Louisiana won’t say when incarcerated youth might go to Angola, citing ‘security reasons’

BY: - October 2, 2022

Citing security concerns, Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice won’t say when certain incarcerated young people in its custody might move to a refurbished building on the grounds of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. “The Office of Juvenile Justice is making sure that if and when any transfers take place, they are done so in […]

How a fatal diagnosis saved a Ukrainian man from the war

BY: - September 29, 2022

Two months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Ukrainian doctor had so far avoided the fighting and indiscriminate missile strikes near where he lived and worked just east of Kyiv, but he soon faced a new threat he couldn’t avoid — bladder cancer. In an unusual twist of circumstances, the cancer that was killing him […]

Members of Congress sit in the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in support of abortion rights prior to their arrest July 19, 2022.

Abortion has Republicans navigating political landmines in search of cover

BY: - September 26, 2022

Nevada’s top Republican candidates, some endorsed by national anti-abortion rights forces, are eschewing a chance to potentially slash the 24-week limit on terminating pregnancies in Nevada by nine weeks, a position that could confound pro-abortion rights voters energized by the repeal of Roe v. Wade and the prospect of a Republican-controlled Congress. “I think it […]

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Medical marijuana runs into problems with Louisiana physician, nursing boards

BY: - September 23, 2022

Despite passing new laws designed to give patients easier access to medical marijuana, state legislators continue to run into bureaucratic obstacles with the various regulatory bodies that oversee medicine in Louisiana.  The legislature’s Medical Marijuana Commission met Friday to address problems with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and Louisiana State Board of Nursing.  […]

Hundreds gather at a rally to support abortion rights less than two weeks after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion showed a likely reversal of Roe v. Wade, May 14, 2022, at the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio.

Affidavits: More pregnant minors who were raped denied Ohio abortions

BY: - September 22, 2022

At least two more minors made pregnant by sexual assault were forced to leave Ohio to avoid having their rapists’ babies, according to sworn affidavits filed by abortion providers. The affidavits were filed in Cincinnati as part of a lawsuit aimed at stopping enforcement of Ohio’s strict new abortion law, which it temporarily did last […]

Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Faith leaders pressed Congress to pass voting rights legislation, a $15 minimum wage and a permanent expansion of the child tax credit during a Thursday briefing on Capitol Hill. “Poverty is a policy choice,” the Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said to lawmakers.  Barber, who is the pastor […]

This photo, taken Dec. 31, 2005, shows the devastation in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans four months after Hurricane Katrina

Natural disasters, sexual violence create terrifying storm with double victims

BY: - September 22, 2022

For those of us residing in Louisiana, and all along the Gulf and Atlantic coastal areas, we are well aware that hurricane season began almost three months ago. From June 1 till November, people in this region are on high alert even during a relatively quiet season like we are having in 2022 (still, though, […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Louisiana federal judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for Head Start staff

BY: - September 21, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. A temporary injunction had been in place since January after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and his counterparts in 23 states filed against the federal government […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene leads GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to commit to bringing legislation to the floor that would make it a felony to perform gender-affirming care on transgender youth, should the GOP take control of the U.S. House following the November midterm elections.  “How on earth can this be happening in America? […]

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‘Crisis pregnancy centers’ that oppose abortion questioned by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - September 20, 2022

Seven U.S. Senate Democrats questioned a leading Ohio-based antiabortion group Tuesday about its practice of collecting personal information from patients seeking abortions. So-called crisis pregnancy centers—facilities that often mirror abortion provider aesthetics but actually provide services to discourage abortion—collect sensitive data from patients. That presents troubling new complications as states move to increase penalties for […]

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Hundreds of Louisiana water and sewer systems seek funding from state

BY: - September 19, 2022

More than 335 local water and sewage systems in Louisiana have asked the state for a total of $954 million in financial assistance – more than twice the amount the state has to give. For the fortunate ones that receive money, their customers could have to pay higher bills. Gov. John Bel Edwards and state […]

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Louisiana nursing home owners seek changes to proposed state regulations from Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 19, 2022

Nursing home owners are pushing back on proposed changes to state regulations governing their emergency operations.  Louisiana is expected to update its nursing home rules later this month, a little over a year after a botched evacuation of hundreds of nursing home residents during Hurricane Ida ended with people dead and hospitalized.  Mark Berger, executive […]