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. 

New Orleans police launched tear gas on a crowd of protesters near the top of the Crescent City Connection late Wednesday night.

Preparing for hurricane season takes a lot of planning, and the pandemic makes that even tougher. But officials in New Orleans say they’re taking extra precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus during evacuations and sheltering, if and when those steps are necessary.

The forecast for Tropical Storm Cristobal remains relatively unchanged from 1 p.m. today. The storm, which had slowed to 5 mph earlier in the afternoon, has increased its pace to 7 mph, according to a 4 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Translated by Maria Luisa Rosal. (Leer en inglés)

Las y los expertos en salud y defensoras y defensores de los derechos de las y los trabajadores dicen que no están sorprendidos por los recientes brotes de coronavirus en la industria del crawfish y advierten que el virus continuará propagándose a menos que la industria haga cambios para proteger mejor a las y los trabajadores.

There are three new, clustered outbreaks of the coronavirus in the Acadiana region of Louisiana, at least one of which is at a crawfish production facility, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday afternoon.

Overnight storms dropped 10 to 15 inches of rain on parts of the North Shore in about six hours Thursday night.

That’s heavy enough to be considered somewhere between a 100- and 500-year storm, the National Weather Service said, though the agency prefers not to use those designations anymore.

Louisiana landlords will not be allowed to evict their tenants until June 5, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday, and while housing advocates praised the move, they say evictions should be suspended through the summer to align with federal housing protections under the CARES ACT.

For the third time this month and the second day in a row, labs are reporting their coronavirus test results to the Louisiana Department of Health for the first time, leading to what looks like an unusually high number of newly reported cases.

The Regional Transit Authority will begin ramping up public transportation service starting early Sunday morning, the agency said in a press release Wednesday.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and health department director Dr. Jennifer Avegno shared the citywide COVID-19 data and federal guidelines they're working with as they move toward reopening the city.

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