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Wes Muller

Wes Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.

New Orleans mayor opposes constitutional amendment creating sales tax commission

New Orleans mayor opposes constitutional amendment that would create sales tax commission

By: - October 15, 2021

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Friday voiced opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on the upcoming November ballot that would create a single sales tax commission to replace Louisiana’s multiple tax collection authorities. On Nov. 13, voters will get to choose “Yes” or “No” on proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, which would create the […]

Quality Jobs program shows poor investment even after excluding Pelicans

Quality Jobs program shows poor return-on-investment even after excluding Pelicans

By: - October 15, 2021

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s most recent analysis that painted a lackluster picture of the state’s Quality Jobs incentive program specifically excluded the New Orleans Pelicans from the study because, the auditors said, the extremely large salaries being reported by the team would have likely skewed the results. “They were such an anomaly from the rest […]

Fate of housing in Southeast Louisiana still unknown

Recovery stymied for Louisiana’s bayou communities after Hurricane Ida

By: - October 14, 2021

Under a tent at the front of South Lafourche Veteran’s Memorial Park, Lloyd Griffin and a few volunteers recently gave away hot meals to several hundred residents and workers who line up for lunch every day. It is one of the few sources of food in Galliano since Hurricane Ida barreled through the bayou community […]

New Orleans Pelicans get millions in incentives for creating ‘quality jobs’ for NBA players

New Orleans Pelicans get millions in incentives for creating ‘quality jobs’ for NBA players

By: - October 13, 2021

The New Orleans Pelicans receive a $3.65 million cash rebate every year from Louisiana — more than any other company — by counting its professional basketball players’ positions as newly-created direct jobs under the state’s Quality Jobs program, an economic incentive that’s supposed to encourage companies to create well-paid, full-time jobs for residents.   In 2020, […]

Louisiana appeals court dismisses lawsuit in Edwards v. House petition case

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit in Edwards v. House petition case

By: - October 7, 2021

A Louisiana appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Gov. John Bel Edwards in response to Republican state legislators who have tried several times to overturn the state’s COVID-19 emergency orders. The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by Judge William Morvant, of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton […]

State lawmakers to hold first public forum on redistricting in Monroe

State lawmakers to hold first public forum on redistricting in Monroe

By: - October 7, 2021

In a process that will impact almost every election in Louisiana for the next decade, the state legislature will hold the first of nine regional public forums on Oct. 20 beginning in Monroe regarding how lawmakers will draw the state’s new political maps and choose which voters to include in which districts. Beginning in mid-October […]

Louisiana State Police employee on leave after alleged misconduct at LSU

Louisiana State Police employee on leave after alleged misconduct at LSU

By: - October 6, 2021

A Louisiana State Police employee was placed on administrative leave last week due to allegations of misconduct while the employee was working with Louisiana State University. The agency made the announcement Wednesday in a press release that provided no details as to the nature of the complaint nor the identity of the employee, saying further […]

Pediatric death toll now 18 as coronavirus kills another Louisiana child

Pediatric death toll now 18 as coronavirus kills another Louisiana child

By: - October 4, 2021

Just three days after health officials reported the death of a young child from COVID-19, the coronavirus has claimed another Louisiana child, according to a Louisiana Department of Health release Monday. The news brings Louisiana’s pediatric death toll to 18 for the entire COVID-19 pandemic in the state.    The health department said the child was […]

Pediatric death toll now 18 as coronavirus kills another Louisiana child

Another Louisiana child dies of COVID-19, bringing pediatric death toll to 17

By: - October 1, 2021

Health officials on Friday confirmed that the coronavirus has killed another child in Louisiana, bringing the state’s pediatric death toll to 17. According to a Louisiana Department of Health news release, the child was between the ages of 0 and 4. The death is one of eight pediatric deaths in the state during the fourth […]

Gen. Honoré to demand oil companies pay for neglected infrastructure

Gen. Honoré plans to demand oil companies pay for neglecting infrastructure in Louisiana

By: - October 1, 2021

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré plans to go to the Petroleum Club of Lafayette next week to demand that oil corporations — not taxpayers — pay the half-billion dollar bill that could result from having to clean up the thousands of oil spills and other incidents of pollution in Louisiana exposed by Hurricane […]

Post-storm housing shortage still primary concern in Louisiana

Post-storm housing shortage still primary concern in Louisiana

By: - September 28, 2021

Louisiana’s housing shortage continues to be a primary concern as the state tries to recover from Hurricane Ida, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.  The state has begun moving evacuees out of temporary storm shelters and into more permanent housing solutions, but as of Tuesday 314 people were still housed across seven shelters. An additional […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana Governor extends COVID-19 mask mandate as hospitalizations remain high

By: - September 28, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the statewide face mask mandate Tuesday for an additional 28 days as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, although trending downward, are still about four times higher than they were before the fourth pandemic surge. The mask mandate applies to all indoor locations, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities for everyone […]