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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.

Lewis Unglesby calls Col. Kevin Reeves

Embroiled former Louisiana State Police leader agrees to turn over journals

By: - May 26, 2022

The state lawmaker leading a probe of Louisiana State Police has agreed to pause his pursuit of contempt charges against former superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves pending a delicate agreement the parties reached Thursday. Reeves, through his attorney Lewis Unglesby, agreed to turn over the entirety of his three personal journals to a special committee looking […]

Task force will study voting rights for Louisiana’s disabled people

Task force will study voting rights for Louisiana’s disabled people

By: - May 25, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers have commissioned a task force to study the expansion of voting rights for people with disabilities. House Concurrent Resolution 14, sponsored by Rep. Matthew Willard, D-New Orleans, received final passage Monday with a unanimous vote in the Senate.  The task force will examine amenities and procedures currently available for disabled voters and any […]

Bill to give adoptees access to birth certificates advances to Senate floor

Bill to give adoptees access to birth certificates advances to Senate floor

By: - May 24, 2022

Some lawmakers call it the most difficult piece of legislation they have ever considered. A bill that would allow adopted people to obtain their original birth certificates when they reach age 24 cleared a Senate committee Tuesday but not without hours of debate. House Bill 450, filed by Rep. Charles Owen, R-Rosepine, cleared the Senate […]

Louisiana looks to avoid monopoly on electric vehicle charging stations

Louisiana looks to avoid monopoly on electric vehicle charging stations

By: - May 23, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill that would provide an initial framework for a commercial market of electric vehicle charging stations in the state.  Senate Bill 460, sponsored by Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, advanced unopposed from the House Committee on Commerce and will head to the House floor for consideration. The bill received […]

Senate wants final say on governor’s picks for State Police, Civil Service commissions

Senate wants final say on governor’s picks for State Police, Civil Service commissions

By: - May 19, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers advanced two proposed constitutional amendments Wednesday that would give the Senate more power over gubernatorial appointments to the State Police Commission and Civil Service Commission. Senate Bill 75 and Senate Bill 160, both sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, would amend the Louisiana Constitution to require Senate confirmation of anyone the governor appoints […]

Louisiana enacts new orphan oil well law to fetch $200 million in federal money

Louisiana enacts new orphan oil well law to fetch $200 million in federal money

By: - May 18, 2022

Legislation that positions Louisiana to receive an estimated $200 million in federal grants to fix orphan oil wells became law Tuesday as one of the first bills enacted from the 2022 regular session. Senate Bill 245, sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, was among an initial batch of 17 bills Gov. John Bel Edwards signed. […]

Adoption deception bill sails through Senate committee

Adoption deception bill sails through Senate committee

By: - May 17, 2022

A Louisiana Senate committee advanced a House bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to deceive parents seeking to adopt a child. Opponents who previously spoke against the bill did not show up to offer any counter arguments.  House Bill 568, sponsored by Rep. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, advanced unopposed from the Senate Judiciary C Committee […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

By: - May 17, 2022

Although the coronavirus has largely taken a backseat to other issues in the Louisiana Legislature’s 2022 regular session, House lawmakers on Monday entertained but ultimately rejected a proposal that opponents criticized for perpetuating disinformation about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.  House Bill 915, sponsored by Rep. Raymond Crews, R-Bossier City, failed in a House floor […]

Drug testing at work problematic for medical marijuana patients

Drug testing at work problematic for medical marijuana patients

By: - May 13, 2022

State agencies in Louisiana could soon be prohibited from firing workers who use medical marijuana.  The Louisiana House Labor Committee will consider a bill next week that would prohibit the state from subjecting employees or prospective employees to any negative consequences based solely on a positive drug test for marijuana if the worker uses the […]

House Republicans block proposal to protect LGBTQ workers

By: - May 12, 2022

Louisiana House Republicans blocked a proposal Thursday that would protect LGBTQ workers by making it illegal under state law for employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. House Bill 439, sponsored by Rep. Delisha Boyd, D-Algiers, failed on a party-line vote of 2-7 in the House Committee on Labor and […]

Lawmakers seek contempt charge for former State Police leader in Ronald Greene case

Lawmakers seek contempt charge for former State Police leader in Ronald Greene case

By: - May 11, 2022

Lawmakers investigating the death of Ronald Greene in Louisiana State Police custody advanced a resolution Wednesday to hold the agency’s former leader in contempt of the Legislature for failing to provide personal records in connection with the case. A special House committee investigating how Greene’s death was handled has ordered retired Col. Kevin Reeves to […]

shingles nailed to a roof

Subcontractors might no longer need special license to work on Louisiana homes

By: - May 10, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers are considering a proposal that would repeal certain licensing requirements for residential construction subcontractors. Senate Concurrent Resolution 4, sponsored by Sen. Stewart Cathey, R-Monroe, advanced unopposed from the House Commerce Committee on Monday and will head to the House floor for consideration. A concurrent resolution does not require the governor’s signature if it […]