Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana tracks new tropical system while still reeling from Ida

Louisiana tracking new tropical system while still reeling from Ida

BY: - September 4, 2021

More than 718,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were still without electricity Saturday, six days after Hurricane Ida made landfall, and Gov. John Bel Edwards warned the state about another tropical system currently forming in the Gulf of Mexico. In a news conference Saturday, Edwards said his administration was briefed earlier by the National Weather […]

Shell's Norco refinery releases 'elevated emissions' due to Hurricane Ida

Fuel shortage among priorities in Louisiana’s hurricane recovery

BY: - September 1, 2021

More than two-thirds of Louisiana’s petrochemical refining capacity remained offline Wednesday due to damages from Hurricane Ida , Gov. John Bel Edwards said. The effects were visible across Southeast Louisiana with not only long lines of cars waiting to fill up at gas stations but also with the unusually heavy plumes of black emissions spewing […]

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

Hurricane Ida was ‘catastrophic’ in St. John the Baptist Parish, Gov. Edwards says

BY: - August 31, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards spent Tuesday morning visiting the parishes of Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. John the Baptist and conducted flyovers of Grand Isle and Lafitte to assess Hurricane Ida’s destructive wake in the hardest-hit areas of Louisiana. “This storm was every bit as advertised,” Edwards said. “And the damage that we have seen here […]

Louisiana starts recovery from Hurricane Ida with limited power, phone service

BY: - August 30, 2021

Louisiana citizens started to dig themselves out of the wreckage left by Hurricane Ida Monday while dealing with widespread power failures, sewerage system outages and downed mobile phone service across much of the southeastern region of the state.  Some of the parishes most affected by the powerful storm — including New Orleans — didn’t have […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

63 Louisiana House members ask state school board to sidestep K-12 schools mask mandate

BY: - August 16, 2021

Sixty-three House members signed a letter asking the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to direct local K-12 school districts to adopt their own mask protocols — in defiance of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate. All 63 House members who signed the letter are Republicans. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-French Settlement, and […]

Senate leaders want school districts to decide masking

Louisiana Senate leaders want local school districts to decide K-12 mask mandate

BY: - August 12, 2021

Louisiana’s top two Senate leaders want local school districts to decide whether face masks will be required in K-12 schools — not the governor of Louisiana. Senate President Page Cortez (R-Lafayette) and President Pro Tempore Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton) sent a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday asking that he rescind his statewide indoor […]

Republicans ask Gov. Edwards to rescind mask mandate in schools

19 Louisiana House Republicans want school mask mandate rescinded

BY: and - August 11, 2021

Despite an unprecedented number of coronavirus infections in children, 19 Louisiana House Republicans sent a letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards Monday, asking him to rescind the face mask mandate for K-12 schools and allow local school districts to decide their own mitigation measures. “We believe this is a blatant disregard of [state education] Superintendent […]

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As Louisiana’s COVID-19 cases spread, a gospel of selfishness spreads with it | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - August 6, 2021

Every Christian should know the story of the legal scholar who tells Jesus he knows he’s commanded to love his neighbor as much as he loves himself but professes not to understand who his neighbor is.  Without actually reciting the parable of the man who’s ambushed on Jericho Road and then revived and rescued by […]

Gov. Edwards reinstates statewide mask mandate for Louisiana

BY: and - August 2, 2021

Facing some of the worst COVID-19 statistics the state has seen and flanked by doctors from across Louisiana who said their hospitals are filled to capacity, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he is reinstating a statewide face mask mandate. The mandate will include everyone 5 and up, and will be in effect in all […]

Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Gov. John Bel Edwards ‘considering’ mask mandate as Louisiana hospitals fill with COVID-19 patients

BY: and - July 30, 2021

Louisiana has more people entering hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms than ever before, the most single-day deaths since March 10 and the highest number of new cases per capita in the nation as of Friday. Despite the grim numbers, Gov. John Bel Edwards has still not reinstated mitigation measures such as a face mask mandate and […]

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Governor reinstates face mask mandate

Louisiana (and every other state) needs to impose mask mandates now | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - July 26, 2021

From banning smoking in businesses to forcing drivers and passengers to wear seat belts to prohibiting texting while driving, governments have never had a problem passing laws to protect residents from themselves. Yet, even though Louisiana has the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the United States, our officials refuse to do the […]

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In pushing a transgender sports ban, Louisiana Republicans manufactured a war and lost it | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 23, 2021

While it may have been true during Tip O’Neil’s time that “All politics is local,” it’s been 34 years since he served as Speaker of the U.S. House and 27 years since he died.  With the dominance of talk radio and cable news networks and the central role social media plays in our lives, we […]