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Louisiana’s Electoral College votes go to Trump

BY: - December 15, 2020

Louisiana’s eight electoral college members met Monday and officially cast their ballots for President Donald Trump. Trump secured the state’s eight electoral ballots after clinching 58 percent of the votes in the Nov. 3 election, but the president did not secure enough votes across the country to win a second term in office. President-elect Joe […]

Gov. Edwards creates new environmental task force to study Atchafalaya Basin

BY: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed an executive order creating the Atchafalaya River Basin Restoration and Enhancement (ARBRE) Task Force in an effort to address long-standing environmental issues in the basin and raise public awareness of those issues. “The irony of the Atchafalaya Basin is that while it is suffering from an abundance of […]

Jeff Landry sues ULM med school over vaccine mandate

LA attorney general vows to help musician Lauren Daigle in dispute with New Orleans mayor

BY: - December 14, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has taken sides in the dispute between Christian musician Lauren Daigle and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, vowing in an open letter Monday to protect Daigle’s legal rights. The dispute stems from an illegally-held music concert in November, in which Daigle participated. The Nov. 7 concert, titled “Let Us Worship” […]

FCC grants Louisiana $342 million to expand high speed internet in rural communities

BY: - December 14, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy celebrated the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to award Louisiana $342 million to expand broadband internet access in the state, but Louisiana’s superintendent of education and a lawmaker whose district has spotty access called the FCC grant a good first step but not the solution to the […]

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for states’ rollout

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized for emergency use the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., a decision that serves as the starting gun for the vaccine logistics efforts that states have been preparing for months. The vaccine authorized for emergency use from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech is expected to […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas suit that tried to overturn election results

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump on social media. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” according to the […]

Mass COVID-19 vaccine distribution ‘could take some time’ as hospitalizations surge

BY: - December 11, 2020

The Pfizer vaccine may be coming to Louisiana as soon as this weekend, but mass distribution is still several months away, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. “Everybody needs to have that clear expectation from the outset,” Edwards said. “It’s really important that we start administering the vaccine, but it’s […]

Louisiana State Police second-in-command placed on leave for ‘sanitizing’ cell phone

State trooper arrested in connection with brutality investigation

BY: - December 10, 2020

The Louisiana State Police has arrested one of its own troopers, the son of the agency’s second-in-command after an investigation into a 2019 incident in Ouachita Parish. Jacob Brown, 30, was booked Thursday and faces charges of aggravated second-degree battery and malfeasance in office. Brown is the son of State Police Assistant Superintendent and Chief […]

In this file photo from December 2019, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, sits during the House Judiciary Committee's markup of Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump

With Rep. Mike Johnson leading, half of U.S. House Republicans back Texas suit claiming election ‘irregularities’

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than 100 U.S. House Republicans on Thursday backed a long-shot Texas lawsuit that seeks to delay the certification of presidential election results for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, battleground states that President-elect Joe Biden won. In asking to join the suit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson led 105 of […]

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

States just one step away from COVID-19 vaccine rollout after federal panel OK

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel on Thursday gave the green light to a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, completing the next-to-last regulatory step before states begin a massive national vaccination effort. The Food and Drug Administration still must give its approval on the Pfizer vaccine’s emergency use, but the agency is […]

For its first full COVID-19 semester, Louisiana’s colleges give themselves a passing grade

BY: - December 10, 2020

With the first full COVID-19 semester essentially behind them, universities across Louisiana are giving themselves high marks for keeping infection rates down among the students, faculty and staff members that live, teach and work on their campuses. Most of the state’s college students have already said goodbye to campus for the fall semester. Universities adjusted […]

Louisiana joins anti-trust lawsuit against Facebook

BY: - December 9, 2020

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined with 48 other state attorneys general Wednesday in an anti-trust lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the company has continuously destroyed or bought out competitors to maintain a monopoly in the social media sphere.  The lawsuit accuses Facebook of illegally acquiring competitors, such as Instagram and What’s App in a predatory […]