Albert Woodfox, Angola 3 member, ‘Solitary’ author, dies at 75

BY: - August 4, 2022

This story was originally published by Verite, a nonprofit news outlet based in New Orleans. Albert Woodfox, the prison activist and member of the Angola 3 whose memoir “Solitary” was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, died Thursday (Aug. 4) at Ochsner Baptist Hospital after contracting the COVID-19 virus. He […]

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Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday explored how to combat violent threats lodged against election officials, while Republicans questioned why the Department of Justice isn’t doing more to investigate threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. During a hearing on protecting election officials, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite […]

With limited monkeypox vaccine, Southern Decadence is a concern for Louisiana

BY: - August 4, 2022

Louisiana is headed into one of the largest gatherings of gay and bisexual men in the country next month without nearly enough monkeypox vaccine to meet the demand – and with a shortage of vaccine nationwide during a growing outbreak of the virus.  Any person, regardless of gender or sexual history, can contract monkeypox, health […]

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Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

BY: - August 3, 2022

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Wednesday that aims to help pregnant patients cover the cost of travel to access abortion health care, a senior administrative official said. The executive order does not protect access to abortion, which was overturned in late June by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court when it […]

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Louisiana task force to scrutinize university tenure is made up of people who support tenure

BY: - August 3, 2022

People who support higher education faculty tenure will make up most of a new state task force meant to assess whether Louisiana’s public colleges and universities should even use it.  The 19-person task force will be dominated by academics and politicians skeptical of the panel’s stated mission. Just two of the members, Sen. Stewart Cathey, […]

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Collins accused of holding marriage equality bill ‘hostage’ after Manchin flip

BY: - July 29, 2022

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is warning that the once bright prospect of a marriage equality bill passing the Senate has now dimmed as Republicans fume over West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s turnabout on the Democrat’s larger spending bill. “Let’s be clear,” tweeted Charlotte Clymer, an activist and former press secretary for rapid response at the […]

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Vulnerable to monkeypox in Louisiana, they struggle to get vaccine, care

BY: - July 29, 2022

It took New Orleans resident Jared Zeringue three days of incessant calling to find a dose of the monkeypox vaccine in Louisiana. First, he contacted New Orleans health care offices listed on the Louisiana Department of Health’s website as vaccine providers but couldn’t find anyone willing to give it to him. Then he called the […]

New Orleans most prominent LGBTQ+ health clinic out of monkeypox vaccine

BY: - July 26, 2022

CrescentCare, New Orleans best-known health care provider for the LGBTQ+ community, ran out of monkeypox vaccine doses Tuesday and doesn’t know when it will receive more. “We don’t have anything here to give to anybody at this point,” Joe Hui, the clinic’s spokesman, said Tuesday afternoon. “We have no idea if [more doses] will show […]

Louisiana prioritizes men who recently had sex with multiple men for monkeypox vaccine

BY: - July 21, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health is making its limited supply of monkeypox vaccine available to men who have had sex with at least two men in the past 14 days or who have had sex with an anonymous male partner. Men who have “intimate” contact with men in a social venue or sex club as […]

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Louisiana will move incarcerated youth to an adult prison. Child advocates are worried.

BY: - July 20, 2022

Child welfare advocates say they are extremely concerned about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to temporarily move half of the incarcerated youth in a facility in Jefferson Parish to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, one of the nation’s largest and most notorious maximum-security adult prisons.  Edwards emphasized the teenagers and young adults will be kept […]

Authorities investigate explosion that destroys ‘America’s Stonehenge’

BY: - July 7, 2022

ELBERTON, Georgia – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an explosion that destroyed much of the Georgia Guidestones, a quirky granite monument in Elberton near the South Carolina border. Sometimes called “America’s Stonehenge,” the guidestones consisted of several large, upright stone blocks built in alignment with stars and constellations and weighing in at 119 […]

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Louisiana OB-GYN residents train at an abortion clinic. Now where will they go?

BY: - June 30, 2022

Most obstetrics and gynecology medical residents in Louisiana train at a Shreveport abortion clinic. Now, it’s not clear where they will get that surgical instruction when most abortions likely become illegal in Louisiana and the clinic is shut down.  “We are looking to set up another opportunity for this training somewhere, whatever that is or […]