• Former LSU Tiger Tennis player Oliver 'Bear' Borsos dies at 29

    Former LSU Tiger Tennis player Oliver 'Bear' Borsos dies at 29
    BATON ROUGE- Former LSU tennis player Oliver "Bear" Borsos has died at the age of 29, the LSU Men's Tennis team reports.The LSU tennis organization posted the news to social media Friday evening."The LSU Tennis community is saddened to hear about the passing of former Tiger Great Olivier ‘Bear’ Borsos."Borsos played for LSU from 2009-13. His senior year, he was named to First-Team All-Louisiana and All-SEC Second Team. He also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in singles and
  • Former LSU tennis player Oliver 'Bear' Borsos dies at 29

    Former LSU tennis player Oliver 'Bear' Borsos dies at 29
    BATON ROUGE- Former LSU tennis player Oliver "Bear" Borsos has died at the age of 29, the LSU Men's Tennis team reports.The organization posted to social media Friday evening about his passing."The LSU Tennis community is saddened to hear about the passing of former Tiger Great Olivier ‘Bear’ Borsos."Borsos played for LSU from 2009-13. His senior year, he was named to First-Team All-Louisiana and All-SEC Second Team. He also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in singles and r
  • EBR schools to offer grab-n-go meals starting Aug. 10

    EBR schools to offer grab-n-go meals starting Aug. 10
    BATON ROUGE- Starting August 10, the first day of virtual instruction, all East Baton Rouge Parish schools will distribute grab-n-go meals curbside.Although class will not be in session yet, each school in the parish will distribute on-site, hot meals from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Both breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup for the first two weeks of school, the school system announced Friday.Between August 26 and September 4, schools will then distribute 10 days worth of "semi-she
  • LSU students begin returning to campus ahead of uncertain semester

    LSU students begin returning to campus ahead of uncertain semester
    BATON ROUGE - The days before the start of the school year are winding down, and many LSU students are moving in."I'm super excited, but I'm also very nervous because I don't know how it's going to be," LSU student Sophia Ferrara said.But this year, students say life off-campus will be different. The pandemic is shifting the norms of their housing experience."Everyone started staying close in. They didn't want to go to many parties because of the whole pandemic going on," LSU student Deylen Che
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  • St. Helena schools among first to return virtually

    St. Helena schools among first to return virtually
    GREENSBURG - While most schools in the capital region start their fall semester in the second week of August, classes in St. Helena Parish begin Monday."We've always started our school year early... The difference is that everything will be virtual," St. Helena Parish Superintendent Kelli Joseph said.That means no students in class when school starts on Monday, all classes taught online."There is no way I can possibly have children on our campus knowing that there's an increase in these COVID-1
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Ghost employee billed for overtime, paid despite not signing some timesheets

    INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Ghost employee billed for overtime, paid despite not signing some timesheets
    NEW ROADS - More problems are coming to light after the WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained additional public records Friday for a ghost employee who was paid a full salary, benefits and given a taxpayer-issued unit with no proof of doing any work.Outgoing Sheriff Bud Torres has not returned calls to answer our questions about Randy Guidroz.Guidroz was employed by the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office from 2008 until he left this year. When he was first hired he was making around $29,000, and
  • Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

    Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence
    A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases.A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether the 27-year-old Tsarnaev should be executed for the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.“But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remai
  • NASA, SpaceX 'Crew Dragon' to return to Earth this weekend if weather permits

    NASA, SpaceX 'Crew Dragon' to return to Earth this weekend if weather permits
    NEW ORLEANS- NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, a former Tulane University graduate, and Robert Behnken plan to make their way back to planet Earth this weekend.The first two astronauts to travel into orbit aboard a commercially developed spacecraft will return in just a few days if an incoming hurricane does not delay those plans.Onboard the International Space Station in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule for two months, the crew mission was the first to launch from US soil in nearly a decade. NASA is
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  • Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 start for 10-game football schedule

    Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 start for 10-game football schedule
    The Pac-12 on Friday set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each te
  • 3 charged in massive Twitter hack, Bitcoin scam

    3 charged in massive Twitter hack, Bitcoin scam
    MIAMI (AP) — A British man, a Florida man and a Florida teen hacked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin, authorities said Friday.Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute him as adult. He faces 30 felony charges, according to a news release. Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K., and Nima Fa
  • Voicemail for secretary filled with f-bombs expected to get Ascension councilmen censured

