Harrison Golden, WKBN 27 First News

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WKBN 27 First News

Baton Rouge, LA, United States

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Past articles by Harrison:

Louisiana AG leads 13-state lawsuit to overturn Biden oil and gas lease ban

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — President Joe Biden’s executive orders to tackle climate change are facing legal heat from Louisiana and 14 other states. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit Wednesday to topple Biden’s moratorium, which has paused new oil and gas leases on public property since January. “By executive fiat, Joe Biden […] → Read More

Louisiana bill would use opioid settlement funds to expand drug courts

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Courts that help Louisiana’s addicts could soon get more help of their own. Newly proposed legislation would craft a dedicated fund for operating and expanding drug courts. The facilities allow users to avoid jailtime by getting treatment and supervision. “To be able to beef up and make these courts even […] → Read More

‘Transportation policy is health policy’: How Buttigieg says COVID relief plan can bridge health divides

Many Americans are already seeing the $1,400 checks promised under the federal American Rescue plan, but the $1.9 trillion package has plenty more in store. → Read More

Central pastor Tony Spell in 19th District Court, supporters gathering outside on Monday

The courts have dismissed Pastor Spell's motion to have the case against him dropped. Spell has addressed the demonstrators and is expected to address them again once the hearing is over. → Read More

Fatal Athens fire appears to be electrical, officials say

Richard Booth was killed in the Tuesday morning fire on Lawson Street. → Read More

The major stories that we might forget about when we look back on 2020

From fleeing royals to out-of-control wildfires, here's a look at some of the major storylines that may have been the big story of the year in a less chaotic trip around the sun. → Read More

Louisiana receives its first doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Two days before Christmas, Louisiana received an early gift: Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. The state’s first shipment of the vaccine arrived Wednesday at Fresenius Kidney Care in Baton Rouge. Its frontline workers were first to receive doses. “I’m getting the COVID vaccine not only for myself and my family, but also […] → Read More

One dead in overnight house fire in Scott

SCOTT, La. (KLFY) – One person is dead following a house fire in Scott. According to the Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier, the fire broke out just after midnight at a home in the 200 block of Roger Road. At this time, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Lafayette Fire Department are investigating what […] → Read More

Elections results: Two 15th judicial district judges race head to runoff

(KLFY) In the 15th District Div. B District Judge race, Valerie Garrett will face Travis Broussard in a runoff election. Garrett received 49% of the vote to Broussard’s 28% with Sam Flugence getting 23%. Garret and Broussard will face off in the runoff on December 5th. In the 15th District Div. D District Judge race, […] → Read More

‘What a privilege’: Louisiana’s Cassidy wins second U.S. Senate term

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Sen. Bill Cassidy will represent Louisiana for six more years, after winning over a majority of state voters Tuesday night. The Republican incumbent secured more votes than his 14 challengers combined, silencing talk of a December runoff against Democratic Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins. “What a privilege I have of representing […] → Read More

‘That’s the kind of governor he was’: Mike Foster remembered as gruff, accessible

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Those who knew former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster remember a public servant who hid little from his constituents. “If you want a governor who is polished, rehearsed and ready for primetime, that would not be Mike Foster,” said LaPolitics.com editor Jeremy Alford. “For someone who has chronicled governors for 21 […] → Read More

LSU AD says Coach O was ‘too transparent’ in saying ‘most’ football players have had COVID-19

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — LSU athletic director Scott Woodward confirmed Wednesday what head football coach Ed Orgeron first reported Tuesday: that “most” of the school’s football players have had COVID-19. But Woodward played defense, calling the coach’s admission “a bit too transparent and a bit too forthright.” “The beauty of this is Coach O […] → Read More

Louisiana governor: Leave Laura’s path or meet ‘unsurvivable’ surge

Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Southwest Louisiana residents to evacuate Wednesday, as Hurricane Laura threatens to bring 170 mile-an-hour winds and an "unsurvivable" storm surge as high as 20 feet. → Read More

Louisiana Senate advances proposal for policing tactics task force

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Louisiana state senators gave unanimous support Sunday to legislation that let a task force study police practices, after George Floyd’s police-involved death in Minneapolis last month. The Senate voted 34-0 for state Sen. Cleo Fields’ concurrent resolution, which heads now to the House for consideration. The measure would bring state […] → Read More

La. lawmakers enter ‘world of special sessions’ with budget hearings

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Louisiana lawmakers hit the gavel Monday night, then the budget books Tuesday morning. A House budget panel began a special legislative session in earnest with the first of several budget hearings, taking testimony from state agency leaders regarding the $30-billion-plus budget that takes effect July 1. “Welcome to the world […] → Read More

Special session speculation builds among Louisiana lawmakers

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — After the coronavirus took a chunk out of their legislative session, Louisiana government leaders are raising questions over how their June will look. The Legislature only has two weeks to pass a budget before its regular session ends June 1. But members of its Republican majority hint they’ll push for […] → Read More

President Trump welcomes Gov. Edwards to Oval Office, touts ‘great success in Louisiana’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVLA/WGMB) — Louisiana’s governor shared the Oval Office Wednesday with President Donald Trump and members of the White House’s COVID-19 task force. Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only governor present at the meeting, sat next to the president in the front of the room. Between them sat a list of supplies the federal […] → Read More

Louisiana oil and gas companies report layoffs amid virus

BATON ROUGE, La. (The Advocate) — At least four companies in the oil and gas industry in Louisiana said workers were being laid off due to a decrease in demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Acadiana Advocate reported notifications to the Louisiana Workforce Commission showed around 600 workers were already let go or expected […] → Read More

Governor signs proclamation moving Louisiana’s elections back several weeks

Today, at the request of the Louisiana Secretary of State, Gov. John Bel Edwards has postponed Louisiana’s elections for another few weeks because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. The Governor originally moved the elections on March 13. → Read More

Vote-by-mail interest rising amid Louisiana’s stay-at-home order

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — As the nation faces both a coronavirus pandemic and a presidential election, supporters of mail-in voting suggest widening the practice in Louisiana would save lives — and save democracy. State law currently limits absentee voting to voters who voice a state-approved need to vote remotely. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin […] → Read More