A sanitation worker empties a can into a garbage truck

Trash troubles: The pandemic started it; inflation keeps it going

BY: - January 1, 2023

Terrill “Ya Fav Trashman” Haigler, who worked for 14 months during the height of the pandemic as a Philadelphia sanitation worker, spent much of his tenure pointing out to the media and city officials the neighborhoods where garbage was piling up in the streets. With a website and outreach to local news outlets, Haigler shone […]

Emily Withnall

Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net.

BY: - October 22, 2022

Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain and heart palpitations. In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]

Jeff Landry

Jeff Landry’s latest COVID claim is a giant penguin

BY: - October 21, 2022

To borrow from the 1990s comedy “Billy Madison,” at no point in a news release Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry issued Thursday was he even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought regarding COVID-19. Everyone is now dumber for having read it.  Well, maybe not dumber, but they definitely should be annoyed […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Louisiana federal judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start staff

BY: - September 21, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. A temporary injunction had been in place since January after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and his counterparts in 23 states filed against the federal government […]

A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

BY: - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday.  “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]

Nationwide exam for 9-year-olds in math shows hefty drop in scores amid COVID pandemic

BY: - September 6, 2022

A nationwide assessment for 9-year-olds in math for the first time showed a significant drop in scores compared to the progress from the late 1970s to 2020. By 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept into the nation’s schools, math performance plummeted. The average scale score in 2020 for 9-year-olds in a sampling of schools across […]

Dr. David Obert receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and […]

Ukraine apartment building destroyed in bombing

White House requests $47 billion in emergency funding for Ukraine, vaccines and more

BY: - September 2, 2022

The Biden administration is asking Congress for emergency funding to support Ukraine’s military, national COVID and monkeypox responses and to help communities affected by natural disasters. The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and Congress has not passed a funding measure for next year, so a short-term bill would be needed to keep the government […]

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci, leader on federal COVID response, to step down in December

BY: - August 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci, one of the federal government’s leading public health figures, announced Monday he’ll be leaving his post in December, though he made clear he’s not retiring.  The 81-year-old doctor who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, became a household name […]

LSU Clock Tower

COVID-19 vaccine to be required for most public university students in Louisiana

BY: - August 5, 2022

Most Louisiana public universities will require the COVID-19 vaccine this fall, though a liberal vaccine exemption policy offered through state law also will also make it easy for students to circumvent those mandates.  The University of Louisiana system, Southern University system and LSU Shreveport will require the vaccine. LSU’s two health sciences centers, its main […]

Louisiana State Senators Bodi White and Mark Abraham

Louisiana Senate Finance chairman sent to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms

BY: - August 3, 2022

Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, was transported to a New Orleans hospital Monday with symptoms of COVID-19 following spinal surgery he underwent in July. He is the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which helps build the state’s spending plan each year. “The decision to transport Senator White was made out of an abundance of […]

President Joe Biden

Biden tests positive for COVID-19

BY: and - July 21, 2022

President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. He is taking medication to reduce the severity of symptoms and the duration of illness.