Louisiana teachers and school staff feel gratitude and relief after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - March 1, 2021

Lauren Jewett, a New Orleans K-8 special education teacher, said it’s been an anxiety-ridden year for her and her fellow teachers. Throughout the school year, Jewett had to alternate between teaching virtually and in-person, and when students and staff were in the school building, she worried about her and her colleague’s safety. “I was anxious […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Catholics told to pass on J&J COVID-19 vaccine if they have a choice

BY: - February 28, 2021

The day after the Federal Drug Administration granted emergency-use authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, the Archdiocese of New Orleans issued a statement urging Catholics to choose, if they can, the other two available vaccines. According to a statement released Sunday morning, the archdiocese instructs Catholics “that the latest vaccine from […]

Sprawling $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. House

BY: - February 27, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on a nearly party-line vote passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package early Saturday, in a rush to both boost COVID-19 vaccine funding and get legislation to the president’s desk before unemployment benefits expire in mid-March. The package, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, passed 219-212. It includes a gradual increase […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

5 things to know about the governor’s proposal for the Louisiana state budget

BY: - February 27, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration unveiled his $36 billion budget plan for the spending cycle that begins July 1. The spending likely won’t be finalized until June, after lawmakers and the governor negotiate over the proposal. Currently, the governor is proposing to spend $186 million more in the next budget than he did in the […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

One-dose vaccine poised for FDA green light after advisory panel OK

BY: - February 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday gave its green light to a COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, signaling that states will soon see a third vaccine option in their weekly shipments — and the first that only requires one shot. Emergency-use authorization from the FDA is expected to swiftly follow […]

La. auto insurance rates likely won’t drop this year despite tort reform promises

BY: - February 26, 2021

It’s unclear when or if auto insurance rates in Louisiana will ever decrease as predicted by business lobbyists and state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon last year when they presented lawmakers with sweeping tort reform legislation. That legislation gives insurance companies an edge against accident victims in lawsuits.  The tort reform, presented in May as House […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Louisiana AG didn’t report discipline resulting from office sexual harassment complaint

BY: - February 26, 2021

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry chose not to disclose that he had to discipline one of his top deputies following a sexual harassment complaint in an annual report that tracks sexual misconduct across state government and is required by state law.  Landry’s Department of Justice, like all other state agencies, is legally obligated to reveal […]

Louisiana could receive Johnson & Johnson vaccines ‘as soon as next week,’ Edwards says

BY: - February 25, 2021

Louisiana could receive COVID-19 vaccine doses made by Johnson & Johnson “as soon as next week,” Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a press conference Thursday afternoon, an addition that could add up to 38,000 doses to next week’s vaccine distribution total. “This is very, very exciting for us for a number of reasons,” Joe […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana teachers could see pay raise with Gov. Edwards’ proposed budget

BY: - February 25, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ has proposed a pay increase for school employees in his 2021 budget proposal that will be unveiled Friday morning. K-12 teachers would see a $400 increase in their annual salary while K-12 support staff would see a $200 increase in his budget plan, the governor said.  “We obviously know that our […]

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

Game-changing one-dose vaccine could be in states’ hands shortly

BY: - February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON —States struggling to provide enough COVID-19 vaccines are likely just a few days away from a pivotal development in the vaccination race: the availability of a shot that requires only one dose. The game-changing Johnson & Johnson vaccine would differ from the two current shots by Pfizer and Moderna in several critical ways. By […]

Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

State’s climate task force open to public’s ideas

BY: - February 24, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force is seeking ideas from the public it can incorporate into its final climate report  to be released next year.  Members of the public can make those public comments between now and April 30.  The report itself is scheduled to be published in February 2022. “Two of the […]

Marathon Petroleum, accused of fraudulently seeking tax exemption, granted contingent tax break

BY: - February 24, 2021

Three months after it was accused of falsifying records in an attempt to get a property tax exemption from the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry, Marathon Petroleum was awarded that tax break Monday after a state official testified that it is commonplace for industries to “amend” their requests after originally submitted. The commerce board […]