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Louisiana Department of Education releases guidelines on reopening K-12 schools

BY: - June 25, 2020

School systems should prepare for at least three possible scenarios when returning to school this fall: traditional, hybrid and virtual, according to guidelines on the reopening of K-12 schools the Louisiana Department of Education released Thursday morning. The document defines a traditional setting as one where students return to a typical classroom setting with safety […]

State superintendent and health director to discuss re-opening schools

BY: - June 24, 2020

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley and Department of Health Secretary Courtney Phillips will participate in a public discussion 6 p.m. Thursday about the state’s plans, guidelines and guidance related to the reopening of K-12 schools. In response to a question at his Monday afternoon news conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “It is our […]

Gas pollution rises from the Valero Oil refinery in Meraux

Louisiana plants claim COVID-19 makes it impossible to monitor pollution

BY: - June 24, 2020

Across Louisiana, people who live in the communities surrounding industrial facilities have often complained that pollution from those plants is responsible for their elevated rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses.  And people with weakened immune systems and trouble breathing are particularly vulnerable during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  However, oil refineries and other industrial facilities are […]

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Washington unites for the Great American Outdoors Act, Louisiana against

BY: - June 24, 2020

The U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act June 17, a significant piece of legislation that permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and addresses the backlog of maintenance projects at national parks and other federally-owned land. Although there are very few bills that bring Republicans and Democrats together, with 73 senators for […]

Board of Commerce and Industry considers millions in property tax exemptions Wednesday

BY: - June 23, 2020

Louisiana’s Board of Commerce and Industry meets Wednesday, June 24, for the third of six regular meetings it has scheduled for 2020. The 24-member board will be considering tax exemption requests worth millions of dollars annually from various industries across the state. Some of the industries appearing before the commerce board will be seeking exemptions […]

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Coronavirus complicates Louisiana’s use of prison labor

BY: - June 23, 2020

As COVID-19 spread across Louisiana, the state’s prison system shut down educational programs, stopped in-person visits from family, eliminated face-to-face religious services and suspended meetings between inmates and attorneys. But thousands of inmates have continued to be sent to work even as those restrictions on the other parts of their lives were imposed. Louisiana uses […]

LSU Board of Supervisors removes Troy H. Middleton’s name from LSU’s main library

BY: - June 23, 2020

Exquisite Wlliams did not have much hope that her June 6 petition to remove Troy H. Middleton’s name from LSU’s main library would accomplish anything. Middleton served as LSU president from 1951 to 1962 and, even as the civil rights movement pushed the country forward, he remained a staunch advocate for segregationist policies. “We were […]

Worrisome spike in Louisiana COVID-19 cases means two more weeks in Phase 2

BY: - June 23, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday afternoon that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing across Louisiana and that because of that worrisome data he is postponing the state’s scheduled transition to Phase 3 of his re-opening plan. Edwards said he will likely sign the order Thursday and that when he does, Louisiana will remain in […]

Rise St. James marks Juneteenth with a court victory and prayer

BY: - June 23, 2020

After a St. James Parish judge ruled last week that an environmental justice group could hold an hour-long Juneteenth prayer service on land where they say enslaved Black people are buried, Formosa Plastics asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in Gretna to keep the group off the land. The Taiwan-based company has acquired state […]

Gov. Edwards supports looser gun laws, unlike the places that supported him most

BY: - June 23, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to sign three bills lifting gun restrictions should have come as no surprise to his supporters or local leaders in the Democratic Party, two political analysts say. House Bills 140 and 334 and 781, all which  take effect Aug. 1, overturn city and parish ordinances that ban firearms in public parks […]

Louisiana lawmakers focus coronavirus recovery efforts on business community

BY: - June 23, 2020

The Louisiana Legislature has focused most of the state’s coronavirus relief strategy on businesses, rather than government programs and individual aid. Republicans leading the body are pushing over a dozen tax breaks and state incentive programs in the Legislature’s special session as a way to help restaurants, retail outlets and mom-and-pop shops survive the coronavirus slowdown. […]

LSU asked to demolish McDonogh 11 building in New Orleans

BY: - June 23, 2020

McDonogh No. 11, a New Orleans elementary school that was moved from its original location to make way for the University Medical Center, has for years rested on pilings at the edge of the New Orleans medical complex. But how much longer? The LSU Health Science Center, which bought the building to make room for […]