• Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

    Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81
    NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.McNally died Tuesday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, according to representative
  • Louisiana state government spent over $71 million on coronavirus response

    Louisiana state government spent over $71 million on coronavirus response
    Louisiana state government has more than $71 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is asking the federal government to fully reimburse all expenses as the state plans to spend more money to build new facilities that will house coronavirus patients.According to the Advocate, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said Tuesday much of the cost stems from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.So far the virus has infected almost 1400 people and kille
  • Louisiana state government spending over $71 million on coronavirus response

    Louisiana state government spending over $71 million on coronavirus response
    Louisiana state government has more than $71 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is asking the federal government to fully reimburse all expenses as the state plans to spend more money to build new facilities that will house coronavirus patients.According to the Advocate, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said Tuesday much of the cost stems from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.So far the virus has infected almost 1400 people and kille
  • Organization delivering meals to kids out of school amid outbreak

    Organization delivering meals to kids out of school amid outbreak
    BATON ROUGE - The Three O’clock Project has partnered with BREC parks to bring free home-cooked meals to kids who are out of school.Workers run four different routes all over town, with stops at different public locations about every 30 minutes."We were on Evangeline, at a BREC park, and it was slammed. There was five to six cars in line at all times,” Matthew Wiggins said.And the project is doing more than just feeding local kids. It's also helping to employ people who are
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  • Sam's Club announces special hours, concierge service for seniors during public health emergency

    Sam's Club announces special hours, concierge service for seniors during public health emergency
    Sam's Club announced two new programs at stores nationwide that will assist seniors and those with disabilities while shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.Early shopping hours will be made available starting Thursday, March 26, and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. These hours are specifically for seniors, those with disabilities or compromised immune systems, according to the release.The pharmacy and optical center will also have the altered hours until further no
  • Mayor asking President Trump for federal help amid EBR's coronavirus spike

    Mayor asking President Trump for federal help amid EBR's coronavirus spike
    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome sent a letter to the White House Tuesday asking for help from the federal government in addressing the coronavirus outbreak.According to a statement from the mayor's office, Broome is asking President Trump to invoke the Defense Protection Act, which would increase the domestic production of medical supplies and equipment. The mayor also requests the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocate additional Emergency Solutions Grant
  • Good Samaritans rescue two from submerged car that crashed into Ascension waterway

    Good Samaritans rescue two from submerged car that crashed into Ascension waterway
    GONZALES - Two people were rushed to the hospital after their vehicle drove into an Ascension Parish waterway Tuesday.The crashed happened around 5:30 p.m. along Airline Highway near LA 429. Photos showed the vehicle mostly underwater in the New River Canal near an overpass. Gonzales police said the driver lost control of the vehicle because of an internal malfunction and careened into the water.Witnesses waiting in line for take-out at a nearby restaurant saw the incident unfold and j
  • Good Samaritan rescues two from submerged car that crashed into Ascension waterway

    Good Samaritan rescues two from submerged car that crashed into Ascension waterway
    GONZALES - Two people were rushed to the hospital after their vehicle drove into an Ascension Parish waterway Tuesday.The crashed happened around 5:30 p.m. along Airline Highway near LA 429. Photos showed the vehicle mostly underwater in the New River Canal near an overpass. The vehicle reportedly struck a tree before going into the water.Witnesses said someone waiting in line for take-out at a nearby restaurant saw the incident unfold and jumped in to help. #BREAKING Two people went t
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  • Dow has best day since 1933 as Congress nears deal on aid

    Dow has best day since 1933 as Congress nears deal on aid
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its best day since 1933 as Congress and the White House neared a deal on Tuesday to inject nearly $2 trillion of aid into an economy ravaged by the coronavirus.The Dow burst 11.4% higher, while the more closely followed S&P 500 index leapt 9.4% as a wave of buying around the world interrupted what has been a brutal month of nearly nonstop selling. Investors released some frustration that had pent up over days of watching t
  • Olympics delayed as US nears a deal on $2 trillion in relief

