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COVID-19 Legislative Session in Louisiana Began This Week

Only three months removed from their last gathering, Louisiana legislators returned Monday for a special session focused on the coronavirus outbreak, with deepening rifts between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican lawmakers over the appropriate response to the pandemic. The …

Louisiana Teachers Positive for Virus Days Before School

Since returning to their classrooms to prepare for the opening of in-person instruction next week, a “handful” of Jefferson Parish teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a newspaper reported this week, citing school officials. The exact number of infections …

Louisiana Prepares to Resume Movie, TV Filming Amid Pandemic

Louisiana released coronavirus safety guidelines for movie and TV productions this week, as filming is expected to start returning to the virus outbreak hot spot this month. The safety rules – issued by the Louisiana economic development department’s entertainment division …

698 Louisiana Businesses Cited for Violating COVID-19 Rules

Nearly 700 restaurants, bars and businesses in Louisiana were cited in July for violating the governor’s coronavirus restrictions, according to records from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The businesses failed inspections for violations such as lack of face mask-wearing, tables …

Louisiana Contractor Disputes Pay After Demolishing Wrong House

A Louisiana contractor has been in a tussle with city officials regarding payments for a demolition project after he accidentally tore down the wrong house. “There was a big mix-up with the addresses and the information given to me and …

300 Homes, Buildings Damaged by Tornadoes in Louisiana

Though tornadoes were reported in Arkansas, Lousiana and Texas over the Easter weekend, in the South Central region, northern Louisiana bore the brunt of the storm system that swept across the South on Sunday. The weather service reported multiple tornadoes …

Louisiana Approved to Spend $1.2B in Flood Aid

Louisiana can soon start spending $1.2 billion in federal cash to fortify communities against future flood risks, after the governor’s office announced Friday that federal officials have approved the state’s plan for the funds. The dollars, overseen by the U.S. …

5,000 And Counting in Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Program

Two weeks after Louisiana patients began receiving medical marijuana, the program is humming along without supply disruption and with thousands of people receiving the drug for medical use, regulatory officials and the head of one growing operation said Monday. John …

Lawsuit Alleges Louisiana Restaurant Pressured Servers to Perform Unpaid Work

Three former table servers are suing owners and managers of an iconic Louisiana restaurant, claiming managers pressured them to work for no pay. The Advocate reported the lawsuit against The Chimes was filed last week in federal court in Baton …

Louisiana House Gives Nod to Medical Marijuana Inhaler Bill

Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients would be able to inhale cannabis, if senators agree to a proposal that won overwhelming support from lawmakers in the House. Rep. Ted James, a Baton Rouge Democrat, says his bill shouldn’t be seen as an …