Firm to Lease 18,000 Acres in Louisiana for Carbon Sequestration
Firm to Lease 18,000 Acres in Louisiana for Carbon Sequestration
2022-07-25 19:30:17
by Dan McCue

PLANO, Texas — Denbury Inc., an independent energy company active along the Gulf Coast and in the Rocky Mountain region, has signed a lease for roughly 18,000 acres near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, for use as a carbon sequestration site. The site... Read More

Judge Tosses Congressional Map in Louisiana Citing Racial Gerrymander
2022-06-07 15:25:23
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge struck down Louisiana’s newly adopted congressional district map, ruling it must be redrawn to include a second district that gives Black voters the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. U.S. District... Read More

Four States to Share $500M in Broadband Expansion Funding
2022-06-07 15:11:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Four states — Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia and West Virginia — will receive more than $500 million in funding for broadband expansion projects under the auspices of the $10 billion Capital Projects Fund created as part of the... Read More

Gov. Edwards Tosses Congressional District Map in Louisiana
2022-03-10 20:41:31
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. — Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday vetoed the congressional district map approved by Louisiana’s Republican-controlled legislature last month, saying it failed to comply with the Voting Rights Act. In the wake of that decision, a... Read More

In The States
Louisiana Governor Denies He Delayed Probe in Deadly Arrest

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards defiantly denied Tuesday that he delayed or interfered with investigations into the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene — and for the first time he characterized the actions of the... Read More

In The States
Two Louisiana Men Indicted in Alleged Vote-Buying Scheme
2021-12-14 22:00:09
by Dan McCue

NEW ORLEANS — Two Louisiana men — one a former police chief; the other, a current elected official — have been indicted on charges they engaged in a scheme to pay for votes in a federal election. According to the... Read More

EPA Head Tours Embattled Communities, Says Help On the Way

RESERVE, La. (AP) — Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup... Read More

In The States
Biden Responds to Increased Demand for Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
2021-09-29 15:41:01
by Alexa Hornbeck

Many states are turning to monoclonal antibody treatments to curb the rise in hospitalizations and emergency room visits as COVID-19 cases rise. The demand on orders for the drugs has increased twenty-fold since mid-July, according to a spokesperson from the... Read More

Emergency Management
Biden Pledges Hurricane Recovery But Can’t Give a Timeline
2021-08-31 13:03:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden tried to sound reassuring Monday afternoon but could not guarantee a quick recovery from the devastation Hurricane Ida caused to southeastern Louisiana. “We’re going to stand with you and the people of the Gulf for... Read More

In The States
Louisiana’s Ardoin to Lead Secretaries of State Organization
2021-08-16 19:51:47
by TWN Staff

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has been elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. His selection took place at the organization's summer conference in Des Moines, Iowa. “As the job of Secretary of State continues to... Read More

In The States
Overwhelmed by COVID-19: A Day Inside a Louisiana Hospital

JEFFERSON, La. (AP) — Before the latest surge of the coronavirus, Louisiana neurologist Robin Davis focused on her specialty: treating patients with epilepsy. These days, as virus patients flood her hospital in record numbers, she has taken on the additional... Read More

Wasted Vaccine Doses Mount Nationwide as Delta Surge Continues
2021-08-11 20:20:01
by Reece Nations

More than a million COVID-19 immunization doses have gone to waste throughout the United States since the start of the national vaccination program as the highly contagious delta variant fuels a surge in nationwide hospitalizations. Alabama ranks last in terms... Read More

In The States
Biofuel Firm Proposes $70 Million Renewable Fuel Plant in Louisiana
2021-06-30 13:46:52
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. - A firm specializing in the development of clean fuels hopes to invest $70 million in southern Louisiana to build a plant that can source waste from four nearby sugar mills and turn it into biofuel. Though... Read More

Biden to Push His Big Infrastructure Plan in GOP Stronghold

President Joe Biden will push the case for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan in the reliably Republican state of Louisiana — directly challenging GOP lawmakers who say that low taxes for corporations and the wealthy will fuel economic growth. Biden... Read More

