Governor John Bel Edwards is suing Attorney General Jeff Landry because the elected officials couldn’t come to an agreement on the anti-discrimination clause in state contracts. Back in April, the governor issued an executive order that prohibits state government from discriminating against gay and transgender individuals. Edwards says apparently the A-G believes the state should discriminate against a certain group of people.
Cut 15 (06) “particular issue”
But Landry says lawmakers have voted numerous times against LGBT anti-discrimination bills, and he is looking out for the will of the legislature.
A bill that provides 400 million dollars in federal flood recovery aid for Louisiana has been signed by President Obama. Executive Director of the state Office of Community Development, Pat Forbes says homeowners without flood insurance are in the most urgent need.
Cut 7 (10) “mortgage assistance”
There’s a rising number of deaths from prescription opioid overdoses in Louisiana. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says for the first time since the Vietnam War, the life expectancy has gone down for white males ages 25 to 35, and he says that’s due in part to the opioid epidemic in the US.
Cut 10 (09) “white males”
Donelon says in 2014, 750 people died of opioid overdoses in Louisiana.
Governor John Bel Edwards, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain, and other state officials are expected be in Cuba on Monday to discuss different kinds of trade. The officials plan to meet with the Cuban ministers of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Foreign Investment, as well as the National Port Administration of Cuba. Governor Edwards says they hope Hurricane Matthew will not delay their trip, but if it does they will reschedule.