LIFELINE: 211 Calls Reveal Covid-19’s Impact on Louisiana

Acadiana’s 211 call data from March to September show the crippling effects of the coronavirus pandemic on South Louisiana and the diversity of its disaster response.

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After hurricanes, it’s harder than ever for Lake Charles’ Black residents to cast a ballot

A series of natural disasters — the pandemic and two hurricanes — could suppress Black voters in Southwest Louisiana.

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What do you think? Louisiana Constitutional Amendment #6 — Raising income limit for property tax freezes

There are seven constitutional amendments on the Nov. 3 ballot. All the way up to Election Day, we’ll be asking readers to sound off on the amendments.

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Right Call: How phones became Louisiana’s healthcare lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic

We set out to document how coronavirus and the state’s lockdowns affected access to healthcare. What we found were people working the phones to keep Louisiana connected, safe and healthy in ways that offer lessons beyond the pandemic. Our series, Lifeline: Covid tells their story.

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Calls To Action: How 211 Became An Instant Link To Health And Social Services During The Pandemic

211 live call specialists connected thousands of residents to health and social services via the system’s vast network of providers. And fed key info to those raising levees against the flood of unmet needs.

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What do you think? Louisiana Constitutional Amendment #5 — Creating another local tax incentive tool to attract businesses

There are seven constitutional amendments on the Nov. 3 ballot. All the way up to Election Day, we’ll be asking readers to sound off on the amendments.

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Sign Up for Our Virtual Q&A with Jules Edwards for City Court Judge — Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.

This election season, we’re hosting reader Q&A’s with local candidates on the November ballot in a digital town hall format. Each session connects readers with candidates for conversation about the issues that matter most to them.

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A month later, Pellerin family’s statement on body cam viewing offers window into likely lawsuit

Hedging that they saw video from only one officer, the Pellerins’ attorneys said in a previously unpublished statement it nonetheless shows “crystal clear” evidence Pellerin posed no threat to officers and should not have been shot.

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Can I track my mail-in ballot in Lafayette Parish?

We’re taking questions from readers to help navigate a historically complicated election.

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Council Preview 10/20: Funding LCG pay raises, City Council grows impatient, offloading parish parks and rent assistance

The gist: This meeting presents several items at the root of recent confrontation between members of the City Council and mayor-president. Items addressing the council’s bid for independent legal representation, the ongoing LUS investigation and finding permanent leadership for it, LUS Fiber, parks and recreation and the police department are all on that agenda. Plus, the Parish Council is moving forward with a plan to offload parks. 

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Readers asked Reggie Thomas about his bid for City Marshal. Here’s what he said.

This election season, we’re hosting reader Q&A’s with local candidates on the November ballot in a digital town hall format. Each session connects readers with candidates for conversation about the issues that matter most to them.

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Confusion won the day at Pope resentencing

The gist: There’s still zero clarity on whether suspended Lafayette city marshal/convicted felon Brian Pope will serve his time behind bars. 

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