Wallis Watkins is a Baton Rouge native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Louisiana State University in 2013. Soon after, she joined WRKF as an intern and is now reporting on politics for Capitol Access and science and health for Louisiana's Lab.
Louisiana is set to receive $1.2 billion in recovery money as a result of the August flooding.
On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards presented a plan that would predominately direct that $1.2 billion--approved by Congress in December--towards housing recovery, the state’s biggest need following the flood.
Louisiana’s congressional delegation has three new members, all Republican. Congressmen Mike Johnson (R-Bossier City) and Clay Higgins (R-Opelousas) and Senator John Kennedy (R-Madisonville) were sworn into office Tuesday in Washington.
At his end-of-the-year press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards reflected on the challenge 2016 was for Louisiana.
“The toughest day for me was the Sunday when I woke up and was getting ready for church and found out that we had a gunman in Baton Rouge that was obviously targeting police officers,” reflected Edwards.
Members of the House Appropriations Committee did not approve a healthcare contract for state workers last week because it included language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.