Travis Lux

Contributing Reporter

Travis Lux primarily contributes science and health stories to Louisiana's Lab. He studied anthropology and sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and picked up his first microphone at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA. In his spare time he loves to cook -- especially soups and casseroles. 

Much like the year that contains it, the 2020 hurricane season refuses to let up.

The City of New Orleans will not allow tailgating on public property during the season-opening Saints game this Sunday.

The City of New Orleans could soon create rules intended to limit the use of tear gas “and other chemical compounds” by law enforcement officers within the city limits.

Inspection reports and other assessments for petrochemical plants and industrial facilities caught in Hurricane Laura’s path show roughly a one-third suffered some type of damage, as some environmental advocates urge the state to aggressively monitor pollution levels and share more information with the public.

Bill Feig/AP Photo/POOL

In the small town of Bell City — about 23 miles from both the small city of Lake Charles to the west and the ragged bottom edge of Louisiana to the south — trees were down everywhere on the morning of Aug. 27.

In a Tuesday evening update, the City of New Orleans said it continues to monitor Hurricane Laura, still predicted to reach land as a Category 3 hurricane tomorrow.

Hurricane watches and warnings have ended for Louisiana as Marco weakened to a tropical storm overnight, according to an update from the National Weather Service.  But the storm system is still expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and a potentially dangerous storm surge in areas. 

In the latest development in several parishes’ efforts to sue oil and gas companies over damage to the Louisiana coast, a federal appeals court has said those lawsuits should be heard in state courts.

That could pave the way for the trials to finally begin, several years after the lawsuits were first filed.

Travis Lux / WWNO

Law offices, full-service restaurants and doctor’s offices pulled in the most loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so far, according to an analysis of the data by New Orleans Public Radio and WRKF.

Four Louisiana businesses have had their bar permits suspended for violating coronavirus restrictions, according to a statement from the Office of the State Fire Marshal earlier this week.

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