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Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Louisiana lawmakers push COVID-19 relief for businesses, but not workers

BY: - October 13, 2020

Louisiana lawmakers approved several bills Monday (Oct. 12) that would provide relief to businesses in light of the state’s unprecedented, pandemic-related unemployment rate, but mostly left behind proposals that would benefit unemployed workers. The House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee rejected a bill that would have boosted the state’s unemployment benefits from a maximum of […]

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Louisiana House votes to stop fire marshal from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - October 12, 2020

The Louisiana House passed a resolution that suspends the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s authority to enforce COVID-19 restrictions on businesses – including bars and restaurants. It’s the latest attempt by the Republican-controlled Louisiana Legislature to take the state’s response to the ongoing pandemic away from Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. “Citizens should not be […]

Louisiana House passes bill that would punish jurisdictions that cut their police budgets

BY: - October 12, 2020

The Louisiana House passed two bills Monday that will punish municipalities and parishes that cut the budgets of their police departments by more than 10 percent in a year. The bills, a response to a national call from anti-police brutality protesters to “Defund the police,” will give the state the option to significantly reduce the […]

Tuesday is the last day Louisianians can register for next month’s election

BY: - October 12, 2020

Louisianians who intend to vote in the November 3 election must register online by Tuesday to cast their ballots.  Early voting begins Friday and ends Oct. 27, one week before Election Day. The online platform, available at www.GeauxVote.com, is the only way at this point residents can register to vote or change their registration information.  […]

Cameroonian asylum seekers said to be one day away from deportation back to the oppression they fled

BY: - October 12, 2020

There is a peaceful room in a safe, joyful home in the Washington metro area waiting for Micah, an English-speaking Cameroonian refugee who spent his 20th birthday on hunger strike in Pine Prairie Detention Center. His 19th birthday was also spent in ICE detention. His uncle, who raised him, has been counseling patience while waiting […]

Over a half-million without electricity following Hurricane Delta

BY: - October 10, 2020

More than a half-million were without electricity Saturday after Hurricane Delta slammed Southwest Louisiana — an area that had been trying to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Laura just over a month ago. In two press conferences Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards gave updates on the state’s recovery efforts, which he said are focused […]

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

BY: - October 9, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

Hurricane Delta not expected to overwhelm hotels sheltering displaced residents, Gov. Edwards says

BY: - October 9, 2020

Hurricane Delta has weakened somewhat and will make landfall in Southwest Louisiana Friday night as a Category 2, moving relatively quickly, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday afternoon at a press conference. The storm registered as a Category 3 earlier Friday.  “The fact that it’s weakening should not cause anyone to lose focus or lose […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

Louisiana attorney general blocked millions in grant money awarded to parish clerks

BY: - October 9, 2020

Parishes across Louisiana, including those devastated by Hurricane Laura, were forced to reject millions in grant money from a nonprofit tech organization after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry told the officials it was illegal for them to use grant money on election expenses. Although Landry insists accepting the money is already illegal, GOP lawmakers are […]

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]

Hurricane Delta will make landfall as a Category 2

BY: - October 8, 2020

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Southwest Louisiana Friday evening, very close to where Hurricane Laura made landfall six weeks ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “Warning and watches across much of […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 until Nov. 6

BY: - October 8, 2020

Louisiana will stay in Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan, which means there will be a statewide mask mandate and restrictions on bars for at least another 28 days, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge. “All the mitigation measures that […]