New Orleans opens applications for rental assistance program

BY: - February 16, 2021

The City Of New Orleans COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program began accepting applications this week for tenants and landlords struggling with rent payments. To be eligible, households must meet the following criteria: An income at or below 60 percent of the area median income (AMI) which is approximately $42,000 for a family of four; A reduction […]

A third of Louisiana workers would benefit from $15 minimum wage increase, report says

BY: - February 16, 2021

About a third of Louisiana’s workers would benefit from a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. The report said 695,000 workers in Louisiana could see their wages increase by an average of at least $4,500 — an additional $3.3 billion in wages for the state’s […]

Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump’s election call to state elections official

BY: - February 16, 2021

Fulton County (Ga.) prosecutors are launching a wide-ranging criminal investigation into attempts to overturn last year’s presidential election results in Georgia.  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sent letters Wednesday to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Gov. Brian Kemp, Attorney General Chris Carr and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan asking them to preserve documents and other […]

First weather-related death confirmed for February winter storm

BY: - February 15, 2021

State authorities confirmed a weather-related death Monday after a 50-year-old Lafayette man died when he slipped on ice and struck his head on the ground. The Lafayette Parish Coroner ruled the death as weather-related, marking the first such incident of the winter storm that swept across Louisiana and a large swath of the Deep South […]

Winter storm shuts down all state offices Monday

BY: - February 15, 2021

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne announced Sunday that state offices will be closed statewide Monday as Louisiana braces for a winter storm. The office close, according to a statement from Dardenne’s office, “applies to all nonessential employees, including those authorized to work from home due to COVID-19.” Dardenne said his announcement may be updated as […]

Proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage would boost paychecks in the South

BY: - February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON—A gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the pay of low-income workers across the U.S. but particularly in much of the South, researchers and experts predict. Florida recently voted to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026, but the Sunshine State is an outlier. Georgia, […]

Louisiana's Election Integrity Commission folds after two meetings

Senate acquits Trump in his second impeachment trial

BY: - February 13, 2021

This story has been updated to reflect the unanimous vote from the executive committee of the Louisiana Republican Party to censure U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump.  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly […]

CDC issues detailed strategy for safely reopening K-12 schools

BY: - February 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released updated guidance to provide educators a science-based plan for reopening K-12 schools. The agency said it cannot force schools to reopen but can only stress that steps such as wearing masks and physical distancing of at least 6 feet are key to mitigating the spread […]

Census delay in releasing population data throws states into chaos

BY: - February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau won’t be releasing population data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional district boundaries until Sept. 30 — six months after that data is typically made available. The latest pandemic-spurred delay, announced by bureau officials on Friday, hugely scrambles the once-a-decade redistricting process for states with deadlines looming this […]

State, local leaders ask Biden for direct aid in COVID-19 relief

BY: - February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—Bipartisan mayors from Detroit and Miami who met at the White House on Friday with President Joe Biden emerged saying they back his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package and urged it be passed. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican, defended the need for $350 billion in the Biden plan for states and localities, which has […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

CDC says double masking significantly reduces coronavirus exposure

BY: - February 12, 2021

New CDC research suggests that double masking and wearing a tightly fitted mask significantly reduces coronavirus exposure, however Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office said statewide recommendations will likely stay the same. “The governor is going to, of course, continue to strongly encourage people to wear masks, follow mask mandates and wear masks that fit […]

New Orleans vaccine-eligible residents can register to get on The City of New Orleans’ wait list

BY: - February 11, 2021

New Orleans residents 65 or older, or otherwise eligible to get the vaccine, can now register to be put on a wait list. Residents can call 311 or go to Included in that list of Louisianans eligible for vaccinations are: Persons 65 or older Health care workers Nursing home and long-term care residents and […]