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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.

Louisiana lawmakers target adoption scammers

Louisiana lawmakers target adoption scammers

By: - March 29, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers want to deter anyone who would cheat adoptive parents out of money under the guise of giving up a child, but some are concerned the penalties might lead to birth mothers being arrested for changing their mind.   After lengthy debate Monday, a bill was approved to expand what qualifies as adoption deception, a […]

Bill to give adoptees access to birth certificates advances to Senate floor

Louisiana adoptees closer to accessing original birth certificates

By: - March 29, 2022

The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill Monday that would allow adopted people to obtain copies of their original birth certificates when they reach age 24.  House Bill 450, filed by Rep. Charles Owen, R-Rosepine, cleared the House in a 76-21 vote after debate on the floor stretched from Monday afternoon into evening. It […]

Veto override session to begin Wednesday for Louisiana redistricting

Veto override session to begin Wednesday for Louisiana redistricting

By: - March 28, 2022

Louisiana lawmakers will begin a veto override session at noon Wednesday to try to approve a congressional redistricting map that Gov. John Bel Edwards rejected, according to ballots that legislators submitted last week. The results were made public Monday.  The decision to hold the veto session was mostly along party lines with all 12 Senate […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

By: - March 25, 2022

Louisiana House lawmakers approved a bill that would create a “preemptive” law to try to prohibit so-called “vaccine passports,” including vaccination stamps on drivers’ licenses, and to prohibit the issuance of a driver’s license based on one’s immunization status. The bill’s author said the state would only ever do those things if the Legislature first […]

Final House vote delayed on Louisiana adoption birth certificate bill

House vote delayed on Louisiana adoption birth certificate bill

By: - March 24, 2022

The sponsor of a bill that would allow adopted people to obtain copies of their original birth certificates delayed the House vote scheduled Thursday, asking his fellow lawmakers to think about the legislation over the weekend and vote for it on Monday.   House Bill 450, filed by Rep. Charles Owen, R-Rosepine, proposes that a person […]

Louisiana lawmakers advance proposal to attract coastal wind energy projects

Louisiana lawmakers advance proposal to attract coastal wind energy projects

By: - March 23, 2022

A proposal to expand the size of wind energy projects off the Louisiana coast advanced Wednesday in the Legislature. Proponents say it will make the state more attractive to developers and investors in the renewable energies market.  House Bill 165, sponsored by Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma, was approved without objection in the House Committee on […]

High fuel prices won’t bring jobs to Louisiana because companies won’t drill, expert says

High fuel prices won’t bring jobs to Louisiana because oil companies won’t drill, expert says

By: - March 19, 2022

Rising fuel prices typically lead to job growth in an energy hub like Louisiana, but experts say the state is unlikely to see much of a benefit this year as fossil fuel companies have so far been hesitant to spend more on drilling and production.   The energy sector, in Louisiana and the world at large, […]

Proposal would prevent rogue police from keeping badge

Lawyers could be paid more in Louisiana if they successfully defend fired first-responders

By: - March 17, 2022

A Louisiana Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would require municipalities to pay higher attorney’s fees when civil service boards reverse the terminations of police officers and firefighters.

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

Proposal would position Louisiana to receive $200 million to fix orphaned oil wells

By: - March 17, 2022

A Louisiana lawmaker has proposed legislation that would position the state to receive nearly $200 million in federal funding to fix abandoned oil and gas wells.  Senate Bill 245, sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, would give the state Department of Natural Resources more flexibility on how much it can spend to plug and restore […]

Final House vote delayed on Louisiana adoption birth certificate bill

Anti-abortion group opposes giving adopted people access to birth certificates

By: - March 15, 2022

A committee of Louisiana lawmakers will take another week to decide whether to advance a bill that would allow adopted people to obtain copies of their original birth certificates once they reach age 24. State law currently provides adopted individuals only limited access to the information from their birth records, mostly connected to vital health […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Louisiana lawmaker proposes ban on transgender health care for minors

By: - March 15, 2022

A Louisiana lawmaker wants to deny minors access to gender-affirming health care, even if parents approve of the procedures. The sweeping proposal would also override medical advice and stop insurers from covering transgender treatments.  House Bill 570, sponsored by Rep. Gabe Firment, R-Pollock, is calling his proposal the SAFE Act, short for Saving Adolescents From […]

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

Former Louisiana State Police leaders to testify before Ronald Greene committee

By: - March 11, 2022

The state’s top public safety official and two former Louisiana State Police superintendents are expected to testify Tuesday in front of the Legislature’s newly-formed special committee investigating allegations of a coverup in the 2019 death of Ronald Greene in troopers’ custody. Department of Corrections and Public Safety Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc and former LSP superintendents Mike Edmonson […]