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  California salon continues cutting hair indoors in defiance of state orders

  US Mint: ‘We need your help’ by using exact change when making purchases

Laure Sica, Clay Madden head into runoff election for Mandeville Mayor

Joseph Orgeron wins state House District 54 seat

  ELECTION RESULTS: Presidential primary; parish races

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

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  Five candidates running in Mandeville mayor’s race next weekend

  LABI applauds tax breaks for businesses; some legislators fear LA can’t afford them due to COVID-19

  Sen. Cassidy says Russia should pay a big price if bounty allegations are true; Scalise reacts too

Gov. signs bill to end prohibition in Miss.

Louisiana lawmakers winding down coronavirus special session

  Louisiana pro-life & pro-choice forces react to the Supreme court striking down the state’s abortion law

More legal battles are expected over abortion rights.

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

The Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.

  New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams charged in 11-count federal indictment

New Orleans City Councilmember-at-Large Jason Williams has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 11 counts including fraud and tax charges, according to a court document.

U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule on 2014 Louisiana abortion law

A state law that would limit who could perform abortions has been under a microscope since it was passed in 2014.

FOX News Poll: Voters say yes to masks, no to rallies

  City Council takes step toward removing street names linked to the confederacy

  Democrats & Republicans offer different police reform legislation; La. congressmen & FOP react

  Louisiana congressmen talk police reform efforts; react to Trump’s executive order

Gov. Edwards signs bill making grants available to aid small businesses affected by COVID-19

  Locals react to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ rights and the workplace

New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett jailed on DWI charge

New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett was arrested Sunday morning on charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Operation, according to the sheriff’s office.

‘This is a divisive issue’: Republican senator calls for vote on state flag

Whether it’s done by a legislative vote or by a referendum vote, Sen. Brice Wiggins says he thinks it’s time to revisit the issue of changing the flag.

  City Councilman Jason Williams discusses being under federal investigation; blames local DA and dirty politics

City Councilman Jason Williams who is running for district attorney says current D.A. Leon Cannizzaro is using all of resources to investigate him, a political rival.

$300M small business aid package diverting federal money from local government headed to Gov. Edwards’ desk

Lawmakers created a new fund for small businesses that have been left out of prior coronavirus aid by diverting $300 million away from local governments in the final minutes of the regular legislative session Monday.

  Sen. Cassidy reacts to George Floyd’s death, protests and Trump’s threat of military use

Sen. Cassidy calls George Floyd's death tragic.

Louisiana gambling board chairman removed by state Senate

The head of Louisiana’s gambling regulatory board has been ousted by state senators who refused to confirm his reappointment on the final day of the regular legislative session.

  Legislature ends regular session and begins a special session; Gov. Edwards says passing a budget must be a priority

State lawmakers began a special session moments after adjourning the regular session at the state capitol.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  President Donald Trump signs order curbing social media liability, FOX 8 political analyst says politics at play

The executive order would curb liability protection for social media companies.

  Republican-led legislature exerts more independence; political analyst says the governor still has power

Democrats in the legislature say they were left out of the decision-making about the special session.

  Healthcare and higher education funding dominate budget committee hearing at the State Capitol

Budget cuts are anticipated over the pandemic's impact on the economy.

  House committee pushes forward resolution to strip Gov. Edwards of emergency declaration powers

While Louisianans across the state worked together to flatten the curve of coronavirus, it's now reached a tipping point as divisive politics were at play again in Baton Rouge.

  Sports wagering bill advances in the La. legislature; union for casino workers releases guidelines

A sports wagering bill makes it out of a legislative committee at the State Capitol.

  Legislative session resumes after a pandemic-related hiatus; some lawmakers wore masks, others did not

As some state lawmakers wore masks and others did not, Rep. Gary Carter of New Orleans moved around the House chamber with a bottle of Clorox in his hand.

Gov. Edwards, President Trump discuss testing, reopening Louisiana’s economy during private meeting

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced he will travel to Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 29 to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19.

  Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

For a generation, mid-April has delivered some of American life’s most difficult moments. Traumatic anniversaries of the past 27 years are rolling by as Americans experience one of the most disruptive moments in their history: the coronavirus, and the effort to contain it.

  Ivanka Trump ignores White House guidelines against discretionary travel

Ivanka Trump traveled with her family from Washington to Bedminster, New Jersey, last week to celebrate Passover despite coronavirus guidelines discouraging discretionary travel, which she's encouraged others to follow.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Coronavirus has already spread widely in Australia, which is coming out of its summer.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

How you can ask Gov. Edwards a coronavirus-related question

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will be answering questions from state residents during his daily news conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch: Full Court Press Now Weeknights

Full Court Press Now is a new 30-minute newscast that airs every weeknight on Gray Television stations across the U.S.

  La. lawmakers made a brief return to the capitol building due to COVID-19, budget still needs approval

State lawmakers will be notified when to return to the capitol building as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

Gov. Edwards focuses on education during opening remarks of legislative session

Governor John Bel Edwards told Louisiana’s lawmakers he wants the legislature to make education a priority for the state during a speech on the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session Monday, March 9.

Putting bodily fluids in food would be crime similar to tampering under proposed law

A state representative in Livingston Parish, Buddy Mincey, hopes lawmakers will agree to create a crime of adulterating a food product.

