Govt + Politics

Key senators predict victory in battle with Trump over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates

BY: - July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who backs the effort, said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy bill that would […]

Health equity task force to create dashboard to provide COVID-19 data

BY: - July 12, 2020

The Louisiana Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force is creating a dashboard that will allow Louisiana residents to access information related to racial inequities in the state’s health care system. That dashboard, which was discussed at a Friday afternoon meeting of the task force, is meant for residents, policymakers and community leaders and will, its members […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards: Louisiana Bars must close and face masks must be worn

BY: - July 11, 2020

Baton Rouge — On one of the worst days in Louisiana’s fight with the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards held a press conference Saturday to announce an order shutting down all bars and mandating citizens to wear face coverings. The new restrictions will take effect at 12:01 Monday morning. Edwards, a Democrat, had previously declined to […]

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Baton Rouge Tuesday to discuss Louisiana’s COVID-19 response

BY: - July 10, 2020

Louisiana, especially the Baton Rouge area, has seen a disturbing spike in COVID-19 cases, which has caused the federal government to make the capital city one of three cities nationwide where it’s adding 5,000 COVID-19 tests a day.  Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the federal government’s coronavirus task force, will travel to Baton Rouge […]

Sen. Bill Cassidy encourages Louisianians to wear masks and keep their distance

BY: - July 10, 2020

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy posted a COVID-19 update on his campaign website Friday that calls for Louisianians to wear masks to help slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus and decrease the number of people getting sick. Cassidy is a gastroenterologist who worked and taught at the charity hospital in Baton Rouge and co-founded […]

Two huge COVID-19 surges make Louisiana an outlier in the U.S.

BY: - July 10, 2020

In April, the United States COVID-19 outbreak greatly affected a handful of states including New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts and Louisiana. Now in July, the United States COVID-19 outbreak is affecting a different group of states including Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Texas. But it’s also affecting Louisiana – again. Most states with COVID-19 surges […]

Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to hold public meeting Friday

BY: - July 9, 2020

A task force established by Gov. John Bel Edwards to help address the racial disparities apparent in Louisiana’s COVID-19 death toll will hold a meeting that the public can watch online at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. The Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force has submitted a report to Edwards that makes recommendations on how to […]

Press conference on NOPD consent decree

NOPD not a few bad apples but a ‘bad orchard,’ community group says

BY: - July 8, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Leaders from the Community United for Change called on U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan on Wednesday to keep the  New Orleans Police Department bound to a federal consent decree and not give into the city’s pleas to end it now. The Police Department has been subject to the mandates in the consent […]

COVID-19 health equity task force sends recommendations to Gov. Edwards

BY: - July 8, 2020

After Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in April that 70 percent of Louisianians who had died of COVID-19 were Black, he established the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to look at the racial inequities that had led to the lopsided death toll. According to the state’s latest figures, Black Louisianians now account for about […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Judges forcing in-court appearances are violating the law, disability-rights activists say

BY: - July 7, 2020

Concerned about evictions that are already taking place and fearing an overwhelming wave of evictions on the horizon, a collection of civil rights attorneys, fair housing advocates and disability-rights advocates has asked Louisiana Chief Justice Bernette Johnson to order lower courts to make reasonable accommodations for people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. In a […]

Office of Motor Vehicles locations closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - July 6, 2020

Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles locations in Alexandria, Lafayette, Monroe and Shreveport were added to a list of previously closed locations Monday after an OMV employee tested positive for COVID-19. Karen St. Germain, commissioner of the Louisiana OMV said in a news release that the employee in question was serving in an administrative role and, […]

Shreveport City Councilman flips positions on smoking ban

BY: - July 6, 2020

After the Shreveport City Council passed a comprehensive smoking ban scheduled to take effect in August, a councilman who previously supported the law now wants to exempt casinos for a year. A health advocate called his reversal a “slap in the face” to casino workers. The City Council first proposed a smoking ban around Memorial […]