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.

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana climate task force holds first meeting

By: - November 10, 2020

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, a body Gov. John Bel Edwards created through an Aug. 19 executive order,  held its inaugural meeting at the capitol building on Monday, and its chairperson said the task force’s effort will be about “leading us away from environmental disaster and economic hardship and towards a better future for our […]

What does the new anti-abortion amendment really mean for Louisiana?

By: - November 6, 2020

Far from being a mere symbolic gesture, the passage of Louisiana’s anti-abortion constitutional amendment on Tuesday cements any future abortion prohibitions in the state if Roe v. Wade is ever weakened or overturned.   The amendment, which passed by an overwhelming 62 percent, adds Article I, Section 20.1 to declare that “to protect human life, nothing […]

Formosa Plastics permit suspended by Army Corps

By: - November 5, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday announced through a court filing in federal court in Washington its plans to suspend its permit for a proposed 1500-acre Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish.  The announcement came before today’s Nov. 5 filing deadline for the Corps to defend its issuance of a permit to […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Louisiana’s constitutional amendment results

By: - November 4, 2020

The following table contains the unofficial election results of seven Louisiana constitutional amendments as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, all but one precinct had reported its vote tallies. An additional constitutional amendment regarding sports wagering is specific to each voter’s home parish, the results of which can be found on the Louisiana Secretary […]

U.S. Capitol

Letlow and Harris head to runoff for 5th District congressional seat, but recount may happen

By: - November 4, 2020

Republicans Luke Letlow and state Rep. Lance Harris advanced to a runoff election for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office. That election, which will determine the area’s next representative in Washington, will be held Dec. 5.  Letlow clinched 33 percent of the vote in […]

Trump clinches Louisiana while national result remains uncertain

By: - November 3, 2020

While national counts remain incomplete, President Donald Trump has clinched Louisiana’s eight Electoral College votes, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press. Louisiana has not supported a Democrat for president since 1996 when Bill Clinton won 52 percent of the vote in the state. Nationally, unofficial results remained uncertain as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. […]

Police officers could get whistleblower protection for reporting misconduct

In Alton Sterling protest case, Supreme Court vacates Fifth Circuit ruling

By: - November 2, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said a Baton Rouge police officer can sue a protest leader for the actions of another protester during demonstrations in Baton Rouge in 2016.  That unidentified protester struck the officer with a “piece of concrete or a similar rock-like object” […]

Election generators cause argument between New Orleans mayor and sec. of state

By: - November 2, 2020

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin spent Sunday accusing one another of failing to make sure all the city’s polling places will have power Tuesday, but by Sunday night it appeared that all the city’s voters will be able to vote at polling sites that have power. Cantrell announced […]

House speaker says petition requires governor to end COVID-19 restrictions

By: - October 30, 2020

Attorney General Jeff Landry on Thursday filed a motion in an East Baton Rouge Court Thursday arguing that once Louisiana House members affixed enough signatures on a petition ending Gov. John Bel Edwards’  public health emergency and delivered it to him, the governor was mandated by law to declare the emergency over.  That petition was […]

326,000 remain in dark two days after Hurricane Zeta

By: - October 30, 2020

Two days after Hurricane Zeta hit the state with 110 mph winds, an estimated 326,000 customers in Louisiana remained without electricity Friday morning, down from a peak outage of more than half a million. A large percentage of those outages are in Jefferson Parish, where about 72 percent remained without power, Gov. John Bel Edwards […]

Polling places may be relocated due to Zeta

By: - October 29, 2020

State and local officials are working to figure out how much damage Hurricane Zeta caused to polling locations across Southeast Louisiana and if any need to be relocated ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election.  The Category 2 storm made landfall in Cocodrie, an unincorporated fishing village in Terrebonne Parish about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. […]

Louisiana State Police chief retires amid scandals

By: - October 27, 2020

The head of Louisiana State Police, Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves, will retire at the end of this week. The 30-year veteran will leave an agency that has been embroiled in scandals for several years.  The governor said he plans to name Reeves’ successor in the coming days. The announcement comes on the heels of revelations […]