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Republican-friendly election plan breezes past Senate committee

BY: - August 20, 2020

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan passed through a second legislative committee on Thursday, as most expected it would. Ardoin, a Republican, said he wrote the plan specifically so that it would appease Republican lawmakers who make up the majority of the Louisiana Legislature and whose votes are needed to approve […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Additional unemployment benefits to come next week, Gov. Edwards said

BY: - August 20, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards held his second of two weekly press conferences at the Louisiana State Capitol. What follows is a brief summary of a few of the many topics the governor discussed. Two named storms may make landfall by next week Louisianans who remain worried about the new threat posed by the novel coronavirus […]

Sen. Bill Cassidy says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

BY: - August 20, 2020

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy announced Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Cassidy, a gastroenterologist, has been vocal about the need for Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing during the pandemic. But health officials say wearing a face mask — which prevents the spread of droplets from the mouth and nose — […]

DEBERRY: Louisiana voters may not get a chance to trust the post office with their ballots

BY: - August 20, 2020

It quickly becomes clear when talking with Mary Frances Berry about voting that the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights doesn’t do talking points.  Four years ago, as we spoke about her book on the lingering practice of vote-buying — she calls it “Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich” — Berry […]

LSU

LSU reverses course, says it will disclose some coronavirus data

BY: - August 19, 2020

LSU administrators have changed their minds about publicly disclosing information about coronavirus cases on campus a few days after it was reported that the school was going to keep data about the virus in its population private. But the information that LSU will offer about COVID-19 cases among its 40,000 students and staff won’t be […]

LA election plan

After heated exchange, House committee approves emergency election plan

BY: - August 19, 2020

A state legislative committee on Wednesday approved Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan despite drawing criticism from the governor, many Louisiana residents and a Republican lawmaker for the voting barriers the plan creates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee, comprised of mostly Republicans, passed the plan in a 8-6 […]

Plans to help Louisianians pay rent can’t keep up with the immense need

BY: - August 19, 2020

“Families for Families,” a new initiative launched by the city of New Orleans, HousingNOLA, New Corp and Hancock Whitney Bank is looking to raise money from individuals and corporate donors who are motivated to help struggling New Orleans families avoid eviction during the ongoing pandemic. Organizers hope to raise $6 million, which they say, will […]

K-12 schools — not the state — are deciding what parents know about COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - August 19, 2020

Azadeh Yazdi, a Lafayette parent of a fifth-grade student, is frustrated with the protocols that the Lafayette Parish School System has put in place to report positive COVID-19 case. Yazdi said, as a whole, school officials have unfairly left parents out of the conversation about how schools should reopen. According to a re-opening plan that […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Courts may decide Louisiana’s election plan; COVID-19 numbers dip to recent low

BY: - August 19, 2020

In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Edwards said he is refusing to sign Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan, meaning Louisiana is heading to November without a viable plan for residents concerned about infection to vote during the pandemic. Also, for the second consecutive day, Louisiana’s daily COVID-19 case count was below […]

Postmaster pauses major changes at U.S. Postal Service until after election

BY: - August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall. DeJoy said he will not change overtime rules, retail hours at local post offices, or the location of mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes, […]

Governor Edwards wins in one federal court, takes the stand in another

BY: - August 18, 2020

LAFAYETTE — Gov. John Bel Edwards took the stand in a federal court hearing Monday to defend the restrictions on bars that he enacted in July to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier Monday, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against a separate group of bar owners who, making an identical argument […]

Colleges explore innovative ways to reopen safely

BY: - August 17, 2020

As colleges and universities reopen for the fall semester, campus officials are implementing innovative ways to make sure students and faculty return safely. Some of those changes will be noticed as soon as students and their loved ones arrive. LSU and Loyola University New Orleans are two examples of colleges that are increasing the number of […]