• Isaias weakens; may strengthen on path to virus-hit Florida

    Isaias weakens; may strengthen on path to virus-hit Florida
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and churned toward the Florida coast, threatening to complicate efforts to contain the coronavirus in places were cases are surging.Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but was expected to regain hurricane strength overnight as it barrels toward Florida.“We’ll start seeing impacts tonight,” Florida Gov. Ron
  • La-Lafayette coach, ex-Miss. St. player Looney dead at 31

    La-Lafayette coach, ex-Miss. St. player Looney dead at 31
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette assistant football coach and former Mississippi State player D.J. Looney died from a heart attack following a team workout Saturday morning at Cajun Field, university officials said.Looney, who was 31, was entering his third season on the Ragin’ Cajuns staff and coached the offensive line, a position he played for Mississippi State from 2007 to 2010. He also began his coaching career with the Bulldogs as a graduate assistant under Da
  • Former Louisiana Senate President John Alario hospitalized for COVID-19

    Former Louisiana Senate President John Alario hospitalized for COVID-19
    Former Senate President John Alario, 76, announced on Saturday that he has been hospitalized with the coronavirus.According to the Advocate, Alario said in a phone call that he said he was feeling better after being hospitalized Thursday and is hopeful of being released in a couple of days.“I’m grateful for the medical personnel on the front lines,” Alario told the Advocate.“I encourage everyone to wear a mask and practice social distanc
  • 33-year-old Ascension Parish deputy dies from COVID-19

    33-year-old Ascension Parish deputy dies from COVID-19
    ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced on Saturday that deputy Kyle Melancon,33, passed away from COVID -19. Below Sheriff Bobby Webre gave a message: It is with complete sadness and a hurting heart I write to inform you that Kyle Melancon, a deputy in our transportation division, passed away this morning from COVID-19 and related complications.  Kyle had been fighting this virus for several weeks, we all hoped and prayed for his return to good heal
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  • Louisiana OKs deepening Mississippi River to 50 feet

    Louisiana OKs deepening Mississippi River to 50 feet
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River in Louisiana is getting deeper.The state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday agreed to start deepening the shipping channel from the Gulf of Mexico to Baton Rouge from a depth of 45 feet (13.7 meters) to 50 feet (15.2 meters). The move will also provide deep draft access to the ports at Plaquemines, New Orleans, South Louisiana and Baton Rouge, officials said.One foot of additional depth will allow about $1 million in additional carg
  • Brees will stand for anthem, but respects those who kneel

    Brees will stand for anthem, but respects those who kneel
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for the American flag but respects and supports any form of peaceful demonstration — including kneeling during the national anthem — by those protesting social injustice and systemic racism.“I’ll always stand for the flag because of what it means to me and to honor all those who have sacrificed, who have served and died for our country, and all those who have struggl
  • Supplies quickly run out at PPE giveaway for teachers in Zachary

    Supplies quickly run out at PPE giveaway for teachers in Zachary
    ZACHARY - A line of cars stretched down the street and wrapped around the corner for free face masks and sanitation supplies."There's shortages all over. There are many stores where you can't find these products," said Baton Rouge school teacher, Wade Guillory. Guillory was one of the first dozens of people who waited in line to receive the personal protective and cleaning supplies. Some teachers sat in line for 30 minutes before the giveaway even started."We want to make sure our kids
  • France starts testing travelers from 16 nations for virus

    France starts testing travelers from 16 nations for virus
    PARIS (AP) — Travelers entering France from 16 countries where the coronavirus is circulating widely now must undergo virus tests upon arrival at French airports and ports.French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced last month that the tests would be required starting Aug. 1 for passengers France is allowing in from a list of approved countries unless they present proof of a negative test done within 72 hours of their departure.Those who test positive in France as of Saturday must qua
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  • Madison Preparatory Academy offers free COVID-19 testing for students and staff

    Madison Preparatory Academy offers free COVID-19 testing for students and staff
    BATON ROUGE - At Madison Prep Academy, more than a hundred student-athletes and staff signed up for physicals and free testing for COVID-19.
    "If they are positive for coronavirus we want to make sure they get the health care they need. It's just a great opportunity," said Chief Academic Officer Lamont Cole.
    Cole says he hopes to see his students play contact sports soon. "We have three nurse practitioners and two doctors here today. We're thankful they're investing in our children to make sure

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