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Tropical Storm Nicholas expected to dump rain on areas recovering from Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 14, 2021

South Louisiana is already experiencing outages and flooding due to Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, but the heaviest rainfall from Nicholas is yet to come. And it is expected “in areas most devastated by Hurricane Ida down in Southeast Louisiana.” “That’s particularly challenging because many individuals […]

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

COVID-19 cases in Louisiana decline following Delta variant surge, official says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana appears to have peaked in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and is now on a downward trajectory, the state’s chief  medical officer said Thursday. But Dr. Joe Kanter warned at a press conference that the decrease could be short lived. He said “there’s no guarantee we continue this downward trajectory” because thousands remain displaced after […]

List: Hospital and medical clinic closures due to Hurricane Ida

When Ida meets delta: 5 ways the COVID-19 surge complicates Louisiana’s hurricane response

BY: - August 28, 2021

Hurricane Ida is already expected to be a life-altering, Category 4 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour not only along the Louisiana coast but also more inland parts of the state like Baton Rouge and Lafayette.  But this hurricane also poses a bigger threat because it is expected to strike at a time […]

Hurricane Ida upgraded to Category 4 storm, called ‘potentially catastrophic’ for Louisiana

BY: - August 27, 2021

Hurricane Ida is expected to be an extreme threat to Louisiana, when it makes landfall as a Category 4 storm Sunday evening. A state of emergency was declared Thursday in 12 parishes. Five parishes are under a voluntary or mandatory evacuation order already.  National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Schott said Ida is developing faster than […]

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Louisiana will increase COVID-19 restrictions on state workers, but questions remain

BY: - August 24, 2021

A lot remains up in the air about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to require thousands of state workers to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular, mandatory testing. It’s not clear when those additional requirements for unvaccinated state employees will go into effect or how many people they will impact. Employees won’t […]

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Louisiana state workers will be subjected to mandatory testing, if not vaccinated

BY: - August 23, 2021

Louisiana state workers who are not vaccinated will soon be subjected to mandatory testing and “other requirements” now that the federal government gave full approval for the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Monday, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. Those additional requirements for unvaccinated state employees will go into effect “very soon,” Edwards’ office said.  […]

Louisiana mask mandate remains in schools (for now) after state school board ends meeting early

BY: - August 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate will remain in place for K-12 schools  after the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adjourned its meeting early Wednesday and declined to vote on its own school masking policy.  BESE voted 8-2 to end the meeting abruptly after most people in it saudience refused to […]

Jeff Landry challenges John Bel Edwards’ authority on K-12 schools mask mandate

BY: - August 7, 2021

Attorney General Jeff Landry believes that only Louisiana’s state school board — not Gov. John Bel Edwards — can put a mask mandate in place in K-12 schools this coming school year. Landry, a Republican, issued a legal opinion stating as much Friday, three days after the governor’s mask mandate for all indoor spaces, including […]

John Bel Edwards says Jeff Landry is undermining Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Landry is undermining the state’s efforts to get the COVID-19 crisis under control by assisting anti-vaccine and anti-masking campaigns.  “Quite frankly, I don’t believe he’s consulting with any public health experts and what he’s doing has no basis in the law,” Edwards, a Democrat, said […]

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Gov. John Bel Edwards praises Biden administration for extending eviction moratorium

BY: - August 4, 2021

Days after Gov. John Bel Edwards said he couldn’t instill a statewide eviction moratorium despite demands from U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) and housing advocates that he take decisive action, the governor praised President Joe Biden’s administration for implementing a new 60-day federal moratorium on evictions that will apply to most (if not all) […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

John Bel Edwards on vaccine mandates: 6 things to know

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards repeatedly said Wednesday that he won’t be issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for the public sector — including for K-12 schools, universities and state employees — until a vaccine receives full approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration and not just emergency use authorization. “I do look forward to the day […]

Rep. Troy Carter, Louisiana housing advocates ask Gov. John Bel Edwards to block evictions

BY: - August 3, 2021

Louisiana has 267,943 people behind on their housing payments, U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans) wrote in a letter to fellow Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, Monday.  Carter, who said the number of Louisianians who are behind is the most in the country, said in his letter to Edwards, “While I will continue fighting in […]