Govt + Politics

White House would support additional cash to states in coronavirus relief deal

BY: - September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]

Hurricane Laura survivors in 7 more parishes can apply for FEMA aid

BY: - September 1, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Tuesday night press release that seven more Louisiana parishes have been added to the list of places where residents can apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Nine parishes had already been deemed eligible, which means residents in a total of 16 parishes can now apply. […]

White House orders suspension of evictions to halt spread of COVID-19

BY: and - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. The order estimates that 30 to 40 million renters are at risk of […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura Recovery: Numbers that help you understand what’s going on

BY: - September 1, 2020

The following are some figures that should help the public understand the impact of Hurricane Laura on Louisiana.  600,000 people face water restrictions — or have no water at all.  There are 74 water systems in Louisiana — affecting about 180,000 people total — where there is a “water outage” due to Hurricane Laura. That […]

2020 Census still scheduled to wrap up September 30

BY: - September 1, 2020

The count for the 2020 U.S. Census ends Sept. 30, and as of Aug. 30, more than 40 percent of Louisiana residents had failed to self-respond to the U.S. Census Bureau by Internet, phone or mail. According to the Census Bureau’s website, only 58.3 percent of Louisianians had chosen to send their demographic information to […]

Water outages force hospital evacuations in Southwest Louisiana

BY: - August 28, 2020

More than six dozen public water systems in Louisiana were knocked out of service when Hurricane Laura tore through the state Thursday, and the inability of those jurisdictions to provide clean water forced 10 hospitals to evacuate some or all of their patients, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The health department said Thursday […]

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‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Hurricane Laura was state’s most powerful storm but not as destructive as it could have been

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards described Hurricane Laura — which came ashore in Cameron Parish with 150-mile-per hour winds near 1 a.m. Thursday — as “the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in Louisiana.”  Even so, a storm surge that was not as high as predicted and a death toll that, as of Thursday afternoon, […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Despite positive trends, Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 of its reopening plan

BY: - August 26, 2020

Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 of its coronavirus reopening plan until at least Sept. 11, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.  That means nonessential businesses (such as amusement parks and playgrounds and concert halls) and bars without a food service permit will remain closed indefinitely and essential businesses must continue operating under the current […]

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Federal judge sets Sept. 8 hearing regarding Louisiana’s election plans

BY: - August 26, 2020

Louisiana residents who have accused Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin of disregarding their safety by not creating an emergency election plan that will allow them to safely vote will have their day in federal court Sept. 8. Ardoin, a Republican,  presented an emergency election plan last week that Republican-led […]

Veterans and rural residents have a greater dependence on the mail

BY: - August 25, 2020

Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, Mich., says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms. Stowe, a Department of Veterans Affairs patient who receives her medication through the U.S. Postal Service, said in an interview with […]

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‘This is personal to me’: Scalise calls for more law and order on opening night of RNC

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise made a case for Donald Trump as a law and order president who will bolster law enforcement, in remarks Monday at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. Scalise, the House minority whip and second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, was one of the prime-time speakers in […]