    Voicemail for secretary filled with f-bombs expected to get Ascension councilmen censured
    DONALDSONVILLE – A parish councilman will be publicly ridiculed in an upcoming council meeting – officially, a censure – for a foul-mouthed voicemail, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Friday.Councilman Joel Robert left the voicemail, council officials said, on the phone of the parish secretary.A voice purported to be Robert used the “f-word” in a ten second tirade over the secretary apparently not returning a phone call or reading a letter Ro
  • Voicemail for secretary filled with f-bombs expected to get Ascension councilman censured

    Voicemail for secretary filled with f-bombs expected to get Ascension councilman censured
    DONALDSONVILLE – A parish councilman will be publicly ridiculed in an upcoming council meeting – officially, a censure – for a foul-mouthed voicemail, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Friday.Councilman Joel Robert left the voicemail, council officials said, on the phone of the parish secretary.A voice purported to be Robert used the “f-word” in a ten second tirade over the secretary apparently not returning a phone call or reading a letter Ro
  • COVID-19 testing available at St. John Parish Community Center

    COVID-19 testing available at St. John Parish Community Center
    LAPLACE - St. John the Baptist Parish has partnered with Ochsner Health to provide free COVID-19 testing at the St. John Parish Community Center.Parish President Jaclyn Hotard announced that on Monday, August 3, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m testing will be available. The Community Center is located at 2900 Hwy 51 in LaPlace.People ages 2 years and older are able to get tested. Walk-ups are welcome.Bring an ID and insurance card, if appl
  • Southern, UL Lafayette to receive $300,000 in federal funding

    Southern, UL Lafayette to receive $300,000 in federal funding
    BATON ROUGE- Southern University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will each receive $300,000 in federal funding to assist with the losses caused by COVID-19, Senator Bill Cassidy announced Friday.The grants given to both universities are funded by the Economic Development Agency, (EDA), which comes from the CARES Act. EDA requires that the money be spent on at least one of the following:- Providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs, businesses and communities to assist in econom
  • Verge Ausberry: Lots still up in the air as LSU readies for college football

    Verge Ausberry: Lots still up in the air as LSU readies for college football
    BATON ROUGE – LSU’s deputy athletic director shared some insight into the Tigers’ coronavirus-amended schedule on sports radio Friday afternoon.Verge Ausberry appeared on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge during the Hangin’ with Hester program.“There’s just so many questions, this is going to be a day-by-day, meeting-by-meeting, 24-hour a day thing until we get all the answers,” he said about the changing landscape related to safely hol
  • Rent's due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

    Rent's due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off
    Another month passes. The coronavirus pandemic marches on. And Americans struggling amid the economic fallout once again have to worry as their next rent checks come due Aug. 1.Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties. A supplemental $600 in weekly federal unemployment benefits that helped many pay their bills is set to expire as July ends, with Congress bogged down in disagreement over a new round of aid.Also set to end, unl
  • 2nd family member convicted in malnourished grandmother's death

    2nd family member convicted in malnourished grandmother's death
    BATON ROUGE - A second person was convicted in the death of an elderly family member whom authorities said was left in "deplorable" living conditions.Chasity Lewis withdrew her previous plea and pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of manslaughter and cruelty to the infirmed.With the negotiated plea came news that two others previously arrested in the death are no longer facing charges. According to court documents, Carl Lewis and Chira Lewis both had their charges dismissed.Lewis had been jailed
  • River pilots union asks Louisiana commission for pay raise

    River pilots union asks Louisiana commission for pay raise
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trade union representing river pilots who guide vessels, including cruise ships, from the mouth of the Mississippi River to New Orleans wants a pay increase to get their salaries to match those of other river pilots doing similar work in Louisiana and at ports around the country.The Crescent River Port Pilots Association Inc. has requested a 28% pay increase to nearly $700,000 annually, arguing its pilots should be paid as much as the river pilots who lead vessels
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services set to provide housing and rental relief aid

    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services set to provide housing and rental relief aid
    BATON ROUGE - Southeast Louisiana Legal Services(SLLS) and Whitney Bank have partnered together to help Baton Rouge residents facing evictions.SLLS will provide $100,000 in relief assistance to those in low- and moderate-income households who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Residents who have experienced job loss, furlough, or a reduction in hours of work or pay due to the economic impacts COVID-19 is encouraged to seek assistance. "During this public health cr
  • Police: Two arrested for beating up man with infirmities at bus stop

