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Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s Phase 3: Restaurants, retail shops and churches will be at 75 percent capacity

BY: - September 11, 2020

Restaurants, retail shops and churches will be among the venues moving from 50 percent occupancy to 75 percent occupancy under the state’s new Phase 3 COVID-19 rules that will be released Friday afternoon, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in an interview with WWL Radio. The governor is expected to shared the full details of Phase […]

Lake Charles after Laura

Two more parishes added to FEMA’s individual assistance program

BY: - September 11, 2020

Union and Morehouse parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes where residents are eligible for aid to 18, the governor’s office announced Thursday. “This FEMA aid will help the people of these two parishes recover, and I encourage all residents affected by the storm to register for […]

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 […]

Hurricane Laura survivors in 7 more parishes can apply for FEMA aid

BY: - September 1, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Tuesday night press release that seven more Louisiana parishes have been added to the list of places where residents can apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Nine parishes had already been deemed eligible, which means residents in a total of 16 parishes can now apply. […]

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 […]

Sen. Bill Cassidy says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

BY: - August 20, 2020

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, has been vocal about the need for Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing during the pandemic. But health officials say wearing a face mask — which prevents the spread of droplets from the mouth and nose — […]

FEMA makes Louisiana one of first states to get unemployment aid

BY: - August 17, 2020

According to an Saturday, Aug. 15 press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor has approved Louisiana to receive its portion of the $44 billion in aid that President Donald Trump has redirected to unemployment assistance. Gaynor has also approved Arizona, Iowa and New Mexico. The president announced four pandemic-related executive […]

Jefferson Parish pushes back first day of school

BY: - August 10, 2020

Jefferson Parish Schools Superintendent James Gray announced Monday that the first day of school for the system has been pushed back to school to August 26.  Schools had been scheduled to open Wednesday, Aug. 12, and Gray said the system is delayed by two weeks to coincide with the availability of rapid COVID-19 testing. “Jefferson […]

Louisiana Governor open to temporary smoking ban in casinos

BY: - August 6, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards is open to the idea of temporarily banning smoking in Louisiana casinos and video poker outlets in order to protect against COVID-19 spread, though the governor still has to talk to state gambling regulators about such a move. “First impression, it seems to make some sense,” Edwards said about a temporary […]

Louisiana’s police training task force holds first meeting

BY: - August 6, 2020

The Louisiana Senate’s police training task force held its first meeting Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol. The 25-member panel, officially dubbed the Police Training, Screening, and De-escalation Task Force, is the brainchild of Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, who introduced he idea in the wake of national outcry at the killing of George Floyd […]

Advocacy groups want emergency election plan from Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin

BY: - August 3, 2020

Twenty-eight advocacy groups, including the NAACP, Voice of the Experienced and the Power Coalition for  Equity and Justice sent a letter to Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin last week asking that he develop a election emergency plan that will allow for maximum voter participation amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. In their letter to […]

Louisiana small businesses can now seek reimbursement for pandemic-related costs

BY: - July 28, 2020

Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder announced Tuesday that Louisiana’s small businesses can now apply for grants that the Louisiana Legislature established to help them survive the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Main Street Recovery Program is funded with $275 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside during this year’s regular session to help the state’s small businesses.  Republicans […]