Coronavirus

Gov. John Bel Edwards

‘We’re in a new normal,’ Gov. Edwards says about coronavirus restrictions

BY: - July 31, 2020

Though statewide mandates and closures have changed relatively frequently over the past couple months, Gov. Edwards said the current restrictions and order should not change anytime soon. Undeterred by a lawsuit filed against him by bar owners who accuse him of overreach, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday press conference that the White […]

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Louisiana says it’s getting ‘mass testing’ of prisoners underway

BY: - July 30, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Louisiana has started a “mass testing” program for COVID-19 in prisons weeks after experts said the state should be doing more to monitor for coronavirus in correctional facilities. The state intends to test inmates and staff at the Allen, Raymond LaBorde, and Rayburn correctional centers. The testing at Allen — […]

Bar owners file federal lawsuit challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ order shutting bars down

BY: - July 30, 2020

An attorney who served as executive counsel in former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of eleven bar owners who claim that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ July 11 emergency order limiting bars to takeout and delivery service is unlawful and overly harsh.  The lawsuit names Edwards and Fire Marshal Butch […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana: 5 numbers that explain our coronavirus outbreak right now

BY: - July 29, 2020

There’s a lot of data getting released about Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak each day. It can be overwhelming. Here’s a few numbers we’ve cherry picked to help give you a better understanding of what’s going on during this pandemic — or at least what’s going on this week.  Number one in the country for coronavirus cases […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy

Gap in federal unemployment payments all but certain after Senate adjourns without unveiling proposal

BY: - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal […]

Sharon Weston Broome

Local government coronavirus relief will mostly go to public safety, criminal justice

BY: - July 24, 2020

The bulk of Louisiana’s approximately $500 million in coronavirus relief funding for local governments will go to public safety and criminal justice system costs, unless Congress and President Donald Trump expand the way the money can be used.  Louisiana received a total of $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief money, and the federal government required that […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana sets a daily coronavirus case record

BY: - July 22, 2020

Louisiana set a new record Wednesday when it reported 2,802 new COVID-19 cases, that is, cases that cannot be significantly attributed to a backlog of old tests. The previous high point had been on April 2, when Louisiana reported 2,726 new COVID-19 cases.  The number backs up what Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state […]

Louisiana’s $250 front-line worker payment may run out by the end of the week

BY: - July 16, 2020

Louisiana’s supplemental $250 payments for front-line workers looks likely to run out in the next day or so. Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged people who qualify to file their applications in a matter of hours if they want to receive a payment.  The state has already received 125,000 applications for the $250 payment since the […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Child advocates warned of a surge in abuse cases, but there’s no evidence that’s happened

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of hotline reports of suspected child abuse and neglect since March. While some have warned that school closures related to the novel coronavirus would cause a spike in the number of children being abused, experts say […]

Vice President Mike Pence

White House leans on Louisiana to reopen schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Vice President Mike Pence visited the Louisiana State University campus Tuesday to meet with the state’s top leaders to discuss reopening schools next month. Pence’s message was clear: the White House wants Louisiana to fully open all its schools despite the state’s high rate of COVID-19 cases. Pence arrived on Air Force […]

LaSalle Parish boasts of Louisiana’s lowest unemployment rate

BY: - July 13, 2020

With many residents out of work due to the coronavirus epidemic, LaSalle Parish, in rural Central Louisiana, recorded the state’s lowest unemployment rate, 6.6 percent, for the month of May, according to the figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. While LaSalle Parish appears better off than the rest of the state, […]

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Forty-two percent of Louisiana inmates tested have been positive for COVID-19

BY: - July 12, 2020

Since the beginning of April, Louisiana has tested about 10 percent of the state inmates that reside in the state prison system for COVID-19, and over 40 percent of the prisoners tested have been positive for the virus, according to data provided by the state Department of Corrections Thursday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, […]