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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. Among his recognitions are 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. Muller is an alumnus of Jesuit High School and the University of New Orleans and is a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and two sons.

Louisiana on notice after failing to submit clean air plan to EPA

By: - September 1, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued formal notices last week to Louisiana and 14 other states that failed to submit plans to reduce regional haze pollution as required by the Clean Air Act. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will now have two years to submit a plan that is within EPA guidelines or risk […]

East Carroll residents air frustrations after telecom giant blocks grant money for new high-speed broadband service

Telecom giant moves to stop broadband grant for northeast Louisiana

By: - September 1, 2022

Frustrated residents from rural northeast Louisiana descended on Baton Rouge Wednesday after their local internet provider filed a formal protest to prevent grant money from bringing new high-speed broadband access to the area. Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards was planning to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony in East Carroll Parish to kick start the state’s […]

Slave descendants testify at United Nations

Federal government to review proposed grain elevator’s risk to Louisiana slave burial sites

By: - August 30, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet with the Descendants Project, a group of Louisiana slave descendants, to review whether construction of a proposed grain elevator in St. John the Baptist Parish might harm slave burial grounds and other historic properties. The meeting, set for Thursday, comes two weeks after Descendants Project members testified […]

East Baton Rouge school teachers picket with signs

‘Starvation diet’ creates low interest in Louisiana teaching profession

By: - August 25, 2022

Louisiana, like much of the country, is struggling through what is perhaps the worst teacher shortage in history. The situation is exacerbated by low wages, high inflation and school safety concerns, but also rooted in how society views public education and the teaching profession. Numbers don’t lie. State Education Superintendent Cade Brumley sounded the alarm […]

​​Louisiana lawmakers react to Biden’s student debt cancellation

By: - August 25, 2022

President Joe Biden’s action of canceling student loan debt is drawing praise from Democrats and ire from Republicans, including Louisiana’s delegation in Congress. Biden announced Wednesday a plan to forgive up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for most low- and middle-income borrowers and $20,000 in debt for those who received Pell grants. The […]

Row of Angola prison beds

Louisiana delays transfer of juveniles to Angola prison campus to Sept. 15

By: - August 23, 2022

Following a lawsuit filed last week, the state of Louisiana will wait until at least Sept. 15 to transfer 25 incarcerated juveniles from a Jefferson Parish detention center to a building on the campus of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, an adult prison.  Attorneys for some of the juvenile plaintiffs, alongside the ACLU of […]

Bridge City Center for Youth

Family attorneys, ACLU file lawsuit to halt transfer of youths to Angola

By: - August 22, 2022

Attorneys for youth incarcerated in Jefferson Parish and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit to prevent the transfer of the juveniles to Louisiana State Penitentiary, an adult prison at Angola. In July, Gov. John Bel Edwards approved a Office of Juvenile Justice plan to move half of the approximately 50 residents at […]

Proposed rules would force Louisiana assessors’ hands on pending tax breaks

Proposed rules would force Louisiana assessors’ hands on pending tax breaks

By: - August 18, 2022

The Louisiana Tax Commission met Wednesday to consider new rules for how tax assessors should treat large commercial properties with pending tax exemptions. The dilemma has prevented local governments from collecting millions in tax revenue. Together Louisiana, a grassroots group that opposes corporate tax exemptions, submitted proposed rules that would require all industrial manufacturing property […]

Slave descendants testify at United Nations

Slave descendants appeal to U.N. to halt St. John grain elevator

By: - August 16, 2022

Answers are expected Tuesday from the U.S. delegation to the United Nations about perceived environmental racism along the portion of the Mississippi River known as Cancer Alley after a group of slave descendants testified about the risk industry poses to ancestral burial sites there. The U.N.’s questions for American officials were shaped with input from members […]

BR-NOLA passenger 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 passenger 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 […]

LGBTQ+ Pride flag flapping in wind

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 […]