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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.

Lawsuit settlement breaks down between unvaccinated students and Louisiana medical school

Lawsuit settlement breaks down between unvaccinated students and Louisiana medical school

By: - November 24, 2021

Settlement negotiations appear to have broken down for three medical students who are suing a north Louisiana medical school over its COVID-19 vaccination requirement.  The students asked a federal court in Monroe Tuesday to amend their complaint, lodging new allegations that the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) implemented new discriminatory policies that require […]

Your Thanksgiving plans will determine if coronavirus surges again

Your Thanksgiving plans will determine if coronavirus surges again

By: - November 23, 2021

Louisiana is going into the Thanksgiving holiday with some of the lowest COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates since the pandemic began, but state officials warn that individual and family behavior over the next few days will determine whether that downward trend continues or reverses into a fifth surge. “We’re thankfully very much out of the […]

Audit finds State Fire Marshal employee and brother bilked Louisiana for nearly $400,000

Audit finds State Fire Marshal employee and brother bilked Louisiana for nearly $400,000

By: - November 22, 2021

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has released a report detailing the findings of a money laundering and racketeering investigation that led to indictments this summer of a State Fire Marshal’s Office employee, his brother and several others accused of defrauding the state of nearly $400,000. At the center of the scheme, according to the audit, was […]

Medical marijuana prices soar in Louisiana due to regulatory bottleneck

Medical marijuana prices soar in Louisiana due to regulatory bottleneck

By: - November 18, 2021

A regulatory bottleneck in Louisiana’s medical marijuana supply chain has inflated costs far beyond the prices found in other states, according to industry experts who testified at the Louisiana Legislature’s Medical Marijuana Commission meeting Thursday. Armed with letters from constituents and business owners who have hit roadblocks trying to either buy or sell the pharmaceutical-grade […]

Entergy customers could see $11 per month spike for 15 years due to Louisiana storms

Entergy customers could see $11 per month spike for 15 years due to Louisiana storms

By: - November 17, 2021

Entergy Louisiana executives revealed Wednesday that customers could see a storm recovery charge of about $11 on their monthly bills for 15 years to help offset costs due to the unprecedented number of storms in Louisiana over the last two years. The figure is a preliminary estimate that still needs to go through an assessment […]

Louisiana energy officials threaten to withdraw from interstate power grid

Louisiana energy officials shelve proposal to withdraw from power grid

By: - November 16, 2021

Efforts by some state officials to withdraw Louisiana from the interstate power grid that brought competition to a market once dominated by Entergy have stalled. A day before it was to hold a vote on the matter, the Louisiana Public Service Commission postponed a proposal to issue a one-year notice of withdrawal from the MISO […]

Louisiana energy officials threaten to withdraw from interstate power grid

Louisiana energy officials threaten to withdraw from interstate power grid

By: - November 16, 2021

Note: On Tuesday, the Public Service Commission announced that the motion regarding a notice to withdraw from the MISO power grid would be deferred until the commission’s next regular meeting on Dec. 14. The Louisiana Public Service Commission may take a step toward withdrawing from the interstate power grid that has, for the last decade, […]

Auto insurance rates climb despite Louisiana’s new tort reform law

Louisiana auto insurance rates climb despite law meant to keep them low

By: - November 15, 2021

Auto insurance rates have increased in Louisiana this year despite a new law that insurance companies and lobbyists said would lower payments. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said rates have climbed by an average of 2% this year as of the end of October. Donelon revealed the news at Monday’s meeting of Louisiana’s Task Force […]

Hurricane Ida recovery dampens election in Louisiana’s bayou communities

Hurricane Ida recovery dampens election turnout in Louisiana’s bayou communities

By: - November 13, 2021

HOUMA, La. — It was a slow election day with particularly low voter turnout in Louisiana’s bayou communities as residents in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are still recovering from Hurricane Ida.  Election commissioners and parish officials stood outside the Clerk of Court’s Office in downtown Houma Saturday morning and greeted the occasional pedestrian that walked […]

Bayou community voters will have new polling locations

Hurricane Ida damage forces relocation of Louisiana polling places

By: - November 11, 2021

For the second year in a row, some Louisiana voters will be diverted to alternate polling locations to cast their ballots because of the destruction of a hurricane.  Terrebonne Parish has had to move 40 of its 77 voting precincts ahead of the Nov. 13 election because the original polling places were damaged during Hurricane […]

Louisiana politicians call $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill ‘a big win’ for the state

By: and - November 10, 2021

In Louisiana, reportedly about 400,000 to 500,000 households don’t have broadband access, but the state official in charge of broadband development said he believes that’s a lowball estimate. With Louisiana expected to receive $7.2 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the funding is welcomed by Rick Allen, the mayor of Leesville in Vernon […]

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

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

By: - November 1, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards touted Louisiana’s future with alternative energies, like solar and wind, in front of an international audience at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday. Edwards was among many government leaders from around the world to attend the conference, which was originally scheduled to be […]