1. ADDING SAME-SEX COUPLES
TO STATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATUTESProposed legislation by state Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, aims to close a longstanding loophole in Louisiana's domestic violence statutes by including same-sex couples.
1. RESPONSE TO OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT TEPID TO NEGATIVEU.S. House Republicans last week unveiled their proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but the revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) was greeted with little support from Louisiana politicians — with the notable exception of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
1. THE SPEECH THAT WASN'T GIVENLast week, the White House invited the presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to the signing of an executive order President Donald Trump said signaled his administration's commitment to HBCUs (with few specifics).
1. CASSIDY TOWN HALL: FRUSTRATION — AND FUNDRAISINGTown halls around the country are fractious affairs these days for Republican members of Congress and the Senate, but the crowd of hundreds that showed up at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library in Metairie Feb. 22 for a town hall with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy was so raucous and furious that CNN began carrying it live.
1. BIKE SHARE PILOT PROGRAM ROLLS OUTA citywide bike-sharing program will bring 700 bikes to 70 racks across parts of the city this fall.
1. TORNADO AID: HOW YOU CAN HELPA massive EF-3 tornado that touched down in New Orleans East Feb. 7 damaged hundreds of homes and properties and injured more than 30 people (see p. 7).
1. LOCAL REFUGEE AGENCIES REACT TO IMMIGRATION BANRefugee resettlement agencies — including one in New Orleans — and their clients face an uncertain future following President Donald Trump's order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and freezing refugee entry, a move that raised constitutional questions, protests across the nation and locally (pictured) and lawsuits following Trump's first full week in office.
1. Jazz Fest announces lineupStevie Wonder (pictured), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings of Leon, Harry Connick Jr., Usher and The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, Pitbull, Alabama Shakes, Nas, Wilco, Patti LaBelle and many others will perform at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.
1. Landrieu and City Council to D.C.: Don't repeal the ACAIn a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and all seven members of the New Orleans City Council warn of dramatic consequences in Louisiana if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, including the loss of health care for 375,000 people in the state via Medicaid.
1. STATE OFFICIALS TOUT MEDICAID EXPANSIONOne day after President-elect Donald Trump held a New York news conference in which he repeatedly vowed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a group of Louisiana leaders gathered at University Medical Center in New Orleans to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Gov. John Bel Edwards' executive order expanding Medicaid.
1. CITY WILL NEARLY DOUBLE TRAFFIC CAMERAS IN 2017Something to add to your New Year's resolutions: Stop speeding — or at least keep an eye out for the 55 new "traffic safety cameras" City Hall will deploy in school zones in early 2017.
1. ALL STATE POLICE TO BE FITTED WITH BODY
CAMERAS IN 2017All state troopers will be equipped with body cameras starting next year, Louisiana State Police (LSP) Superintendent Mike Edmonson said at a press conference last week.