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Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.

John Bel Edwards

Four things you may have missed about Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak this week

By: - August 7, 2020

There’s an avalanche of news about Louisiana’s COVID-19 outbreak every week and we know it’s hard to keep up. Here’s a few interesting news that might have slipped through the cracks this week:  LSU planning around fans in Tiger Stadium this fall Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has had “very good discussions” with LSU […]

Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

Business is booming in Louisiana’s truck-stop casinos

By: - August 7, 2020

There are no windows, and the lights are turned way down at this truck-stop casino in Port Allen. It’s the middle of a weekday afternoon. Mirrors line the walls to make it look bigger than it is, but this video poker hall is smaller than your average McDonald’s. It contains a bar (now closed), spacious […]

Louisiana Governor open to temporary smoking ban in casinos

By: - August 6, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards is open to the idea of temporarily banning smoking in Louisiana casinos and video poker outlets in order to protect against COVID-19 spread, though the governor still has to talk to state gambling regulators about such a move. “First impression, it seems to make some sense,” Edwards said about a temporary […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana surpasses 4,000 known COVID-19 deaths

By: - August 6, 2020

Louisiana surpassed 4,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, though the actual death toll is assumed to be higher since some people suspected to have the virus died without being tested for it. The state recorded 50 new deaths Thursday, bringing the official count to 4,028, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Those newly reported deaths […]

Angola

Louisiana says it’s getting ‘mass testing’ of prisoners underway

By: - July 30, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Louisiana has started a “mass testing” program for COVID-19 in prisons weeks after experts said the state should be doing more to monitor for coronavirus in correctional facilities. The state intends to test inmates and staff at the Allen, Raymond LaBorde, and Rayburn correctional centers. The testing at Allen — […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana: 5 numbers that explain our coronavirus outbreak right now

By: - July 29, 2020

There’s a lot of data getting released about Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak each day. It can be overwhelming. Here’s a few numbers we’ve cherry picked to help give you a better understanding of what’s going on during this pandemic — or at least what’s going on this week.  Number one in the country for coronavirus cases […]

Sharon Weston Broome

Local government coronavirus relief will mostly go to public safety, criminal justice

By: - July 24, 2020

The bulk of Louisiana’s approximately $500 million in coronavirus relief funding for local governments will go to public safety and criminal justice system costs, unless Congress and President Donald Trump expand the way the money can be used.  Louisiana received a total of $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief money, and the federal government required that […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana sets a daily coronavirus case record

By: - July 22, 2020

Louisiana set a new record Wednesday when it reported 2,802 new COVID-19 cases, that is, cases that cannot be significantly attributed to a backlog of old tests. The previous high point had been on April 2, when Louisiana reported 2,726 new COVID-19 cases.  The number backs up what Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extends coronavirus restrictions

By: - July 22, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards will extend the state’s current coronavirus restrictions — including its face covering mandate, 50-person gathering cap and bar closures — for an additional two weeks Friday. The limitations, commonly referred to as “Phase 2”, will now go until Aug. 7, the day after Louisiana’s public school students are scheduled to resume […]

Louisiana sets up rental assistance program for people affected by economic slowdown

By: - July 17, 2020

Louisiana has set up a rental assistance program for people who are in jeopardy of losing their housing. The program is starting out with $7 million in federal funding, and is expected to grow to at least $24 million. Officials said they are also searching for more financial support. The assistance is available on a […]

Louisiana’s $250 front-line worker payment may run out by the end of the week

By: - July 16, 2020

Louisiana’s supplemental $250 payments for front-line workers looks likely to run out in the next day or so. Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged people who qualify to file their applications in a matter of hours if they want to receive a payment.  The state has already received 125,000 applications for the $250 payment since the […]

Angola

Forty-two percent of Louisiana inmates tested have been positive for COVID-19

By: - July 12, 2020

Since the beginning of April, Louisiana has tested about 10 percent of the state inmates that reside in the state prison system for COVID-19, and over 40 percent of the prisoners tested have been positive for the virus, according to data provided by the state Department of Corrections Thursday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, […]