    Olympics delayed as US nears a deal on $2 trillion in relief
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics were put off to next year as coronavirus deaths and infections surged in Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, with New York warning it is about to get hit by a “bullet train.” Stocks soared as Washington lawmakers closed in on a nearly $2 trillion deal to help businesses and ordinary Americans pull through the crisis.Around the globe, India, with 1.3 billion people, or one-sixth of the Earth’s population, or
  • Southern University provides aid to assist students moving back home

    Southern University provides aid to assist students moving back home
    BATON ROUGE – Southern University is providing emergency aid to students who are unable to financially move back home. After moving classes online, the University encouraged students that live on campus to return home. Around 130 students are still living on campus.“I'd rather be here than at home because I don't have my own bed at home,” said sophomore Maya Tate.Moving back home isn’t a requirement and knowing that every student’s situ
  • LSU postpones May graduation ceremonies until further notice

    LSU postpones May graduation ceremonies until further notice
    BATON ROUGE - LSU is postponing commencement ceremonies for the spring semester. LSU President Thomas Galligan released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the university has postponed all graduation ceremonies until further notice. The president's statement says the university is working to ensure that all students have an opportunity to participate in a commencement ceremony in the future.A message from @LSUpresident regarding commencement:
    Dear LSU family,
    I write to tell you that
  • Statewide burn ban issued during public health emergency

    Statewide burn ban issued during public health emergency
    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana State Fire Marshal released a statement Tuesday afternoon banning all private burning in the state.In collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning says, "Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government." This order is effective as of Wednesday, March 25 at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until fu
  • Baton Rouge Diocese suspends 'grab & go' meal program

    Baton Rouge Diocese suspends 'grab & go' meal program
    BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge says it is suspending its lunch program for school students.The Diocese announced in a statement Tuesday that keeping the program operating would be untenable, and it would cease immediately. Officials said the program had served more than 6,000 combined breakfasts and lunches in the span of three days.The Diocese cited a lack of equipment like thermometers, which made it difficult to protect the health of workers and volunteers, among other factors for
  • Deserted and desolate, Ascension residents heed stay-at-home order

    Deserted and desolate, Ascension residents heed stay-at-home order
    ASCENSION PARISH - Congested clusters of fast-growing Ascension Parish remained extraordinarily deserted Tuesday as residents listened to Governor John Bel Edwards' stay-at-home order to avoid getting sick. The order took effect 5 p.m. Monday.
     
    Cases of coronavirus jumped by 10, from 26 to 36, in Ascension on Tuesday. There is one reported death.
     
    Highway 73 near I-10 in Prairieville is one of the most congested areas during peak times, but Tuesday the roads were empty as mo
  • Local restaurants unite to feed health care professionals and keep businesses afloat

    Local restaurants unite to feed health care professionals and keep businesses afloat
    BATON ROUGE - Local restaurants are joining together to support both eateries and health care professionals during the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.'Better Together Baton Rouge' and #ScrubGrub have teamed up to keep restaurants afloat and take care of those who are taking care of the community.The joined forces are allowing patrons to send in 10 receipts from participating restaurants to receive a $50 gift card to a restaurant of their choice. Emelie Alton, owner of Bistro By
  • Local restaurants join together to feed health care professionals and keep businesses afloat

    Local restaurants join together to feed health care professionals and keep businesses afloat
    BATON ROUGE- Local restaurants are joining together to support both eateries and health care professionals during the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.'Better Together Baton Rouge' and #ScrubGrub have teamed up to keep restaurants afloat and take care of those who are taking care of the community.The joined forces are allowing patrons to send in 10 receipts from participating restaurants to receive a $50 gift card to a restaurant of their choice. Emelie Kantrow, owner of Bistro B
  • CATS continuing service, limiting buses to 10 passengers at a time

    CATS continuing service, limiting buses to 10 passengers at a time
    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System is reducing the number of people allowed on CATS buses in an effort to prevent spreading the coronavirus.On Tuesday, CATS announced that each bus will be limited to 10 passengers or fewer. CATS has already announced it is waiving bus fees and allowing passengers to enter through the rear and side doors. Officials said buses are being cleaned daily, along with "spot" cleaning throughout the day. Operators are also being pro
  • Trump hopes country will be reopened by Easter amid outbreak

