Louisiana Health Secretary to Sen. Bill Cassidy: Your Health Bill Would Hurt Our State

“In its current form, the harm to Louisiana from this legislation far outweighs any benefit,” Rebekah Gee says in an open letter.

Tropical System Headed to Gulf Coast Prompts Hurricane Watch and Flooding Concerns

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Oregon wildfires grow; 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage flood repair trench in a Detroit suburb; and Baltimore mayor’s good government book club pick.

Tense Days in New Orleans as City's Pump Network Struggles to Keep Up

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | San José officials reject affordable housing for teachers proposal; designs are revealed for a new iconic bridge in Washington, D.C.; and Dayton sees inspiration in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

New Orleans Mayor Responds to U.S. Senator’s Remarks About City’s ‘Huge Crime Problem’

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, a Republican, said the city was “rapidly becoming the murder and armed robbery capital of the Western Hemisphere."

Voters in Louisiana and Oklahoma Strongly Favor Alternatives to Incarceration

Both states considered, one enacted, sentencing and corrections reforms in 2017

‘I Would Hope They Throw It Out and Start Over’

The Democratic governors of Louisiana and Montana express their distaste for the Senate bill to overhaul Obamacare.

‘Ban the Box’ Movement Scores Win in America’s Most Incarcerated State

In Louisiana, public universities will be prohibited from asking about criminal history on admission applications.

Louisiana Gov. Warns Tropical Storm Will ‘Affect the Entire State’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Maine prepares for partial state shutdown; Florida citrus canker payouts; and West Virginia governor acquiesces on state budget.

GOP Senator to White House: Hands Off Oil and Gas Payments to Gulf Coast States

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told Louisiana U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy that he’d work with him to address concerns about a plan in President Trump’s budget to redirect the funds.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Reaction to Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

"Now more than ever we have to put aside our differences and unite against cowardly violence," the mayor said.

Fighting AIDS in the Deep South: Glimmers of Hope

Southern states have the highest rates of new HIV and AIDS diagnoses, the largest percentage of people living with the disease, and the most people dying from it. But some Southern states are using innovative approaches to improve the situation.

Next Stop on the Route Fifty Roadshow: New Orleans

In the Big Easy, experts from across the Gulf Coast and the nation will share the changing nature of disasters and what 'Responding to Modern Emergencies' looks like.

Under the Cover of Darkness, New Orleans Removes a Confederate Monument

While some Southern states still officially honor their ‘Lost Cause’ history, the Crescent City is choosing to instead promote diversity on Confederate Memorial Day.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Securing and Advancing Communities

In an interview with Route Fifty, Landrieu talks policing and the “entrepreneurial” bent that drives mayors of all political stripes.

Unease Over Tapping Louisiana’s Rainy-Day Fund; D.C. Mayor vs. Bill O’Reilly

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Philly’s rat stats; Arkansas mayor resigns amid scandal; and Nevada governor’s education proposal.

What Being 18 Months Into an Urban Resilience Strategy Looks Like

New Orleans has $200 million, a multi-disciplinary team and a network of partners with which to address infrastructure needs ahead of future shocks and stresses.

What’s to Be Done About Confederate Monuments in New Orleans?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City Council members joined a national movement to remove symbols that black residents feel perpetuate racism, but they’re finding you can’t do iconoclasm halfway.