State Sen. Mike Reese, District 20, gave attendees of Thursday’s 74th annual DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce Banquet at First United Pentecostal’s T.D. Cardwell Center an update on what lawmakers are facing in Baton Rouge.
Wednesday marked five months since Hurricane Laura razed a swath of south Louisiana. Nearly six weeks later, Hurricane Delta followed much the same path. The storms left behind more than a million tons of debris in Calcasieu Parish, the last of which is currently being hauled away.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Joe Biden for $3 billion to help Louisiana with its ongoing recovery from the 2020 hurricanes, saying Tuesday that he's filed a request with the new White House similar to what he asked of the prior administration.
About a dozen people gathered in the parking lot of the Sulphur Senior Center Tuesday to gather information about COVID-19 vaccines from June McBride, RN, Infection Prevention Coordinator with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Federal officials have changed their guidance to states for distributing and administering the coronavirus vaccine, but that doesn't mean Louisiana is rushing more of its residents to the front of the line for shot eligibility.
The state’s health department, on Wednesday, reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations since March — with 6,882 new cases reported over a 24-hour period and 1,993 total hospitalizations.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's health department encouraged hospitals on Tuesday to use their extra doses of the coronavirus vaccine to immunize people aged 70 and older, bidding to boost the limited supply available to hundreds of thousands of people newly eligible for the vaccine under st…
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday sent a legal feud between Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republicans over coronavirus restrictions back to district court, saying the judge ruled too quickly that the state law the GOP used to try to nullify the restrictions was uncon…
Most U.S. residents won’t have access to a COVID-19 vaccine until around May or June of 2021, according to Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
VINTON — Gov. John Bel Edwards joined state transportation officials and legislators Tuesday to break ground on a $152 million project that will widen a nearly 11-mile stretch of Interstate 10 from four lanes to six.
VINTON — Amariah Jasper, an 11th grader at Vinton High School, has been selected to be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on November 21-22.
A representative from the Small Business Administration spoke to the Sulphur City Council Monday regarding low-interest loans they offer to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
Westlake City Hall sustained major damage, but employees and officials are doubling up to operate in what’s left of the facility in the aftermath of two powerful hurricanes.
The mandatory evacuation issued for Calcasieu Parish ahead of Hurricane Delta’s Oct. 9 landfall will be lifted at noon today. The announcement by local officials at a briefing Monday comes less than a week after it was issued Oct. 7.
Thousands of Calcasieu Parish residents are still cleaning up and trying to recover from Hurricane Laura six weeks ago. The last thing they need?
MORGAN CITY (AP) — Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Delta made landfall Wednesday just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm, downing trees and knocking out power along the northeastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula, but without immediate reports of deaths or injuries.
BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Delta, which is forecast to make landfall in South Louisiana on Friday or Saturday.
Both Entergy and Beauregard Electric announced Wednesday that fewer than 1 percent of their Calcasieu Parish customers remain without power.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana senators Tuesday started advancing a proposal to give themselves some sway over Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision-making in the coronavirus pandemic, as criticism from Republicans mounts that the Democratic governor has failed to communicate with them.
VINTON – Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel announced this week that it is working toward a revised start date for its 2020-21 thoroughbred season, following delays caused by heavy damage to the track from Hurricane Laura.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — 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.
“This was really the most significant storm, in terms of its strength, to hit Louisiana since, at least, 1856 and the damage is widespread. It’s catastrophic.”
The weather is cooling, and the days are getting shorter. We’re now into astronomical fall following the autumnal equinox. There are so many things we can do in the garden this time of year. Fall is a great time to work in the landscape.
Seventeen Calcasieu Parish public schools are scheduled to open for on-campus classes next week in what will be a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year following Hurricane Laura.
A full restoration of internet service for Suddenlink Communications customers impacted by Hurricane Laura won’t happen until mid-November, Dexter Goei, CEO of Altice USA, said Thursday during a visit to Lake Charles. Roughly half of the Suddenlink customers in Lake Charles, or just over 20,…
Clerk of Court Lynn Jones said today that election agencies have been meeting daily to make contingency plans since hurricane Laura hit nearly a month ago. The Clerk's office is in constant communication with the Secretary of State's office as well as the office of Calcasieu Registrar of Voters.
Sandrine Le Galliard was in a teachers’ in-service at her school in France when she learned through Facebook posts of the devastation Hurricane Laura brought to Southwest Louisiana.
When Hurricane Laura hit in late August, the mental health status of many local residents was already compromised by the stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boil advisories, medical facility updates and COVID-19 were addressed at a Friday Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Hurricane Laura briefing.
“Survivors are choosing to return back to their damaged homes,” FEMA rep Keith Jones said at a news briefing Wednesday. “We just want people to be aware and be safe.”
In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Weights and Measures Division deployed inspectors to assess the status of gas stations in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, two of the hardest hit areas in the state.
Zoning ordinances addressing travel trailers, mobile homes and portable storage containers were temporarily suspended at the Tuesday meeting of the Sulphur City Council.
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana 4-H members and LSU AgCenter agents have been offering hope, help and supplies to communities recovering from Hurricane Laura’s statewide trail of devastation.
LAKE CHARLES – SOWELA Technical Community will resume classes online only on Friday, September 25, 2020 for students at its main campus in Lake Charles, and classes will resume on the same date in person and online at its Jennings and Oakdale campuses. Major repairs are underway at the SOWEL…
Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today announced that the company and the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation have contributed a combined $500,000 to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana's Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund. The Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund was established to aid s…
Entergy, with assistance from utility companies from around the country, has restored power to more than 35,000 of their 90,000 plus Calcasieu and Cameron parish customers.
The mandatory evacuation ordered for Calcasieu Parish in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura has been lifted as of 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.
Calcasieu Parish will get an F-15C flyover Saturday, a dramatic pause to salute the nation’s military and veterans — and coinciding with Southwest Louisiana’s and McNeese State University’s recovery-minded spirit after the most destructive natural disaster in area history.
A proclamation signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards Friday is moving the state into Phase 3 of the coronavirus reopening plan — effective tonight.
VINTON – The Town of Vinton has its water and sewer operations back up to full capacity after Hurricane Laura blew through two weeks ago.
Calcasieu Parish is still under mandatory evacuation two weeks after Hurricane Laura made landfall in the southwest region of Louisiana.
Louisiana residents may find out as soon as Wednesday mid-morning whether the state will move into Phase 3 of reopening, as the southwest region of the state works to recover from Hurricane Laura.
“We never lost water,” said Sulphur Mayor Mike Danahay. “We were down to a trickle at one point because we were running the whole city on one plant.”