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Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 8:56 AM

BATON ROUGE— The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced Thursday that it is investigating two presumptive cases of imported Zika virus in the state.

Posted Feb 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM

A new Louisiana governor inherits a massive budget mess, a state struggling with years of red ink that his predecessor patched through rather than fixing. Now, government services are on the chopping block, threatened with hefty reductions. Sound...

Posted Feb 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM

The governor's speech will be aired at 6:30 p.m. on Louisiana Public Broadcasting and on major television and radio stations around Louisiana. In the Lake Area, KPLC TV-7 will carry the speech.

Posted Feb 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Louisiana's budget gap grew worse Wednesday, reaching a projection of about $850 million and placing government services at risk of deep cuts, with only four months remaining to re-balance the state's spending plan.

Updated Feb 9, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Thousands of people bundled up against the cold winds as they lined up along the main streets of New Orleans on Tuesday to see the culmination of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebration.

Posted Feb 7, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Gov. John Bel Edwards officially called Friday for lawmakers to convene Valentine's Day in a special legislative session aimed at stabilizing Louisiana's finances and closing an immediate budget gap estimated to top $700 million.

Posted Feb 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM

I don't want to mince words — Louisiana is in a budget crisis. After eight years of dishonest budgeting, our state is facing a $750 million shortfall for this fiscal year and an expected $1.9 billion shortfall for the next fiscal year.

Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 10:12 AM

The Democratic governor said he intends to issue the executive order Friday, setting the dates and parameters for the session to begin Feb. 14.

Posted Feb 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Louisiana's former veterans secretary mismanaged his department, the state legislative auditor and inspector general said in an investigative report released Monday.

Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 9:01 AM

NEW ORLEANS — A new exhibit commemorating the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm will be opening soon at the Louisiana National Guard Museum at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.

Posted Jan 31, 2016 at 10:30 AM

“With what I make, I'm trying to support myself and three kids on about $1,200 a month,” Bowers said. “But I can't think in terms of a monthly budget. I have to address my finances week by week. I have tough decisions to make ..."

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