Louisiana Highway 1 bridge in Leeville

Louisiana receives coastal restoration grants

BY: - November 19, 2020

Over $5 million will go to the St. Bernard Parish government to “protect the remaining ridge through strategic armoring and reforestation” by “installing shoreline protection.” And another $1 million will go to the City of New Orleans to “conduct preliminary planning and design for living shoreline and marsh creation on the New Orleans East Landbridge, […]

Louisiana has a sales tax holiday this weekend

BY: - November 19, 2020

Louisiana residents won’t have to pay the state sales tax on Friday and Saturday on most items due to a one-time sales tax holiday. The sales tax holiday was proposed by House Speaker Clay Shexnayder during last month’s special session and signed in by Gov. John Bel Edwards on Oct. 28. The tax exemption applies […]

Row of Angola prison beds

Louisiana prisons hastily pull plug on resuming family visits during COVID-19

BY: - November 19, 2020

Louisiana prisons have been preparing for about a month to resume family visits during the week of Thanksgiving after suspending them over eight months ago. But prison officials hastily pulled back on those plans Thursday, saying family visits would no longer take place in a few days.  The prison system is worried about the rising […]

U.S. Capitol

Seven members of Congress test positive for COVID-19 in one week, as U.S. cases surge

BY: - November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — Seven members of the U.S. House and Senate announced during the past week that they have tested positive for COVID-19, marking a burst of infections on Capitol Hill as cases have surged across the country. At least 29 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began earlier this year, […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rate is on a trajectory that is ‘quite frankly unsustainable,’ Edwards said

BY: - November 18, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards talked to Louisiana about COVID-19 cases in the state and his expected working relationship with President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris during the governor’s monthly call-in radio show. Here are the highlights: Louisiana is on trajectory to move backwards in COVID-19 statewide restrictions, Edwards says COVID-19 cases and the […]

LSU Student Union

LSU declined efforts to help students, sexual assault services group says

BY: - November 18, 2020

One of Louisiana’s leading advocacy organizations for sexual assault survivors asked LSU to work more closely with the group for years, but its requests have been mostly ignored, according to the organization.  STAR — which is short for Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response — operates in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Alexandria. The group focuses […]

These Louisiana Democrats are eyeing Cedric Richmond’s congressional seat

BY: - November 18, 2020

Several high-profile Louisiana Democrats are eyeing the soon-to-be vacant seat of the 2nd Congressional District after U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond announced Tuesday that he will resign his post in January to take a senior advisor position in the White House. President-elect Joe Biden tapped Richmond as his senior advisor and director of public engagement. The […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

School districts affected by Hurricanes Laura, Delta revise their academic calendar

BY: - November 17, 2020

The Calcasieu and Cameron parish school boards announced updated academic calendars that would extend their school year to make up for time lost due to two hurricanes and an ongoing pandemic. Students in Cameron Parish will end their school year on May 27 now, while students in Calcasieu Parish will end their school year in […]

Tiger Stadium

LSU hires law firm to review sexual misconduct policies after negative report

BY: - November 16, 2020

LSU officials announced they have hired a law firm to conduct an independent review of its sexual misconduct policies in the wake of a USA Today investigation in which several female students said violence and sexual assault perpetrated by football players and other male students had been ignored by the school.   Federal laws and LSU’s […]

Pastor could avoid criminal charges if resolution passes

Louisiana pastor who defied COVID-19 restrictions appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - November 16, 2020

Tony Spell, the charismatic Pentecostal pastor who defied the state’s order limiting crowd sizes, asked the United States Supreme Court for a writ of injunction after losing a battle in federal court last week over COVID-19 restrictions placed on the church. Spell, the pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, made headlines around the country […]

Cedric Richmond

Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond to join White House, sources say

BY: - November 16, 2020

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond is leaving Congress for a prominent position in President-elect Joe Biden’s White House, said two politically-connected sources in Louisiana who have spoken to Richmond recently. The congressman is expected to discuss his resignation at a press conference he’s called about the “future of the 2nd Congressional District seat” Tuesday morning in […]

Louisiana commerce board approves tax exemption for Folger despite allegation that company used tax loophole

BY: - November 16, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry on Friday approved $220 million of single-year industrial tax exemptions, including 13 exemptions for Folger Coffee Company that  might allow the coffee giant to avoid paying as much as $12 million in back taxes to New Orleans.  Board members approved nearly $4 million in first-year tax breaks for […]