Paul Braun

Capitol Reporter

Paul Braun is WRKF's reporter for Capitol Access, our series of reporting on state politics, government, and the people shaping Louisiana's state policy.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and state health officials announced Thursday that the state is anticipating its largest weekly allocation of coronavirus vaccine doses next week, paving the way for more Louisianans to gain protection from COVID-19.

For the second time in eight months, a bystander video capturing a Baton Rouge police officer restraining a Black teenager is sparking outrage and prompting calls for reform. The video, posted to social media on Sunday, shows the officer wrapping his arm around the neck of the boy as he pinned him to the ground.


Karl Lengel hosted Wednesday's Louisiana Considered.

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Louisiana’s ongoing battle with the coronavirus meant the state was already on track for a less-than-festive Fat Tuesday, but record cold temperatures and icy conditions further dampened spirits across the state.

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Baton Rouge-area residents awoke Monday to widespread road closures and power outages after freezing temperatures and precipitation blanketed the capital region in ice.

State and local officials announced the closure of roads and businesses and imposed curfews throughout the day, as meteorologists predict even colder overnight temperatures heading into Tuesday.

East Baton Rouge Parish officials shut down Interstate 110 and Central Thruway Sunday night as temperatures dropped.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards extended his modified Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions Tuesday through March 3, despite the state’s recent improvement in some public health metrics.

Paula Burch-Celentano

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state will extend eligibility for coronavirus vaccines to another 275,000 Louisianans starting Monday, widening the pool to include anyone 65 years of age or older.

Gary Chambers' Facebook Page

The race to replace Cedric Richmond in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District is finally set, with 15 candidates qualifying, most of them from New Orleans. Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers, who is best known for his fiery criticism of local elected officials, is mounting his own congressional bid.

A member of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ team has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s office disclosed  Monday morning.

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A member of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ team has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s office disclosed  Monday morning.