    Police: Two arrested for beating up man with infirmities at bus stop
    BATON ROUGE - Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department say a man with severe infirmities that were sustained during an accident was beaten up at a bus stop by two individuals who have since been arrested. According to authorities, on February 27 James David Brown and Devin Marie Dean attacked the previously mentioned man at a bus stop on Prescott Road.The victim told police Dean approached him first, and asked him about an altercation that had occurred earlier that day- only 20 mnut
  • Fauci optimistic COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available

    Fauci optimistic COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured lawmakers Friday.Appearing before a House panel investigating the nation’s response to the pandemic, Fauci expressed “cautious” optimism that a vaccine would be available, particularly by next year.“I believe, ultimately, over a period of time in 2021, that Americans will be a
  • President Trump says he will ban Chinese-owned TikTok app as early as Aug. 1

    President Trump says he will ban Chinese-owned TikTok app as early as Aug. 1
    BATON ROUGE- President Donald Trump says he will act as soon as August 1 to ban the Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.President Trump made the statement while speaking with reporters on Air Force One.“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said.The president did not specify exactly how he will go about these claims, stating he has the authority and can do so with an executive order.The statement comes aft
  • Big Tech surge props up Wall Street, though caution reigns

    Big Tech surge props up Wall Street, though caution reigns
    NEW YORK (AP) — Strong gains for Big Tech stocks are helping to prop up Wall Street in early Friday trading following blowout profit reports from some of the market’s most influential companies.The S&P 500 was 0.1% higher after the first half hour of trading, on track to close out its fourth straight winning month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 28 points, or 0.1%, at 26,285, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time, and the big gains for tech stocks had the Nasdaq composit
  • LSU outfits football helmets with face shields

    LSU outfits football helmets with face shields
    BATON ROUGE - LSU Football helmets appear to be outfitted with a face shield ahead of a coronavirus-altered season.An account for the team's equipment managers posted a message on social media with a picture of an upgraded helmet: "Adapt. Adjust. Splash shields ready to go."The shield was manufactured by Schutt, which advertises the shield on its website as a product that clips to the faceguard of a helmet to "block droplets from sweat, coughs, and sneezes."  It retails for about $15.L
  • David Duke, former KKK leader, permanently banned from Twitter

    David Duke, former KKK leader, permanently banned from Twitter
    Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the social media platform's site’s rules forbidding hate speech.According to ABC News, the company said Friday that Duke's account “has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter rules on hateful conduct.”While Twitter remained mum on what exactly Duke posted that triggered the ban, it's common knowledge that Twitter's policy on hateful conduct prohibits
  • Fauci to tell House panel unclear how long pandemic lasts

    Fauci to tell House panel unclear how long pandemic lasts
    WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top government health experts will tell Congress on Friday.“While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time,” Fauci, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr. Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir say in prepared testimony for a special
  • Oil giants, Exxon, Chevron post huge losses due to COVID-19's impact on economy

    Oil giants, Exxon, Chevron post huge losses due to COVID-19's impact on economy
    In yet another demonstration of COVID-19's devastating impact on the economy, Exxon Mobil and Chevron both reported significant losses for the second quarter that were even worse than what Wall Street anticipated.According to CNN, shares of Exxon and Chevron were each lower in early trading Friday after announcing the results. On Thursday both stocks were among the biggest losers in the Dow.The coronavirus crisis has decimated demand for oil in 2020. Exxon lost $1.1 billion, the compan
  • Islamic centers celebrating Eid with some changes amid pandemic

    Islamic centers celebrating Eid with some changes amid pandemic
    Since the start of the year, COVID-19 has ravaged nations across the world, leaving death and economic hardship in its wake, but as people of faith traverse the precarious waters of the pandemic, they find various reasons to hold on to hope and to even have joy.This is why, despite the impact of novel coronavirus, members of the Muslim community are proceeding on with the commemoration of the holiday Eid al-Adha.Eid is a three-day celebration in Muslim-majority countries and this year it began
  • Changes to two major Islamic holidays amid pandemic

    Changes to two major Islamic holidays amid pandemic
    Since the start of the year, COVID-19 has ravaged nations across the world, leaving death and economic hardship in its wake, but as people of faith traverse the precarious waters of the pandemic, they find various reasons to hold on to hope and to even have joy.This is why, despite the impact of novel coronavirus, members of the Muslim community are proceeding on with the commemoration of two holidays that fall in late July, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.Eid is a three-day celebration in Muslim-m
  • Unattended pot on stove causes house fire resulting in $15k worth of damages

