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Melinda Deslatte

The Associated Press

Baton Rouge, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Melinda:

Louisiana governor releases first TV ad in re-election bid

The advertising blitz in the Louisiana governor's race began Monday, as Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards released his first statewide TV ad. → Read More

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

"It's coming. I'm fearful of it, too," House transportation committee Chairman Terry Landry, the New Iberia Democrat who sponsored the law, told his colleagues. → Read More

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

Louisiana's law will permit autonomous vehicles to transport passengers or property if they are deemed able to follow state vehicle and traffic laws, and more. → Read More

Louisiana governor begins RV tour for election bid

Edwards did a statewide tour when he ran for governor four years ago, and this year's recreational vehicle trip will follow a similar path. → Read More

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

Louisiana lawmakers have written rules of the road that self-driving commercial trucks will need to follow. → Read More

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

Louisiana lawmakers have written rules of the road that companies designing self-driving commercial vehicles that don't need a human in the driver's seat will need to follow to truck commerce across the state → Read More

Top official says Iran ready for higher uranium enrichment

A top aide to Iran's supreme leader says the Islamic Republic is ready to enrich uranium beyond the level set by Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal. → Read More

Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

Louisiana lawmakers have written rules of the road that companies designing self-driving commercial vehicles that don't need a human in the driver's seat will need to follow to truck commerce across the state. → Read More

Man opens fire on neighbors playing with sparklers; 12-year-old girl struck

The suspect allegedly started shooting at families who were playing with sparklers in the street. → Read More

Injuries reported after explosion at Univ. of Nevada, Reno dorm

Two people were taken to Renown Regional Medical Center and have already been released, and six people were treated on scene for minor injuries. → Read More

Louisiana Governor Edwards to begin RV tour for re-election bid

The Deep South's lone Democratic governor faces two major GOP challengers trying to keep him from a second term. → Read More

Louisiana treasurer withholding $25M planned for budget

Treasurer John Schroder said he won't let Louisiana spend $25 million from the state's unclaimed property account this year. → Read More

Analysis: Health care bill boxed in Louisiana's governor

A state health-care bill put Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in a no-win situation. → Read More

Louisiana reaches 'Netflix-model' deal to tackle hepatitis C

Louisiana's health department announced Wednesday what it called a "subscription model" deal. → Read More

Louisiana reaches 'Netflix-model' deal to tackle hepatitis C

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - For years, Louisiana offered hepatitis C treatment to only the most severe cases in its Medicaid program and prisons, unable to afford broader access to the extremely high-priced medications. That will change in July, when the state begins a first-in-the-nation treatment model it says can cure tens of thousands who have the infectious, liver-damaging disease. → Read More

Louisiana governor signs $30B budget; touts teacher raises

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Saying "a great education cures a lot of ills," Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed Louisiana's $30 billion operating budget at a Baton Rouge elementary school where he... → Read More

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn’t political

Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, says he's not concerned about losing support among his party's voters because of a strict abortion ban he signed into law → Read More

Louisiana held its own Iowa Straw Poll for Republicans

Southwestern Louisiana Republicans hosted the state's first-ever gubernatorial straw poll Saturday afternoon. → Read More

Analysis: Education a winner in Louisiana budget tug-of-war

After a decade of stagnant financing or deep cuts, public education came out of Louisiana's legislative session as one of the big winners. → Read More

After thousands booted from Medicaid rolls, Louisiana to spend $400M less under program's projections

Louisiana's Medicaid program will spend about $400 million less than expected in the nearly ended budget year, largely because tens of thousands of people were booted from Medicaid rolls amid → Read More