    Trump hopes country will be reopened by Easter amid outbreak
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With lives and the economy hanging in the balance, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the country will be reopened by Easter, as he weighs how to refine nationwide social-distancing guidelines to put some workers back on the job amid the coronavirus outbreak.As many public health officials call for stricter, not looser restrictions on public interactions, Trump said he was already looking toward easing the advisories that have sidelined workers, shutter
  • IDEA schools passing out meals to students Monday through Friday

    IDEA schools passing out meals to students Monday through Friday
    BATON ROUGE - If you go to any IDEA school across the nation you'll see cars driving up to cafeteria staff with gloves on, passing out meals to students in the parish. The way it works: you drive up, tell them how many meals you need and they'll hand them right to you. This is the second week that IDEA is distributing about 150 to 250 meals a day. The meals include breakfast and lunch and are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cafeteria manager says even though the
  • Stocks surge over 7% on building hopes for US virus stimulus

    Stocks surge over 7% on building hopes for US virus stimulus
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks on Wall Street joined a worldwide rally Tuesday as optimism rose, for one day at least, that government officials and central banks are unleashing enough aid to ease the economic pain caused by the coronavirus outbreak.The S&P 500 surged more than 7%, and the Dow jumped more than 1,500 points in midday trading as a wave of buying interrupted what has been a brutal month of nearly nonstop selling. Despite the rally, investors were far from saying markets have
  • Child called deputies asking for help, saying her mother was being choked

    Child called deputies asking for help, saying her mother was being choked
    BATON ROUGE - Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office say a child called them for help, saying her mother was being strangled. According to their report, the incident occurred Monday afternoon at a mobile home on Mt. Pleasant Zachary Road; when deputies arrived they came across 35-year-old Ronderek Brooks who was wearing a bloody t-shirt, had cuts on his neck and face, and smelled as though he'd been drinking an alcoholic beverage.The report goes on to say Brooks tol
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation commits $2.1 million to COVID-19 response

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation commits $2.1 million to COVID-19 response
    BATON ROUGE - The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation announced plans to commit at least $2.1 million towards efforts the local fight against COVID-19, Tuesday.The Foundation has set up a grant fund of $2 million for nonprofits meeting the needs of Louisianians impacted by the outbreak.This can include immediate needs such as food, clothing, shelter, paying utility bills, and more.Grants can also be used to meet more long-term needs such as ongoing patient education and care navi
  • Neighbors introducing loan relief programs amid coronavirus outbreak

    Neighbors introducing loan relief programs amid coronavirus outbreak
    BATON ROUGE - Neighbors Federal Credit Union is taking steps to offer its customers relief as the coronavirus stymies daily life in Louisiana. Among the programs being made available is a loan payment relief program, which will allow members to skip 90 days of payments on their current Neighbors loans, and a relief assistance loan of up to $3,000 for those who qualify. The business will also have extended drive thru hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all locations.Visit the Neighbor
  • President Trump approves major disaster declaration in Louisiana

    President Trump approves major disaster declaration in Louisiana
    Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing. The President's action makes Federal funding available for Crisis Counseling for affected individuals in all areas in the State of Louisiana. Federal funding is also available
  • Deputies ambushed by gunman, resulting in Monday night shoot-out in St. Tammany Parish

    Deputies ambushed by gunman, resulting in Monday night shoot-out in St. Tammany Parish
    ST. TAMMANY PARISH - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies were ambushed after being dispatched to an incident involving a domestic violence complaint.Deputies say the complaint occurred around 7:15 p.m., Monday night, within the 100th block of Eden Isles Boulevard, near Slidell. According to a release regarding the incident, while deputies were speaking with one of the individuals involved in the episode a man who was armed with a gun approached them unexpectedly and began opening fir
  • AT&T increasing pay for employees amid the coronavirus pandemic

