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Louisiana Prisons Need To Do More COVID-19 Releases, Advocates Say

BY: - September 3, 2020

The Department of Corrections says there are 9,000 fewer people detained in Louisiana prisons and jails than when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, but over half of that reduction is the result of changes to how parole violations, immigration infractions and pre-trial detention are handled. There hasn’t been a dramatic change […]

After Hurricane Laura, residents in parishes not approved for FEMA aid feel ‘completely on their own’

BY: and - September 3, 2020

Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane shortly after midnight Aug. 27, and, remarkably, after ripping a vertical seam of destruction through the state, was still a hurricane when it exited the state for Arkansas that afternoon. The storm has been blamed for 15 deaths and more than a half million […]

After Trump’s eviction moratorium order, Louisiana housing advocates express cautious optimism

BY: - September 3, 2020

A day after President Donald Trump’s administration announced a moratorium on evictions for the rest of the year, housing advocates in Louisiana expressed cautious optimism.  Help for renters they say is long overdue and help from Congress remains no less necessary.  There’s also the fear that landlords who are barred from kicking out tenants for […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damage means it will be weeks before Southwest Louisianians can return home

BY: - September 3, 2020

Thousands of people won’t be able to return to their homes in Southwest Louisiana for weeks because they won’t have reliable access to power, water and sewer services, state officials and health experts said this week.  The situation is especially dire in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, which were hit directly by Hurricane Laura. The storm […]

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College COVID-19 numbers will be shared by state health department starting this month

BY: - September 2, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health, which had previously announced that it would create a COVID-19 portal and send out a link to every private and public college and university in the state, will begin reporting numbers on those campuses beginning Sept. 16, Meg Casper Sunstrom, deputy commissioner for strategic communication of the Louisiana Board of […]

FBI investigates beating of Black man by White Hammond police

BY: - September 2, 2020

HAMMOND — The FBI is reinvestigating an alleged police brutality incident that involved Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron three years ago. The FBI’s reported initial investigation into the 2017 incident cleared Bergeron of charges, but that was before the public had access to the video footage, which was recently leaked to the victim. In a […]

White House would support additional cash to states in coronavirus relief deal

BY: - September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]

Hurricane Laura survivors in 7 more parishes can apply for FEMA aid

BY: - September 1, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a Tuesday night press release that seven more Louisiana parishes have been added to the list of places where residents can apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Nine parishes had already been deemed eligible, which means residents in a total of 16 parishes can now apply. […]

White House orders suspension of evictions to halt spread of COVID-19

BY: and - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. The order estimates that 30 to 40 million renters are at risk of […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura Recovery: Numbers that help you understand what’s going on

BY: - September 1, 2020

The following are some figures that should help the public understand the impact of Hurricane Laura on Louisiana.  600,000 people face water restrictions — or have no water at all.  There are 74 water systems in Louisiana — affecting about 180,000 people total — where there is a “water outage” due to Hurricane Laura. That […]

2020 Census still scheduled to wrap up September 30

BY: - September 1, 2020

The count for the 2020 U.S. Census ends Sept. 30, and as of Aug. 30, more than 40 percent of Louisiana residents had failed to self-respond to the U.S. Census Bureau by Internet, phone or mail. According to the Census Bureau’s website, only 58.3 percent of Louisianians had chosen to send their demographic information to […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura destroys, but volunteers rally to help Lake Charles survive

BY: - August 31, 2020

LAKE CHARLES — On Saturday, much of southwest Louisiana remained without electricity, water, food and other essential provisions in the wake of Hurricane Laura. While state and federal governments were still mobilizing assets, many residents turned to volunteers for help. Thousands of vehicles waited in long lines at a single distribution point in downtown Lake […]