Gov. John Bel Edwards

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Just days before the start of early voting, Gov. John Bel Edwards' Republican opponents struck at his hallmark achievements Monday in hopes of keeping the Democratic incumbent from outright victory in an election less than three weeks away.

The Deep South's only Democratic governor continued to defend his record and suggested that U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone were trying to divide Louisiana residents into the partisan lines of Washington as they seek to force him into a runoff from the Oct. 12 election.

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Facing his two Republican challengers for their first head-to-head debate, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards fended off criticism Thursday that his tax policy and spending decisions are driving people from the state and hampering economic growth.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham tangled with Edwards most directly, with the men often talking over each other in disagreements as Abraham accused the Democratic incumbent of repeatedly turning to "taxes, taxes, taxes" from the state's already strapped citizens. At one point, Edwards told Abraham: "You are just 100% false."

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Louisiana received good marks Tuesday from a national credit rating agency for the state's improved financial outlook and work to stabilize its budget, boosting one of Gov. John Bel Edwards' main campaign pitches as he seeks a second term.

Moody's Investors Service didn't upgrade Louisiana's credit rating but did change the state's credit outlook from "stable" to "positive." The firm described the improved outlook as an indication the state could see a rating upgrade in a year or two.

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A company is investing $4.5 million to add a 10th production line at its facility in north Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mid South Extrusion President Ron Mason announced the expansion Tuesday.

In a news release, the family-owned company said the upgrade at its Monroe, Louisiana facility will create eight new jobs with an average annual salary of $28,000, plus benefits. Mason says the investment will allow MSE to target new markets and customers in the food packaging sector.

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Area Development ranked Louisiana No. 8 in the magazine’s annual Top States for Doing Business report, with the state earning a Top 10 position for the ninth consecutive year. Area Development surveys the nation’s top site selection consultants to produce the annual report.

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Lafourche Parish in southeastern Louisiana is getting nearly $42 million for storm protection projects.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said in a news release that the governor signed an agreement Thursday allocating the money.

Most of the money — about $36 million — comes from the state's share of offshore oil and gas lease money.

Under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act passed in 2006, the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas get some of the money generated from oil and gas production off their shores in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves at Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana today to announce that the state is providing funding for all K-12 schools in Louisiana to begin using the RAVE Mobile Safety App that will better alert authorities to emergencies on K-12 campuses.

Louisiana Governor Signs $30B Budget; Touts Teacher Raises

Jun 19, 2019
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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 hailed the first statewide public school teacher raise in a decade.

The 2019-20 budget starting July 1 contains increases for public elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, early learning programs, health care services and public safety programs.

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Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health learned that the contracted operator for the Clayton water system in Concordia Parish is no longer operating the water system because the operator has not been paid by the town.

CLAYTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor says the town stopped paying its water system contractor because it can't afford the bills.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a water emergency Friday in the Concordia Parish town of Clayton after learning that the contractor had quit running the system because it hadn't been paid.

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