Lawmakers will put the finishing touches on Louisiana's more than $30 billion budget for next year in the final hours of their legislative session. The 60-day session must end by 6 p.m. Thursday. 

The House and Senate were working through disagreements over small sums. But plans to boost spending on colleges, health services, foster care, senior centers and public safety programs were expected to remain intact.

Louisiana State Parks

The Louisiana Office of State Parks will officially open new overnight accommodations on Friday, June7, 2019, at Lake Bruin State Park. These new cabins will provide visitors additional accommodation options.

ULM Launches New Safe App

Jun 4, 2019
University of Louisiana Monroe

The new ULM Safe app is the latest addition to the University of Louisiana Monroe’s commitment to campus safety.


The app launched Monday, June 3, timed to be available to the first group of incoming freshmen who arrive this week for PREP.


Photo by Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services

BATON ROUGE -- Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he signed the following bills into law from the 2019 Regular Legislative Session:

SB 1- Provides for investment of funds by board of trustees for Bossier City Police Pension and Relief Fund.


The Louisiana Congressional delegation is urging the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be prepared to aid farmers in the wake of damages from the opening of the Morganza Spillway.
Ralph Abraham, who is Louisiana’s only member of a Congressional agriculture committee, led the delegation in the letter. They sent it to USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue on Friday, May 24.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the 13 college students who have been chosen to participate in The Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in Louisiana Government. This is an opportunity for the students to gain firsthand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government. The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

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Louisiana's welcome signs along Interstate 10 could soon celebrate the New Orleans Saints.

Lawmakers agreed I-10 welcome signs at the Texas and Mississippi state lines should declare people have entered the "Home of the Who Dat Nation," referencing the nickname for Saints fans.

A 35-0 Senate vote Tuesday gave final passage to the bill by New Orleans Sen. Wesley Bishop. It also calls for the Saints appreciation language to be included on the Superdome exit sign on I-10 in downtown New Orleans.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigators advise that they have arrest two subjects for the homicides of Ronald “Anthony” Milletello and his mother Marsha Lolley. 

Toby Jackson, age 20 and Candance Beau Cooper, age 30 of Monroe have been booked in the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center for 2 counts of Second Degree Murder Each. 

The investigation reveals the illegal sale of narcotics/weapons was a factor in this case.


Sheriff Russell commends the numerous Investigators that worked tirelessly to bring this case to closure in a timely manner.


Ralph Abraham

Shell In Planning Stage For Louisiana Expansion

May 20, 2019

Shell Chemicals Vice President for Gulf Coast Manufacturing Rhoman Hardy announced the company will advance feasibility plans for a potential $1.2 billion manufacturing expansion at its Shell Geismar facility in Louisiana. At the 841-acre complex in Ascension Parish, Shell Chemical LP would build a world-scale monoethylene glycol plant, pending final engineering, design and investment decisions. A decision to proceed with the project could come from Royal Dutch Shell in 2020.