Investigations

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Abort Offshore has a fervent founder — and doubters

BY: - August 27, 2022

Michael Kimbro wants his “conservative friends” to know he is white and that, while he was raised in Texas, he now lives in Manhattan with his “third, much younger, wife.” These are details Kimbro shared in a now-deleted blog post to convince others they should embrace the pro-abortion rights cause – or risk being “tricked […]

LSU will no longer receive sexual harassment awareness and prevention training from local nonprofit

BY: - August 25, 2022

LSU has declined to renew the contract of Sexual Trauma and Response (STAR), the organization that has provided sexual assault and harassment awareness training to university employees following multiple instances of federal Title IX law violations.  STAR is a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit dedicated to building a sexual assault-free community. Its employees help shape legislation, provide […]

Ferncrest Manor Living Center in New Orleans

Over a dozen nursing homes could evacuate to facilities that failed state inspections

BY: - August 16, 2022

Ahead of hurricane season this year, Ferncrest Manor Living Center in New Orleans submitted a summary of its evacuation plan to the Louisiana Department of Health – just like the 93 other nursing homes in Louisiana’s most storm-prone parishes.  Ferncrest Manor’s plan garnered special attention from state health officials. The nursing home listed a campground […]

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Officials find problems with several more Louisiana nursing home evacuation sites

BY: - August 12, 2022

Hundreds of nursing home residents in southeast Louisiana may be still at risk for evacuating to inadequate or unsafe shelters through the end of this hurricane season, according to limited data the health department provided. 

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Louisiana health officials told to remove LGBTQ Pride content from web

BY: - August 9, 2022

Following a call from a state legislator in June, the head of the Louisiana Department of Health allegedly asked staff to scrub the agency’s online accounts of all content related to LGBTQ+ Pride month, according to internal emails among LDH staff. In one of the emails dated June 29, press administrator Michelle McCalope wrote to […]

Peterson pushed Edwards campaign, Democratic Party to work with firms in fraud scheme

BY: - July 18, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – Karen Carter Peterson pushed for the Louisiana Democratic Party to award a contract worth tens of thousands of dollars to a New Orleans political consulting firm just a few weeks before the 2019 primary election for governor. That’s according to the state party’s executive director at the time, who says he questioned […]

Former Miss. governor directed $1.1M welfare payment to Brett Favre, defendant says

BY: - July 13, 2022

JACKSON, Mississippi – Former Gov. Phil Bryant instructed his wife’s friend — whose nonprofit was receiving millions in subgrants from the welfare department he oversaw — to pay NFL legend Brett Favre $1.1 million, according to a new court filing. Nancy New alleges Bryant directed this and other spending, resulting in a massive scandal and […]

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Drag queen tweet stirs controversy for Louisiana Department of Health

BY: - July 12, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health faces backlash over a social media post that included a picture of a local drag queen at a health awareness event in Alexandria as part of LGBTQ Pride Month. The controversy began June 24 when LDH tweeted photos of a “family-friendly Pride event” at the Alexandria Convention Center with a […]

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Former Louisiana House speaker part of $9 million swampland deal at taxpayer expense

BY: - June 20, 2022

The state of Louisiana has set aside $9 million to buy 2,000 acres of swampland in St. James and Lafourche parishes that is partly owned by Charles DeWitt, a former House speaker and Public Service Commissioner.  State government is making the purchase for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which intends to use the property […]

Industry overpumping of Baton Rouge groundwater could pollute the supply for residents

BY: - June 8, 2022

The pristine Baton Rouge water source is facing a serious and worsening threat from over pumping: saltwater intrusion. Much of it can be attributed to unchecked water use by the industrial sector.

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Louisiana Sen. Sharon Hewitt has history of passing bills to benefit oil and gas, her husband

BY: - May 6, 2022

Public records shared with Floodlight in partnership with The Lens, The Illuminator and The Guardian, show state Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell also pushed for laws that would benefit her husband’s company.  

Coroners records missing on Ronald Greene death

Coroners’ records missing on Ronald Greene death

BY: - April 30, 2022

Questioning coroners and a paramedic, Louisiana lawmakers on the special committee investigating the Ronald Greene case learned some new details about the 49-year-old’s death in Louisiana State Police custody. But critical testimony fell short as the coroners deferred questions to others not in attendance and said official records in the case are missing.  Answering questions […]