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LSU ordered to release records in football star Derrius Guice’s case

BY: - January 5, 2021

LSU has been ordered to release records without most redactions of a university police investigation into former college football star Derrius Guice, who was accused of taking a semi-nude photo of a fellow student without her consent in 2016. A Baton Rouge state court also ordered the university to pay a $100 per day fine […]

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Judge dismisses Formosa Plastics lawsuit, but permit remains suspended

BY: - January 5, 2021

A federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a wetlands permit for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics facility in St. James Parish; however, the lawsuit had already accomplished one of its primary goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended Formosa’s permit in November, and the permit remains suspended as the […]

Dozens of GOP lawmakers to reject certifying Biden as president

BY: and - January 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. But a series of objections from GOP legislators is expected to stretch that routine process into a much lengthier one — and one that is dividing […]

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7 Things You Need To Know About Louisiana’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

BY: - January 4, 2021

Louisiana is entering its fourth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and the number of people who qualify for the first vaccine shot is tripling. An additional 640,000 people in Louisiana are now eligible to receive the first shot of the vaccines starting Monday (Jan. 4) — bringing the total number of people who are eligible […]

Congress overrides Trump’s veto of annual defense authorization bill

BY: - January 1, 2021

  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Friday in an 81-13 vote joined the House in overriding President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense policy bill, the first veto override of Trump’s tenure.  That means the annual defense policy measure will become law despite Trump’s opposition. The House on Monday had voted 322-87 […]

Clay Higgins

The Good, Bad and Ugly in 2020 Louisiana politics

BY: - January 1, 2021

No year in recent memory offered Louisiana’s political leaders more opportunity to shine than 2020. If the state’s citizens ever needed those who manage their government institutions to provide courageous policies and competent leadership, the year past was it. Fortunately, Louisiana had some such leaders. Unfortunately, too many failed the test, cultivated their own narrow […]

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Louisiana will make small amounts of COVID-19 vaccine available to people 70 and older next week

BY: - December 31, 2020

Louisiana will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to people 70 and older and additional types of health care workers next week as the first batch of Moderna’s vaccine is set to arrive Monday in a limited supply, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday. “The number of vaccine doses that we are going to receive next week […]

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

BY: - December 31, 2020

WASHINGTON—To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never let up. As the year winds to an end, let’s take a look back at the moments of most drama, […]

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Louisiana election to replace Congressman-elect Letlow expected to be held March 20

BY: - December 30, 2020

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to call a special election for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District on March 20, with a runoff election scheduled for April 24, if necessary. The seat needs to be filled because of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s unexpected death from COVID-19 complications Tuesday. The governor’s office said Edwards intends to schedule the […]

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Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19 complications

BY: - December 29, 2020

Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, died from complications related to COVID-19 Tuesday, a family spokesman confirmed. The Republican was to be sworn in to Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District seat on Sunday, replacing retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham. Had he taken office, Letlow would have been the youngest member of Louisiana’s congressional delegation. He is the […]

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U.S. House votes to override Trump’s veto of annual defense authorization bill

BY: - December 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Monday evening to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a $740 billion defense spending bill, setting up the first veto override of Trump’s tenure. Following Monday’s 322-87 vote, the bill heads back to the Senate, which is slated to return to session Tuesday. Overriding a presidential veto […]

Cedric Richmond

U.S. House approves $2,000 stimulus checks backed by Trump

BY: - December 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Monday evening to send $2,000 stimulus checks to many Americans, embracing a call from President Donald Trump to more than triple the direct payments in the massive coronavirus relief package signed into law Sunday night. A bill to boost the relief payments cleared the House on […]