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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.

Allegations ‘simply untrue,’ medical school says of Louisiana AG’s lawsuit

By: - August 5, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s lawsuit claiming a Northeast Louisiana medical school has “blackballed” or punished three students who are refusing the COVID-19 vaccine is “simply untrue,” the college provost said Wednesday after learning Landry had filed a lawsuit against the school.   In an emailed statement to the Illuminator, Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, the president and […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Jeff Landry sues Louisiana medical school over vaccine mandate

By: - August 4, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a federal lawsuit against a medical college housed on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) on behalf of three students who were denied an exemption to the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.  Landry filed the suit on Tuesday in the U.S. Western District Court in Monroe, requesting […]

Virus reaches new record of hospitalizations in Louisiana

Virus claims record-high hospitalizations across Louisiana

By: - August 3, 2021

Louisiana’s novel coronavirus pandemic reached a new pinnacle Tuesday as state health officials announced a record-setting 2,112 COVID-19 hospitalizations  statewide. The number of hospitalizations eclipsed the previous Jan. 7 high-point by 43, according to figures from the Louisiana Department of Health.  During a Monday news conference in which Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a reinstatement […]

Gov. Edwards reinstates statewide mask mandate for Louisiana

By: and - August 2, 2021

Facing some of the worst COVID-19 statistics the state has seen and flanked by doctors from across Louisiana who said their hospitals are filled to capacity, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he is reinstating a statewide face mask mandate. The mandate will include everyone 5 and up, and will be in effect in all […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Industry accounts for well over half Louisiana’s carbon emissions, research shows

By: - July 30, 2021

Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by the LSU Center for Energy Studies, are “dominated by the industrial sector,” which accounts for 61% of the state’s total carbon dioxide emissions. That’s nearly three times the national average share, according to the study. Emissions from all other sectors of Louisiana’s economy measured well […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Gov. John Bel Edwards ‘considering’ mask mandate as Louisiana hospitals fill with COVID-19 patients

By: and - July 30, 2021

Louisiana has more people entering hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms than ever before, the most single-day deaths since March 10 and the highest number of new cases per capita in the nation as of Friday. Despite the grim numbers, Gov. John Bel Edwards has still not reinstated mitigation measures such as a face mask mandate and […]

Louisiana economy struggles with reliance on oil and tourism, analysis shows

By: - July 28, 2021

Despite historic declines at the beginning of 2020 as the novel coronavirus spread and slowed the economy, tax revenues for most states rebounded by the end of the year to near pre-pandemic levels — but not for Louisiana. An analysis released Monday by Pew researchers sheds light on how Louisiana’s reliance on oil and tourism […]

Low bidder selected for new 4-lane highway in St. Tammany Parish

By: - July 26, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Monday the apparent low bidder for the construction of the first segment of a new four-lane highway in St. Tammany Parish.  The bids were “let” or opened on July 21. Brown Industrial Construction LLC presented the apparent low bid of just under $46 million for the first […]

Construction begins on West Shore Lake Pontchartrain hurricane protection

By: - July 26, 2021

State and federal officials joined with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to break ground on construction of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain project, which is designed to provide 100-year hurricane and storm surge protection to 60,000 residents in St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes. The $760 million project will include […]

Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

Senate fails to override veto of bill allowing concealed guns without permit

By: - July 20, 2021

In an unprecedented veto-override session Tuesday, the Louisiana Senate failed to override the governor’s veto of a bill that allows residents to carry concealed guns without any permits or training — a policy referred to as “constitutional carry.”  Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Sen. Jay Morris (R-West Monroe), received overwhelming support in the Senate with […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

House petition case: Gov. asks court to stop GOP opponents from interfering with orders

By: - July 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards scored an early victory last week in the second round of the Edwards v. House petition case in which his Republican opponents tried to employ a never-before-used statute to temporarily suspend the state’s COVID-19 restrictions last year. At the July 12 hearing, Judge William Morvant in the 19th Judicial District Court […]

Election Plan Kyle Ardoin

Louisiana’s Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

By: - July 15, 2021

After holding just two organizational meetings since it was founded this year in response to baseless allegations of voter fraud, the Louisiana Commission on Election Integrity and Voting was suspended on Thursday. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin made the announcement in a news release, thanking the members for their service and saying he needs to […]