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Louisiana lawmakers pass bill suggesting ‘abortion reversal’ is possible

BY: - June 8, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers approved a bill that would require medical professionals to tell a woman using medication to terminate a pregnancy that her pregnancy might still be viable if she only takes one of the two abortion pills she’s prescribed. There is no verified scientific evidence to support such an assertion. Gov. John Bel Edwards still […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

Louisiana may require medical staff to suggest ‘abortion reversal’ is possible

BY: - June 8, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers are close to approving a new law that would require medical professionals to tell a woman using medication to terminate a pregnancy that her pregnancy might still be viable if she only takes one of the two abortion pills she’s prescribed. There is no verified scientific evidence to support such an assertion.  The […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Applications for disaster unemployment assistance being accepted in Louisiana

BY: - June 4, 2021

As a result of President Joe Biden’s disaster declaration for the mid-May storms in Louisiana, the state Workforce Commission is offering disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) available to businesses and residents. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for DUA until the deadline of July 6 from individuals and businesses in the parishes of Ascension, Calcasieu, […]

Louisiana Senate scuttles post-pregnancy Medicaid extension

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee killed legislation Thursday that would have allowed people who were pregnant to stay on Medicaid for a year postpartum. The federal government would have had to sign off on the approval before it went into effect.  Currently, people who use Medicaid during their pregnancy lose their health care coverage two […]

In five years, 786 people died in Louisiana’s jails and prisons, a new report finds

BY: - June 2, 2021

As a law professor in Louisiana, the state that leads the country and world in the percentage of residents it incarcerates, Andrea Armstrong of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law had a question: How many people are dying in Louisiana’s jails and prisons?  Armstrong, a national expert on prison and jail conditions, couldn’t answer […]

Marijuana

Louisiana won’t legalize recreational marijuana this year

BY: - May 18, 2021

The push to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Louisiana died Tuesday, when the Louisiana House rejected legislation to tax recreational marijuana. The proposed tax needed 70 House votes — two-thirds of the chamber — to pass. It only got 47 votes.  After the tax bill failed, Rep. Richard Nelson, R-Mandeville, shelved a second, separate […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana bill takes lenient approach to employers who misclassify workers

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill Monday meant to discourage employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors and, thus, depriving the state of taxes and the misclassified workers of protections that include overtime pay and workers compensation.  Sponsored by Rep. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, House Bill 705 proposes a $500 first-offense penalty for each individual […]

Should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine? 7 questions answered by a pediatric infectious disease expert

BY: - May 14, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration expanded emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 to 15 years of age on May 10, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed with recommendations endorsing use in this age group after their advisory group meeting on May 12. The American Academy of […]

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CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point in the pandemic. The announcement is a shift from earlier federal guidance, which had urged people who are vaccinated […]

Republicans block 'Jim Crow jury' reform

Louisiana may look at changing medical release for sick, dying incarcerated people — again

BY: - May 13, 2021

A lawmaker wants the state to put together a commission to study Louisiana’s policies related to the release of incarcerated people who are sick and dying in prison — just three years after the Legislature voted to tighten the rules on those same releases. The Louisiana House will have to approve the measure before it […]

FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]

COMMENTARY

Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 7, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]