Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press

Melinda Deslatte

The Associated Press

Baton Rouge, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Melinda:

Ralph Abraham says he won't run again for congress

The Republican who ran unsuccessfully for governor says he's sticking to a campaign pledge to serve only three terms in the U.S. House. → Read More

After criticism, John Bel Edwards seeks $500 teacher raise

The Democratic governor has been facing criticism that he broke a campaign promise to teachers by not including a salary increase. → Read More

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy formally launches reelection bid

Cassidy won't know his full slate of competitors until mid-July. That's when the candidate signup period is held. → Read More

Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

The swollen Pearl River appears to have crested in Mississippi’s capital of Jackson at just under 37 feet, but Gov. Tate Reeves warned the hundreds of evacuees not to rush back home until they get the all clear → Read More

Analysis: New money puts Louisiana education groups at odds

Louisiana's public schools, colleges and other education programs are vying for the increased cash coming into the state treasury. → Read More

John Bel Edwards defends no teacher pay hike in budget proposal

Edwards said Tuesday that he remains committed to raising Louisiana's public school teacher salaries to the regional average. → Read More

Analysis: Clues emerge about Louisiana House speaker's style

Clay Schexnayder's financial and appointment decisions are offering a few hints about how he'll oversee the fractious, 105-member chamber. → Read More

Louisiana governor proposes new education spending next year

The spending plan includes $285 million in proposed boosted spending. → Read More

Gov. John Bel Edwards takes treasurer to court over blocked fund transfer

Gov. John Bel Edwards sued Louisiana's state treasurer Friday for blocking a $25 million fund transfer. → Read More

Edwards takes treasurer to court over blocked fund transfer

Governors and lawmakers for decades have spent unclaimed property money on programs and services. → Read More

Louisiana executions stall for a decade amid legal quandary

Reaching the 10-year mark since its last execution this month, Louisiana has joined a trend of falling execution numbers across the country. → Read More

Louisiana executions stall for a decade amid legal quandary

Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded gurney to die. → Read More

Louisiana executions stall for a decade amid legal quandary

Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded gurney to die → Read More

Louisiana executions stall for a decade amid legal quandary

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded... → Read More

Analysis: House vote shakes up Louisiana politics, but how?

The contentious vote for House speaker started Louisiana's new legislative term with yet another controversy. → Read More

Louisiana Medicaid managed care contract awards thrown out

Multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracts awarded by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration have been scrapped by Louisiana's chief procurement officer. → Read More

Louisiana House, Senate elect new leaders as term begins

Monday's vote spurned Attorney General Jeff Landry’s pick for the job in an acrimonious public feud. → Read More

John Bel Edwards to be sworn in for second term as Louisiana governor

The 53-year-old Democrat is taking his oath of office Monday on the steps of the Louisiana Capitol. → Read More

Louisiana governor creates panel to promote 2020 US Census

The numbers could be critical to Louisiana's continued receipt of billions in federal money spent on health care, education and social services. → Read More

Edwards says he'll propose more pay raises for teachers

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also wants to proposed boosted spending on colleges and early learning programs. → Read More