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Wesley Muller

Wesley 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. Among his recognitions are 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. Muller is an alumnus of Jesuit High School and the University of New Orleans and is a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and two sons.

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LABI input, or lack of it, likely to shape medical marijuana workplace policy

By: - November 29, 2022

A state panel has three weeks left to wrap up work on draft legislation to protect workers who use medical marijuana. Before then, members hope to get feedback from a very influential business lobbying group, without which approval of the proposals is unlikely.  Louisiana’s Employment and Medical Marijuana Task Force met Tuesday with a Dec. […]

Folgers tax break saga heads to New Orleans court

By: - November 16, 2022

A judge will hear arguments Thursday in a property tax lawsuit between Folgers Coffee Co., the Louisiana Tax Commission.  Folgers filed the suit following a tax exemption fiasco that left the company owing millions in past due property taxes for its facility. The company is asking an Orleans Parish Civil District Court to throw out the […]

Aerial view of I-10 Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge

Fear of Baton Rouge traffic drives misinformation on I-10 expansion project

By: - November 15, 2022

Louisiana officials are working to dispel misinformation that has prompted truck drivers and the state attorney general to voice last-minute complaints about traffic due to planned lane closures for an Interstate 10 widening project in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Legislature’s Joint Highway Priority Construction Committee convened Thursday and heard from truck drivers concerned about the […]

Ronald Greene's mother testifying at desk in committee room

Schedule conflict keeps Gov. John Bel Edwards from Ronald Greene hearing

By: - November 14, 2022

The mother of Ronald Greene, the Black motorist who died at the hands of white state troopers in 2019, testified Monday in a meeting of a state legislative panel investigating the case. Gov. John Bel Edwards was also asked to appear but had a scheduling conflict. As she has done repeatedly, Mona Hardin traveled to […]

Early voting begins Friday for state Senate primary

Louisiana elections secure, but voting machines still vulnerable

By: - November 11, 2022

Tuesday marked another secure election for Louisiana, but officials say the state’s outdated voting machines are on borrowed time.  Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin reported no irregularities or complaints of voter fraud as more than 1.38 million people cast ballots in the 2022 election.  Election Day was not entirely without surprises. Some of the Secretary […]

Shrimpers join environmentalists in protest of LNG terminal expansions

By: - November 10, 2022

A group of Lake Charles residents assembled on a flotilla of shrimp and fishing boats last week to protest the planned construction of new liquefied natural gas terminals nearby. It took place while petroleum industry executives watched from a nearby casino where they held an LNG summit. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a grassroots environmental organization, […]

District 3 Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere, left, will face Davonte Lewis in a Dec. 10 runoff.

Few surprises in Louisiana on Election Day; runoff next in PSC District 3

By: - November 9, 2022

Louisiana had a few surprises on Election Day but none related to the races on the ballot. More than 1.3 million residents voted Tuesday, reelecting the state’s Republican-heavy congressional delegation and sending a key Public Service Commission race to a December runoff.  The day began with technical difficulties at the Secretary of State’s Office as […]

Voters in Baker wait in line to cast ballots on the last day of Louisiana’s early voting period

Louisiana expects 45% turnout for congressional races

By: - November 7, 2022

Louisiana’s open congressional primary election is Tuesday alongside a number of down-ballot local races and eight proposed constitutional amendments.  Many voters will be casting their ballots at new polling locations. As of Monday, the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office reported polling location changes in 36 parishes. St. Landry Parish has the most with 31, followed […]

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Louisiana early voting saw overwhelmingly white, slight GOP voter edge

By: - November 2, 2022

Early voting in Louisiana saw an overwhelmingly white turnout and a slight Republican edge for the seven-day period that ended Tuesday, according to data from the Secretary of State’s Office. Election officials tallied 362,929 ballots cast statewide from Oct. 24 through Nov. 1, surpassing the 2018 midterms by about 55,000 votes. Turnout for the final […]

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Audit finds fault with Louisiana child abuser registry

By: - October 31, 2022

Compared with most other states, Louisiana requires less evidence to place someone’s name on a state registry of alleged child abusers, according to a report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The State Central Registry is a list of names of child abusers that the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) uses as a […]

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Former nurse: Louisiana board’s marijuana policy ended her career

By: - October 28, 2022

Despite the relaxation of marijuana laws in Louisiana over the past five years, registered nurses still face serious career risks if they use the drug for recreational or, in some cases, medicinal purposes. Louisiana’s Employment and Medical Marijuana Task Force heard testimony Tuesday from Shonda Broom, a former nurse who recounted how her off-duty use […]

Portable voting trailers in Terrebonne Parish

Early voting in Louisiana begins Tuesday

By: - October 24, 2022

Early voting for the Nov. 8 election in Louisiana begins Tuesday and continues through Nov. 1. Louisiana residents who want to vote early can do so in person from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their parish Registrar of Voters office and other designated locations. Information about where to vote and what races are on […]