    Unattended pot on stove causes house fire resulting in $15k worth of damages
    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters were called to a Thursday night blaze in a residential area just north of Fairfields Avenue.A representative with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says the house fire caused $15,000 worth of damage to a residence within the 5500 block of Adams Street.No one was injured during the incident and authorities say they've linked the cause of the fire to an unattended pot on the home's stove.Thanks to the quick action of firefighters, the flames were extinguished before they
  • Hong Kong postpones September elections due to coronavirus outbreak

    Hong Kong postpones September elections due to coronavirus outbreak
    Hong Kong will postpone legislative elections due to be held in September because of the coronavirus outbreak, the city's leader said Friday.According to CNN, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the move to postpone the Legislative Council elections scheduled for September 6 during a recent news conference, saying this was the most difficult decision she had made in the last seven months. She added that she had the support of the Chinese central government in maki
  • One marine dead, eight missing following training accident off California coast

    One marine dead, eight missing following training accident off California coast
    A Thursday (July 30) night training accident in the waters near Southern California's coast left at least one US Marine dead, eight missing, and two injured.According to CNN, search and rescue efforts are still underway Friday morning for the eight missing individuals with support from the Navy and Coast Guard.The two injured individuals were taken to Southern California hospitals for treatment, according to a news release from the US Marine Corps 1st Expeditionary Force.Marines say on
  • One Marine dead, 8 missing following training accident off California coast

    One Marine dead, 8 missing following training accident off California coast
    A Thursday (July 30) night training accident in the waters near Southern California's coast left at least one U.S. Marine dead, eight missing, and two injured.According to CNN, search and rescue efforts are still underway Friday morning for the eight missing individuals with support from the Navy and Coast Guard.The two injured individuals were taken to Southern California hospitals for treatment, according to a news release from the US Marine Corps 1st Expeditionary Force.Marines say
  • Harvey Updyke, known for poisioning Auburn's famous trees, dies at 71

    Harvey Updyke, known for poisioning Auburn's famous trees, dies at 71
    In 2011, a Louisiana man named Harvey Updyke called in to a radio show and admitted that in 2010 he'd poisoned a group of famous oak trees at Auburn university because he was upset after the Auburn Tigers defeated his preferred team, Alabama's Crimson Tide, in the 2010 Iron Bowl.Updyke's confession made national headlines and the treasured trees he'd killed at Toomer's Corner on Auburn's campus were cut down and replaced."The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn because I lived 30 mile
  • New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz kneel during national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter

    New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz kneel during national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter
    ORLANDO, Florida — The New Orleans Pelicans may have lost to the Utah Jazz Thursday night, but both teams demonstrated their unified support of the Black Lives Matter movement during the playing of the national anthem before the game.WWL-TV notes that all of the players and coaches on both teams knelt and locked arms in unity while a taped version of the National Anthem recorded by New Orleans' musician Jon Batiste played over the loudspeaker.Their choice to kneel wa
  • Malik B, founding member of The Roots, has died at 47

    Malik B, founding member of The Roots, has died at 47
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Malik B, a rapper and founding member of The Roots, has died. He was 47.The group announced the death of the Philadelphia-born emcee in a social media post Wednesday. The cause of death was not released.Malik B, whose real name is Malik Abdul Basit, was a major contributor to the group, which includes Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. He appeared on four albums before departing the group in 1999. Th
  • Bahamas braces as newly formed Hurricane Isaias bears down

    Bahamas braces as newly formed Hurricane Isaias bears down
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New Hurricane Isaias kept on a path early Friday expected to take it to the U.S. East Coast by the weekend as it approached the Bahamas, parts of which are still recovering from the devastation of last year’s Hurricane Dorian.Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) Friday morning and was centered about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south-southwest of Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was mov
  • Bahamas brace for impact from newly formed Hurricane Isaias

    Bahamas brace for impact from newly formed Hurricane Isaias
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New Hurricane Isaias kept on a path early Friday expected to take it to the U.S. East Coast by the weekend as it approached the Bahamas, parts of which are still recovering from the devastation of last year’s Hurricane Dorian.Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) Friday morning and was centered about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south-southwest of Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was mov

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