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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.

Louisiana unemployment trust fund almost out of cash

By: - September 14, 2020

With Congress unable to come together on a bipartisan coronavirus relief package, Louisiana has almost no money left to pay unemployment claims to residents. The federal Lost Wage Assistance benefit, which provided residents an extra $300 per week, has also been depleted.  Near the end of his press conference Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said […]

Louisiana’s Phase 3 means some bars are open but last call is early

By: - September 11, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Restaurants, salons, gyms and other establishments, including some bars, will have fewer restrictions as Louisiana transitions to Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan Friday night. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the new guidelines at a press conference Friday afternoon, stressing that residents should make no significant changes to the cautious routines […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana to begin Phase 3 on Friday

By: - September 10, 2020

In a press conference Thursday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state will move to Phase 3 of its coronavirus response on Friday, lifting some restrictions but leaving the face-mask mandate in place. Phase 3 is expected to loosen some restrictions on businesses, schools and public gatherings, but the governor did not elaborate […]

Hammond residents want police chief removed

Hammond City Council votes to remove police chief seen on tape punching Black suspect

By: - September 10, 2020

HAMMOND — In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the Hammond City Council voted to initiate an investigation into the police chief’s 2017 beating of a handcuffed Black man, which consultants who study police procedures deemed “excessive and borderline criminal.” The council also voted 3-2 to ask the mayor to fire Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, but the […]

LA election plan

Should Louisiana have a special election plan due to coronavirus?

By: - September 10, 2020

A two-day hearing to decide if the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic warrants an emergency election plan in Louisiana concluded Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick heard testimony from expert witnesses. Dick told the parties involved that she would issue her ruling “as quickly as humanly possible.” The case of Harding v. Edwards was brought […]

FBI investigates beating of Black man by White Hammond police

By: - September 2, 2020

HAMMOND — The FBI is reinvestigating an alleged police brutality incident that involved Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron three years ago. The FBI’s reported initial investigation into the 2017 incident cleared Bergeron of charges, but that was before the public had access to the video footage, which was recently leaked to the victim. In a […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura destroys, but volunteers rally to help Lake Charles survive

By: - August 31, 2020

LAKE CHARLES — On Saturday, much of southwest Louisiana remained without electricity, water, food and other essential provisions in the wake of Hurricane Laura. While state and federal governments were still mobilizing assets, many residents turned to volunteers for help. Thousands of vehicles waited in long lines at a single distribution point in downtown Lake […]

Smoke is seen rising in the distance from the BioLab Westlake after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on August 27, 2020,

After Hurricane Laura makes landfall, crews battle chlorine fire at BioLab plant in Westlake

By: - August 27, 2020

In the destructive wake of Hurricane Laura, emergency responders and hazmat crews spent most of Thursday battling a chemical fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake in Calcasieu Parish. The BioLab facility, located on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles, sustained unspecified damages as Laura struck Cameron and Calcasieu parishes early Thursday, causing the plant’s chlorine […]

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 […]