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Economy Sep 07430,000 still without power 9 days after Hurricane Ida
The state Public Service Commission said Tuesday that 95 percent of utility customers in the four hardest-hit parishes remain without electricity. In contrast, nearly all power has been restored in the capital city of Baton Rouge, and 73 percent of…
Nation Sep 03WATCH: New Orleans mayor gives update on Hurricane Ida’s impact
Sheriff's deputies from outside the city warned people returning in Ida's aftermath to come equipped like survivalists because of the lack of basic services.
Nation Sep 03In Ida’s miserable wake, New Orleans to get power next week
Utility officials say power should be restored to almost all of New Orleans by Wednesday. Entergy said on Friday that not every customer will have power back in the city. Customers with damage where power enters their home will need…
Nation Sep 01Louisiana residents reeling from Hurricane Ida damage
Power and water outages affected hundreds of thousands of people, many of them with no way to get immediate relief.
Education Jul 20Louisiana Senate backs transgender sports ban veto override
Louisiana state senators have narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports.
Politics Jun 22Louisiana governor vetoes transgender sports ban proposal
The decision pushes back against legislation that has passed several Southern states. Tuesday's veto from the Democratic governor was expected, since Edwards repeatedly called the measure discriminatory.
Nation Feb 25Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks in the South
Cities across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi are still grappling with outages that crippled health care facilities and forced families to wait in line for potable water.
Health Feb 22U.S. tops 500,000 COVID-19 deaths
The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. has topped 500,000, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.
Nation Nov 02Gulf storm damage causes polling place moves, power outages
Thousands of voters in southwest Louisiana will be casting ballots in different locations Tuesday because Hurricane Laura wrecked their traditional polling sites in late August.
Nation Aug 28More than 750,000 still without power in Hurricane Laura’s aftermath
In hard-hit Lake Charles, Louisiana, the mayor says many of the city's 80,000 residents could be without basic services for days or weeks…