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Ryan Kailath / WWNO

Five of the six Republican members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation sided with President Donald Trump on Wednesday night in an attempt to stop President-elect Joe Biden taking office.

Paul Braun / WRKF

State lawmakers have approved an emergency plan for Louisiana elections taking place in February and later this spring.


Congressman-elect Luke Letlow from Louisiana’s 5th District has died of COVID-19.

Letlow first announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 18 — less than two weeks after winning his Congressional seat in a runoff election.

Paul Braun / WRKF

Gov. John Bel Edwards is extending his modified Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions through the holidays and into the new year.

Paula Burch / Tulane University

State health officials said they may be able to administer more than the 39,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine they expected to receive this week.

Paul Braun / WRKF

Louisiana is “ready to go” once the federal government approves emergency use of the first coronavirus vaccine in the United States, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday.

Travis Lux / WWNO

It seems like the presidential election just ended — Georgia certified its election results on Thursday — but Louisianans are already heading back to the polls for the start of early in-person voting for the Dec. 5 runoff elections.

Paul Braun / WRKF

A Baton Rouge judge sided with Gov. John Bel Edwards Thursday, blocking a petition filed by Republican state lawmakers attempting to end the current public health emergency and lift the governor’s coronavirus restrictions. The judge also ruled that the petition process used by GOP House members was unconstitutional.

Paul Braun / WRKF

A member of Gov. John Bel Edwards staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, according to a tweet from Edwards’ office.

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Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy won a second term Tuesday, avoiding a Dec. 5 runoff by rising above a crowded field and earning 62 percent of the vote in Louisiana’s open primary at the time the Associated Press called the race.