Governor John Bel Edwards discusses Louisiana's plan for Tropical Storm Nate
Posted on 10/5/2017 5:52:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards held his first briefing on Nate and said they do anticipate that Louisiana will take a direct hit when it makes landfall. He says the state is prepared, but people need to pay attention.
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Over 300 National Guardsmen traveling to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery
Posted on 9/29/2017 11:40:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is sending over 300 Louisiana National Guard soldiers to Puerto Rico to assist the island nation as it deals with catastrophic devastation from Hurricane Maria. Mike Steele, with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says two separate units will spend a month in Puerto Rico.
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Governor Edwards asks universities to update their hazing policies
Posted on 9/22/2017 2:18:00 PM.
In response to last week's death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, the LSU fraternity pledge, who died in a suspected hazing incident involving alcohol, Governor John Bel Edwards is requesting universities review their hazing policies. Edwards does not want to see another student die as a result of hazing. 
 
"Louisiana has moved a long way over the last number of years in instituting policies and practices to guard against this, but it did happen, so we have to redouble our efforts," Edwards said. 
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Governor and First Lady announces School Breakfast Challenge
Posted on 9/22/2017 3:20:00 AM.
By Jeff Palermo
Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards encourages schools to participate in the school breakfast challenge to help reduce childhood hunger. Donna Edwards says schools that take action and make sure kids eat breakfast can win up to one-thousand dollars in cash and other great prizes. 
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Louisiana finishes last fiscal year with a surplus
Posted on 9/21/2017 9:27:00 AM.
By Jeff Palermo
Good budget news for the state has been hard to find, but we finally found some. Governor John Bel Edwards says the state ended up with a 143-million dollar surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30th. Edwards says it's a sign Louisiana's economy is improving. 
 
"We've been disciplined, we've worked extremely hard, and so the revenue is finally exceeding slightly the revenue forecasts," Edwards said.
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Gov. Edwards asks supporters if they back a higher minimum wage
Posted on 9/20/2017 4:12:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards released an email poll asking if Louisiana residents support raising the minimum wage. ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says this survey is more about fundraising, as many of his supporters already want to increase the state’s minimum wage, which is $7.25.
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House Appropriations chair warns of scare tactics by the governor
Posted on 9/15/2017 11:34:00 AM.

House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says get ready to hear scare tactics coming from the governor’s office. In a video posted to his Facebook page, the Republican from Metairie says he expects Governor Edwards to start threatening cuts to important programs like TOPS.
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Gov Edwards pushes for changes to disaster grant program
Posted on 9/6/2017 12:30:00 PM.

In the wake of devastating storms with more on the way, Governor John Bel Edwards hopes to change the way disaster grants are awarded to impacted homeowners. Richard Carbo with the governor’s office says SBA loans are the only funding available immediately after a disaster, but they may not be the best option.
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Louisiana is sheltering hundreds of evacuees from Texas; preparing for thousands more
Posted on 8/31/2017 2:50:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Governor John Bel Edwards said today that 1,120 people sheltered in Louisiana last night due to displacement from Harvey, and 876 were Texans. He says currently there are a thousand Louisiana national guardsmen who are assisting in search and rescue operations.
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Harvey makes second landfall, treks across Louisiana
Posted on 8/30/2017 2:58:00 AM.

Cameron Parish is bracing for impact as Tropical Storm Harvey makes a second landfall and treks north through the state. Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Danny Lavergne says the biggest threat from the storm will be the water, as the parish received about 30 inches of rain in just the last two days.
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