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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.

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Child advocates warned of a surge in abuse cases, but there’s no evidence that’s happened

By: - July 16, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of hotline reports of suspected child abuse and neglect since March. While some have warned that school closures related to the novel coronavirus would cause a spike in the number of children being abused, experts say […]

Vice President Mike Pence

White House leans on Louisiana to reopen schools

By: - July 15, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Vice President Mike Pence visited the Louisiana State University campus Tuesday to meet with the state’s top leaders to discuss reopening schools next month. Pence’s message was clear: the White House wants Louisiana to fully open all its schools despite the state’s high rate of COVID-19 cases. Pence arrived on Air Force […]

LaSalle Parish boasts of Louisiana’s lowest unemployment rate

By: - July 13, 2020

With many residents out of work due to the coronavirus epidemic, LaSalle Parish, in rural Central Louisiana, recorded the state’s lowest unemployment rate, 6.6 percent, for the month of May, according to the figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. While LaSalle Parish appears better off than the rest of the state, […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Louisiana Bars must close and face masks must be worn

By: - July 11, 2020

Baton Rouge — On one of the worst days in Louisiana’s fight with the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference Saturday to announce an order shutting down all bars and mandating citizens to wear face coverings. The new restrictions will take effect at 12:01 Monday morning. Edwards, a Democrat, had previously declined to […]

Press conference on NOPD consent decree

NOPD not a few bad apples but a ‘bad orchard,’ community group says

By: - July 8, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Leaders from the Community United for Change called on U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Wednesday to keep the  New Orleans Police Department bound to a federal consent decree and not give into the city’s pleas to end it now. The Police Department has been subject to the mandates in the consent […]

Shreveport City Councilman flips positions on smoking ban

By: - July 6, 2020

After the Shreveport City Council passed a comprehensive smoking ban scheduled to take effect in August, a councilman who previously supported the law now wants to exempt casinos for a year. A health advocate called his reversal a “slap in the face” to casino workers. The City Council first proposed a smoking ban around Memorial […]

Will Louisiana require you to wear a face mask?

By: - July 1, 2020

Following a steady rise in coronavirus cases, a new mandate requiring residents to wear face masks in public takes effect Wednesday in Jefferson Parish. Although positive tests for COVID-19 have been found in all 64 parishes, a statewide face mask mandate does not appear to be immediately forthcoming. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng issued […]

Louisiana Bucket Brigade leaders say their arrests for terrorism is payback

By: - June 29, 2020

Two women from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade were arrested on charges related to terrorism Thursday, six months after they left a box of plastic on the front porch of a lobbyist for the petrochemical industry as a form of protest. Their arrests come one week after they won a civil dispute against Formosa Plastics. Anne […]

State board gives 5 companies $140 million off next year’s property taxes

By: - June 26, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday approved tax breaks for multiple Louisiana companies worth more than $148 million next year alone under a program critics call “corporate welfare.” Wednesday’s meeting was the first time the board had met for a full agenda since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the state, and the members […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Louisiana plants claim COVID-19 makes it impossible to monitor pollution

By: - June 24, 2020

Across Louisiana, people who live in the communities surrounding industrial facilities have often complained that pollution from those plants is responsible for their elevated rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses.  And people with weakened immune systems and trouble breathing are particularly vulnerable during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  However, oil refineries and other industrial facilities are […]

Gov. Edwards supports looser gun laws, unlike the places that supported him most

By: - June 23, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to sign three bills lifting gun restrictions should have come as no surprise to his supporters or local leaders in the Democratic Party, two political analysts say. House Bills 140 and 334 and 781, all which  take effect Aug. 1, overturn city and parish ordinances that ban firearms in public parks […]