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Five more parishes can apply for Hurricane Delta aid

BY: - November 9, 2020

Beauregard, Lafayette, Rapides, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes impacted by Hurricane Delta where residents are eligible for aid to 10, the governor’s office announced Saturday. Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Oct. 9 near Creole, Louisiana, about […]

New Orleans food banks helping residents after Hurricane Zeta

BY: - November 4, 2020

People requiring food assistance after Hurricane Zeta and the days of power outages that followed will be able to visit food banks and pantries throughout New Orleans this week, according to the city government’s website. Hope House Inc. on 916 St. Andrew St. will distribute food Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from […]

More Louisianans cast a ballot this year than any other in the past 30

BY: - November 4, 2020

With 92 percent of precincts reported as of 12:30 on Nov. 4, 2,100,291 voters cast their ballots in Louisiana, the most ever in a presidential election. 2,100,291 of the 3,092,871 is an unofficial turnout of 69.4 percent. An increase of the 67 percent voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election. Before Nov. 3, about a […]

Incumbents sweep Louisiana’s congressional races

BY: - November 4, 2020

All five U.S. Representatives in Louisiana who were running for re-election breezed to victory Tuesday night.  None of those victories came as a surprise, as each of the incumbents was considered a near lock to win. The Associated Press called the winner in each of those races fairly early Tuesday night. At 11 p.m. numbers […]

Absentee voters urged to check their ballot status

BY: - November 2, 2020

Louisiana voters who mailed in their ballots can see if their ballots have been received by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov, according to Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office. In order to be counted for Tuesday’s election, ballots must be received by 4:30 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 2. An exception is made for military personnel and other […]

Nov. 27 deadline to apply for Hurricane Laura FEMA assistance

BY: - October 27, 2020

People who suffered damage from Hurricane Laura now have until Nov. 27 to register for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency has announced. Federal assistance includes help for temporary housing, rental assistance and repair or replacement of damaged property. FEMA can also provide grants to cover costs of medical and dental […]

Voters exit a precinct at the Lake Charles Civic Center

Governor vetoes bill that sought to prohibit election grant money

BY: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited local election officials from using nonprofit grant money to pay for election-related expenses.  House Bill 51, introduced by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, sought to prohibit registrars of voters and clerks of court from accepting grant money from private individuals […]

State health department to stress the importance of flu shots in series of virtual town hall events

BY: - October 26, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana Public Health Institute will host three virtual town halls over the next few weeks “to educate the community about the importance of getting the flu vaccine this year, especially given the similarities between flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms.” The virtual town halls, titled “Protecting our Communities from the […]

Virtual school discipline bill sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk

BY: - October 21, 2020

A bill that would require school districts to write disciplinary policies for online learning and to give families more options to appeal expulsion recommendations was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk Wednesday. The “Ku’Mauri Harrison Act” would give students who’ve been recommended for expulsion, even if the punishment is later was reduced to a […]

Federal aid for Delta approved for 5 Louisiana parishes

BY: - October 20, 2020

Federal help is on the way for five Louisiana parishes that suffered damage in Hurricane Delta, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has announced. Edwards asked President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a major disaster declaration on Oct. 14. Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes qualify for aid.  “I want […]

Legislator defers bill that would prohibit schools from giving names of contagious students to health department

BY: - October 20, 2020

Rep. Beryl Amedée, R-Houma, withdrew a bill that would have blocked schools from sending the names of students with infectious diseases to the Louisiana Department of Health.  Amedée voluntarily deferred her bill after it was brought up by the House Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday morning. “At this time, because of the shortness and quickness […]

Louisiana families could receive a tax break for COVID-19 tutors

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing a tax break for families that hired tutors to help their students with virtual schooling supplied by a public or accredited private school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tutor would have to have been hired between March 13 and Dec. 31, 2020. The tax break […]