Govt + Politics

Hurricane Ida

Insurance companies could be fined for refusal to cover Hurricane Ida evacuation expenses

BY: - September 13, 2021

Insurance companies could face fines or be suspended from doing business for refusing to comply with Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s order to cover the temporary living expenses of policyholders who evacuated during Hurricane Ida. But the one thing Donelon cannot make the companies do is pay the actual claims to their policyholders. Donelon discussed […]

Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

Louisiana state police address the public after new allegations of police brutality

BY: - September 10, 2021

Creating a more diverse workforce, increasing consequences for abuse of power and new implicit bias training are the main steps State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis is focusing on, he said at a Friday press conference, as the agency tries to regain the public’s trust after months of media reports alleging the State Police routinely […]

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 […]

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people.  He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where […]

COMMENTARY

What was it all for? Looking back on military service in Afghanistan

BY: - September 10, 2021

Barbara Jordan for Source New Mexico   I can still taste the sand, feel the heat on my skin. We were told to smell our water before we drank it, just in case something had been added to it. I remember the faces, including my own, when one of our brothers or sisters in arms […]

Louisiana PAC supporting Sen. John Kennedy returns donation from nursing home owner

BY: - September 9, 2021

The Conservative Louisiana political action committee (PAC), which supports Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, returned a $25,000 donation from nursing homes owner Bob Dean last week, after media reports that Dean was housing nearly 850 of his nursing home residents in a warehouse during Hurricane Ida. Seven of those nursing home residents died after being […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON —More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

Houma residents scramble to find housing after apartment complexes deemed ‘uninhabitable’

BY: - September 9, 2021

Rayne Pierre and her 21-year-old daughter had just renewed their lease at Cameron Isles Apartments in Houma — where they’d been living since 2016 — when Hurricane Ida struck two weeks ago. They evacuated to Lafayette when the storm hit, but before they could come home, Pierre got an email from her apartment complex that […]

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Louisiana Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

BY: - September 8, 2021

A California company is one step closer to opening a casino in Slidell thanks to a decision by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Wednesday to approve the relocation of a Bossier City riverboat casino to the company’s proposed site in St. Tammany Parish. In a unanimous vote, the Gaming Board approved the relocation requested […]

Louisiana Legislature passes bill to prohibit election donations

Study finds voting disparity growing among white, non-white voters

BY: - September 8, 2021

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice demonstrates that the gap between white voters and non-white voters in states that were once required to get clearance from the federal government before implementing new voting laws has widened since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Law in 2013. […]