    AT&T increasing pay for employees amid the coronavirus pandemic
    AT&T announced a temporary pay increase for front line employees that are working through the coronavirus pandemic. The company said in a statement Tuesday that they will be paying employees a 20% bonus above the regular hourly base rate of pay for all time worked in the office or at home. That bonus will be included in their regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating overtime rates.Increases will go into effect March 25th and remain effective until further notice."We have a r
  • Governor John Bel Edwards requests major disaster declaration for Louisiana

    Governor John Bel Edwards requests major disaster declaration for Louisiana
    BATON ROUGE - As the fight against the spread of COVID-19 continues, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that he's requested a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana. The declaration would allow the federal government to provide additional support to state and local agencies as they respond to the pandemic and its repercussions.The governor issued a statement regarding his request on Tuesday morning, saying, "It is still impossible to know exactly how long the COVID-
  • La's medicaid recipients granted easier access to healthcare treatments during pandemic

    La's medicaid recipients granted easier access to healthcare treatments during pandemic
    The federal agency that administers the nation's major health care programs has approved an additional 11 state Medicaid waiver requests, bringing the total number of states with approved waivers to 13.Louisiana is one of these states, meaning residents who are medicaid recipients will have an easier time accessing necessary medical therapies and procedures as the nation continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued a statement rega
  • NOLA drive-thru testing sites test at least 250 residents daily

    NOLA drive-thru testing sites test at least 250 residents daily
    NEW ORLEANS - The past few weeks have been challenging for residents of Orleans Parish in the fight against COVID-19, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell continues to lead the battle by taking measures to bring relief to residents.The Mayor issued a statement via her organization, Team LaToya, on Tuesday morning mentioning that she took swift action to seek assistance from the federal government as the city wrestles with the spread of the virus.The statement explains that under Cantrell's lea
  • NOLA drive-thru testing sites report assisting at least 250 residents daily

    NOLA drive-thru testing sites report assisting at least 250 residents daily
    NEW ORLEANS - The past few weeks have been challenging for residents of Orleans Parish in the fight against COVID-19, and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell continues to lead the battle by taking measures to bring relief to residents.The Mayor issued a statement via her organization, Team LaToya, on Tuesday morning mentioning that she took swift action to seek assistance from the federal government as the city wrestles with the spread of the virus.The statement explains that under Cantrell's lea
  • 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo officially postponed until 2021

    2020 Olympic games in Tokyo officially postponed until 2021
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he agreed with the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by about a year.He spoke following a call with IOC President Thomas Bach.The games will now be held in 2021.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional
  • Opioid treatment program uses technology-driven methods to replace group therapy

    Opioid treatment program uses technology-driven methods to replace group therapy
    LAFAYETTE - Louisiana residents who suffer from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) typically meet in person for group therapy sessions. Experts say this form of treatment has become one of the most effective tools in treating addiction.However, with the stay-at-home directive barring residents from engaging in social/group activities, these types of support meetings will have to be adjusted.The Lake Wellness Center issued a statement, explaining that it's successfully created a telehealth program that w
  • Elderly couple takes chloroquine to treat COVID-19, resulting in the man's death & his wife's hospitalization

    Elderly couple takes chloroquine to treat COVID-19, resulting in the man's death & his wife's hospitalization
    Last week, as President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force addressed the nation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, Mr. Trump recommended the use of the drug Chloroquine as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Days after this announcement, a Phoneix-area man died and his wife remains in critical care after both took chloroquine phosphate in an attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus. The drug, which has FDA approval for use in treating malaria patients, lupus, a
  • Elderly couple takes chloroquine phosphate to treat COVID-19, resulting in the man's death & his wife's hospitalization

    Elderly couple takes chloroquine phosphate to treat COVID-19, resulting in the man's death & his wife's hospitalization
    Last week, as President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force addressed the nation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, Mr. Trump mentioned that the drug Chloroquine may eventually be used as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Days after this announcement, a Phoneix-area man died and his wife remains in critical care after both took chloroquine phosphate in an attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus. Chloroquine phosphate, an additive commonly used at aquariums to
  • Elderly couple takes chloroquine phosphate to treat COVID-19; man dies, wife hospitalized

