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Louisiana Considered: AT&T and Entergy Under Scrutiny For Service Failures During Hurricane Ida, LDH Reports Another Child Has Died Of COVID-19 In Louisiana

Aubry Procell
Tree limbs downed by Hurricane Ida’s winds interrupted utilities in Baton Rouge’s Garden District for days after the storm. August 30, 2021.
  • WWNO/WRKF Lead Coastal Reporter Tegan Wendland presents findings from a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica into Entergy’s failure to prepare South Louisiana’s power grid for a storm as intense as Hurricane Ida, despite decades of insistence to improve the grid by the City of New Orleans.
  • State Representative Stephanie Hilferty discusses AT&T’s failure to provide explanations for lengthy service outages during Hurricane Ida. AT&T’s consumer-grade wireless service and FirstNet, a communications platform used by first responders to communicate during emergencies, both failed during the storm. Instead of sending corporate executives to a Joint Commerce Committee meeting when their presence was requested, AT&T sent a lobbyist to testify on their behalf.
  • WWNO/WRKF Public Health Reporter Rosemary Westwood reports on rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths among children in Louisiana. The state reported the death of another child between ages 12 and 17 yesterday. A total of 16 children under 18 years of age have died of COVID-19 in Louisiana, and half of those deaths occurred within the last three months.
Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.
Aubry is a reporter, producer and operations assistant in Baton Rouge.