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Biden picks Michigan’s Granholm for Energy, North Carolina’s Regan for EPA and New Mexico’s Haaland for Interior

BY: - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The selections were announced as part of the incoming […]

65 percent of students back to in-person learning by end of fall semester

BY: - December 18, 2020

By the end of public schools’ first full semester in the pandemic, 65% of students are back to face-to-face learning, 21% are virtually learning, and 13% are learning in an in-person/virtual hybrid model, Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley reported to the Louisiana House Committee on Education. Younger students made up a bigger chunk of students […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards provides an update on the state’s vaccine distribution plan

BY: - December 18, 2020

Officials have administered 7,000 of the 39,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana’s first batch at 71 hospitals throughout the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. The top priority for vaccines will go to Louisiana’s frontline workers and nursing home residents and staff — around 210,000 people. Edwards […]

Folgers tax breaks survive another month with New Orleans City Council

BY: - December 17, 2020

To the disappointment of many residents, the New Orleans City Council on Thursday postponed a vote on controversial tax exemptions for Folgers Coffee Company to give it time to explain why it should be exempt from paying an estimated $5.4 million in back property taxes and roughly $14 million in future taxes over 10 years. […]

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Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond has COVID-19

BY: - December 17, 2020

Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat who represents New Orleans and Baton Rouge, tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday. The congressman, 47, said in a brief interview that he is experiencing mild symptoms, but feels mostly fine and is in quarantine in New Orleans. Richmond is a close adviser to President-elect Joe Biden and will serve […]

Workers’ COVID-19 lawsuits could be quashed under GOP push in Congress

BY: - December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON—A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with a Tyson meat packing facility in Iowa alleged that managers secretly took bets on how many employees would get sick from COVID-19. Tyson fired seven managers at the Waterloo pork processing plant following an independent investigation into the betting allegations and a wave of national publicity. But […]

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LSU official who didn’t report domestic violence confession resigns from presidential search committee

BY: - December 17, 2020

An LSU athletic administrator who failed to report a football player’s confession of domestic violence to the police or university authorities has voluntarily stepped down from the search committee for LSU’s new president after media organizations raised questions about his role in picking the university’s next leader. His decision came about 30 minutes after he […]

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LSU official who didn’t report domestic violence confession remains on presidential search committee

BY: - December 17, 2020

Update: LSU officials say the athletic administrator mentioned in this story, Verge Ausberry, stepped down from the search committee for LSU’s next president on Thursday afternoon after the story was published. Ausberry attended a virtual meeting of the search committee about 30 minutes before resigning from the group. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said Ausberry made […]

Attending LSU basketball games more dangerous than attending football games, epidemiologist warns

BY: - December 17, 2020

An announced plan to limit the stands at LSU basketball’s games to 25 percent capacity is not restrictive enough to adequately prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, an infectious disease expert says, but interim LSU President Tom Galligan said the actual capacity will likely be between 16 to 18 percent when social distancing rules […]

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John Bel Edwards plans to get the COVID-19 vaccine — but he doesn’t know when

BY: - December 16, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards and his family will get the COVID-19 vaccine eventually, but he isn’t sure when that will happen yet.  “All the members of my family are going to get it as soon as we are in the order of priority that’s being vaccinated,” Edwards said on his monthly call-in radio show Wednesday. […]

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - December 16, 2020

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday evening — making him the fourth statewide elected official in Louisiana to do so. U.S. Sen Bill Cassidy, Attorney General Jeff Landry and State Treasurer John Schroder also had COVID-19 and have since recovered. Schroder was hospitalized for three days last month with […]

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Congress close to emergency relief deal including direct payments, added unemployment benefits

BY: - December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus relief deal appeared within reach late Wednesday following months of stalemate in Congress, potentially providing much-needed help to Americans facing expiring unemployment benefits and states distributing the new COVID-19 vaccine. A final deal also may include another round of direct payments, with Sen. John Thune, (R-S.D.), suggesting to reporters that those […]