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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. Among his recognitions are 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. Muller is an alumnus of Jesuit High School and the University of New Orleans and is a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Louisiana with his wife and two sons.

Aerial photo of industrial zones along river in St. James Parish

Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

By: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]

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Louisiana will make small amounts of COVID-19 vaccine available to people 70 and older next week

By: - December 31, 2020

Louisiana will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to people 70 and older and additional types of health care workers next week as the first batch of Moderna’s vaccine is set to arrive Monday in a limited supply, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday. “The number of vaccine doses that we are going to receive next week […]

AG Jeff Landry pulls Louisiana into another conservative-backed lawsuit — NRA v. New York

By: - December 24, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has inserted the state into another lawsuit championed by conservatives — this one involving the State of New York and the National Rifle Association. New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a civil case against four NRA executives accusing them of siphoning off the nonprofit’s money for their own […]

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Congressman-elect Luke Letlow admitted to ICU with COVID-19

By: - December 23, 2020

Louisiana’s newly-elected U.S. congressman, Luke Letlow, was admitted into intensive care Wednesday at Ochsner LSU Health Center in Shreveport after he was hospitalized with COVID-19 five days ago, according to Letlow’s spokesman Andrew Bautsch. Bautsch released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Letlow was transferred from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe to Ochsner LSU in […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Internet sex crimes against children have increased — just not as much as AG Jeff Landry says

By: - December 23, 2020

Reports of internet crimes against children in Louisiana are up significantly since last year, according to records from the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, but those records show the increase isn’t nearly as dramatic as Attorney General Jeff Landry has claimed. Landry’s office received 2,308 reports of online sexual predators in 2019, and as of Dec.15, […]

Amazon to build giant $100M facility in Carencro and create 500 jobs

By: - December 22, 2020

Amazon plans to build a 1 million square-foot fulfillment center in Carencro next year, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday.  The facility, the first fulfillment center for Louisiana, will be located at a 12-acre site formerly home to an Evangeline Downs racetrack near the junction of Interstates 10 and 49 in Lafayette Parish. It will […]

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

La. Supreme Court, citing procedural error, sends ‘Edwards v. House’ petition case back to district court

By: - December 21, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday vacated a November ruling from a Baton Rouge Judge that said it was unconstitutional for the Louisiana House, by itself, to use a petition to end the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions. The court sent the case of Edwards v. House of Representatives, et al. back to Judge William Morvant in […]

New law requires summons instead of arrest for low-level crimes in New Orleans

By: - December 18, 2020

New Orleans Police officers can no longer arrest people who commit low-level offenses and must instead issue them a court summons, according to a new ordinance adopted by the New Orleans City Council on Thursday. Council members unanimously approved the ordinance, which requires NOPD officers to issue a summons in lieu of making an arrest […]

Folgers tax breaks survive another month with New Orleans City Council

By: - December 17, 2020

To the disappointment of many residents, the New Orleans City Council on Thursday postponed a vote on controversial tax exemptions for Folgers Coffee Company to give it time to explain why it should be exempt from paying an estimated $5.4 million in back property taxes and roughly $14 million in future taxes over 10 years. […]

Gov. proclaims Dec. 15 as ‘Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center Day’

By: - December 15, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation declaring Dec. 15 as “Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center Day” in honor of the former governor who would have turned 78 on Tuesday. “The life and work of Kathleen Blanco continue to inspire Louisianans,” Gov. Edwards said in a press release. “Gov. Blanco broke many barriers as […]

Louisiana’s Electoral College votes go to Trump

By: - December 15, 2020

Louisiana’s eight electoral college members met Monday and officially cast their ballots for President Donald Trump. Trump secured the state’s eight electoral ballots after clinching 58 percent of the votes in the Nov. 3 election, but the president did not secure enough votes across the country to win a second term in office. President-elect Joe […]

Gov. Edwards creates new environmental task force to study Atchafalaya Basin

By: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed an executive order creating the Atchafalaya River Basin Restoration and Enhancement (ARBRE) Task Force in an effort to address long-standing environmental issues in the basin and raise public awareness of those issues. “The irony of the Atchafalaya Basin is that while it is suffering from an abundance of […]