Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care

Louisiana officials are calling for prayers for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who has entered hospice care for incurable cancer

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana officials are calling for prayers for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who has entered hospice care for incurable cancer.

House and Senate lawmakers held moments of prayer for Blanco.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who has become close to Blanco, also asked for prayers in a statement Wednesday. He called her a woman of incredible strength and abiding faith.

Blanco served 24 years in elected offices, including time as a state lawmaker, member of the state utility regulatory commission and lieutenant governor.