Help May Be On the Way for 20,000 Unemployed Louisianans Locked Out of $300 Lost Wage Assistance

With only $44 billion in FEMA funding earmarked for Lost Wages Assistance, the program will likely be short-lived depending on the number of states participating and how many eligible claimants each state has. The Louisiana Workforce Commission will conduct an outreach effort to help qualify as many as 20,000 Louisianans...

Civil Rights Groups, Civic Organizations, Local Governments Sue to Stop Trump’s Rushed Census Timeline

Civil rights groups, civic organizations, and local governments today (Tuesday, Aug. 18) filed a legal challenge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to block the Trump administration’s plan forcing the Census Bureau to shorten the 2020 Census count, against the judgment of the Bureau’s...

Trump Administration Ramps Up Efforts to Dismantle Post Office

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMedia President Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire to dismantle the United States Postal Service or revamp the agency in a way that has angered Democrats and others who said it’s a tactic to prevent mail-in voting for the...

RTA Receives $13.9M Federal Grant for Transit Vehicles

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently announced a $13.9 million grant award from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Program to purchase 21 replacement buses, 21 replacement paratransit vehicles, and maintenance equipment which will help preserve the life of the existing fleet. The federal funding...

City Officials Break Ground on Lake Vista Roadwork

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today joined other officials to mark the start of the $2.8 million Lake Vista Group A roadwork project that will improve 15 blocks of the neighborhood. “We must continue to roll out our critical infrastructure projects while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we improve our...

Joe Biden Selects Kamala Harris as His Running Mate

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMedia California Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s choice for vice president. Following months of speculation and debate over whether Biden should pick a Black woman as his running mate, Harris was named Tuesday as Biden’s choice. Biden reportedly had called Rep....

Gov. Edwards Says State is Examining Unemployment Payment Options Under Trump’s Executive Order

Though it wouldn't last long or even cover all of the state's unemployed workers, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that the state is looking into the logistics of implementing enhance unemployment benefits through Pres. Donald Trump's executive order. Trump's order would provide an additional $300 in benefits that would...

Trump’s Housing Announcement Seen as So Racist, “It’s ‘Not Even A Dog

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent@StacyBrownMedia President Donald Trump has rolled back a Barack Obama-era housing rule intended to halt racial segregation and eliminate racial disparities in American suburbs. Trump announced on Wednesday, July 29, that he officially eliminated the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule that Obama...