Briefs

New Shreveport call center plans to hire 600

BY: - January 13, 2022

A $1.5 million call center will be developed in Shreveport that will create 600 new jobs, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. Advanced Call Center Technologies will open for business in the East Ridge Plaza business center in March. President and CEO Hunter Croft committed to the investment Thursday, a statement from the governor’s office said. […]

Michigan woman arrested with guns her truck near U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol Police said in a press release that they arrested a Michigan woman Wednesday on charges of unlawful possession of multiple firearms. The woman, identified by officers as Kery Lynn McAttee, told police she was traveling from Michigan and went to the U.S. Capitol Police headquarters to talk about information […]

Louisiana sets another COVID-19 daily case count record: 17,592

BY: - January 12, 2022

The omicron variant continues to fuel an increase coronavirus cases in Louisiana. The state health department reported a new single-day high for COVID-19 cases with 17,592, eclipsing a record set last week by nearly 2,800. The Louisiana Department also reported 1,999 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 and 14 deaths. Individuals age 5-17 (20%) and 18-29 (20%) accounted […]

Louisiana teachers union stages sickout, demands classes go virtual

BY: - January 11, 2022

Teachers in the East Baton Rouge branch of the Louisiana Association of Educators announced a planned “sickout” Wednesday to protest the school system’s response to the recent COVID-19 surge and teacher shortages this semester. “Our staff is experiencing burnout, and our students are not getting the education they need and deserve with all of these […]

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Louisiana Legislature schedules special session on political redistricting

BY: - January 11, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature will hold its special session on political redistricting from Feb. 1 to Feb. 20. The majority of legislators in both chambers endorsed the schedule. State lawmakers will deliberate on new maps for Louisiana’s U.S. House seats, the state House of Representatives, Senate, Public Service Commission, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and […]

Gary Chambers to challenge John Kennedy for U.S. Senate

BY: - January 11, 2022

Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers announced Tuesday through social media that he will challenge incumbent John Kennedy for a seat representing Louisiana in the U.S. Senate. Chambers, a Democrat, narrowly missed a runoff in last year’s race for the 2nd Congressional District. He endorsed second-place finisher Karen Carter Peterson, who lost the general election to […]

Omicron COVID-19 leads schools around Louisiana to go virtual

BY: - January 10, 2022

Following reports of several positive COVID-19 cases among students, elementary and high schools in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have moved to virtual learning. Starting Tuesday, Audubon, Bernard Terrace and LaSalle elementary schools in Baton Rouge will move to virtual learning until Jan. 18. During that period, the impacted classrooms will be closed for deep […]

New Orleans judge indicted for filing false tax returns

BY: - January 10, 2022

City Court Judge Ernestine Anderson-Trahan allegedly failed to report income she received for performing wedding ceremonies.

Louisiana to receive nearly $92 million for low-income utility bill assistance

BY: - January 7, 2022

The White House announced Friday that Louisiana will receive $91.7 million for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In addition to a $50.3 annual allocation for the state, $41.4 million is from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. The money is available to qualifying homeowners and renters to help pay past-due bills and to avoid […]

Southern president-chancellor finalists include 2 current Louisiana university leaders

BY: - January 6, 2022

Southern University announced the five semi-finalist candidates for the next president-chancellor of the system. The finalists include: Laurence Alexander, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff James Ammons, chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans Dennis Shields, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Platteville […]

Another Louisiana COVID-19 record is short-lived; 14,000 new cases reported Thursday

Another Louisiana COVID-19 record is short-lived; 14,000 new cases reported Thursday

BY: - January 6, 2022

Louisiana set a new single-day record with 14,077 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday, and state health officials said they have seen no signs that the virus is slowing down. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the record-breaking case count at an afternoon press conference but stopped short of implementing any mitigation measures — such as the face mask […]

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Louisiana prison visits halted for third time due to COVID-19

BY: - January 6, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has suspended in-person visits between prisoners and guests again for the third time in two years in response to a COVID-19 surge. Louisiana’s prison population has been barred from meeting with their families, loved ones and attorneys for most of the pandemic. Since March 2020, visitation – […]