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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.

Hurricane Laura prediction for Southwest Louisiana: ‘a wall of water 2 stories high coming ashore’

By: - August 26, 2020

Forecasters predict Hurricane Laura will reach Category 4 status shortly before it strikes Southwest Louisiana early Thursday. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Laura was in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico traveling toward the southwestern Louisiana coast at about 17 mph. The storm emerged as a Category 3 overnight and is expected to strike Cameron Parish […]

Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura looks like it could be a repeat of Rita

By: - August 25, 2020

Louisianans should “prepare for the worst and pray for the best,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a Tuesday press conference regarding Hurricane Laura’s approach toward the coastal areas in and around Cameron Parish. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Laura was in the central Gulf of Mexico traveling northwest at about 17 mph. Though still […]

List of evacuation orders in Louisiana

By: - August 25, 2020

Hurricane Laura has prompted mandatory and voluntary evacuations for the following towns and parishes in Louisiana as of Wednesday afternoon: Laura emerged in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday morning. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Laura was in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico traveling toward the southwestern Louisiana coast at […]

Calcasieu and Cameron parishes under mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Laura approaches

By: - August 25, 2020

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Calcasieu Parish and lower parts of Cameron Parish as Hurricane Laura threatens the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas. The evacuation order for Calcasieu Parish went into effect at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Calcasieu’s Emergency Preparedness Director Dick Gremillion said in a press conference. Laura emerged in the southeastern Gulf […]

Election Plan Kyle Ardoin

Republican-friendly election plan breezes past Senate committee

By: - August 20, 2020

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan passed through a second legislative committee on Thursday, as most expected it would. Ardoin, a Republican, said he wrote the plan specifically so that it would appease Republican lawmakers who make up the majority of the Louisiana Legislature and whose votes are needed to approve […]

LA election plan

After heated exchange, House committee approves emergency election plan

By: - August 19, 2020

A state legislative committee on Wednesday approved Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan despite drawing criticism from the governor, many Louisiana residents and a Republican lawmaker for the voting barriers the plan creates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee, comprised of mostly Republicans, passed the plan in a 8-6 […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Courts may decide Louisiana’s election plan; COVID-19 numbers dip to recent low

By: - August 19, 2020

In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Edwards said he is refusing to sign Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan, meaning Louisiana is heading to November without a viable plan for residents concerned about infection to vote during the pandemic. Also, for the second consecutive day, Louisiana’s daily COVID-19 case count was below […]

Governor Edwards wins in one federal court, takes the stand in another

By: - August 18, 2020

LAFAYETTE — Gov. John Bel Edwards took the stand in a federal court hearing Monday to defend the restrictions on bars that he enacted in July to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier Monday, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against a separate group of bar owners who, making an identical argument […]

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

Law school grads will now take ‘open-book’ bar exam

By: - August 12, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday making the state bar exam an “open-book” email test due to the ongoing risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The order applies to the next two scheduled Bar exams on Aug. 24 and Oct. 10, according to a Louisiana Supreme Court press release. The bar exam is […]

John Bel Edwards

Trump’s order, mystery illness and COVID-19 numbers on governor’s agenda

By: - August 11, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference Tuesday and discussed Louisiana’s coronavirus situation, a new illness killing children and President Donald Trump’s executive order, among other things. Here are summaries of three main takeaways from the conference:  Louisiana’s coronavirus situation has been steadily improving Numbers of new cases and hospitalizations have been on a […]

Mystery illness kills fourth child in Louisiana

By: - August 10, 2020

A fourth child has died in Louisiana from a coronavirus-related condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), according to a report released Monday from the Louisiana Department of Health. The LDH did not identify the child or the locations in which the deaths have occurred. MIS-C is a serious health condition in children under […]

Louisiana’s police training task force holds first meeting

By: - August 6, 2020

The Louisiana Senate’s police training task force held its first meeting Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol. The 25-member panel, officially dubbed the Police Training, Screening, and De-escalation Task Force, is the brainchild of Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, who introduced he idea in the wake of national outcry at the killing of George Floyd […]