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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.

Proposal would ban Russian imports to Louisiana

Proposal would ban Russian imports to Louisiana

By: - May 9, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers on Monday advanced a proposal that would ban Russian imports of natural resources to the state, condemning the invasion of Ukraine.  Senate Bill 196, sponsored by Sen. Stewart Cathey, R-Monroe, advanced unopposed from the House Commerce Committee and will head to the House floor for consideration.  The prohibition would include imports of oil, […]

Louisiana lawmakers target local voting rules with proposed amendment

Louisiana lawmakers target local voting rules with proposed amendment

By: - May 5, 2022

Local governments in Louisiana would be prohibited from making their own voter registration rules under a constitutional amendment that was advanced Wednesday in the Legislature. House Bill 178, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Villio, R-Kenner, was approved in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee in a 7-5 vote with Rep. Malinda White, an independent from Bogalusa, […]

Louisiana plumbers closer to expanding territory as bill advances

Louisiana plumbers closer to expanding territory as bill advances

By: - May 4, 2022

The Louisiana House of Representatives advanced a proposal Wednesday that would give full licensure to plumbers currently restricted to working in local jurisdictions.  House Bill 300, sponsored by Rep. Phillip Devillier, R-Eunice, passed the House unanimously and will next head to the Senate for consideration. It would eliminate a licensing roadblock within state law that […]

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Louisiana lawmakers propose study for wind energy pilot project in Gulf

By: - May 3, 2022

Studies show Gulf of Mexico wind power is one of the largest untapped energy resources in the nation. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found Gulf winds can provide double the energy currently being used in all five Gulf states. 

Coroners records missing on Ronald Greene death

Coroners’ records missing on Ronald Greene death

By: - April 30, 2022

Questioning coroners and a paramedic, Louisiana lawmakers on the special committee investigating the Ronald Greene case learned some new details about the 49-year-old’s death in Louisiana State Police custody. But critical testimony fell short as the coroners deferred questions to others not in attendance and said official records in the case are missing.  Answering questions […]

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Study possibly in the works on Louisiana disabled voter access

By: - April 28, 2022

The resolution would assemble a task force, which would examine the amenities and procedures currently available in Louisiana for disabled voters and any impediments that might exist. The task force would then make recommendations that may be included in future legislation.

Special committee wants Gov. Edwards' text messages in Greene case

Critical testimony could be out of reach for Ronald Greene committee

By: - April 28, 2022

Thursday’s hearing might provide lawmakers with answers to some critical questions surrounding the Greene case such as why the Union Parish coroner listed the car wreck and “agitated delirium” as causes of death in spite of the wounds on Greene’s body, the lack of damage to his vehicle and the suspicions an ER doctor noted.

Solar tax credit bill burns out in House committee

Solar tax credit bill burns out in House committee

By: - April 26, 2022

A bill proposing a tax credit for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems in Louisiana failed to advance Tuesday from the House Ways and Means Committee. Republican legislators voted against the measure, 7-3.  House Bill 794, sponsored by Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, would have offered a 50% rebate up to $25,000 for […]

Louisiana plumbers closer to expanding territory as bill advances

Proposal could unclog shortage of Louisiana plumbers

By: - April 26, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers advanced a proposal Tuesday that would give full statewide licensure to plumbers currently restricted to working in a certain parish or local jurisdiction.  House Bill 300, sponsored by Rep. Phillip Devillier, R-Eunice, advanced without opposition from the House Committee on Commerce.  Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, said the legislation would help alleviate the […]

Port blueprints in Louisiana could be made confidential for ‘national security’

Port blueprints in Louisiana could be made confidential for ‘national security’

By: - April 22, 2022

In the name of national security, the Louisiana Legislature plans to add another exemption to the Louisiana public records law. House Bill 249, sponsored by Rep. Mark Wright, R-Covington, would shield blueprints and floor plans for port facilities from public view. The House passed the bill Wednesday in a 97-0 vote without any debate, and […]

Governor: Some lawmakers focused on ‘non-issues’

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Some lawmakers focused on ‘non-issues’

By: - April 22, 2022

With Louisiana legislators scrapping critical infrastructure funding and debating hyper-partisan proposals such as a bill to prohibit transgender kids from playing sports, Gov. John Bel Edwards said some lawmakers are focused on “non-issues” that do nothing to address the things Louisiana residents actually care about.  Answering questions at a Thursday afternoon press conference, Edwards said […]

Louisiana lawmakers target local voting rules with proposed amendment

Disabled people face GOP pushback in bid to study voting access

By: - April 20, 2022

A proposal to study the voting rights of disabled people to see if improved wheelchair access and other accommodations might be needed encountered heavy pushback from several Louisiana House Republicans on Tuesday.  The proposal ultimately advanced from the House and Governmental Affairs Committee after GOP lawmakers removed language that specified “curbside voting” for disabled people […]