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Louisiana voters won’t allow out-of-state residents to serve on university boards

BY: - December 5, 2020

Louisiana voters overwhelmingly rejected a state constitutional amendment to allow out-of-state residents to serve on public higher education boards Saturday (Dec. 5) that the Louisiana Legislature approved without a single lawmaker voting against it.  State universities and colleges pushed for the measure, but a few days before the election, the Louisiana Republication Party executive committee […]

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After allegations of mishandling of sexual assault allegations, LSU president tells board, ‘We’re committed to owning up to any mistakes’

BY: - December 5, 2020

The out-of-state law firm that LSU hired to investigate the university’s sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence procedures will begin conducting interviews on-campus as early as next week. That firm, Husch Blackwell, is expected to produce a public report in February, and Scott Schneider, a partner with the firm LSU’s Board of Supervisors said their […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

Will Louisiana residents line up for the vaccine or wait and see?

BY: - December 4, 2020

With the first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in Louisiana over the next two weeks and for wider distribution by spring, will Louisiana residents immediately take advantage of it or hold off due to concerns over the experimental drug’s speedy approval? On Nov. 19, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana could […]

Louisiana school districts in ‘wait and see’ mode as COVID-19 cases spike and Louisiana returns to Phase 2

BY: - December 1, 2020

Madison Parish School District announced in mid-November that it would only instruct its students virtually starting the Monday after Thanksgiving. “Now that we are about to approach the holiday season, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control are expecting a surge in the number of cases,” Madison Parish Superintendent Charlie Butler said in a Nov. […]

LSU expects report on campus sexual misconduct in February

BY: - November 25, 2020

The out-of-state law firm that LSU hired to investigate the university’s sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence procedures started its work Tuesday. The firm, Husch Blackwell, is expected to produce a public report in February. “Accountability matters, and if Husch Blackwell finds that any wrongdoing was done by individuals or the university itself, we will […]

Quarantine rules irk Louisiana school superintendents

BY: - November 24, 2020

Some Louisiana public school superintendents are asking state legislators to reduce the 14-day quarantine period that is required of students who come into close contact with someone on campus who tests positive for COVID-19. The House Committee on Health and Welfare met Monday to discuss the Louisiana Department of Health’s emergency rule regarding quarantine procedures […]

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Former LSU football star Derrius Guice’s name is redacted from a police report. Should it be?

BY: - November 23, 2020

At a state court hearing in Baton Rouge Monday, LSU attorneys repeatedly objected to former college football standout Derrius Guice being brought up by name. They insisted on referring to Guice as “the accused”. But that didn’t stop Samantha Brennan from using Guice’s full name when she was asked who she reported to campus police […]

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Louisiana’s colleges will move to full virtual after Thanksgiving

BY: - November 21, 2020

Most of Louisiana’s colleges and universities will move to full virtual classes and not report to traditional classrooms after the Thanksgiving holidays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Reed.  Reed spoke to the Resilient Louisiana Commission meeting Friday. The commission, which Gov. John Bel Edwards established to determine […]

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Governor not prepared to fire anyone over LSU sexual misconduct scandal yet

BY: - November 19, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday said he would not call for the terminations of any LSU administrators yet in the wake of a USA Today investigation in which several female students said university officials ignored acts of rape and domestic violence by football players and other male students. “I’m not prepared to say any […]

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School districts affected by Hurricanes Laura, Delta revise their academic calendar

BY: - November 17, 2020

The Calcasieu and Cameron parish school boards announced updated academic calendars that would extend their school year to make up for time lost due to two hurricanes and an ongoing pandemic. Students in Cameron Parish will end their school year on May 27 now, while students in Calcasieu Parish will end their school year in […]

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LSU hires law firm to review sexual misconduct policies after negative report

BY: - November 16, 2020

LSU officials announced they have hired a law firm to conduct an independent review of its sexual misconduct policies in the wake of a USA Today investigation in which several female students said violence and sexual assault perpetrated by football players and other male students had been ignored by the school.   Federal laws and LSU’s […]

Louisiana commerce board approves tax exemption for Folger despite allegation that company used tax loophole

BY: - November 16, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Friday approved $220 million of single-year industrial tax exemptions, including 13 exemptions for Folger Coffee Company that  might allow the coffee giant to avoid paying as much as $12 million in back taxes to New Orleans.  Board members approved nearly $4 million in first-year tax breaks for […]