    Elderly couple takes chloroquine phosphate to treat COVID-19; man dies, wife hospitalized
    Last week, as President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force addressed the nation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, Mr. Trump mentioned that the drug Chloroquine may eventually be used as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Days after this announcement, a Phoneix-area man died and his wife remains in critical care after both took chloroquine phosphate in an attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus. Chloroquine phosphate, an additive commonly used at aquariums to
  • Coronavirus suddenly upends campaign themes for both parties

    Coronavirus suddenly upends campaign themes for both parties
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and the nation’s crashing economy are scrambling the themes both political parties thought would carry them to victory in November for control of the White House and Congress.Shattered, certainly for now, is President Donald Trump’s ability to tout a brawny economy and record stock market prices as the predicate for his reelection. The GOP could face a hard time calling Democratic candidates socialists with a straight face
  • Sunday Journal- The battle against an invisible enemy

    Sunday Journal- The battle against an invisible enemy
    This week's episode of Sunday Journal involves a discussion about the nation's battle against an unseen enemy, novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré has been called on to assist the local government during natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and in this episode of SundayJournal he sits down with John Pastorek to discuss measures Louisiana residents can take to be safe during the virus outbreak. Permalink| Comments
  • Fed gov warns senior citizens to be on alert for scam artists touting fake virus testing kits

    Fed gov warns senior citizens to be on alert for scam artists touting fake virus testing kits
    The federal government is warning citizens that crooked merchants are using the spread of novel coronavirus as an opportunity to take advantage of the elderly by selling fake virus testing kits to Medicare recipients.This issue was addressed Monday, followed by an alert from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office saying it has seen marketing schemes targeting the elderly to sell them "Senior Care Packages" with hand sanitizer or a vaccine, which doesn't exist. Some of these se
  • Fed gov warns senior citizens to be on alert for scam artists

    Fed gov warns senior citizens to be on alert for scam artists
    The federal government is warning citizens that crooked merchants are using the spread of novel coronavirus as an opportunity to take advantage of the elderly by selling fake virus testing kits to Medicare recipients.This issue was addressed Monday, followed by an alert from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office saying it has seen marketing schemes targeting the elderly to sell them "Senior Care Packages" with hand sanitizer or a vaccine, which doesn't exist. Some of these se
  • China prepares to lift travel bans after five days of no new virus cases in Wuhan

    China prepares to lift travel bans after five days of no new virus cases in Wuhan
    Chinese authorities say they plan to ease travel restrictions in Hubei Province as soon as Wednesday.Wuhan's residents will have to wait a bit longer before they can leave their city as it is the original epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. Officials say Wuhan's travel ban will be lifted two weeks from March 24.Variety reports that the easing of the two-month, province-wide lockdown was announced in a notice, Tuesday by Hubei Health Commission. The news follows five days without any ne
  • Louisiana flood victims owed over $300 million sue state

    Louisiana flood victims owed over $300 million sue state
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A group of Louisiana flood victims who have been owed over $300 million for the past decade have filed a lawsuit against the state for failure to pay.The Advocate reports that Tangipahoa Parish home and small business owners who flooded in 1983 filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge on Thursday.The state has violated constitutional protections of equal treatment by not paying the money, Byard Edwards, a lawyer who has represented the f
  • Edwards calls on Louisiana to follow 'stay at home' order

    Edwards calls on Louisiana to follow 'stay at home' order
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards called on Louisiana residents in a statewide TV address Monday to comply with his “stay at home” order, as the number of state residents confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus spiked to nearly 1,200 people, and the virus’s death toll in the state grew dramatically overnight.At least 34 residents have died from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus, according to Louisiana’s health department
  • 90-degree temperatures possible across Deep South this week

    90-degree temperatures possible across Deep South this week
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A scorching wave of summer-like heat could be in store for parts of the Deep South later this week.The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures Thursday and Friday could approach or even exceed 90 degrees in areas of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.In southern Georgia, the cities of Valdosta and Alma could see highs of 91 before the weekend arrives. Temperatures in Savannah and Albany are forecast to reach 89 degrees, according to the weathe

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