Louisiana governor downplays State Police cover-up allegations in Ronald Greene case

BY: - September 16, 2021

In a radio interview Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards downplayed reports that Louisiana State Police troopers engaged in an attempted cover-up of the 2019 death of Ronald Greene, saying many of the cover-up allegations are “overblown or just false.” “Sometimes the media is incomplete in the way it portrays things, and tends toward the sensational,” […]

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New Orleans teens in detention center were evacuated to adult prison for Hurricane Ida

BY: and - September 15, 2021

Thirty-six teenagers housed in the New Orleans juvenile detention center were evacuated to a state adult prison in Iberville Parish ahead of Hurricane Ida, a move that children advocates described as inappropriate and possibly illegal. The New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center’s director, Kyshun Webster, said Monday that his facility has a longstanding agreement with […]

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In Louisiana, FBI examination of Civil Rights-era killings doesn’t bring new charges

BY: - September 15, 2021

This story was written by Liz Ryan and Laura Nicholson.  It was produced by Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the fourth story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. You can read the previous installments here. A retired FBI agent was at a Christian […]

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Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the […]

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 14, 2021

Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of the Senate […]

What counts as a storm-related death?

How does Louisiana count hurricane deaths?

BY: - September 13, 2021

Louisiana has recorded 26 “storm-related” deaths due to Hurricane Ida. But what counts as a hurricane death? And when will the counting stop?   There is no checklist or clear set of rules for determining whether a death is classified as storm-related. Local parish coroners determine whether a death can be attributed to a weather event […]

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In 1960 Louisiana, Black victim — not white shooter — convicted of a crime

BY: and - September 8, 2021

This story was produced by Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the third story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. You can read the first story in this series here and the second story in this series here.  More than six decades ago a […]

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

White House seeks at least $24B to aid Louisiana, other states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during […]

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Louisiana nursing home owner who warehoused patients is a political donor

BY: - September 5, 2021

The nursing homes owner who left nearly 850 of his patients in an unsanitary warehouse following Hurricane Ida has been a generous supporter of both Democratic and Republican politicians in Louisiana. State and federal campaign finance records show Bob Dean has given at least $289,000 to candidates since 1994 both as an individual and through […]

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana

BY: - September 1, 2021

Louisiana health officials on Wednesday confirmed two additional pediatric deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the state’s total COVID-19 death toll to 12,582. One death was of a child between 0 and 4 years old, and the other was of a child between 12 and 17, according to a Louisiana Department of Health press release. […]

Shell's Norco refinery releases 'elevated emissions' due to Hurricane Ida

Fuel shortage among priorities in Louisiana’s hurricane recovery

BY: - September 1, 2021

More than two-thirds of Louisiana’s petrochemical refining capacity remained offline Wednesday due to damages from Hurricane Ida , Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The effects were visible across Southeast Louisiana with not only long lines of cars waiting to fill up at gas stations but also with the unusually heavy plumes of black emissions spewing […]

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With local hospitals damaged, Louisiana discusses ‘field hospital’ after Ida

BY: - September 1, 2021

With four of the five hospitals in Louisiana’s bayou region almost entirely inoperable, state and federal officials are considering setting up a “field hospital” to provide medical care for Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Louisiana Department of Health […]