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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. 

"Eerily quiet" is how one doctor described the non-emergency wings of the hospital they work at in rural Louisiana.

Due to COVID-19 crisis restrictions, there’s hardly anyone lingering in the public-facing spaces, like the cafeteria, gift shop, and main lobby. But when you go up to the ER, they said, it’s another world.

The Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Bonnet Carre Spillway, 10 days after opening it to relieve pressure on the flooding Mississippi River.

Louisiana public schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

But he did not give a timeline for when that decision would be made.

NOLA Public Schools will begin distributing Chromebook laptops to students who need them at home, the school district said Monday in a press release.

The Army Corps of Engineers will open the Bonnet Carre Spillway at 10 a.m. Friday morning to ease pressure on Mississippi River levees in the New Orleans area.

Pharmaceutical company Amneal donated 400,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine to the State of Louisiana this week.

It’s a drug typically used to treat malaria, but there is hope among some scientists and doctors that it could be used to treat patients with COVID-19.

Many of us are cooped up in our homes, looking for things to do — and maybe taking more notice of the birds.

Turns out, whether you live in the city or the country, this is the perfect time to do some bird watching.

Many of the cultural traditions in New Orleans, and South Louisiana more generally, set the region apart from the rest of the country. And one of the biggest ways is how we honor the lives of our loved ones after they’ve died.

NOLA Public Schools has bought 10,000 Chromebook laptops for its students to improve distance learning from their homes, the school district said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

Mayors up and down the Mississippi River are bracing for the possible need to respond to two disasters at once — the coronavirus outbreak and the spring flood season.

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