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Analysis: Edwards embraced veto pen for La. special session

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards liberally used his veto pen for the majority-Republican Legislature's latest special session, striking down 15% of the measures that reached his desk in another indication of sharp disagreements over...

 

Black man's family views graphic video of in-custody death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Family members viewed long-secret body-camera video this week of a Black man who died in Louisiana State Police custody, their attorney calling it damning footage that shows troopers choking and beating the man, repeatedly...

 

Louisiana's Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from...

 

Analysis: Edwards slow to enter debates on guns and gambling

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Beyond the budget, the two most contentious issues of Louisiana's legislative session are shaping up to be guns and gambling. On both topics, Gov. John Bel Edwards has been noticeably quiet, seemingly hesitant to wade into...

 

Louisiana female lawmakers: Misconduct policies have gaps

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's female lawmakers said Friday that they want to tighten policies in the state Capitol for handling sexual-misconduct allegations, calling it their duty to make sure people who work in the building are protected...

 

Louisiana governor to Trump: Don't prosecute medical pot

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to shield states' medical marijuana programs from federal prosecutors, urging him to "ensure the safe distribution of this life-changing form of treatment." The...

 

Hurricane Nate makes landfall at mouth of Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Nate came ashore a sparsely populated area at the mouth of the Mississippi River on Saturday and pelted the central Gulf Coast with wind and rain as the fast-moving storm headed toward the Mississippi coast, where it...

 

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