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Louisiana prisons hastily pull plug on resuming family visits during COVID-19

BY: - November 19, 2020

Louisiana prisons have been preparing for about a month to resume family visits during the week of Thanksgiving after suspending them over eight months ago. But prison officials hastily pulled back on those plans Thursday, saying family visits would no longer take place in a few days.  The prison system is worried about the rising […]

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Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Ruling for Gov. Edwards is as much a loss for Jeff Landry as it is for House Republicans

BY: - November 13, 2020

In an attempt to be cute, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Monday that the statute Republicans in the Louisiana House used to order a halt to the governor’s public health emergency order is so simple that even a Bama fan can understand it. Landry’s tweet — meant as an insult to Gov. John Bel […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Judge rules petition statute House Republicans used unconstitutional, marking win for governor

BY: - November 12, 2020

A 19th Judicial District Court today ruled unconstitutional part of a statute used by Louisiana House Republicans to try to end, via petition, the governor’s order imposing COVID-19 restrictions. Judge William Morvant determined that the part of the Health Emergencies Act cited in the petition is unconstitutional because it allows a governor’s executive order to […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

President-elect Biden says that with a national mask mandate ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place would […]

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How you can help veterans — not just on Veterans Day, but every day

BY: - November 10, 2020

By Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Purdue University As the nation celebrates our 17 million living veterans, it is also important to know that the number of these heroes who are ending their own lives prematurely is rising. In the general population, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death, but among veterans with PTSD, it’s […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON—The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should be kept […]

What does the new anti-abortion amendment really mean for Louisiana?

BY: - November 6, 2020

Far from being a mere symbolic gesture, the passage of Louisiana’s anti-abortion constitutional amendment on Tuesday cements any future abortion prohibitions in the state if Roe v. Wade is ever weakened or overturned.   The amendment, which passed by an overwhelming 62 percent, adds Article I, Section 20.1 to declare that “to protect human life, nothing […]

House speaker says petition requires governor to end COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - October 30, 2020

Attorney General Jeff Landry on Thursday filed a motion in an East Baton Rouge Court Thursday arguing that once Louisiana House members affixed enough signatures on a petition ending Gov. John Bel Edwards’  public health emergency and delivered it to him, the governor was mandated by law to declare the emergency over.  That petition was […]

326,000 remain in dark two days after Hurricane Zeta

BY: - October 30, 2020

Two days after Hurricane Zeta hit the state with 110 mph winds, an estimated 326,000 customers in Louisiana remained without electricity Friday morning, down from a peak outage of more than half a million. A large percentage of those outages are in Jefferson Parish, where about 72 percent remained without power, Gov. John Bel Edwards […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Governor vetoes bill to give legislators power over COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - October 27, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed legislation Tuesday that gives legislators the power to rescind COVID-19 restrictions and weakens his authority over emergencies overall.  “I have said repeatedly that an emergency cannot be managed by committee and that is exactly what this bill would allow,” wrote the governor in his veto explanation to the legislature. Edwards […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

To preserve COVID-19 emergency powers, Gov. Edwards goes to court

BY: - October 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards filed a motion in court Monday against the Louisiana House of Representatives in response to a petition signed by House Republicans who are determined to overturn the governor’s public health emergency declaration.The state’s COVID-19 Phase 3 restrictions remain “in full force and effect,” Edwards said, despite statements from Attorney General Jeff […]

State health department to stress the importance of flu shots in series of virtual town hall events

BY: - October 26, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana Public Health Institute will host three virtual town halls over the next few weeks “to educate the community about the importance of getting the flu vaccine this year, especially given the similarities between flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms.” The virtual town halls, titled “Protecting our Communities from the […]