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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.

Term limits for Louisiana tax assessors moves forward in Legislature

Term limits for Louisiana tax assessors move forward in Legislature

By: - April 18, 2022

A proposed constitutional amendment to place term limits on parish tax assessors narrowly advanced Monday in the Louisiana Legislature. House Bill 288, sponsored by Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, would limit tax assessors to 12 consecutive years or three consecutive terms in office, a proposal that would change the power dynamic of a political office […]

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Louisiana proposes ‘overnight’ solution to trucker shortage

By: - April 15, 2022

Louisiana is exploring a legislative solution to provide overnight relief to the supply-chain bottleneck that a nationwide shortage of truck drivers has caused. Senate Bill 477, sponsored by Sen. Gary Smith, D-Norco, cleared the Senate Transportation, Highways & Public Works Committee without objection Thursday and will advance to the Senate floor for consideration.  The bill […]

Proposal would prevent rogue police from keeping badge

Proposal would prevent rogue police from keeping badge

By: - April 13, 2022

A police officer who causes someone’s death or serious injury while violating their civil rights can be dismissed from their job, but there’s nothing in Louisiana law that prevents rogue officers from being hired by another department. In fact, there’s nothing that compels their termination in the first place.   A bill making its way through […]

Louisiana moves to give local government control of industry tax breaks

Louisiana moves to give local government permanent control of industry tax breaks

By: - April 12, 2022

In one of his first acts in office, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a pair of executive orders that reformed the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP), a lucrative enticement for big business. The governor curtailed the tax break from 100% to 80% of property taxes owed and, most critically, gave local government some say over […]

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

By: - April 8, 2022

In the wake of heavy criticism from state lawmakers, Louisiana State Police’s second-in-command was placed on administrative leave Friday pending an internal investigation into his involvement in the alleged cover-up of the Ronald Greene case.  Lt. Col. Doug Cain has been under investigation for several months after he and two other high-ranking administrators ordered their […]

Prosecutor will pursue charges against troopers in Ronald Greene case

Prosecutor will pursue charges against troopers in Ronald Greene case

By: - April 7, 2022

John Belton would not specify what charges he is pursuing but said he is “looking at everything.” He mentioned the possibility of homicide charges and did not rule out obstruction of justice. 

Solar tax credit bill burns out in House committee

Louisiana lawmakers block attempt to pull tax breaks from solar, wind projects

By: - April 6, 2022

Fossil fuel proponents in the Louisiana House of Representatives were met with resistance Tuesday in a committee where they brought three different bills, one of which would have targeted solar and wind energy projects to make them ineligible for state tax breaks.  House Concurrent Resolution 6, sponsored by Rep. Danny McCormick, R-Oil City, would have […]

Entergy proposes its customers cover cost of backup generators for businesses

Entergy proposes its customers cover cost of backup generators for businesses

By: - April 6, 2022

Entergy has proposed a new project to give backup generators to grocery stores and other commercial customers across the state to form micro-grids that can be used during outages and peak demand times, but the utility company wants the rest of its customers to pay for them.  Entergy would also be able to run the […]

Louisiana enacts new orphan oil well law to fetch $200 million in federal money

Senate passes bill to position Louisiana for $200 million in orphaned oil well grants

By: - April 4, 2022

The Louisiana Senate approved a bill Monday that would position Louisiana to receive nearly $200 million in federal grants to fix orphaned oil and gas wells. Senate Bill 245, sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, passed unanimously in a 38-0 vote without any debate on the floor. It will head to the House for consideration. […]

Task force will study voting rights for Louisiana’s disabled people

Appeals court reverses dismissal of Louisiana election grant lawsuit

By: - April 1, 2022

A Louisiana appeals court on Wednesday reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that Attorney General Jeff Landry filed against a nonprofit organization that tried to help parish clerks and registrars pay for tents, signage, water and other basic supplies they needed for the 2020 presidential election.  A three judge panel from Louisiana’s 3rd […]

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Louisiana Legislature overrides Gov. Edwards’ veto of congressional map

By: and - March 30, 2022

The shape of Louisiana's congressional districts will likely be decided in a federal court now that the Republican-led state Legislature has overridden Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' veto of a map that limits the state to one majority-Black district out of six in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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UPDATES: 2022 Louisiana Legislature veto override session

By: - March 30, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers have gathered for a veto override session at the State Capitol where they need to get two-thirds of members behind a Republican-backed map of the state's six congressional districts.