John Bel Edwards

Across the South, it's snow, ice and record-breaking cold

The South awoke Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess that caused problems as far south as the Gulf Coast.<p>First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, then came below-zero wind chills and record-breaking low temperatures in New Orleans and other cities.<p>The snowfall sabotaged morning rush hour before it …

Weather

'It freaked me out': Green water flows through thawing frozen pipes | NOLA.com

After a night of freezing cold, Algiers Point resident Mark Aspiazu discovered his tap water had turned green. Startled, he ran the tap until the …

Weather

New Orleans freezes: What to know Wednesday | NOLA.com

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New Orleans

Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:<p>Jan. 17<p>The Times-Picayune on a study that found Louisiana will use up its money for the Children's Health …

Business

Louisiana Senate sexual harassment hearing transformed by riveting personal testimony

On Friday, the Louisiana Senate Select Committee on Women and Children held a hearing on state sexual harassment policy that was transformed from a …

Liberal View

College leaders sound the alarm on Louisiana budget 'cliff'

Louisiana's higher education leaders are ramping up pressure on state lawmakers, seeking a decision on taxes rather than more months of financial …

Business

Louisiana's billion-dollar budget shortfall could mean an 80 percent cut to TOPS | NOLA.com

Louisiana legislators and higher education leaders have been told that the state budget proposal that will be presented Monday (Jan. 22) will likely …

New Orleans

Jefferson Parish schools to remain closed Thursday amid frigid temps | NOLA.com

Public school in Jefferson Parish will remain closed Thursday because of expected freezing temperatures overnight and icy roads, officials announced …

Weather

Bayou Bridge Pipeline is an environmental threat to Louisiana | Opinion | NOLA.com

<b>Opinion by Anne Rolfes</b><p>On election night in 2015, a victorious John Bel Edwards said something he hadn't said during his campaign, something I hadn't …

Environment

St. John Parish schools to remain closed Thursday due to icy weather | NOLA.com

Public schools in St. John the Baptist Parish will remain closed Thursday (Jan. 18) as freezing temperatures are expected to occur overnight and into …

New Orleans

A 93,000 Square Foot Culinary School Breaks Ground Today

After years of delays, the $32 million <b>New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute</b> (NOCHI) is finally breaking ground at the former Louisiana ArtWorks building. The NOCHI board and staff, Governor John Bel Edwards, and others will be on hand for the official groundbreaking this morning.<p>Designed …

New Orleans

Louisiana budget not only task: Lawmakers eyeing other issues too at upcoming session

Fretting over the possibility of a fiscal nightmare, state lawmakers are behind their usual pace in preparing for the regular legislative …

Government

Winter weather closing Louisiana state offices at noon Tuesday through Wednesday | NOLA.com

Louisiana state government offices will close at noon Tuesday (Jan. 16) and remained closed through Wednesday in anticipation of freezing …

Weather

Florida governor tries to lure jobs away from Louisiana | NOLA.com

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, announced Tuesday (Jan. 16) that he is coming to Louisiana on a trade mission to convince business owners and …

New Orleans

Five things to know about Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration released landmark guidance this week aimed at allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, a …

ObamaCare

Gov. John Bel Edwards 'not sure why' Louisiana requires florists, others to be licensed, wants review

Gov. John Bel Edwards wants state lawmakers in the regular session this year to review Louisiana's occupational licensing requirements that have been …

Baton Rouge

As fiscal cliff looms, some moderate Republican lawmakers want their leaders to offer a budget plan

After seven months of private meetings, state lawmakers appear no closer to addressing a looming budget deficit that, if not solved, will devastate …

Government

Former State Police Commission whistleblower sues, claiming retaliation | NOLA.com

The former executive director of the State Police Commission is suing, claiming she was retaliated against for challenging Louisiana State Police …

Corruption

Thousands to lose Medicaid in Kentucky, the first state to upend the program. And that’s the idea.

Work requirements and premiums are just two fundamental changes to the 50-year-old program.<p>It’s official: Kentucky is the first state to …

Health Care

Even Jeff Sessions' home state of Alabama supports legal weed

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions outraged the legal cannabis industry last week when he rescinded the Cole Memo, which allowed states to implement …

Cannabis

$600M in Louisiana interstate projects moving toward reality

Louisiana intends to use a federal transportation borrowing tool to construct $600 million in interstate projects that have been sought for decades …

Business

Governors Weigh in on Water, Climate and the Environment: What We Know So Far

By Brett Walton<p>State of the State speeches are where governors sketch their legislative priorities and report on the overall health of their …

Climate

In appalling video, Vermilion Parish has its United Airlines moment

Last year, United Airlines. This year, the Vermilion Parish School Board.<p>Not since last April, when the video of a paying passenger being dragged off …

Baton Rouge

Louisiana female lawmakers: Misconduct policies have gaps

Louisiana's female lawmakers said Friday that they want to tighten policies in the state Capitol for handling sexual-misconduct allegations, calling …

Business

Jeff Sessions puffing new life into a drug war he ought to let pass | Opinion | NOLA.com

On a plane out to Denver in July, I wondered if I would be able to tell that Colorado had legalized the use of recreational marijuana or if the law's …

New Orleans

Democratic wave in Congress could ripple into Louisiana governor's race | Opinion | NOLA.com

Two more Republican lawmakers announced this past week that they will not be seeking reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the …

U.S. Congress

Alton Sterling case, Medicaid work requirements and Bayou Bridge lawsuit: Louisiana politics today (Jan. 12) | NOLA.com

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New Orleans

I-10 flyover at Armstrong Airport among projects Gov. Edwards says Louisiana can fund | NOLA.com

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday (Jan. 12) that Louisiana will be able to line up the money needed to build a Interstate 10 interchange near the new …

New Orleans

Prisoner beaten to death by 12 inmates in 'shark feeding frenzy'

A sheriff and warden did little to protect a prisoner who was beaten to death by 12 other inmates, a lawsuit charges.

Crime

Senator proposes TOPS awards based on performance | NOLA.com

The Louisiana lawmaker leading a study of the TOPS free college tuition program has recommended a rewrite of how awards are doled out to students, …

Education