No vacancies at hotels sheltering hurricane evacuees

BY: - September 15, 2020

Louisiana would struggle to provide shelter to another round of hurricane evacuees without risking the spread of COVID-19, said Gov. John Bel Edwards in back-to-back press conferences Sunday and Monday. The state does not have enough hotel rooms to house many more disaster victims and would likely have to rely on large, communal shelters if […]

Bush administration ethics lawyer slams hiring of DeJoy as postmaster

BY: - September 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a congressional investigation into allegations of criminal activity. Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer and associate counsel to Bush, said DeJoy should not have been allowed to take […]

Louisiana unemployment trust fund almost out of cash

BY: - September 14, 2020

With Congress unable to come together on a bipartisan coronavirus relief package, Louisiana has almost no money left to pay unemployment claims to residents. The federal Lost Wage Assistance benefit, which provided residents an extra $300 per week, has also been depleted.  Near the end of his press conference Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said […]

Sally expected to become a hurricane that could soak New Orleans

BY: - September 13, 2020

Tropical Storm Sally was slowly creeping toward the Gulf Coast Monday morning, leaving weather forecasters worried about the amount of water the storm will produce and somewhat confused about its track. At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Louisianians to prepare for a Category 2 storm that looked like it could […]

Phase 3 of re-opening plan means changes for K-12 but none for LSU

BY: - September 11, 2020

COVID-19 cases have been trending down statewide since K-12 schools and colleges welcomed back their students, and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement that Louisiana will move into phase 3 means fewer state-mandated restrictions on those campuses. For schools, that means the maximum number of people allowed in a room increases from 25 to 50 — […]

Louisiana’s Phase 3 means some bars are open but last call is early

BY: - September 11, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Restaurants, salons, gyms and other establishments, including some bars, will have fewer restrictions as Louisiana transitions to Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan Friday night. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the new guidelines at a press conference Friday afternoon, stressing that residents should make no significant changes to the cautious routines […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s Phase 3: Restaurants, retail shops and churches will be at 75 percent capacity

BY: - September 11, 2020

Restaurants, retail shops and churches will be among the venues moving from 50 percent occupancy to 75 percent occupancy under the state’s new Phase 3 COVID-19 rules that will be released Friday afternoon, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in an interview with WWL Radio. The governor is expected to shared the full details of Phase […]

Lake Charles after Laura

Two more parishes added to FEMA’s individual assistance program

BY: - September 11, 2020

Union and Morehouse parishes have been added to FEMA’s individual assistance program, bringing the total number of parishes where residents are eligible for aid to 18, the governor’s office announced Thursday. “This FEMA aid will help the people of these two parishes recover, and I encourage all residents affected by the storm to register for […]

Tiger Stadium

Is it safe to open Tiger Stadium and the Superdome?

BY: - September 11, 2020

Update: Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Friday that the Saints will not be allowed to have people at the team’s game against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 27. This story was published a few hours before that announcement.  Original Story:  By the end of the month, Louisiana expects to have thousands of cheering fans in […]

‘We’re not through this’: Governors plead with Congress for emergency assistance

BY: - September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana to begin Phase 3 on Friday

BY: - September 10, 2020

In a press conference Thursday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the state will move to Phase 3 of its coronavirus response on Friday, lifting some restrictions but leaving the face-mask mandate in place. Phase 3 is expected to loosen some restrictions on businesses, schools and public gatherings, but the governor did not elaborate […]

Hammond residents want police chief removed

Hammond City Council votes to remove police chief seen on tape punching Black suspect

BY: - September 10, 2020

HAMMOND — In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the Hammond City Council voted to initiate an investigation into the police chief’s 2017 beating of a handcuffed Black man, which consultants who study police procedures deemed “excessive and borderline criminal.” The council also voted 3-2 to ask the mayor to fire Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, but the […]