La. governor calls for state investment

BATON ROUGE, La., March 10 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal opened the second special legislative session since he took office by asking for a cut in taxes and hike in spending.

Hornets' lease extended through 2014

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Louisiana and the New Orleans Hornets have agreed to extend the team's lease through 2014, giving it an option to leave early if attendance is poor.

New Jersey state workers lose holiday

NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is being called the "Thanksgiving Grinch" by state employees because they are required to work on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Barbour wins second term in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour won a second term in an easy victory Tuesday over a Democratic trial lawyer with right-wing positions on social issues.

New Orleans D.A. resigns under fire

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan, facing a $3.7 million judgment for firing white employees, has resigned after five years in office.

Rep. Jindal wins La. governor's race

BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A conservative Republican congressman won the Louisiana governor's election Saturday, becoming the first Indian-American to lead a U.S. state.

La. holds gubernatorial election

BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-La., who lost a gubernatorial race in 2003 to Kathleen Blanco, could win this year without a runoff, late polls in Louisiana indicate.

Jena 6's Bell to be tried as juvenile

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Wednesday Jena 6 defendant Mychal Bell will be tried as a juvenile.

U.S. gulf states getting soaked

LAFAYETTE, La., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A storm was expected to make landfall along the U.S. gulf coast Saturday, bringing with it heavy rains and winds with the ability to spawn tornadoes.

La. relied on individuals to flee flooding

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- In the negligent homicide trial of nursing home operators, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Louisiana relied on private citizens to flee Hurricane Katrina.

Jury selection starts in Katrina case

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Jury selection started Monday for the trial of a New Orleans couple who own the nursing home where 35 people died during Hurricane Katrina.

La. passes partial-birth abortion ban

BATON ROUGE, La., June 28 (UPI) -- The Louisiana legislature has unanimously approved a partial-birth abortion ban that would penalize doctors who perform the procedure.

Bill would doom cockfighting in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La., June 26 (UPI) -- Louisiana is expected to adopt a phase-out of cockfighting under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Louisiana attacks Katrina shortfall

BATON ROUGE, La., June 4 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco has proposed $715 million in state money to direct toward the state's "Road Home" program for Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Louisiana to fund part of Katrina recovery

BATON ROUGE, La., June 3 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco plans to allocate $600 million to $700 million in state funds to help cover a shortfall in a hurricane rebuilding program.
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Kathleen Blanco
Lousiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco holds a press conference in Baton Rouge, LA on September 20, 2005. Blanco spoke of moving people from the path of Hurricane Rita, the second hurricane in three weeks. Some of those being moved are evacuees from Katrina. (UPI Photo/ James Terry III)

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (born December 15, 1942) was the 54th Governor of Louisiana, having served from January 2004 until January 2008. She was the first woman to be elected to the office of governor of Louisiana.

In August 2005, less than two years into her term as governor, Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States, struck New Orleans and Louisiana. Many believed the immediate response from the city and state was inadequate, and Blanco later acknowledged there were failures on the part of her administration before and after the storm; much criticism, however, was directed at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for what was seen as a slow initial response to the disaster and an inability to effectively manage and care for those trying to evacuate from New Orleans.

Blanco announced in March 2007 that she would not seek re-election later that year, saying that she would instead "focus time and energy for the on the people's work, not on politics."

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