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Jefferson Parish pushes back first day of school

BY: - August 10, 2020

Jefferson Parish Schools Superintendent James Gray announced Monday that the first day of school for the system has been pushed back to school to August 26.  Schools had been scheduled to open Wednesday, Aug. 12, and Gray said the system is delayed by two weeks to coincide with the availability of rapid COVID-19 testing. “Jefferson […]

ACLU sues Louisiana over its process regarding early release of prisoners

BY: - August 10, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says the state’s government is illegally withholding information about its process regarding the early release of prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic. The advocacy organization is suing Louisiana’s Department of Corrections for documents related to a review panel that decided which inmates could end their sentences early because of […]

Mystery illness kills fourth child in Louisiana

BY: - August 10, 2020

A fourth child has died in Louisiana from a coronavirus-related condition called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), according to a report released Monday from the Louisiana Department of Health. The LDH did not identify the child or the locations in which the deaths have occurred. MIS-C is a serious health condition in children under […]

President Trump circumvents Congress with executive actions extending unemployment benefits and halting evictions

BY: and - August 8, 2020

This story has been updated with a response from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in […]

Louisiana legislative auditor shoots down conspiracy theory concerning duplicate COVID-19 cases

BY: - August 8, 2020

Last month, the Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office made Facebook posts suggesting that their COVID-19 numbers weren’t bad as state officials were making them out to be  because the lists of infected people that officials in those parishes had been given included some of […]

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Four things you may have missed about Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak this week

BY: - August 7, 2020

There’s an avalanche of news about Louisiana’s COVID-19 outbreak every week and we know it’s hard to keep up. Here’s a few interesting news that might have slipped through the cracks this week:  LSU planning around fans in Tiger Stadium this fall Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has had “very good discussions” with LSU […]

Acting Homeland Security chief defends use of federal force in Portland

BY: - August 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The top official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended the deployment of federal officers to counter protesters in Portland, Oregon, saying it was comparable to protecting the U.S. Capitol from attack. “That’s all we’re trying to do in Portland — protecting a federal facility, a seat of justice,” said Acting […]

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Legal challenge to Gov. Edwards’ order closing bars is rejected by Baton Rouge judge

BY: - August 7, 2020

A musician, a caterer and two bar owners who asked a Baton Rouge judge to rule against Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency order that shuts down bars lost in court Thursday when the judge ruled for Edwards’ administration.“The court is firmly of the opinion that the governor has exercised his power deliberately, on behalf of […]

Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

Business is booming in Louisiana’s truck-stop casinos

BY: - August 7, 2020

There are no windows, and the lights are turned way down at this truck-stop casino in Port Allen. It’s the middle of a weekday afternoon. Mirrors line the walls to make it look bigger than it is, but this video poker hall is smaller than your average McDonald’s. It contains a bar (now closed), spacious […]

Louisiana Governor open to temporary smoking ban in casinos

BY: - August 6, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards is open to the idea of temporarily banning smoking in Louisiana casinos and video poker outlets in order to protect against COVID-19 spread, though the governor still has to talk to state gambling regulators about such a move. “First impression, it seems to make some sense,” Edwards said about a temporary […]

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Louisiana surpasses 4,000 known COVID-19 deaths

BY: - August 6, 2020

Louisiana surpassed 4,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, though the actual death toll is assumed to be higher since some people suspected to have the virus died without being tested for it. The state recorded 50 new deaths Thursday, bringing the official count to 4,028, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Those newly reported deaths […]

Louisiana’s police training task force holds first meeting

BY: - August 6, 2020

The Louisiana Senate’s police training task force held its first meeting Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol. The 25-member panel, officially dubbed the Police Training, Screening, and De-escalation Task Force, is the brainchild of Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, who introduced he idea in the wake of national outcry at the killing of George Floyd […]