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Nation Feb 25Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks in the South
Cities across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi are still grappling with outages that crippled health care facilities and forced families to wait in line for potable water.
Health Feb 22U.S. tops 500,000 COVID-19 deaths
The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. has topped 500,000, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.
Nation Nov 02Gulf storm damage causes polling place moves, power outages
Thousands of voters in southwest Louisiana will be casting ballots in different locations Tuesday because Hurricane Laura wrecked their traditional polling sites in late August.
Nation Aug 28More than 750,000 still without power in Hurricane Laura’s aftermath
In hard-hit Lake Charles, Louisiana, the mayor says many of the city's 80,000 residents could be without basic services for days or weeks…
Nation Aug 28Remnants of Hurricane Laura move east, leaving a disaster in Louisiana
Flooding and more tornadoes were possible Friday as the leftovers of the once fearsome Category 4 hurricane, now a tropical depression, move eastward. Already, an apparent tornado tore through a church and homes in Arkansas.
Nation Aug 27Louisiana parish votes to keep Confederate statue; Hurricane Laura topples it
The South's Defenders Monument formerly stood in front of the Calcasieu Parish courthouse. On Thursday morning it could be seen lying on its side, with broken tree branches strewn on the grass around it.
Politics Jul 14WATCH: Pence says school reopening is ‘right thing to do’ amid virus surge
Appearing at Louisiana State University, the Republican vice president described the nation as “in a much better position today to deal with the pandemic” even as virus cases surge across much of the country.
Health Jun 16Louisiana widening access to medical marijuana under new law
More Louisiana residents will have access to medical marijuana under a significant expansion of the state's therapeutic cannabis program that Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law.
Health Apr 14WATCH: Louisiana governor holds briefing after again delaying primary election
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday again delayed Louisiana's presidential primary because of the coronavirus — this time to July 11 — as the state's chief elections officer asked lawmakers to expand mail-in balloting and early voting.
Politics Nov 17Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana
Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s popularity.