Paul Braun

Capitol Reporter

Paul Braun is WRKF's reporter for Capitol Access, our series of reporting on state politics, government, and the people shaping Louisiana's state policy.

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State Rep. Reggie Bagala, who represented portions of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle, died Thursday after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.

Rosemary Westwood / WWNO

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Thursday that he and Attorney General Jeff Landry sent investigators into Louisiana abortion clinics that remain open amid the state’s the coronavirus outbreak.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that new data models show a better outlook for Louisiana in its fight against the coronavirus, even as the state department of health reported an additional 70 COVID-19 related deaths — the largest single-day increase to date.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Saturday that Louisiana will receive an additional 200 ventilators from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

They are expected to arrive soon.

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 3.

Wallis Watkins / WRKF

The Louisiana Legislature met briefly on the last day bills could be introduced for the 2020 Regular Session.

Sarah Gamard / LSU Manship School News Service

State Rep. Ted James of Baton Rouge has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized as he fights pneumonia and COVID-19.

Paul Braun / WRKF

Louisiana law enforcement agencies and prosecutors say they’re concerned that the statewide stay-at-home order combined with the high stress of the coronavirus outbreak could lead to a spike in domestic violence incidents.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

President Donald Trump approved Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration late Tuesday night, paving the way for Louisiana to receive additional federal aid as the state fights the coronavirus.

Ashley Dean / WWNO

Gov. John Bel Edwards has requested a Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana, a move that would make more federal support available to state and local agencies.