'They Don't Care About Anything': Inside A COVID-19 Outbreak At One Louisiana Ice Facility

Jose Hernandez Perez, a 36-year-old from Honduras, had been living at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center in central Louisiana for about three months when people in his dorm of about 40 started getting sick in mid-July.

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Gov Edwards Credits Mitigation Measures For Covid-19 Decline

LOUISIANA COVID 19 DECLINES - Louisiana reported 26 more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, bringing the state's death toll to 4,195. But the trajectory of new cases and hospitalizations appears to be heading downward. 1,164 new cases were reported Tuesday for a total of 133,125. Although the Louisiana Department of Health has said that weekend case totals were likely artificially low due to a potential backlog in lab test reports, still hospitalizations fell by 47 Tuesday for a total of 1,335, and...

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University of Louisiana System

The six semifinalists for the University of Louisiana at Monroe presidency will visit campus next week Aug. 18 – 20 for constituency meetings and search committee interviews.

Dr. Jeannine Kahn is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Louisiana System.




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When someone asks me how I think we’ll do the longer this pandemic wears on, most often I think, “You need to meet Frank and Jerry.”

City of Monroe

Douglas A. (Doug) Seegers has been named the new Director of Community Affairs for the City of Monroe by Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis.

Seegers, who has more than 11 years of experience as Director of Parks, Recreation, and Special Events for the City of West Monroe’s facilities, also brings more than thirty years of experience in business, non-profit and municipal operations. He also served as Event Coordinator of the West Monroe Convention Center for five years.


The six semifinalists for the University of Louisiana at Monroe presidency will visit campus next week Aug. 18 – 20 for constituency meetings and search committee interviews.

Dr. Ronald Berry is the Dean of College of Business and Social Sciences at The University of Louisiana at Monroe.

A fourth child in Louisiana has died from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a disease associated with COVID-19.

Jefferson Parish public schools will postpone the start of the school year until rapid coronavirus testing is available for all symptomatic employees, the district announced Monday. Several teachers tested positive for the virus after returning to their classrooms last week.

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Testimony in a lawsuit challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak will go into a second day. Four Jefferson Parish residents are asking Judge Janice Clark to declare the rules null and void and prohibit the Democratic governor from enforcing them.

Their lawsuit argues Edwards’ order requiring the masks, banning indoor gatherings above 50 people and limiting bars to takeout and delivery is unconstitutional.


A newspaper is reporting that a “handful” of Jefferson Parish teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus since returning to their classrooms to prepare for the opening of in-person instruction.

The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported the positive tests on Wednesday. The newspaper says the Jefferson Parish school district did not say exactly how many teachers tested positive. The instructors had returned to the classroom on Monday to prepare for the schools' reopening next week.

The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is smaller than average this year, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Tuesday that Louisiana will remain under Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions for another 21 days as the state attempts to build upon recent gains in its fight against the virus.


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Trump Executive Orders On Unemployment Add Uncertainty For Out-Of-Work Louisianans, State Officials

With Congress at an impasse on a fourth coronavirus relief bill, President Donald Trump took executive actions Saturday intended to partially extend the federal government’s weekly unemployment benefits while meaningfully decreasing the payout.

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