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Louisiana deals with Tropical Storm Nicholas, while still recovering from Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 13, 2021

Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced precautions are in place, including stationing the National Guard with 80 high water vehicles and 23 boats. The storm is expected to hit the Texas coast directly, but could dump life-threatening rain across southwestern Louisiana.  Currently, flash flooding seems to be the biggest danger the […]

Hurricane Ida

Insurance companies could be fined for refusal to cover Hurricane Ida evacuation expenses

BY: - September 13, 2021

Insurance companies could face fines or be suspended from doing business for refusing to comply with Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s order to cover the temporary living expenses of policyholders who evacuated during Hurricane Ida. But the one thing Donelon cannot make the companies do is pay the actual claims to their policyholders. Donelon discussed […]

Standardized test scores remain optional for LSU applicants

BY: - September 13, 2021

High school students applying to LSU this year will not have to submit an SAT or ACT score because of the recent fourth surge of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant. LSU applicants last year had the same exemption because COVID-19 prevented students from taking standardized tests in facilities big enough to maintain adequate protection […]

What counts as a storm-related death?

How does Louisiana count hurricane deaths?

BY: - September 13, 2021

Louisiana has recorded 26 “storm-related” deaths due to Hurricane Ida. But what counts as a hurricane death? And when will the counting stop?   There is no checklist or clear set of rules for determining whether a death is classified as storm-related. Local parish coroners determine whether a death can be attributed to a weather event […]

Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

At LSU, tension between university board and faculty remains high

BY: - September 11, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors proposed — but then set aside — a motion to restructure the university’s faculty groups Friday after one professor complained the board was trying to silence them. “This will cause national embarrassment for a university whose reputation is already at a low ebb because of the way this board responded […]

LSU basketball court name change sparks debate over gender equality

BY: - September 10, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors voted to name the basketball court in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center after former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown, but only after an extended and heated debate over whether a woman coach should be given the honor instead. Mary Werner, a LSU Board member, pushed back on naming the […]

Louisiana state police address the public after new allegations of police brutality

BY: - September 10, 2021

Creating a more diverse workforce, increasing consequences for abuse of power and new implicit bias training are the main steps State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis is focusing on, he said at a Friday press conference, as the agency tries to regain the public’s trust after months of media reports alleging the State Police routinely […]

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

COVID-19 cases in Louisiana decline following Delta variant surge, official says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana appears to have peaked in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and is now on a downward trajectory, the state’s chief  medical officer said Thursday. But Dr. Joe Kanter warned at a press conference that the decrease could be short lived. He said “there’s no guarantee we continue this downward trajectory” because thousands remain displaced after […]

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people.  He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where […]

Hurricane Ida has caused 26 deaths in Louisiana, official says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana has had 26 storm-related deaths following Hurricane Ida’s landfall, the state’s chief medical officer said Thursday. Ten deaths were due to heat because of a lack of air conditioning, and one death was related to an oxygen outage. Six deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper generator usage.  “If using a generator, […]

Louisiana PAC supporting Sen. John Kennedy returns donation from nursing home owner

BY: - September 9, 2021

The Conservative Louisiana political action committee (PAC), which supports Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, returned a $25,000 donation from nursing homes owner Bob Dean last week, after media reports that Dean was housing nearly 850 of his nursing home residents in a warehouse during Hurricane Ida. Seven of those nursing home residents died after being […]