Gulf States Newsroom

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Too many local news outlets have disappeared in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The Gulf States Newsroom was created to ensure that stories related to health care, criminal justice, the economy and other important issues continue to be told. WWNO and WRKF in Louisiana, WBHM in Alabama, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and NPR are working together as a regional newsroom to plan coverage, share resources and add reporting power in a story-rich region that has for too long gone under-covered.

The Regional Team: 

Priska Neely, managing editor based at WBHM in Birmingham

Orlando Flores Jr., digital editor based at WWNO in New Orleans

Shalina Chatlani, health care reporter based at WWNO in New Orleans

Stephan Bisaha, wealth and poverty reporter based at WBHM in Birmingham

WBHM News Team | WWNO News Team | MPB News Team

Funding for the Gulf States Newsroom is provided in part by NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

 

More Extreme Weather In Gulf States Means More Power Outages. Are Energy Companies Ready For It?

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be as active as last year’s, when thousands in the Gulf South were without power for weeks after hurricanes Laura, Zeta, Cristobal and Delta. With that increased activity comes a bigger threat to the region’s power grid. How prepared are Gulf States’ energy companies for the threat to come?

As The Clock Runs Out On $300 Unemployment Benefits, A New Orleans Waitress Is Left In Limbo

The tips Dora Whitfield earned at Harrah’s Casino covered her bills. But like a lot of workers, returning to work isn’t as simple as following the help wanted signs.

Its Future In Limbo, Limiting Telehealth In The Gulf South Could Be Troublesome For Rural Areas

Telehealth became a necessity for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with state health emergencies expiring, laws that have made it more available could go away, leaving the region’s more rural areas hurting the most due to access barriers and disparities.

What To Know About The Delta Plus COVID Variant: How Serious Is It? Will Vaccines Work?

Alabama has recorded multiple cases of the delta variant. Meanwhile, this week Louisiana identified its first case of the delta plus variant, a mutation of the delta variant.

Alabama And Louisiana Are Enacting Or Extending Medical Marijuana Programs. What About Mississippi?

States across the South are making way for more patients to legally use medical marijuana. Alabama recently passed a law legalizing it, and Louisiana is expanding its medical marijuana program. This week, Mississippi was slated to join the pack, but the Supreme Court overturned the voters’ decision.

Lagging Vaccination Rates, Rising Delta Strain: How Gulf States Are Handling Latest COVID Concerns

With the lowest vaccination rates in the county, many people in the Deep South remain at risk.

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