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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 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 […]

Final House vote delayed on Louisiana adoption birth certificate bill

People adopted in Louisiana could get access to their birth certificates

By: - March 9, 2022

A Louisiana lawmaker has proposed legislation that would allow adopted people to obtain copies of their original birth certificates once they reach age 24. It would follow a nationwide trend to reform decades of secrecy surrounding adoption records.  House Bill 450, filed by Rep. Charles Owen, a Republican from the Fort Polk-area town of Rosepine, […]

Special committee wants Gov. Edwards' text messages in Greene case

Special committee wants to see more of Gov. Edwards’ text messages on Ronald Greene’s death

By: - March 9, 2022

State lawmakers on a special committee investigating allegations of a coverup in the 2019 death of a Black motorist in State Police custody want to know more about trooper cellphones that were “sanitized” or wiped clean of data and more recent text messages sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards.     Members of what’s officially called the […]

Houma lawmaker proposes SNAP benefit cuts to fill labor shortages

Houma lawmaker proposes SNAP benefit cuts to fill labor shortages

By: - March 8, 2022

A Louisiana lawmaker has introduced a bill that could limit free food assistance for certain people without jobs in an effort to curtail the state’s labor shortage.  Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, has filed House Bill 396, which would tighten work requirements for some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. SNAP is a federal benefit available […]

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Business lobby opposes proposed changes to Louisiana Quality Jobs incentives

By: - March 5, 2022

One of the proposed rule changes would tighten one of the factors that LED uses to calculate the number of new jobs a company seeking state incentives creates.

Franklinton lawmaker proposes law to block porn on college campuses

Franklinton legislator proposes law to block porn on college campuses

By: - March 3, 2022

A Louisiana state senator is proposing a new law that would prohibit students from accessing pornography or sexually explicit content on their personal phones or computers while connected to a university’s wifi network or internet service provider. Senate Bill 131, filed by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, would require each public university to prohibit access to […]

Federal judge strikes down Louisiana's congressional redistricting map

When will Gov. John Bel Edwards veto redistricting maps?

By: - February 28, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards has until March 14 to veto redistricting maps the Legislature approved last week, but waiting until the last minute could give lawmakers the convenience of attempting an override during their regular session, which also begins March 14.  Voter advocacy and civil rights groups are calling on Edwards, a Democrat, to reject […]

Louisiana approves contracts held up over consultants’ work with environmentalists

Entergy customers to pay $3.2 billion for storm repairs over 15 years

By: - February 23, 2022

METAIRIE — Louisiana utility regulators voted Wednesday to allow Entergy to bill its customers $3.2 billion for repairs after five storms in 2020 and 2021. The Public Service Commission approved the storm tariff amid criticism that Entergy paid its shareholders $1.5 billion in dividends and its chief executive received a $4 million pay raise during […]

House Republicans block proposal to protect LGBTQ workers

Survey finds toxic workplace culture at Louisiana housing agency

By: - February 22, 2022

Bullying, favoritism, unfair pay and lack of accountability have been rampant within the workplace of the Louisiana Housing Corporation, where allegations of sexual harassment have been leveled against the agency’s previous two executive directors. These were among the findings of a performance review the Louisiana Legislative Auditor released Thursday. The report underscores the impact that […]