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St. Landry Church Fires, Start of the Legislative Session, 2019 Gubernatorial Forum, Hotel Bentley | 4/12/19 | Louisiana: The State We're In

St. Landry Church Fires

This week saw a break in the case of the church fires in St. Landry Parish. Investigators announced the arrest of a suspect. Andre’ Moreau visits with Pastor Gerald Toussaint of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, one of the three historically-black churches that burned. Pastor Toussaint talks with Andre' about fatigue, faith and hope.

Start of the Legislative Session

Natasha Williams talks with lawmakers about the start of the 2019 legislative session, including what they plan to lobby for and against. The Governor opened the session with a message of hope for the state. How do the legislators feel about what's ahead of them? We'll find out.

2019 Gubernatorial Forum

SWI looks into the 2019 Gubernatorial Forum at the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) Conference and Luncheon. Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican candidate Rep. Ralph Abraham answered questions which were submitted beforehand. The other challenger, Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, did not take part.

Hotel Bentley

Last August, the Bentley Hotel in Alexandria, usually known as Hotel Bentley, celebrated 110 years. It’s on the national register of historic places and has undergone a number of renovations and transformations. Today it stands as it was intended by the man who built it. We visit this historic structure in Central Louisiana.

Legislative Session Coverage


Louisiana: The State We’re In, Louisiana's only statewide news magazine and one of the longest running television programs in the nation, is in its 42nd season on the air.

The program airs Fridays at 7PM and Sundays at 4:30PM on the six-station LPB network that includes stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. It also airs on LPB’s sister station WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans on Fridays at 7PM.

This award-winning show combines in-depth coverage about the important issues in the state along with expert analysis of those issues. This includes continuing coverage of stories like the lasting effect of the BP oil spill on Louisiana’s coastline, the devastating floods of 2016, or the continuing coverage of healthcare, education and state budget issues.

Since its inception in 1976, “Louisiana: The State We’re In” has been a leader in coverage of the Louisiana Legislature. Its goal has always been to explain how legislation will affect the lives of the people of the state. That coverage expands during the legislative session to include daily updates and a wrap up of the week’s events on the Friday broadcast that features live interviews with lawmakers and experts on legislation.

The program also features stories on the art, culture and the people and places that make Louisiana so unique.

Archived episodes are also available in our Video Archive.

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