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Fraction of La. unemployment payments went to dead people, audit finds

The Louisiana Workforce Commission distributed just over one one-hundredth of its total unemployment payments to people who were dead during the coronavirus pandemic, according...

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to $300 unemployment supplement

Louisiana lawmakers on Thursday made a late-hour deal on legislation to discontinue the $300 federal unemployment supplement that the state provides out-of-work residents in...

Louisiana bill takes lenient approach to employers who misclassify workers

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill Monday meant to discourage employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors and, thus, depriving the state of...

Legislation that slashes unemployment benefits by half gets support of Senate...

A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would cut unemployment benefits in Louisiana, leaving laid-off workers to collect about half the total amount...

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget...

WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition progrmas in the president’s budget request, as well...

Acadiana’s hotel shelters wind down as COVID-19 and housing insecurity persist

This story was originally published by The Current, a nonprofit news organization serving Lafayette and southern Louisiana. Pillows are in short supply at the Lafayette warehouse...

‘All disasters increase inequity’: A year after the pandemic hit the...

Coinciding with the Jan. 21 anniversary of the novel coronavirus’ appearance on U.S. soil, the National Conference on Citizenship,  a nonprofit chartered by the...

Bill to prohibit schools from giving names of contagious students to...

Louisiana House lawmakers spent much of Monday afternoon debating a bill that would prohibit schools from reporting the names of  students who have infectious...

Hurricane Laura destroys, but volunteers rally to help Lake Charles survive

LAKE CHARLES — On Saturday, much of southwest Louisiana remained without electricity, water, food and other essential provisions in the wake of Hurricane Laura....

Child advocates warned of a surge in abuse cases, but there’s...

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of hotline reports of suspected...

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