Troy Carter Will Be Lone Democrat in Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation
2021-04-30 21:20:37
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE - When State Sen. Troy Carter won a special runoff election to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District last Saturday, the moderate Democrat did more than give his party a little more breathing room in the narrowly controlled Congress.... Read More

State News
Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
2021-01-22 21:03:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest overall growth since the Great Depression, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows. According to the analysis, which first appeared... Read More

Congressman-Elect Letlow Dies of Complications from COVID-19
2020-12-30 14:48:05
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, died Tuesday at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, La., due to complications of COVID-19, just weeks after successfully competing in a runoff election for his seat. The 41-year-old Republican is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill... Read More

Mental Health
Senator Kennedy Wants To Improve Mental Health Services For Students
2020-12-08 22:21:00
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., introduced the Youth Mental Health Services Act to improve mental health services for students in primary and secondary schools. “It’s a lot harder being a kid in 2020 than when I was... Read More

Political News
Luke Letlow Wins Runoff for Louisiana US House Seat
2020-12-08 20:54:43
by Dan McCue

Luke Letlow bested a field of fellow Republicans in the runoff election Saturday to represent Louisiana's 5th Congressional District representing the central and northeastern parts of the state. Letlow, who was chief of staff for the retiring incumbent, Rep. Ralph... Read More

State News
Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Gets a Dry Run in a Louisiana Parking Lot

NEW YORK — A COVID-19 vaccine may be months from reaching millions of Americans. Getting all those shots into arms will be a monumental task. Shreveport, Louisiana, is getting ready now. The city recently completed a test run, one of about a... Read More

2020 Elections
Candidates for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to Engage in Sept. 23 Forum
2020-09-23 17:43:33
by Reece Nations

MONROE, La. – A live, virtual forum featuring candidates for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. CST. The forum will mark an opportunity for voters to hear from the candidates vying for the... Read More

Supreme Court
Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
2020-06-29 15:55:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal wing... Read More

Political News
Delayed Primaries Involve More Than Just Choosing A New Date on the Calendar
2020-03-25 19:23:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As of this week, eight states - Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio and Rhode Island - and one territory - Puerto Rico - have postponed their presidential primary elections due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, three... Read More

State News
Louisiana Postpones Democratic Primary Due to Coronavirus
2020-03-13 17:57:06
by Dan McCue

Louisiana is postponing its presidential primaries, originally set for April 4, becoming the first state to take the step as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Louisiana will now hold its presidential primaries on... Read More

State News
Louisiana's Edwards Unveils Coastal Priorities, Names Resilience Officer
2020-02-24 16:21:47
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards this week announced his priorities for the state’s coastal program for the next four years, and in a related move, named G. Charles Sutcliffe as the state’s first chief resilience officer. Edwards also announced the... Read More

John Bel Edwards Wins Reelection in Louisiana
2019-11-18 19:05:21
by Dan McCue

Louisiana reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards Saturday, dealing a stunning blow to Republicans who had banked on President Donald Trump's popularity in the conservative state to return the governor's mansion to the GOP. Edwards is the only Democratic governor... Read More

Control of State Houses, Legislatures and Fate of Ballot Initiatives to Be Decided Tuesday
2019-11-01 17:06:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, November 5, voters in two states will cast their vote for governor, while in four states, the makeup of the legislature will be determined -- noteworthy all on their own because they will have a significant... Read More

State News
Louisiana's John Bel Edwards Headed to Runoff Election
2019-10-14 21:01:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards bid for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will stretch to a Nov. 16 runoff election after voters failed on Saturday to award him more than 50% of the... Read More

State News
Louisiana Governor Says He'll Sign 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill
2019-05-30 20:44:28
by Dan McCue

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he will sign a strict new abortion law barring the procedure once a heartbeat is detectable -- a point that comes before many women realize they are pregnant. In a written statement,... Read More

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