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Sharon Weston Broome

Local government coronavirus relief will mostly go to public safety, criminal justice

BY: - July 24, 2020

The bulk of Louisiana’s approximately $500 million in coronavirus relief funding for local governments will go to public safety and criminal justice system costs, unless Congress and President Donald Trump expand the way the money can be used.  Louisiana received a total of $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief money, and the federal government required that […]

COVID-19 cases are straining the state’s healthcare capacity, Gov. Edwards warns

BY: - July 24, 2020

As the state of Louisiana reached a grim milestone of more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards and officials from the two biggest hospitals in Acadiana said Thursday that the surging number of cases, including among health-care workers, is putting Louisiana at risk of running out of staff to treat incoming […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana’s congressional delegation can’t stop the Great American Outdoors Act

BY: and - July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana sets a daily coronavirus case record

BY: - July 22, 2020

Louisiana set a new record Wednesday when it reported 2,802 new COVID-19 cases, that is, cases that cannot be significantly attributed to a backlog of old tests. The previous high point had been on April 2, when Louisiana reported 2,726 new COVID-19 cases.  The number backs up what Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state […]

Vaccine makers say a COVID-19 shot could be available in early 2021

BY: - July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday […]

Trump repeats threat to veto defense bill if military bases honoring Confederates are renamed

BY: - July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Despite the assertion from leading senators that they have the votes to override him, President Donald Trump repeated his threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it includes a provision to rename 10 U.S. Army bases that were named for Confederates.  Those 10 Army bases include Fort Polk in Vernon Parish […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extends coronavirus restrictions

BY: - July 22, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards will extend the state’s current coronavirus restrictions — including its face covering mandate, 50-person gathering cap and bar closures — for an additional two weeks Friday. The limitations, commonly referred to as “Phase 2”, will now go until Aug. 7, the day after Louisiana’s public school students are scheduled to resume […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards’ rent relief program runs out of money in 3 days

BY: - July 21, 2020

On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program that he said would help about 10,000 people in Louisiana who are struggling to pay rent because of the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Sunday, 40,000 Louisianians had applied, and the application process was suspended.  “The response to our […]

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America making ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 18, 2020

Civil Rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who advocated for change through nonviolence, died late Friday night at the age of 80. The Georgia Democrat was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late December. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed his death, saying the country had lost “one of the greatest heroes of […]

Louisiana Republicans don’t plan to sue over mask order, leader says

BY: - July 17, 2020

State Rep. Blake Miguez, chairman of the House Republican caucus, said Friday that there are no plans for Louisiana House Republicans to take legal action against the governor’s mandatory mask requirement after an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry that says the order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with […]

Vice President Mike Pence

White House determines 18 states are in coronavirus ‘red zone,’ but doesn’t publicize findings

BY: - July 17, 2020

This article about the coronavirus red zone was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom based in Washington, D.C. By Liz Essley Whyte A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force but not publicized suggests more than a dozen states, including Louisiana, should revert to more stringent protective measures, limiting […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana’s face-mask order gets push back from multiple sources across the state

BY: and - July 17, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate is getting push back and resistance from officials, businesses and attorneys across Louisiana. A Jefferson Parish law firm is even offering to represent, at no cost, businesses that are reprimanded for violating the mask mandate. Stephen Petit, an attorney and founder of Petit Law Firm in Harahan, on his […]