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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 following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and 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, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses to cover evacuation costs

By: - September 16, 2021

For the second time in a week, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has said he is considering levying fines against insurance companies that continue to refuse to comply with his emergency directive to cover the temporary living expenses of policyholders who evacuated during Hurricane Ida. “What I would do is find that they are not […]

Louisiana governor downplays State Police cover-up allegations in Ronald Greene case

By: - September 16, 2021

In a radio interview Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards downplayed reports that Louisiana State Police troopers engaged in an attempted cover-up of the 2019 death of Ronald Greene, saying many of the cover-up allegations are “overblown or just false.” “Sometimes the media is incomplete in the way it portrays things, and tends toward the sensational,” […]

Hurricane Ida

Insurance companies could be fined for refusal to cover Hurricane Ida evacuation expenses

By: - September 13, 2021

Insurance companies could face fines or be suspended from doing business for refusing to comply with Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s order to cover the temporary living expenses of policyholders who evacuated during Hurricane Ida. But the one thing Donelon cannot make the companies do is pay the actual claims to their policyholders. Donelon discussed […]

What counts as a storm-related death?

How does Louisiana count hurricane deaths?

By: - September 13, 2021

Louisiana has recorded 26 “storm-related” deaths due to Hurricane Ida. But what counts as a hurricane death? And when will the counting stop?   There is no checklist or clear set of rules for determining whether a death is classified as storm-related. Local parish coroners determine whether a death can be attributed to a weather event […]

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Louisiana Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

By: - September 8, 2021

A California company is one step closer to opening a casino in Slidell thanks to a decision by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Wednesday to approve the relocation of a Bossier City riverboat casino to the company’s proposed site in St. Tammany Parish. In a unanimous vote, the Gaming Board approved the relocation requested […]

Louisiana tracks new tropical system while still reeling from Ida

Louisiana tracking new tropical system while still reeling from Ida

By: - September 4, 2021

More than 718,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were still without electricity Saturday, six days after Hurricane Ida made landfall, and Gov. John Bel Edwards warned the state about another tropical system currently forming in the Gulf of Mexico. In a news conference Saturday, Edwards said his administration was briefed earlier by the National Weather […]

Free business center opens in wake of Hurricane Ida

Free business center opens for entrepreneurs affected by Hurricane Ida

By: - September 4, 2021

Nexus Louisiana is opening a free business center in Baton Rouge to help small business owners and entrepreneurs who are without internet, phones or electricity in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The business center will open at 8 a.m. on Sept. 7 at the Nexus Technology Park, located at  7117 Florida Blvd., and feature individual […]

President Biden tours Hurricane Ida aftermath

President Biden gets up-close view of Ida’s aftermath in Southeast Louisiana

By: - September 3, 2021

President Joe Biden arrived in Louisiana Friday afternoon to assess Hurricane Ida’s aftermath and speak to residents in some of the region’s hardest-hit areas. Upon Air Force One’s landing at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, the president was welcomed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy and Rep. Steve Scalise, […]

LaPlace woman startled by deer in her flood-ravaged home

Deer finds shelter from Hurricane Ida in flood-ravaged LaPlace home

By: - September 2, 2021

Panic quickly rushed through Ashley Navarre’s veins when she stepped foot inside her LaPlace home Wednesday and was startled by something she never expected to see lying on her bedroom floor. That overwhelming panic soon gave way to relief when the creature stood up and retreated into her bathroom where it lay down and kept […]

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana

By: - September 1, 2021

Louisiana health officials on Wednesday confirmed two additional pediatric deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total COVID-19 death toll to 12,582. One death was of a child between 0 and 4 years old, and the other was of a child between 12 and 17, according to a Louisiana Department of Health press release. […]

Shell's Norco refinery releases 'elevated emissions' due to Hurricane Ida

Fuel shortage among priorities in Louisiana’s hurricane recovery

By: - September 1, 2021

More than two-thirds of Louisiana’s petrochemical refining capacity remained offline Wednesday due to damages from Hurricane Ida , Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The effects were visible across Southeast Louisiana with not only long lines of cars waiting to fill up at gas stations but also with the unusually heavy plumes of black emissions spewing […]

Louisiana babies airlifted out of Louisiana hospitals, sent to Texas

By: and - September 1, 2021

Six newborns from Terrebonne General Medical Center were evacuated to Ochsner Lafayette General, the hospital announced Tuesday.  All six are in stable condition and staff members at the hospital have been working extra shifts and staying late for feedings to take care of all patients, Critical Care Nurse Manager Meagan Daigle said. Other sick babies […]