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LSU announces vaccine mandates, Tiger Stadium restrictions for fall semester

BY: - August 24, 2021

LSU students will be required to get at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or fill out an exemption waiver, by Sept. 10, LSU President William Tate announced Tuesday. “We’re excited to be able to offer the in-person experience we know you’ve been hoping for this semester,” Tate said in a letter to […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

63 Louisiana House members ask state school board to sidestep K-12 schools mask mandate

BY: - August 16, 2021

Sixty-three House members signed a letter asking the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to direct local K-12 school districts to adopt their own mask protocols — in defiance of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate. All 63 House members who signed the letter are Republicans. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-French Settlement, and […]

Last round of vaccine lottery winners announced

BY: - August 13, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the final round of vaccine lottery winners Friday afternoon, marking the end of the Shot At A Million campaign. Janet Mann, a 63-year-old Bossier City resident, won the $1 million grand prize. Five teenagers also won $100,000 scholarships. The scholarship winners were Emily Guillet of Baton Rouge, Gavin Harrington of […]

LSU’s tiger mascot fully vaccinated

BY: - August 9, 2021

LSU’s live tiger mascot, Mike VII, has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the university announced Monday. The four-year-old tiger received his first shot July 16 and his second dose Friday. Both shots were administered by his veterinarian, David Baker.  According to the university, Mike VII hasn’t had any side effects from the vaccine, which was donated […]

Gov. Edwards announces fourth round of vaccine lottery winners

BY: - August 6, 2021

BATON ROUGE –  The fourth round winners of Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery were announced Friday morning.  32-year-old Shreveport resident Coty Hemperley and 13-year-old New Orleans resident Nevada Charity won the Wednesday drawing, which was conducted by the Louisiana Lottery Corporation and overseen by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.  Hemperley received the fourth $100,000 cash prize and […]

Lumber company plans to offer new jobs at Calcasieu sawmill

Lumber company plans to offer new jobs at Calcasieu sawmill

BY: - August 6, 2021

A lumber company plans to invest up to $8 million to revive the idle Georgia Pacific sawmill in Calcasieu Parish and create 170 direct new jobs with annual salaries averaging $62,000. In exchange for the investment, Louisiana taxpayers will give the company a generous tax incentive package through the Quality Jobs tax credit and Industrial […]

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Gov. Edwards announces $34M will be used in statewide flood mitigation projects

BY: - August 5, 2021

Around $34 million in federal funds will be used on flood mitigation projects throughout the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Thursday news release.  The Council on Watershed Management approved13 flood risk reduction projects that were recommended by steering committees for Louisiana watershed regions. The total includes $3.43 million for East Natchitoches drainage […]

John Bel Edwards says Jeff Landry is undermining Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Landry is undermining the state’s efforts to get the COVID-19 crisis under control by assisting anti-vaccine and anti-masking campaigns.  “Quite frankly, I don’t believe he’s consulting with any public health experts and what he’s doing has no basis in the law,” Edwards, a Democrat, said […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry urges residents to follow COVID-19 safety precautions, avoid another shutdown

BY: - August 3, 2021

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the state’s largest business organization, urged Louisianians to follow Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 guidelines in a Tuesday press release, saying the economy is “too fragile” to take another shutdown. LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack encouraged vaccinations, saying with increasing COVID-19 cases and students returning to […]

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Louisiana law that eliminates prison time for modest marijuana possession takes effect Sunday

BY: - July 31, 2021

A new law that eliminates jail and prison time for the possession of modest amounts of marijuana will take effect Sunday.  The law will impose a fine of up to $100 on a person caught with 14 grams or fewer of marijuana in lieu of incarceration — even for repeat offenses.  The current penalties for […]

Louisiana’s third-round COVID-19 vaccine lottery winners announced

BY: - July 30, 2021

Stephen Curry got money Friday for taking shots in New Orleans. No, not the 3-point specialist who’s a two-time NBA most valuable player. This Stephen Curry is a 57-year-old New Orleans resident who won the third $100,000 cash prize as part of Louisiana’s ‘Shot At A Million’ campaign. Jacob Ardoin, 15, of Lafayette, won the […]

Champion speller Zaila Avant-garde encourages Louisianians to get V-A-C-C-I-N-A-T-E-D

BY: - July 29, 2021

BATON ROUGE – Trying a novel approach to increase vaccination rates among young Louisianians, Gov. John Bel Edwards released public service announcements starring National Spelling Bee Champion and Guinness Book World Record Holder Zaila Avant-garde on Thursday.  The14-year-old Harvey resident  won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee July 8  becoming the first Black winner from […]