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If CDC signs off, COVID-19 shots for kids to begin later this week

BY: - November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Within minutes of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement Friday giving the green light to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11, a massive logistics operation launched to prepare for the final regulatory step. Some 15 million doses of the vaccine began to move from Pfizer’s freezers to distribution centers, […]

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Biden to outline major methane reduction strategy at UN climate conference

BY: - November 2, 2021

The Biden administration plans to release a comprehensive methane reduction plan as part of the president’s participation in the United Nations climate summit, administration officials said Monday. In addition to a comprehensive White House plan, several executive agencies will take action on methane, administration officials told reporters on a background call Monday.  The officials said […]

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Louisiana extends program that offers $100 gift cards for COVID-19 vaccination

BY: - November 1, 2021

Until the end of November, Louisianians who get their first COVID-19 vaccination shot are eligible to receive $100, as part of an extended vaccine incentive campaign.  The Louisiana Department of Health announced the campaign extension Monday. The campaign, Shot For $100, was started for college students in August, but was expanded to the state’s general […]

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Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind farms at U.N. climate conference

BY: - November 1, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards touted Louisiana’s future with alternative energies, like solar and wind, in front of an international audience at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday. Edwards was among many government leaders from around the world to attend the conference, which was originally scheduled to be […]

Biden calls for ‘decade of action’ on climate, apologizes for Trump exit from Paris Accord

BY: - November 1, 2021

President Joe Biden urged the international community on Monday to transition to clean energy, curb greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, and help developing nations adapt to a changing climate.  Speaking at a pivotal United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden said worsening wildfires and once-in-a-century storms hitting every few years show that there’s only […]

Shipments of COVID-19 shots for kids 5-11 on the way to states after FDA gives green light

BY: - November 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Vials of the two-shot Pfizer vaccine will soon be headed to pediatricians’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies and other providers, after regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency authorization to the pharmaceutical company’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds. But first, the vaccine needs the approval of the Centers for Disease […]

Housing shortage is 'single greatest concern' in Louisiana, governor says

Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit

BY: - November 1, 2021

Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening. Huge wildfires will scorch millions of acres and spew toxic smoke plumes across swaths of the planet. Astronauts […]

Louisiana’s governor pursues biomass industry, drawing skepticism from environmentalists

BY: - October 30, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards is, in many ways, pushing to be Louisiana’s “green governor” — the leader who transforms this oil-and-gas state into a safe space for sustainable energy.  “Make no mistake: an industry-wide transition to cleaner, less environmentally impactful energy production and utilization is going to happen regardless of if Louisiana participates, so it’s […]

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Louisiana’s 2021 Constitutional Amendments: What you need to know

BY: - October 30, 2021

Louisiana voters will consider four constitutional amendments — and little else — in the next election scheduled for Nov. 13. All four amendments would affect Louisiana’s tax policy if passed. The amendments are the only items on the statewide ballot. New Orleans has high-profile elections for city government, but there’s not much else that will […]

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13 things to know about Louisiana’s Constitutional Amendment 2: Proposed income tax changes

BY: - October 29, 2021

Louisiana voters will decide whether to make significant changes to the state’s income tax rates and deductions in the election scheduled for Nov. 13. If passed, Constitutional Amendment #2 on Louisiana’s ballot would lower income tax rates in exchange for lifting state income tax deductions that nearly every person filing taxes uses. It would also […]

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Congress clears temporary extension of federal transportation programs

BY: - October 29, 2021

The U.S. House on Thursday night approved another short-term patch for funding of federal transportation programs, essential for keeping roads money flowing to states despite an impasse in Congress. The bill, passed 358-59, would keep programs running at funding levels first approved in 2015 as lawmakers and the White House seek a bargain to pass […]

What’s in—and out—of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a still-massive $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from that proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create the first […]