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LSU reverses course, says it will disclose some coronavirus data

BY: - August 19, 2020

LSU administrators have changed their minds about publicly disclosing information about coronavirus cases on campus a few days after it was reported that the school was going to keep data about the virus in its population private. But the information that LSU will offer about COVID-19 cases among its 40,000 students and staff won’t be […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Edwards Urges Democratic Party To Soften Abortion Stance

BY: - August 15, 2020

Update: East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has had her name removed from the letter to the Democratic National Committee asking her political party to change its stance on abortion. Original Story:  Gov. John Bel Edwards and several other Louisiana Democratic officials who oppose abortion have asked their national party leaders to avoid making […]

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Louisiana has sent out 69,000 ‘frontline worker’ payments

BY: - August 15, 2020

Louisiana has sent out $250 payments to 69,000 “frontline” workers since the middle of July. The state has spent $17 million of the $50 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside for this program, said Kimberly Robinson, the head of the state department of revenue.  The state only has enough money to assist about 200,000 workers. […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Three things you need to know about Louisiana’s COVID-19 outbreak this week

BY: - August 14, 2020

White people have surpassed Black people in number of COVID-19 deaths The number of white people dying from COVID-19 has surpassed Black victims. Louisiana has seen 2,081 people who are white die from the virus and 2,054 people who are Black die from the virus, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of Health. […]

COMMENTARY

DEBERRY: Did the ‘hardworking Louisianians’ that politicians praise up and decide to become less so?

BY: - August 13, 2020

You’d be hard pressed to find a politician who hasn’t described the people he or she represents as hardworking.  That modifier is such a part of the political lexicon that it’s rarely noticed.  It’s similar in that regard to the way that every governor claims to lead  “the great state of…whatever.” In political speech, everybody […]

Louisiana legislative auditor shoots down conspiracy theory concerning duplicate COVID-19 cases

BY: - August 8, 2020

Last month, the Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office made Facebook posts suggesting that their COVID-19 numbers weren’t bad as state officials were making them out to be  because the lists of infected people that officials in those parishes had been given included some of […]

John Bel Edwards

Four things you may have missed about Louisiana’s coronavirus outbreak this week

BY: - August 7, 2020

There’s an avalanche of news about Louisiana’s COVID-19 outbreak every week and we know it’s hard to keep up. Here’s a few interesting news that might have slipped through the cracks this week:  LSU planning around fans in Tiger Stadium this fall Gov. John Bel Edwards said he has had “very good discussions” with LSU […]

Gaming Board approves license for proposed St. Tammany casino

Business is booming in Louisiana’s truck-stop casinos

BY: - August 7, 2020

There are no windows, and the lights are turned way down at this truck-stop casino in Port Allen. It’s the middle of a weekday afternoon. Mirrors line the walls to make it look bigger than it is, but this video poker hall is smaller than your average McDonald’s. It contains a bar (now closed), spacious […]

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 — […]

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 […]

Louisiana small businesses can now seek reimbursement for pandemic-related costs

BY: - July 28, 2020

Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder announced Tuesday that Louisiana’s small businesses can now apply for grants that the Louisiana Legislature established to help them survive the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Main Street Recovery Program is funded with $275 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside during this year’s regular session to help the state’s small businesses.  Republicans […]