Paul Braun

Paul Braun is WRKF's Capitol Access reporter.

Luke Letlow has been elected to represent Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, defeating state representative and fellow Republican Lance Harris.

Louisiana is moving back to Phase 2 of reopening as the state grapples with a third surge of coronavirus cases.

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.

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New Orleans’ COVID-19 percent positivity rate jumped from just above 1 percent last week to 2.2 percent this week — or an average of around 60 cases per day. That’s got New Orleans Health Director Jennifer Avegno worried.

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.