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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.

Entergy New Orleans will ask regulators to bill customers for $150 million in Ida recovery costs

By: - March 2, 2022

The utility company said in a statement Wednesday that Hurricane Ida depleted its disaster recovery account, and it intends to pay off the securitized bonds over "approximately 15 years" through the ratepayer surcharge.

Dillard University becomes third Louisiana HBCU to receive bomb threat

By: - February 25, 2022

Dillard University closed its Gentilly campus after receiving a bomb threat Friday morning, campus officials announced on social media.

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss coastal restoration with U.S. Senate committee

By: - February 22, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards is heading to Delaware where he will testify Wednesday at a U.S. Senate committee field hearing on coastal restoration and climate change. 

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Public hearings set to plan $600M in Louisiana storm recovery for Delta, Laura victims

By: - February 21, 2022

Four in-person meetings and a virtual hearing are scheduled from March 9 to 16, with events set in Alexandria, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport.

COVID-19 outbreaks at Louisiana nursing homes infect nearly 1,200 staff members

Gov. Edwards extends Louisiana’s COVID-19 emergency order without mask mandate

By: - February 16, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards extended Louisiana’s COVID-19 public health emergency order Wednesday but without a required mask mandate for certain settings. All 64 parishes in the state remain at high risk for transmission of the virus.

California company to build sustainable materials plant with 200 new jobs in Louisiana

By: - February 16, 2022

A California company plans to spend $750 million to build a facility in Ascension Parish that will manufacture plant-based material for packaging, textiles and other uses.

Special committee wants Gov. Edwards' text messages in Greene case

Louisiana Legislature to review handling of Ronald Greene’s death in State Police custody

By: - February 10, 2022

A select committee of Louisiana lawmakers will be formed "to review the handling, on all levels" of Ronald Greene's death in State Police custody, House Speaker Clay Schexnayder said in a written statement Thursday morning.

nursing receives COVID-19 vaccine

Attorney General Jeff Landry tries again to block health care worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate

By: - February 4, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled otherwise last month, but Louisiana's attorney general is once again trying to get a court to block the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers at facilities that accept federal funding.

Jeff Landry

Attorney General Jeff Landry seeks to join lawsuit against New Orleans COVID mandates

By: - February 2, 2022

To prevent the spread of the virus, Mayor LaToya Cantrell has issued orders to restaurants, bars and other settings where people gather that require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test for entry.

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana redistricting session begins with late rush of maps, controversy for governor

By: - February 1, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature convenes at 5 p.m. Tuesday to begin a redistricting session to account for population changes in the state over the past 10 years.

Louisiana revenue chief stepping down for job at LSU

By: - January 28, 2022

A long-time Department of Revenue employee will take her place, according to the governor's office.

First Lady Donna Edwards and Gov. John Bel Edwards

Campaign aims to raise human trafficking awareness in Louisiana

By: - January 25, 2022

The effort, Stop Trafficking LA: Human Trafficking is REAL, will focus on how to identify when a trafficking victim needs help and more specific services for victims.