Gov. Edwards addresses disturbance in Gulf of Mexico
Posted on 8/23/2017 4:20:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says state officials are monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico and GOHSEP has activated its crisis action team. He says the storm could hit Southeast Texas sometime Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, so Southwest Louisiana should be on alert.
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Governor declares State of Emergency for Orleans over flooding and pump concerns
Posted on 8/10/2017 12:42:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
Governor John Bel Edwards joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today to discuss the possibility of more flooding in the city, as a turbine caught fire overnight forcing a pumping station to move to last resort power.
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Governor Edwards happy with job growth and creation in Louisiana
Posted on 7/20/2017 4:04:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards is pleased with job growth and creation in the Bayou State. On his monthly radio call in show, the governor said several sectors of the economy are improving, especially health care thanks to expansion of the Medicaid program.
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Governor Edwards announces $220 million will go to fund flood control projects in the Capital region
Posted on 7/19/2017 12:58:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced today federal funding for flood control projects in the Baton Rouge area. Edwards says 220 million dollars will go to local governments in the Capital region as part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
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Poll finds Gov. Edwards approval rating is 58%
Posted on 7/18/2017 2:01:00 PM.

A new national poll by Morning Consult finds Governor John Bel Edwards has a 58% approval rating. Southern Media and Opinion research had Edwards at 54% in May, and pollster Bernie Pinsonat says being in the mid to upper 50s is good for any governor, especially a Democrat in Louisiana.
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National Guard ready to assist as Tropical Storm Cindy moves inland
Posted on 6/22/2017 3:09:00 AM.

With Tropical Storm Cindy moving inland, the Louisiana National Guard wants residents to know they are ready if assistance is needed. Major General Glenn Curtis with the Louisiana National Guard says they have pre-staged 100 high water vehicles and 33 boats throughout the southern and central regions of the state. He says they have additional assets available if needed.
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Governor Edwards signs extensive criminal justice reform package into law
Posted on 6/15/2017 1:22:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed 10 bills into law today that will result in shorter sentences for many non-violent offenders and expanded rehabilitation programs. Edwards predicts the new sentencing laws will reduce the prison population by 10-percent and Louisiana will finally lose the title as the incarceration capital of the world.
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Governor Edwards signs multiple bills to stop the growing opioid epidemic
Posted on 6/13/2017 4:08:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed three bills to help with the state’s growing opioid abuse problem. One of new laws prohibits a doctor from prescribing more than a seven day supply of opioids for a first time prescription for acute pain. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says she’s happy this legislation was able to come out of an unproductive session.
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Poll: Governor Edwards approval rating falls 9% since last September
Posted on 5/11/2017 2:16:00 PM.

A Southern Media and Opinion Research Poll finds Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating has dropped nine percentage points since September of 2016. It now stands at 54%. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the public is sick and tired of the governor and legislature not coming to an agreement on how to fix the state’s budget woes. 

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Portions of governor's criminal justice package start moving in the legislature
Posted on 5/2/2017 12:37:00 PM.

A portion of Governor John Bel Edwards criminal justice reform package received approval from a Senate Committee today. The bills would shorten sentences for non-violent offenders and strengthen their probation and parole requirements. Edwards’ says we have to make changes in the Department of Corrections because too many people are incarcerated and the state is spending too much money.
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