BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After five decades at the center of every important political deal in Louisiana, Senate President John Alario on Friday gave the speech no one ever expected to hear: his...
Louisiana Political Hall of Fame announces new inductees
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's latest Political Hall of Fame inductees will include the state's only "first gentleman," the brother of former Gov. Edwin Edwards and an ex-lawmaker.
The 2019 additions include Raymond "Coach" Blanco, a political adviser, pollster and husband of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco who was known as "first gentleman" when she was in office.
Disbarment for ex-federal prosecutor in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prosecutor whose anonymous online posts led to turmoil at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans and upended a high-profile police abuse case was disbarred Wednesday by Louisiana's Supreme Court.
Manslaughter plea in death of former mob figure
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man accused of killing a former New Orleans mob figure has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Nola.com ' The Times-Picayune reports that 53-year-old William Bonham pleaded guilty Thursday in the death of his roommate Kent Brouillette, known as "Frenchy."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans lawyer has been nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President Donald Trump.
News outlets report Peter Strasser was nominated Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate he would fill the position that Kenneth Polite resigned from last year. Duane Evans holds the position on an interim basis.
Louisiana's U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy say in statements that they support Strasser's nomination.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Investigators found narcotics in an envelope former U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan was handing to a jail inmate in a New Orleans courtroom, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman's news release says Jordan, 65, is "a suspect" in an investigation involving contraband. As of Thursday afternoon, he had not been arrested or charged. He did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Former Gov. Edwin Edwards' first wife, Elaine Edwards, who served briefly in the U.S. Senate, has died at the age of 89. She was married to Edwards during three of his four terms as governor.
Shortly after Edwin Edwards' first term began in 1972, he appointed his wife to complete the three months remaining of U.S. Sen. Allen Ellender's term after his death.
Bobby Hebert says he might never have been a Saint if it weren’t for Tom Benson
The Cajun Cannon might never have played in New Orleans if it weren't for Tom Benson.
Bobby Hebert was all set to become a Seattle Seahawk.
At least until Benson took over Hebert's hometown Saints and called in some powerful Louisiana power brokers to make sure Hebert came home.
"After the USFL folded and I played in the championship game with the Oakland Invaders, I was going to the Seattle Seahawks," Hebert said. "Then all of a sudden, Mr. Benson buys the team."
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Gus Mijalis, a Louisiana businessman and close friend of former Gov. Edwin Edwards has died at age 83.
Louisiana news outlets say Mijalis died Tuesday in Shreveport of complications from heart disease. Rose-Neath Funeral Home said the funeral was set for next week.
Mijalis' business interests include the century-old family-owned Farmers Seafood in Shreveport. He also served on the state Board of Regents for higher education.
Rarified club: Louisiana governors to get together Sunday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Consider it the meeting of one of Louisiana's most exclusive clubs. The state's governors are gathering together this weekend at the house where each once lived.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and first lady Donna Edwards are hosting Louisiana's former chief executives at the governor's mansion Sunday afternoon for a reception called "Memories at the Mansion."
Sold-out birthday bash for 90-year-old Louisiana ex-governor
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A more traditional person might call it crass, an ostentatious 90th birthday bash with a $250-per-person price tag to attend. But then, no one would call Louisiana's four-term former governor, Edwin Edwards — the convicted felon with a wife five decades his junior, a 4-year-old son and a lifetime of making headlines — anything close to traditional.
The Latest: Packed room for Louisiana ex-governor’s birthday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the 90th birthday party for former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (all times local):
The glitzy 90th birthday party for Louisiana's four-term former governor Edwin Edwards drew a packed house, including the state's current chief executive and other elected officials from around the state.
Edwards said he was surprised and grateful by the turnout for Saturday night's celebratory bash. He called it "one of the highlights of my long career."
Former Gov. Edwin Edwards to speak at Northwestern State
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will be a guest lecturer at Northwestern State University on Monday.
Edwards will speak to a business administration special topics course taught by Theodore Jones, the Charles D. Ragus Endowed Chair at Northwestern State.
The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in the David Morgan Auditorium of Russell Hall. It's open to the public.
Wife: Former Louisiana governor hospitalized with pneumonia
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is in the hospital, and his wife is telling a television station that her 89-year-old husband has pneumonia.
Trina Edwards tells WAFB-TV (http://bit.ly/2hshDX9 ) that her husband went to an emergency room last week, and on Monday, they called an ambulance to take him to the hospital again.
She says he's improving and able to get up and move around a bit.
TV: Wife says former Gov Edwards hospitalized with pneumonia
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is in the hospital, and his third wife, Trina Edwards, tells WAFB-TV (http://bit.ly/2hshDX9 ) that he has pneumonia.
She says he went to an emergency room one day last week, and on Monday, they called an ambulance to take him to the hospital again.
She says he's now improving and able to get up and move around a bit.
The Louisiana Democratic Party has launched a web campaign against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, with a very specific message attempting to appeal to Louisiana voters who don't like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has jumped into the crowded competition for a U.S. Senate seat in his home state, receiving rebuke from Republicans who don't want him running on a ballot as a member of their party.
Duke — once an avowed Nazi sympathizer who headed a Ku Klux Klan group — fell back into relative obscurity after losing a...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's announcement that he will run for U.S. Senate (all times local):
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who beat David Duke during a contentious 1991 gubernatorial race, says he was surprised to hear that Duke is now running for Senate.
Edwards told The Associated Press that Duke faces a "hard row to hoe" in the upcoming election but said there might be a "niche" for...