Prison Transfers

A federal court denied a request by prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, to stop the Department of Corrections from transferring Covid-19 “carriers” to maximum-security prison, finding that the request is based on “speculation and conjecture” about what the department “‘might’ do with respect to transferring inmates.”

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Governor Links Louisiana Spike in Virus Cases to Testing Backlog

Louisiana’s governor said Thursday afternoon that a 42% increase in coronavirus cases reported between Wednesday and Thursday is likely the result of delays from commercial tests that are typically performed at drive-thru sites, indicating the people getting tested are generally healthy enough to avoid hospitalization.

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Louisiana Pelicans Recover, Along With Their Island

Nearly wiped out by agricultural pesticides in the 1950s, Louisiana’s state bird the brown pelican has made a tremendous comeback. Now, thanks to 150,000 cubic yards of Mississippi River sand and help from $18.7 million of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement for the catastrophic oil spill a decade ago, one of the pelicans’ essential nesting grounds is also coming back.

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