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‘What happened to Ms. Scott in 2017 is unequivocally wrong,’ says LSU Coach Ed Orgeron

BY: and - April 6, 2021

LSU head football Coach Ed Orgeron and Athletics Director Scott Woodward will not appear in person before women lawmakers in the Louisiana Legislature this week to talk about the ongoing sexual and domestic violence scandal at the university. The problems have centered, in part, on how the Athletics Department has handled allegations made against football […]

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LSU Athletics administrator alleges more racism, sexism in department, USA TODAY reports

BY: - April 6, 2021

LSU Athletics officials harassed Sharon Lewis, the school’s associate director of football recruiting, when she complained about racist and sexist behavior, particularly behavior coming from former LSU football Coach Les Miles, according to reporting from the USA TODAY newspaper. Attorneys for Lewis said they plan to file a federal Title IX lawsuit, a state whistleblower […]

Louisiana lawmaker wants to prevent teaching on systemic racism, sexism

BY: - April 6, 2021

Louisiana Rep. Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, the chairman of the House Education Committee, introduced a bill that would prohibit Louisiana’s elementary and secondary schools as well as universities from providing training or teaching on systemic racism and sexism in society.  If passed, the legislation would prohibit teaching or training that “either the United States of America […]

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Louisiana paid out at least $405 million in unemployment insurance to ineligible workers, audit finds

BY: - April 5, 2021

Louisiana paid more than $405 million in fraudulent or ineligible pandemic relief benefits to nearly 100,000 people as an overwhelmed unemployment system was also affected by legislation passed by lawmakers last year, according to a report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The Legislative Auditor’s office conducted a review of all state and federal COVID-19-related unemployment […]

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Louisiana lawmakers looking at restricting transgender access to health care, sports

BY: - April 5, 2021

Conservative Republicans in the Louisiana Legislature have filed four bills to restrict transgender people’s access to sports and health care in the state. The legislation mostly targets children and teenagers who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. It will be debated in the upcoming session that starts April 12. A few states have adopted new […]

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CDC: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel in the U.S. without tests or quarantines

BY: - April 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated individuals can travel at low risk to themselves, and do not need to get a COVID-19 test or quarantine after traveling within the U.S., federal health officials said Friday as they unveiled updated travel guidelines. The new guidelines offer the first official guidance to Americans who are at least two weeks past […]

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COVID-19 vaccination rate in Louisiana prisons lags that of the general population

BY: - April 2, 2021

Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccination rate of state prisoners is trailing that of the state’s general population, even though state officials have said most people who are incarcerated in state prisons are willing to get the vaccine and that inmates have had access to the treatment. Louisiana had fully vaccinated 2,298 inmates as of March 28, according […]

Lawmakers override veto of concealed carry bill

AG Jeff Landry pulls La. into lawsuit over California gun control law

BY: - April 2, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has inserted Louisiana into a California gun-rights lawsuit, joining 21 other Republican state attorneys general in filing a legal brief to challenge a gun control law that would prohibit high-capacity magazines in the State of California. Attorneys general  from Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, […]

Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement. The suspect in the vehicle was shot and killed, said Yogananda Pittman, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, during a press conference. […]

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box.   The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way for voting […]

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

BY: - April 2, 2021

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 operated by the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing. But not pillowcases. Workers with ARCH have gathered and stocked home necessities for dozens of families delivered into stable housing […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

State AGs urge tech companies to stop vaccine card scams

BY: - April 2, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 45 other state attorneys general are urging Twitter, eBay, and Shopify to stop scammers from selling blank or fraudulently completed COVID-19 vaccine cards bearing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo on their platforms, according to a press release from Landry’s office. “The use of your platform to […]