Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press

Melinda Deslatte

The Associated Press

Baton Rouge, LA, United States

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Recent articles by Melinda:

Louisiana lawmaker scraps proposal to cut unemployment aid

The bill would keep unemployment money from exceeding the money people earned in their previous jobs. → Read More

Louisiana senators: Shield businesses from virus lawsuits

Opponents say the measures are too sweeping. Both bills move to the House for debate. → Read More

Bid to force interruption insurance to cover virus shelved

Most of those policies have exemptions for such an outbreak. → Read More

Republican lawmakers aim to limit car crash claims in Louisiana

They are pushing ahead with the pre-coronavirus priority as Democrats argue the debate is inappropriate amid a pandemic. → Read More

Virus impact on Louisiana budget becomes clearer Monday

Lawmakers expect a decline in state financing anywhere from $500 million to as much as $1.5 billion. → Read More

Analysis: Legislative session moves quickly, with less input

The fast-tracked process comes as some Democratic lawmakers refuse to attend the session because of the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Republican lawmakers moving to end Louisiana's Stay at Home order before May 15

Republicans who want a parish-by-parish opening are striking at Governor John Bel Edwards' order. → Read More

Analysis: Partisanship returns in Louisiana virus response

A bipartisan approach to the coronoavirus among Louisiana's leaders is starting to collapse, particularly at the state Capitol. → Read More

Southern states largely go it alone in reopening decisions

Governors in 17 states have committed to regional coordination to reopen their economies during the coronavirus outbreak → Read More

Southern states largely go it alone in reopening decisions

Governors in 17 states have committed to regional coordination to reopen their economies during the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Southern states largely go it alone in reopening decisions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Governors in 17 states have committed to regional coordination to reopen their economies during the coronavirus outbreak — but none are in the South, where leaders are... → Read More

Louisiana analysis: Amid virus worry, public skips legislative session

Far fewer people are showing up to weigh in on Louisiana legislative debates amid the virus outbreak. → Read More

Louisiana presidential primary pushed back again, to July 11

Gov. John Bel Edwards has again delayed Louisiana’s presidential primary because of the coronavirus, this time to July 11 → Read More

Louisiana Responds To Coronavirus With Rare Bipartisanship

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A simple gift from a bitter political rival — a medical mask emblazoned with Louisiana’s state seal — has helped Democratic Gov. → Read More

Analysis: Coronavirus creates strange politics in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has found some support from some old opponents. → Read More

Louisiana lawmakers return as virus hospitalizes a member

Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat who chairs the House criminal justice committee, announced late Monday that he was in the hospital with pneumonia stemming from the virus. → Read More

Louisiana's legislative session pushed back by coronavirus pandemic

The legislative session, typically 85 days, began last week with more than 1,100 bills filed by lawmakers. → Read More

Louisiana postpones April 4 primary because of coronavirus

Louisiana's governor is postponing the state's April presidential primary election for two months because of the coronavirus → Read More

Louisiana elections chief asks to postpone April 4 primary

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's chief elections officer asked the governor on Friday to postpone the state's April presidential primary election for two months because of the new coronavirus, as the number of residents who tested positive continued to grow. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin started the process for delaying the April 4 primary with an emergency certification to Gov. John Bel… → Read More

Louisiana elections chief asks to postpone April 4 primary

Louisiana's chief elections officer asked the governor on Friday to postpone the state's April presidential primary election for two months because of the coronavirus, as the number of residents who ... → Read More