

  Eddie Rispone speaks at ladies luncheon with wives of Sen. Cassidy and Congressman Graves

Gubernatorial candidate, Eddie Rispone, spoke Tuesday, Nov. 5 at a ladies luncheon held by Dr. Laura Cassidy and Carissa Graves, wives of Senator Bill Cassidy and Congressman Garret Graves.

  Attacks coming from both sides in final weeks of Louisiana Governor’s race

With the election less than two weeks away and early voting in full swing, the attacks from people on both sides are getting pretty vicious.

  St. George organizers release statement after Mayor Broome files lawsuit

Mayor Broome has filed suit against two St. George organizers, challenging their ability to provide services to voters in the proposed new city.