Chemical Plants Stay Open as Workers Adjust
While much of the state’s workforce has been told to go home, Louisiana’s chemical plant employees are still on the job producing goods needed to fight the virus.
Bayou Teche Brewing Begins Production of Hand Sanitizer
A shortage of hand sanitizers has some craft beer breweries and distilleries churning out the disinfectant.
Medicaid Patients Face Loss of Coverage as COVID-19 Ramps up
Roughly 24,000 people were warned in mid-February they could lose Medicaid eligibility due to income requirements, with those cancellations set to happen mid-March right as COVID-19 is ramping up.
Governor Edwards Forms Coronavirus Task Force
Federal and state officials are ramping up preparation efforts for a possible coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana.
Edwards to Lay Out Legislative Goals Monday
Governor Edwards will lay out his legislative agenda Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club, exactly one week before the start of the 2020 session.
Bill to Ban Hate-Related Mardi Gras Throws Filed
New Orleans State Senator Troy Carter files a bill that will ban “hate-related” throws at Mardi Gras parades.
District Court Judge Jessie LeBlanc Resigns Following Racial Text Controversy
Two-term District Court Judge Jessie LeBlanc resigns in the wake of a scandal involving her use of racist slurs in text messages sent to a Sheriff’s Deputy she was allegedly having an affair with.
Louisiana Ranks 5th in Nation for Gun Death Rates
New data from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control shows that Louisiana ranks fifth in the nation among states with the highest per capita gun death rates in 2018.
Seafood Supply Looks Good for Lenten Season
Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season and seafood becomes a popular dish.
Domestic Abuse Victims Could Pay Court Cost For Failure to Appear
If a victim of domestic violence fails to show up at court in Louisiana during the filing of a restraining order for any reason, the judge could deem it frivolous and charge the victim court cost.
Governor Edwards Creates Task Force That Seeks To Cut Down On Carbon Emissions
Governor John Bel Edwards announces the creation of a “Climate Initiatives Task Force” that will work on ways to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to slow sea-level rise.
Tulane Study Finds Healthcare Scheduling Discrimination
A Tulane survey of primary care appointment wait times finds compared to white callers, minorities have three to seven day longer wait times to get a call back from medical facilities about setting up an appointment time.