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New Orleans Public Schools will begin fully online

BY: - July 21, 2020

New Orleans Public Schools will begin the fall semester fully online and won’t allow in-person instruction before September, the school district announced Tuesday. “We are making this shift because we’re listening to the advice of medical experts,” Superintendent Henderson Lewis said in a news conference. “We’re committed to helping New Orleans get back on track […]

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Gov. Edwards’ rent relief program runs out of money in 3 days

BY: - July 21, 2020

On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Louisiana Emergency Rental Assistance Program that he said would help about 10,000 people in Louisiana who are struggling to pay rent because of the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  By Sunday, 40,000 Louisianians had applied, and the application process was suspended.  “The response to our […]

How many burial sites are on the land where Formosa Plastics plans to build?

BY: - July 20, 2020

Rise St. James and Formosa Plastics don’t agree about what’s going to happen in the future.  The environmental justice group says air, water and soil quality are already awful in St. James Parish, and, if Formosa Plastics is allowed to build a $9.4B manufacturing complex on the west bank, the environment will become even more […]

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America making ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 18, 2020

Civil Rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who advocated for change through nonviolence, died late Friday night at the age of 80. The Georgia Democrat was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late December. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed his death, saying the country had lost “one of the greatest heroes of […]

Louisiana Republicans don’t plan to sue over mask order, leader says

BY: - July 17, 2020

State Rep. Blake Miguez, chairman of the House Republican caucus, said Friday that there are no plans for Louisiana House Republicans to take legal action against the governor’s mandatory mask requirement after an opinion from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry that says the order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with […]

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White House determines 18 states are in coronavirus ‘red zone,’ but doesn’t publicize findings

BY: - July 17, 2020

This article about the coronavirus red zone was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom based in Washington, D.C. By Liz Essley Whyte A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force but not publicized suggests more than a dozen states, including Louisiana, should revert to more stringent protective measures, limiting […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana’s face-mask order gets push back from multiple sources across the state

BY: and - July 17, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate is getting push back and resistance from officials, businesses and attorneys across Louisiana. A Jefferson Parish law firm is even offering to represent, at no cost, businesses that are reprimanded for violating the mask mandate. Stephen Petit, an attorney and founder of Petit Law Firm in Harahan, on his […]

Louisiana sets up rental assistance program for people affected by economic slowdown

BY: - July 17, 2020

Louisiana has set up a rental assistance program for people who are in jeopardy of losing their housing. The program is starting out with $7 million in federal funding, and is expected to grow to at least $24 million. Officials said they are also searching for more financial support. The assistance is available on a […]

Louisiana’s $250 front-line worker payment may run out by the end of the week

BY: - July 16, 2020

Louisiana’s supplemental $250 payments for front-line workers looks likely to run out in the next day or so. Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged people who qualify to file their applications in a matter of hours if they want to receive a payment.  The state has already received 125,000 applications for the $250 payment since the […]

Border officials did not follow guidelines on migrant children’s health care, government investigators find

BY: - July 16, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not consistently followed new guidelines for medical care of migrant children and spent some of the agency’s money designated for “medical care” on unrelated items like printers, speakers and their canine program, according to a new federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent “congressional watchdog,” found gaps […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Attorney General Jeff Landry says governor’s face-mask mandate can’t be enforced

BY: - July 16, 2020

Two days after Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order that shuts down bars and mandates face coverings went into effect, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who has often clashed with Edwards,  issued an official opinion that the governor’s order “does not pass the constitutional test” and “cannot be enforced with criminal or financial sanctions.” In a […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Child advocates warned of a surge in abuse cases, but there’s no evidence that’s happened

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of hotline reports of suspected child abuse and neglect since March. While some have warned that school closures related to the novel coronavirus would cause a spike in the number of children being abused, experts say […]