Louisiana Illuminator

Louisiana Illuminator

The Louisiana Illuminator is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization driven by its mission to cast light on how decisions are made in Baton Rouge and how they affect the lives of everyday Louisianians, particularly those who are poor or otherwise marginalized.

Governor’s mother, Dora Jean Edwards, dies at 87

By: - January 20, 2023

Dora Jean Edwards, the mother of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and matriarch of a Tangipahoa Parish family rooted deep in politics, died Friday morning. She was 87. The governor announced her death in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I share that my mother, Dora Jean Edwards, has passed away,” Edwards […]

LABI will feature governor candidates at annual meeting

By: - January 19, 2023

The state’s top business lobby will feature four of the declared Republican candidates for governor as speakers for its annual meeting in March. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry announced Thursday its confirmed speakers for the March 2 event are state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Rep. Richard Nelson and […]

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Federal money to replace ferries in Cameron, Plaquemines

By: - December 22, 2022

A federal grant will pay for the design and construction of new ferries for commuters in Cameron and Plaquemines Parish, but it will be at least a couple of years before the replacements are in service. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Thursday $25 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation will cover […]

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Attorneys general want Apple, Google to raise age ratings for TikTok

By: - December 16, 2022

Attorneys general from 15 states want Apple and Google to increase their age ratings for  the social media application TikTok.

Tornadoes claim 3 lives in Louisiana, severe weather threat continues

By: - December 14, 2022

Severe weather in Louisiana over the past 24 hours has spawned tornadoes that have been blamed for three deaths, with the threat persisting through Wednesday evening. A 30-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son were killed Tuesday night in rural Caddo Parish after a tornado struck their home, and authorities in St. Charles Parish confirmed a […]

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Landry, 21 AGs push Biden administration to drop healthcare worker COVID vaccine mandate

By: - November 21, 2022

Louisiana’s attorney general announced Monday he is leading a coalition of 22 states that want the Biden administration to end a mandate for healthcare workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The 22 attorneys general have filed a petition that requests the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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Election Day: Recap of results in Louisiana, races in key states

By: - November 8, 2022

All but a few precincts were left to count in East Baton Rouge and Orleans parishes as Election Day in Louisiana turned into Wednesday. Voters had their say on a U.S. Senate race, five U.S. House seats, two Public Service Commission districts and eight amendments to the state constitution. A host of local races and […]

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Payroll issues persist at Office of Juvenile Justice, audit finds

By: - October 26, 2022

The agency in charge of Louisiana’s juvenile detention centers continues to have issues with keeping accurate time and attendance records, according to a Legislative Auditor’s report issued Wednesday. In what was noted as the third consecutive review, the audit found the state Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) “did not maintain adequate internal controls over time and […]

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Lawmaker will try again to hold back struggling readers at third grade

By: - August 22, 2022

A Louisiana lawmaker plans to make another attempt to stop the promotion of third-graders who repeatedly fail reading assessments. Rep. Richard Nelson, R-Mandeville, said he will bring back a bill that narrowly failed this year after the latest LEAP test results show a continued decline in reading scores.  “Much has been written about Louisiana’s literacy […]

Data show racial disparities in Louisiana monkeypox cases

By: - August 18, 2022

Health officials have examined demographic data on monkeypox cases in Louisiana and found six in every 10 cases have occurred among Black people. More than a quarter of diagnoses have been white, and 95% are male. As of Wednesday, 127 monkeypox cases have been confirmed in Louisiana since the first person was diagnosed July 7. […]

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Louisiana Special School District to replace superintendent

By: - July 25, 2022

The board that oversees the Louisiana Special School District (SSD) took action Monday to replace its superintendent. In a unanimous vote, the SSD Board of Directors “opted to go in a different direction with district leadership,” according to a statement. The ouster of superintendent Ernest Garrett III comes amid an investigation of his performance that […]

New sawmill to create 125 jobs in northwest Louisiana

By: - July 11, 2022

Construction officially started Monday on a new $110 million sawmill in Plain Dealing that its owner says will create 125 new jobs in the region. Gov. John Bel Edwards attended a ground breaking for the project that is expected to be completed in third-quarter 2023. The Teal-Jones Group, a company based in British Columbia, Canada, […]