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Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Louisiana Legislature special session on insurance may take place in February

By: - January 13, 2023

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration and legislative leadership said it’s now likely that a special session of the Louisiana Legislature dedicated to the state’s homeowner insurance crisis will be scheduled for February. Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, said he and the governor are expected to meet next week to finalize whether a special session is necessary and […]

Louisiana proposes expanding list of exceptions to abortion ban

By: - October 20, 2022

Louisiana has proposed adding one new condition to the list of medical diagnoses that permit a person to have an abortion under the state’s strict abortion ban. It comes after a woman complained publicly that she couldn’t terminate her compromised pregnancy. The state Department of Health quietly suggested an update to state abortion regulations in September that would put […]

Louisiana receives thousands of monkeypox doses ahead of Southern Decadence

By: - August 31, 2022

Louisiana has received thousands of additional doses of monkeypox vaccine in anticipation of Southern Decadence in New Orleans, one of the largest gatherings of gay and bisexual men in the country. The Biden administration has started targeting LGBTQ+ festivals across the nation with supplemental monkeypox vaccine and testing resources. Southern Decadence is expected to attract between […]

With limited monkeypox vaccine, Southern Decadence is a concern for Louisiana

By: - August 4, 2022

Louisiana is headed into one of the largest gatherings of gay and bisexual men in the country next month without nearly enough monkeypox vaccine to meet the demand – and with a shortage of vaccine nationwide during a growing outbreak of the virus. Any person, regardless of gender or sexual history, can contract monkeypox, health officials […]

Louisiana abortion ban temporarily lifted by New Orleans judge

By: - June 27, 2022

A state district judge in New Orleans on Monday temporarily lifted Louisiana’s abortion ban until July 8, when the court will consider a lawsuit from a Shreveport abortion clinic, the clinic’s administrator and a medical student abortion rights organization based at Tulane University. “Hoping to start procedures again tomorrow. We have patients here today for […]

Louisiana governor opts not to veto transgender athlete ban

By: - June 7, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards chose not to block a new law banning transgender athletes from participating in women and girls sports competitions in Louisiana, although he successfully vetoed a similar measure last year. “That bill was going to become law regardless of what I did,” Edwards said Monday at a press conference. “Acknowledging that reality is […]