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.

Louisiana among best states for highway safety laws in latest report

By: - January 18, 2022

Louisiana has some of the best highway safety laws in the nation according this year’s “roadmap” from an organization with backers in the insurance industry and consumer groups. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety ranked the states as part of its “Out of Control” report, released Tuesday. It calls attention to a recent increase in fatal […]

I-10 bridge in LAKE CHARLES

$1 billion for bridge repairs coming to Louisiana

By: - January 14, 2022

Louisiana will receive approximately $1 billion for bridge repairs from a federal infrastructure plan revealed Friday. The Federal Highway Administration will dedicate $26.5 billion to states over five years for bridgework. The money is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Congress approved. Louisiana will receive $202.6 million  this fiscal year. It will be used to improve […]

Nearly $24 million in Louisiana student loans canceled in Navient settlement

By: - January 13, 2022

More than a thousand students from Louisiana who borrowed money for their education from the loan servicer Navient will have their debt forgiven after a settlement was reached between the company at 39 states, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Thursday. The outstanding total debt being forgiven in the Navient student loan settlement for Louisiana is […]

New Shreveport call center plans to hire 600

By: - January 13, 2022

A $1.5 million call center will be developed in Shreveport that will create 600 new jobs, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. Advanced Call Center Technologies will open for business in the East Ridge Plaza business center in March. President and CEO Hunter Croft committed to the investment Thursday, a statement from the governor’s office said. […]

Louisiana to receive $325M from opioid settlement case

By: - July 21, 2021

Louisiana should receive more than $325 million as part of a settlement that multiple states and local governments reached with three drug companies and a company that manufactured and marketed opioids, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday. Landry was part of a bipartisan group of attorneys general from across the United States who accused […]

100 Louisiana clergy call anti-transgender bill ‘cynical and frivolous’

By: - July 21, 2021

Clergy representing dozens of faith traditions from across Louisiana released an open letter Wednesday Louisiana House members not to override Governor John Bel Edward’s veto of Senate Bill 156. The bill prohibits transgender girls and women from competing in girl’s and women’s athletic competitions.  The Louisiana Senate voted to override the veto Tuesday. The clergy […]

Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

Gun rights group ‘denounces’ La. senators who didn’t vote to override veto

By: - July 21, 2021

The National Association for Gun Rights, a proponent of a Louisiana bill that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without obtaining permits or being trained, had harsh words Tuesday for the Louisiana lawmakers who supported the bill during the regular session but declined to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto. The bill was sponsored […]

Flooding in Southwest Louisiana prompts Gov. Edwards to issue emergency declaration

By: - May 17, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a State of Emergency Declaration  Monday evening in response to ongoing severe weather impacting Southwest Louisiana. Water rescue crews were dispatched Monday afternoon. Multiple flash flood warnings and tornado Warnings were issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), and heavy rain is expected to continue across Louisiana for much of the […]

$700k in BP oil spill settlement money is still waiting for Louisianians to claim

By: - March 30, 2021

Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder said in a press release Tuesday that the state treasury still has more than $700,000 for people and businesses harmed by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP Oil spill. According to Schroder’s office, more than 100 people or businesses are owed at least $1,000, and at least one business […]

President Biden approves Louisiana disaster declaration

By: - March 9, 2021

President Joe Biden made a major disaster declaration for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms Feb. 11 to 19, the administration announced Tuesday. “We appreciate President Biden’s approval for this assistance. Winter weather events on this magnitude or not a […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Catholics told to pass on J&J COVID-19 vaccine if they have a choice

By: - February 28, 2021

The day after the Federal Drug Administration granted emergency-use authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, the Archdiocese of New Orleans issued a statement urging Catholics to choose, if they can, the other two available vaccines. According to a statement released Sunday morning, the archdiocese instructs Catholics “that the latest vaccine from […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

State’s climate task force open to public’s ideas

By: - February 24, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force is seeking ideas from the public it can incorporate into its final climate report  to be released next year.  Members of the public can make those public comments between now and April 30.  The report itself is scheduled to be published in February 2022. “Two of the […]