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Louisianians Keep Their Health Insurance Subsidies

Jun 29, 2015

138,000 people in Louisiana are still receiving subsidies for health insurance through the federal government.  For them, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act last week was good news. 


Housing advocates rally outside the federal building in New Orleans.
Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Housing activists are pressing the federal Housing and Urban Development department to help New Orleans residents return to homes that were damaged after Hurricane Katrina. They staged a protest at the federal building before dropping off a letter outlining their case.

Louisiana keeps pounding its fists against what Thomas Jefferson called the “wall of separation of church and state”. For example, Louisiana is not complying with the marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.

“Marriage, as an institution between a man and a woman, was established by God. It cannot be altered by an earthly court,” Governor Bobby Jindal told the press, during a campaign stop in Iowa Friday.

Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. Several Walgreens stores in New Orleans and throughout the state are offering free testing.

A statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard is one of four monuments New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said should be replaced.
Jason Saul

Four monuments in New Orleans honoring its Confederate past could be replaced. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it’s time to let go of symbols of a divisive history and replace them with others reflecting a culture of unity for the future.

A statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard is one of four monuments New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said should be replaced.
Jason Saul

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak on Thursday about race and reconciliation. He’s marking the one-year anniversary of a program called The Welcome Table designed to build community relations.

New Orleans police have apprehended a man suspected of killing an officer.
Janet Wilson / WWNO

New Orleans police have arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer. The suspect had escaped from a patrol car while on his way to jail.

Jason Saul / WWNO

Claim centers are closing today throughout the Gulf Coast for damages caused by the 2010 oil spill. Efforts will now focus on evaluating the claims.

Eileen Fleming / WWNO

The University Medical Center is getting ready to open in August. The news media was given a preview of how the billion-dollar hospital is taking shape.

A federal judge in New Orleans has ordered the release of an inmate held in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. He’s the last prisoner in a case known as the Angola Three.

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