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BR-NOLA commuter train gets first round of federal infrastructure funding

BY: - August 11, 2022

Louisiana is set to receive its first round of federal infrastructure dollars for five transportation projects across the state, including the proposed commuter rail service connecting Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Gov. John Bel Edwards and state Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shaun Wilson announced in a joint press release Thursday that the federal […]

Inflation Reduction Act would push Louisiana to forefront of clean energy sector

BY: - August 11, 2022

Some policy experts believe Louisiana is one of the better positioned states to take advantage of clean energy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that Congress is expected to pass this week.  With $485 billion in new spending offset by $790 billion in revenue and savings, the legislation includes the nation’s largest ever investment in […]

Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox

BY: - August 5, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced Thursday a public health emergency for the monkeypox virus, which means the federal government can more quickly assist states with distributing vaccines and conducting testing and public health campaigns. “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, […]

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Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday explored how to combat violent threats lodged against election officials, while Republicans questioned why the Department of Justice isn’t doing more to investigate threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. During a hearing on protecting election officials, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite […]

President Biden delivers remarks on mass shootings and gun legislation

Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

BY: - August 3, 2022

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Wednesday that aims to help pregnant patients cover the cost of travel to access abortion health care, a senior administrative official said. The executive order does not protect access to abortion, which was overturned in late June by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court when it […]

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Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, called […]

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Louisiana’s GOP delegation lacks Choco Taco conviction

BY: - July 28, 2022

There’s a lot being made of the untimely demise of the Choco Taco, which its manufacturer announced this week would be discontinued. Its impending absence has motivated its fans to appeal – somehow, some way – to keep it off the ice cream novelty extinction list. Those supporters include U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, who […]

Wasted food is a climate threat that hurts agriculture, Democratic lawmakers say

BY: - July 18, 2022

DES MOINES, Iowa – People need better guidance on food packaging to decide whether or not their food that might have languished on refrigerator or cupboard shelves is still safe to eat, members of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and their witnesses said Friday. “The ‘use by,’ ‘best by,’ ‘sell by,’ […]

Trump calls Nevada and the nation ‘cesspool of crime’ as Lombardo, Laxalt look on

BY: - July 9, 2022

Former President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas Friday to tout his chosen candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor in an often-meandering speech centered on crime in Nevada and nationally. Trump dedicated a significant chunk of his 45 minute speech at the Treasure Island resort to condemning the Democratic party for being soft on crime, […]

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Supreme Court blocks judge from drawing Louisiana’s congressional map

BY: - June 28, 2022

Just one day before a federal judge planned to enact a new congressional map with two majority-Black districts in Louisiana, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute stay of her ruling. It means the map that will be used for this fall’s elections is the version Republican legislative leaders created that the judge ruled was racially […]

Shreveport abortion clinic

In Louisiana, an abortion clinic anxiously waits for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling

BY: and - June 23, 2022

SHREVEPORT – On a Thursday morning in mid-June, every parking space in the Hope Medical Group for Women parking lot was claimed by a car with either a Louisiana or Texas license plate. A brown fence surrounding the abortion clinic provides some privacy, obscuring the faces of people going in and out of the building. […]

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Deep inside the gun bill: a break for drug middlemen

BY: - June 23, 2022

Many Americans across the political spectrum are clamoring for federal action on guns in the wake of a mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and hundreds of other places. But buried in a bipartisan compromise hashed out by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday is an unrelated provision they […]