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Louisiana Legislature Calls Special Session Over COVID Restrictions, Unemployment

BY: - September 21, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature has called itself into a special session to address Hurricane Laura recovery, COVID-19 policies and the rapidly-dwindling state unemployment trust fund, according to a press release sent out by its Republican leadership. Lawmakers will convene Monday, Sept. 28, and adjourn about a month later, on Oct. 27. More than half of the […]

President Trump promises a Supreme Court nominee this week

BY: - September 21, 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday. During a morning interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president said the administration wanted to pay its respects to Ginsburg, who died Friday night from complications with cancer, before […]

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Beta

BY: - September 21, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Sept. 21 in advance of Tropical Storm Beta’s expected landfall on the Texas coast Monday night. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for much of Louisiana’s coastline, and the storm’s slow movement puts Southwest Louisiana at risk for flash flooding and river flooding Monday through […]

Hurricane Laura didn’t knock McNeese State out

BY: and - September 21, 2020

Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in Southwest Louisiana Aug. 27, thoroughly devastated McNeese State University and caused about $200 million in damage, Daryl Burckell, the university’s president, told the Louisiana Senate Education Committee at a Wednesday hearing. “All parts of the institution were affected and impacted,” Burckel said. “From our academic […]

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Louisiana’s unemployment benefits could drop from low to lowest

BY: - September 21, 2020

Without drastic intervention, Louisiana will cut unemployment benefits in 2021 to the lowest payouts of anywhere in the country — a maximum of $221 per week, Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ave Dejoie said Friday. Louisiana businesses will also have to begin to pay more in taxes and surcharges to help keep those benefits flowing starting […]

Louisiana restaurants, casinos, bars get to sell alcohol for one more hour

BY: - September 18, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards adjusted his Phase 3 emergency order Thursday to allow Louisiana restaurants, casinos and bars in certain geographic areas to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption for an extra hour — until 11 p.m. Under the original Phase 3 plan announced last week, those establishments had to stop selling alcohol for on-site drinking […]

Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ highlighted at congressional forum as an example of pollution’s deadliness

BY: - September 17, 2020

WASHINGTON —Louisiana activists are calling on Congress to bolster environmental justice protections at the federal level, in advance of a key vote in Congress next week.  House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) heard from the environmental justice advocates at an online forum Thursday on Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley,” part of a virtual “tour” with […]

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Hurricane Laura damaged 74 of 76 Calcasieu Parish public schools

BY: - September 17, 2020

Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus told the Louisiana Senate Education Committee Wednesday that damage to schools caused by Hurricane Laura is “considerably worse” than the damage caused by Hurricane Rita. Of the 76 public schools in the parish, Bruchhaus said, 74 of them had damage and 15 had extensive damage such as torn-off roofs. None […]

LSU’s Building Name Evaluation Committee holds inaugural meeting since library’s name change

BY: - September 16, 2020

When a protest led by Black LSU students led to the university removing the name of a segregationist university president from the main library, those young activists said their work wasn’t done, and the university promised a more thorough evaluation of the names that adorn its buildings.   On Tuesday, the university’s Building Name Evaluation Committee, […]

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Federal judge: Ongoing pandemic means Louisiana must use emergency election plan for November, December elections

BY: - September 16, 2020

Voters who expressed concern that voting in person would put them or their loved ones at risk of getting sick with COVID-19 won a major court victory Wednesday when a federal judge in Baton Rouge ruled that a Republican-supported election plan denying such accommodations imposed an unconstitutional and “undue burden” on the right to vote. […]

Louisiana has 3rd worst census response rate with 2 weeks to go

BY: - September 16, 2020

With two weeks to go until the U.S. Census Bureau ends its 2020 count, 85.4 percent of Louisiana households have been counted, leaving the state tied with Mississippi for the third worst response rate in the United States.  That ranking includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Across the United States, […]

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Louisiana sees slight increase in number of hospitalizations for COVID-19

BY: - September 15, 2020

The number of Louisianians hospitalized for COVID-19 has crept up from 664 to 667, a slight increase that nevertheless warrants concern, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Tuesday afternoon press briefing.  The governor’s press briefing lasted less than 20 minutes, but he covered three major topics:  the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Hurricane Sally and […]