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Photo Gallery: New Orleans remembers those lost to Hurricane Katrina 15 years later

BY: - August 30, 2020

Robert Green lost his 3-year-old granddaughter and 73-year-old mother when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Fifteen years later, Green spoke to a socially distanced crowd at a healing ceremony in their honor. “Our spirit didn’t die that day, Green said. “Our spirit has been lifted by all the people who came, […]

Prayers lifted up for immigrant workers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina

BY: - August 29, 2020

Immigrant activist organizations across New Orleans held a socially distanced prayer service at First Grace United Methodist Church on Friday morning to support immigrant workers and remember the work they did  to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The event, “Katrina Immigrant Workers Prayer Service: Looking back and Moving Forward Together in Faith and Solidary,” […]

Water outages force hospital evacuations in Southwest Louisiana

BY: - August 28, 2020

More than six dozen public water systems in Louisiana were knocked out of service when Hurricane Laura tore through the state Thursday, and the inability of those jurisdictions to provide clean water forced 10 hospitals to evacuate some or all of their patients, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The health department said Thursday […]

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‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Hurricane Laura was state’s most powerful storm but not as destructive as it could have been

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards described Hurricane Laura — which came ashore in Cameron Parish with 150-mile-per hour winds near 1 a.m. Thursday — as “the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in Louisiana.”  Even so, a storm surge that was not as high as predicted and a death toll that, as of Thursday afternoon, […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]