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Trump, still infected with coronavirus, returns to White House

BY: - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Monday night departed Walter Reed National Military Hospital, where he had been treated for COVID-19, and arrived at the White House via the Marine One helicopter a short time later. According to the press pool, Trump emerged from Walter Reed and briefly stopped at the top of the hospital steps before […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Lawmakers want to stop fire marshal from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions 

BY: - October 5, 2020

The House Commerce Committee advanced a resolution that suspends the state’s fire marshal 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. “When the governor decided in […]

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Louisiana House will consider anti-‘Defund the police’ bills

BY: - October 5, 2020

The Louisiana House will consider two proposals aimed at making it more difficult for local governments and public higher education institutions to “defund the police” — a movement to shift government funding from law enforcement agencies to other services like mental health treatment, early childhood education and addiction programs.  State Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandra, proposed […]

Oct. 5 is the last day for Louisianians to register in person for November elections

BY: - October 5, 2020

Louisianians who plan to vote in next month’s presidential election must register by today in order to cast a ballot. Louisianians who prefer to register online have until Oct. 13 to do so. According to the Louisiana secretary of state’s website, residents who want to register in person can go to the registrar of voters […]

Family of Black man killed by Lafayette police complain of information ‘kept under the rug’

BY: - October 5, 2020

The family of Trayford Pellerin, the 31-year-old Black man who was fatally shot 10 times by Lafayette police on Aug. 21, spoke to the public in a virtual town hall Thursday hosted by the ACLU of Louisiana. They shared new details about Pellerin’s mental health and the status of the family’s lawsuit against the city. […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

BY: and - October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON—Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots — […]

What if Donald Trump can’t stay on the ticket for November’s election?

BY: - October 3, 2020

President Donald Trump’s diagnosis with COVID-19 just a month before Election Day raises the question of what happens in the unlikely case a nominee is unable to continue as a candidate for the presidency. The answer is murky at best, and complicated, with little precedent to follow.  Trump arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical […]

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Louisiana House backs proposals to undo COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - October 2, 2020

The Louisiana House of Representatives made its intentions clear Friday when it passed seven bills that would limit the governor’s authority during emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic — and one extra piece of legislation that could throw out all of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions until the end of November. None of the measures can go […]

Will COVID-19 delay the Supreme Court confirmation hearings?

BY: - October 2, 2020

One of the few obstacles that could prevent Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice this year is the coronavirus. That potential threat was on display Friday, when news of President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test was followed by a similar announcement from U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who […]

LHC announces improvements to emergency rental assistance program

BY: - October 2, 2020

After only paying out $400,000 of the $24 million pledged so far in rental assistance, the Louisiana Housing Corporation announced they’re making improvements to their emergency rental assistance program. These improvements include reducing the program’s application length, allowing E-signatures and scheduling in-person outreach events to serve residents who have limited internet access. “The program modifications […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

Lawmakers will favorably report bills serving Hurricane Laura-affected parishes

BY: - October 2, 2020

The Senate education committee will favorably report a bill that would prevent parishes affected by Hurricane Laura from losing any money from the state education funding formula called the Minimum Foundation Program. This bill would prevent financial deductions based on decreases in student enrollment because of Hurricane Laura. The committee also will favorably report a […]

Trump in ‘good spirits’ after testing positive for COVID-19; Biden tests negative

BY: , and - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, throwing the presidential campaign into a new uproar. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday morning that […]