After Hurricane Laura makes landfall, crews battle chlorine fire at BioLab plant in Westlake

BY: - August 27, 2020

In the destructive wake of Hurricane Laura, emergency responders and hazmat crews spent most of Thursday battling a chemical fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake in Calcasieu Parish. The BioLab facility, located on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles, sustained unspecified damages as Laura struck Cameron and Calcasieu parishes early Thursday, causing the plant’s chlorine […]

Hurricane Laura makes landfall as Louisiana’s strongest storm since 1856

BY: - August 27, 2020

Hurricane Laura hit southwest Louisiana near Cameron about 1 a.m. Thursday morning as a Category 4 storm with sustained maximum winds of 150 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center reports. According to records maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, not since 1856 has a storm of that strength struck Louisiana. Around 7 […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Despite positive trends, Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 of its reopening plan

BY: - August 26, 2020

Louisiana will remain in Phase 2 of its coronavirus reopening plan until at least Sept. 11, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.  That means nonessential businesses (such as amusement parks and playgrounds and concert halls) and bars without a food service permit will remain closed indefinitely and essential businesses must continue operating under the current […]

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Federal judge sets Sept. 8 hearing regarding Louisiana’s election plans

BY: - August 26, 2020

Louisiana residents who have accused Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin of disregarding their safety by not creating an emergency election plan that will allow them to safely vote will have their day in federal court Sept. 8. Ardoin, a Republican,  presented an emergency election plan last week that Republican-led […]

Hurricane Laura prediction for Southwest Louisiana: ‘a wall of water 2 stories high coming ashore’

BY: - August 26, 2020

Forecasters predict Hurricane Laura will reach Category 4 status shortly before it strikes Southwest Louisiana early Thursday. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Laura was in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico traveling toward the southwestern Louisiana coast at about 17 mph. The storm emerged as a Category 3 overnight and is expected to strike Cameron Parish […]

In parts of rural Louisiana, it’s either slow internet or none at all

BY: - August 26, 2020

Bridgett Deleon and her three children are having a hard time adjusting to the “new normal” of schooling virtually. Bridgett is studying for a nursing degree. Her daughter Macy is an undergraduate at Southeastern, her son Beau is in electrical vocational school, and daughter Olivia just entered the 8th grade. But at their home in […]

Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura looks like it could be a repeat of Rita

BY: - August 25, 2020

Louisianans should “prepare for the worst and pray for the best,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a Tuesday press conference regarding Hurricane Laura’s approach toward the coastal areas in and around Cameron Parish. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Laura was in the central Gulf of Mexico traveling northwest at about 17 mph. Though still […]

List of evacuation orders in Louisiana

BY: - August 25, 2020

Hurricane Laura has prompted mandatory and voluntary evacuations for the following towns and parishes in Louisiana as of Wednesday afternoon: Laura emerged in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday morning. As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Laura was in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico traveling toward the southwestern Louisiana coast at […]

Calcasieu and Cameron parishes under mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Laura approaches

BY: - August 25, 2020

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Calcasieu Parish and lower parts of Cameron Parish as Hurricane Laura threatens the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas. The evacuation order for Calcasieu Parish went into effect at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Calcasieu’s Emergency Preparedness Director Dick Gremillion said in a press conference. Laura emerged in the southeastern Gulf […]

Veterans and rural residents have a greater dependence on the mail

BY: - August 25, 2020

Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, Mich., says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms. Stowe, a Department of Veterans Affairs patient who receives her medication through the U.S. Postal Service, said in an interview with […]

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‘This is personal to me’: Scalise calls for more law and order on opening night of RNC

BY: - August 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise made a case for Donald Trump as a law and order president who will bolster law enforcement, in remarks Monday at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. Scalise, the House minority whip and second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, was one of the prime-time speakers in […]

Marco quickly falters; Laura still expected to become a strong hurricane

BY: - August 24, 2020

The effects of Tropical Storm Marco on Louisiana proved to be less than state originally feared, but Gov. John Bel Edwards warned Louisianans “to not assume (Tropical Storm) Laura (which was crossing Cuba Monday) is going to do us a similar favor.” Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Laura to strengthen significantly and in a very short period […]