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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.

Quarantine rules irk Louisiana school superintendents

By: - November 24, 2020

Some Louisiana public school superintendents are asking state legislators to reduce the 14-day quarantine period that is required of students who come into close contact with someone on campus who tests positive for COVID-19. The House Committee on Health and Welfare met Monday to discuss the Louisiana Department of Health’s emergency rule regarding quarantine procedures […]

LSU Clock Tower

Louisiana’s colleges will move to full virtual after Thanksgiving

By: - November 21, 2020

Most of Louisiana’s colleges and universities will move to full virtual classes and not report to traditional classrooms after the Thanksgiving holidays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Reed.  Reed spoke to the Resilient Louisiana Commission meeting Friday. The commission, which Gov. John Bel Edwards established to determine […]

John Bel Edwards

‘Every single one’ of Louisiana’s hospitals at risk of overflow

By: - November 19, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed deep concern Thursday about the continuous increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations across Louisiana, which have climbed by nearly 30 percent over the last seven days and are bringing hospitals to the brink of patient overflow.  At a press conference Thursday, the governor reported 929 patients in hospitals due to COVID-19, an […]

Ed Orgeron

Governor not prepared to fire anyone over LSU sexual misconduct scandal yet

By: - November 19, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday said he would not call for the terminations of any LSU administrators yet in the wake of a USA Today investigation in which several female students said university officials ignored acts of rape and domestic violence by football players and other male students. “I’m not prepared to say any […]

These Louisiana Democrats are eyeing Cedric Richmond’s congressional seat

By: - November 18, 2020

Several high-profile Louisiana Democrats are eyeing the soon-to-be vacant seat of the 2nd Congressional District after U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond announced Tuesday that he will resign his post in January to take a senior advisor position in the White House. President-elect Joe Biden tapped Richmond as his senior advisor and director of public engagement. The […]

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LSU hires law firm to review sexual misconduct policies after negative report

By: - November 16, 2020

LSU officials announced they have hired a law firm to conduct an independent review of its sexual misconduct policies in the wake of a USA Today investigation in which several female students said violence and sexual assault perpetrated by football players and other male students had been ignored by the school.   Federal laws and LSU’s […]

Louisiana commerce board approves tax exemption for Folger despite allegation that company used tax loophole

By: - November 16, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Friday approved $220 million of single-year industrial tax exemptions, including 13 exemptions for Folger Coffee Company that  might allow the coffee giant to avoid paying as much as $12 million in back taxes to New Orleans.  Board members approved nearly $4 million in first-year tax breaks for […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Judge rules petition statute House Republicans used unconstitutional, marking win for governor

By: - November 12, 2020

A 19th Judicial District Court today ruled unconstitutional part of a statute used by Louisiana House Republicans to try to end, via petition, the governor’s order imposing COVID-19 restrictions. Judge William Morvant determined that the part of the Health Emergencies Act cited in the petition is unconstitutional because it allows a governor’s executive order to […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

Who should investigate La. State Police if the agency is ever barred from investigating itself?

By: - November 11, 2020

Should the Louisiana State Police continue to be allowed to investigate itself? Should police officers be allowed to turn off their body cameras at their own discretion? Members of the Louisiana Legislature’s police reform task force on Tuesday debated those questions with newly-appointed State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis. The task force’s Policy and Oversight […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana climate task force holds first meeting

By: - November 10, 2020

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, a body Gov. John Bel Edwards created through an Aug. 19 executive order,  held its inaugural meeting at the capitol building on Monday, and its chairperson said the task force’s effort will be about “leading us away from environmental disaster and economic hardship and towards a better future for our […]

What does the new anti-abortion amendment really mean for Louisiana?

By: - November 6, 2020

Far from being a mere symbolic gesture, the passage of Louisiana’s anti-abortion constitutional amendment on Tuesday cements any future abortion prohibitions in the state if Roe v. Wade is ever weakened or overturned.   The amendment, which passed by an overwhelming 62 percent, adds Article I, Section 20.1 to declare that “to protect human life, nothing […]

Formosa Plastics permit suspended by Army Corps

By: - November 5, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced through a court filing in federal court in Washington its plans to suspend its permit for a proposed 1500-acre Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish.  The announcement came before today’s Nov. 5 filing deadline for the Corps to defend its issuance of a permit to […]