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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. 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.

BR-NOLA commuter train gets first round of federal infrastructure funding

By: - August 11, 2022

Louisiana is set to receive its first round of federal infrastructure dollars for five transportation projects across the state, including the proposed commuter rail service connecting Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Gov. John Bel Edwards and state Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shaun Wilson announced in a joint press release Thursday that the federal […]

Inflation Reduction Act would push Louisiana to forefront of clean energy sector

By: - August 11, 2022

Some policy experts believe Louisiana is one of the better positioned states to take advantage of clean energy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that Congress is expected to pass this week.  With $485 billion in new spending offset by $790 billion in revenue and savings, the legislation includes the nation’s largest ever investment in […]

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Louisiana health officials told to remove LGBTQ Pride content from web

By: - August 9, 2022

Following a call from a state legislator in June, the head of the Louisiana Department of Health allegedly asked staff to scrub the agency’s online accounts of all content related to LGBTQ+ Pride month, according to internal emails among LDH staff. In one of the emails dated June 29, press administrator Michelle McCalope wrote to […]

Maximus call center workers picket with signs in Hattieburg

Bogalusa workers to join labor strike at federal call centers in 3 states

By: - August 5, 2022

Frustrated workers at Maximus, the nation’s largest federal call center contractor, plan to go on strike Monday at three of the company’s largest locations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia, to protest what they say are poor working conditions and unsafe COVID-19 policies. The call center workers, who handle the toll-free lines for the Medicare and […]

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

Who’s traveling to Europe with Gov. Edwards?

By: - August 4, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 10-day trip to Europe to examine new flood control infrastructure used in Amsterdam and France will include a delegation of state leaders and business executives with an interest in coastal protection. Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions The delegation will include: Gov. John Bel Edwards First […]

Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions

Gov. Edwards going to Europe to tour new flood control solutions

By: - August 4, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Europe on Friday for a 10-day trip to examine new flood control innovations in France and the Netherlands that could be implemented in Louisiana.  Edwards will travel with a delegation of state and business leaders at the invitation of Netherlands Special Envoy for International Water Affairs Henk Ovink, […]

Louisiana utility regulators blame Entergy for high electric bills

Louisiana utility regulators blame Entergy for creating grid dependent on costly gas

By: - August 2, 2022

With Louisiana residents receiving unprecedentedly high electricity bills, Democrats on the Louisiana Public Service Commission last week blamed Entergy Louisiana for the “mess,” saying the utility giant ignored calls to diversify its sources of fuel for power generation.  The commission called Entergy Louisiana executives to discuss the issue at Wednesday’s meeting. Commission Chairman Lambert Boissiere, […]

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Louisiana could sell water to other states, but at what cost?

By: - July 29, 2022

Louisiana is receiving little to no cash for a natural resource scarce in many western states: water. For more than half a century, the state has given away much of its water to private industry and sold the rest without knowing its actual value. The issue was the focal point of a Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s […]

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AG Jeff Landry’s motion in NAACP lawsuit raises curiosity in political circles

By: - July 15, 2022

In a case that has sparked curiosity within political circles, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer can run for reelection against the wishes of the NAACP and, strangely, Attorney General Jeff Landry. U.S. District Court Judge John deGravelles, for the Middle District of Louisiana, lifted a stay that had […]

Louisiana climate task force eyes hydrogen energy for federal dollars

By: - July 14, 2022

Eyeing billions in federal infrastructure dollars, Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force is evaluating several ongoing projects including a transition to hydrogen energy and building electrical vehicle infrastructure. But the effort faces a significant obstacle to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The task force has already begun to pick what its members […]

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Drag queen tweet stirs controversy for Louisiana Department of Health

By: - July 12, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health faces backlash over a social media post that included a picture of a local drag queen at a health awareness event in Alexandria as part of LGBTQ Pride Month. The controversy began June 24 when LDH tweeted photos of a “family-friendly Pride event” at the Alexandria Convention Center with a […]

The LA Wallet app showing SMART Health Card that can store a family's vaccination status

Parents can now add child’s vaccination status to LA Wallet app

By: - July 8, 2022

Louisiana parents can now add their child’s COVID-19 vaccination status to the LA Wallet app, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday. The LA Wallet app stores a legally accepted digital copy of one’s Louisiana driver’s license or identification card. Last year, the state added a COVID-19 vaccination status feature called the SMART Health Card. Until […]