Abraham announces retirement from Congress

Congressman Ralph Abraham, MD, R-Alto, announced Wednesday, Feb. 26 that he will retire from the US House of Representatives at the end of his term.

$642 million in tax dollars were misused or missed out on in 2019, Louisiana legislative auditor says

Louisiana state and local governments wasted or missed out on a combined $642 million in 2019, according to the state legislative auditor’s year-end report released the week of Feb. 17.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

La. Rep. Steve Scalise supports repercussions for Nancy Pelosi’s speech ripping

Scalise called Pelosi's behavior "disgraceful" and said it was "beneath the dignity of the House of Representatives."

  La. senators not ready to support the call for impeachment trial witnesses

Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy of Louisiana are not ready to support Democrats' request for witnesses during the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

  U.S. Senate prepares for impeachment trial of President Trump

U.S. Senators are expected to begin impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump.

John Bel Edwards sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

John Bel Edwards was sworn in for a second term as Louisiana governor on Monday, Jan. 13.

  Gov. John Bel Edwards kicking off second term

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is kicking off his second term without the budget crises of his first four years, but with a more conservative Legislature that could create new clashes over spending.

Rep. Schexnayder elected as La. House speaker

A divided Louisiana House elected Gonzales Republican Clay Schexnayder as speaker on Monday, Jan. 13.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

State Superintendent John White announces resignation

Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White announced that he is stepping down from the post he has held for eight years.

Mayor Cantrell: There needs to be more accountability for school bus safety

“Our kids were on that bus yesterday, and now they have a concussion and broken arm, so it comes full circle as far as my administration,” says Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

Jefferson Parish inspector general in power struggle over ordinance

The Jefferson Parish inspector general wants parish officials to back off ordinance, that could reign in his power

  La. congressmen react to the release of Articles of Impeachment against Trump

Democrats unveiled their charges against Republican President Donald Trump in the form of two Articles of Impeachment and members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation reacted to the move that will change Trump’s legacy.

  Sen. Cassidy introduces legislation to help families with newborns pay for early expenses

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy introduces legislation to help families with newborns shoulder some of the expenses.

'How sweet it is:’ Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards elected to second term

Voters elected John Bel Edwards to a second term as Louisiana’s governor in a General Election held Saturday, Nov. 16, according to projections by WAFB Political Analyst Jim Engster.

  Political analysts weigh in on Gov. Edwards’ defeat of Rispone

Now that the lawn signs are coming up and it’s back to business as usual for both of Louisiana’s gubernatorial candidates, political analysts are weighing in on why businessman Eddie Rispone lost the election.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith wins another term

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith secured another term with a victory over Tim Lentz.

  Mike Cooper wins St. Tammany Parish president seat in landside

Mike Cooper was elected parish president of St. Tammany Parish on Saturday.

WAFB PROJECTION: Ardoin defeats Collins-Greenup in race for Secretary of State

Kyle Ardoin has been elected Secretary of State in Louisiana during a General Election held Saturday, Nov. 16. Ardoin defeated the lesser-known Democratic challenger Gwen Collins-Greenup for the second time.

WATCH LIVE: FOX 8 Election 2019 coverage

Saturday, Nov. 16 is Election Day for the gubernatorial runoff election.

Service restored to voter information app, Secretary of State’s voter portal after temporary outage

The office of Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says service has been restored after a temporary outage of the GeauxVote Mobile app and Secretary of State’s Voter Portal Saturday. Nov. 16.

  Gubernatorial candidates make final state-wide push ahead of Election Day

The two candidates, Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards and Republican challenger Eddie Rispone both made a big final push with multiple stops across the state.

  Edwards and Rispone seek votes on election eve

Gov. John Bel Edwards and his challenger Eddie Rispone worked to secure more votes on election eve.

  Edwards, Rispone visit New Orleans on eve of election

Louisiana voters are about to make a choice about the future of the state. Friday is ostensibly last day of campaigning on the eve of the high-stakes and extremely close runoff in the governor's race.

Bossier City lays out some ground rules for Trump rally

Here are some do’s and don’ts, including what you cannot bring in with you

Louisiana man accused of threating President Trump on Facebook denied bond

A federal judge has refused to set bond for a Louisiana man accused of threatening President Donald Trump via social media posts last week.

  Cantrell doubles down, responds to criticism against bond and tax propositions

November 16th, New Orleans residents will vote on three different propositions, all that would allow the city to use those dollars to improve local infrastructure.

  New FOX 8 poll shows how Edwards & Rispone stack up with different groups of voters and statewide

A new FOX 8 poll on the governor's race gives insight on where the two runoff candidates stand as voters prepare to go to the polls on Saturday (Nov 16).

FOX 8 Exclusive Gubernatorial Runoff Poll

The poll of 625 registered Louisiana voters shows Edwards with 48 percent of the vote while Rispone has 46 percent. Six percent say they are still undecided

  State sees another high turnout as early voting for run-offs end

Louisiana saw another high turnout for early voting with nearly 490,000 votes across the state.

  St. Tammany voters to choose between Pat Brister and Mike Cooper in the parish president’s race

The candidates in the St. Tammany Parish president's race talk about their priorities for the parish.