Louisiana Gave Ochsner Health 20 Percent Of All COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Data Shows

By Julie O'Donoghue, Louisiana Illuminator Ochsner Health was the single largest recipient of COVID-19 vaccine from Louisiana during the first nine weeks of distribution, with its facilities getting about 20 percent of all doses given out by the state, according to an analysis done by Louisiana Illuminator of data publicly released by the Louisiana Department of Health.

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Virginia Is Poised To Approve Its Own Voting Rights Act

Nearly eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, Democrats in Virginia are poised to enact state-level legislation they say would boost voter protections. Backers of the Virginia Voting Rights Act say it's the most comprehensive bill of its kind — and the first in the South. The legislation cleared a final vote on Thursday and now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. "As we've seen on other issues, we can't rely on the...

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Jamie Setze, Capital Region Planning Commission Executive Director, discusses Baton Rouge roads and future planning. 

Phillip Manuel, New Orleans native and musician, talks with Jim about his music career. 


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and state health officials announced Thursday that the state is anticipating its largest weekly allocation of coronavirus vaccine doses next week, paving the way for more Louisianans to gain protection from COVID-19.

Louisiana may dial back some coronavirus restrictions beginning next week in response to the state’s improving health trends, Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a town hall Thursday morning.

For the second time in eight months, a bystander video capturing a Baton Rouge police officer restraining a Black teenager is sparking outrage and prompting calls for reform. The video, posted to social media on Sunday, shows the officer wrapping his arm around the neck of the boy as he pinned him to the ground.

A newly published study finds that residents in a predominantly Black area of Saint John the Baptist Parish face extremely high rates of cancer and other illnesses.

After nearly a week of freezing temperatures, farmers in Mississippi and Louisiana have suffered big losses in livestock and crops, and some of the worst damage won't be known for weeks.

School and daycare staff are among 1.65 million Louisianans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday afternoon.

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If you ask a New Orleanian who Mardi Gras is for, they’ll likely paint you some version of a timeless picture: Locals and tourists standing shoulder to shoulder watching a parade roll by, competing for throws and drinking beers from the same cooler.


Karl Lengel hosted Wednesday's Louisiana Considered.

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Louisiana’s ongoing battle with the coronavirus meant the state was already on track for a less-than-festive Fat Tuesday, but record cold temperatures and icy conditions further dampened spirits across the state.


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