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

Statue of Edward White, segregationist judge, moved from outside La. Supreme Court building to inside

BY: - December 23, 2020

The statue of Edward Douglass White Jr., a Confederate soldier who served on the Louisiana Supreme Court, was relocated from outside the court building on Royal Street Wednesday to inside, a court official said. Deputy judicial administrator Robert Gunn said the bronze statue has been placed “near the Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Supreme Court […]

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Congressman-elect Luke Letlow admitted to ICU with COVID-19

BY: - December 23, 2020

Louisiana’s newly-elected U.S. congressman, Luke Letlow, was admitted into intensive care Wednesday at Ochsner LSU Health Center in Shreveport after he was hospitalized with COVID-19 five days ago, according to Letlow’s spokesman Andrew Bautsch. Bautsch released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Letlow was transferred from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe to Ochsner LSU in […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Internet sex crimes against children have increased — just not as much as AG Jeff Landry says

BY: - December 23, 2020

Reports of internet crimes against children in Louisiana are up significantly since last year, according to records from the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, but those records show the increase isn’t nearly as dramatic as Attorney General Jeff Landry has claimed. Landry’s office received 2,308 reports of online sexual predators in 2019, and as of Dec.15, […]

Louisiana’s ‘unfathomable’ COVID-19 death toll a reason to skip holiday plans, governor says

BY: - December 23, 2020

In a press conference held two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. John Bel Edwards pleaded with residents of the state to forgo their typically large family gatherings in an attempt to slow down another spike in COVID-19 cases.  On Tuesday, three days before Christmas, Edwards called the state’s death toll of 7,158 people “unfathomable” and again […]

Amazon to build giant $100M facility in Carencro and create 500 jobs

BY: - December 22, 2020

Amazon plans to build a 1 million square-foot fulfillment center in Carencro next year, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday.  The facility, the first fulfillment center for Louisiana, will be located at a 12-acre site formerly home to an Evangeline Downs racetrack near the junction of Interstates 10 and 49 in Lafayette Parish. It will […]

Congress passes massive ‘first step’ in pandemic relief with $900B package

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday night cleared and sent to President Donald Trump the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough for many Democrats. House leaders divided the bill into two parts and passed the emergency […]

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

La. Supreme Court, citing procedural error, sends ‘Edwards v. House’ petition case back to district court

BY: - December 21, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday vacated a November ruling from a Baton Rouge Judge that said it was unconstitutional for the Louisiana House, by itself, to use a petition to end the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions. The court sent the case of Edwards v. House of Representatives, et al. back to Judge William Morvant in […]

What’s in the $900B emergency relief bill—and what’s out

BY: and - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON—Congress is set to pass a massive bipartisan emergency relief bill that’s intended to aid Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summaries from House Democratic appropriators say it includes: DIRECT CHECKS —$166 billion in another round of economic impact payments that will go directly to Americans. —$600 stimulus checks for individuals that begin phasing out […]

Politicians quit Congress, but their ‘zombie’ campaigns stagger on with millions in the bank

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican Michele Bachmann hasn’t set foot in the U.S. Capitol as an elected member of Congress from Minnesota for at least six years. Though she recently made news for asking God to help reelect President Donald Trump and telling a television show that “transgender Black Marxists” are trying to overthrow the country, none […]

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Congress seals the deal on emergency relief after dispute over Fed lending settled

BY: - December 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — A deal on a coronavirus relief package finally emerged on Sunday night, after members of Congress resolved a days-long impasse over a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to ensure that several temporary Federal Reserve lending programs will end this year. Working through that disagreement over the Fed was a […]

New law requires summons instead of arrest for low-level crimes in New Orleans

BY: - December 18, 2020

New Orleans Police officers can no longer arrest people who commit low-level offenses and must instead issue them a court summons, according to a new ordinance adopted by the New Orleans City Council on Thursday. Council members unanimously approved the ordinance, which requires NOPD officers to issue a summons in lieu of making an arrest […]

Pennsylvania GOP senator blamed for fouling up near-deal on COVID-19 relief

BY: - December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — The potential deal on a new coronavirus relief package has hit a snag over a provision pushed by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to ensure the temporary Federal Reserve lending programs set up last spring are halted at the end of the year. Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, says those lending programs were intended to […]