• Crawfish Tracker: Prices stay low for another week

    Crawfish Tracker: Prices stay low for another week
    BATON ROUGE - Crawfish prices have stayed low since last week, making it just a little easier to stay cozy while you hunker down inside your home.According to WBRZ's Crawfish Price Index, the average cost of boiled crawdads is about $3.85 per pound in the capital area. Live crawfish will cost about $2.52 per pound on average. It's another small dip after prices took a plunge overall last week.The low for boiled crawfish is around $2.50 per pound, and several locations are selling them
  • Authorities looking for escaped work release inmate in capital area

    Authorities looking for escaped work release inmate in capital area
    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are looking for a work release inmate who escaped state custody overnight.Officials say Dequan Haney left a work release facility in Baton Rouge sometime early Thursday morning. The facility is located about a half-mile from the East Baton Rouge Prison.Haney was previously arrested for simple burglary and simple battery in Pointe Coupee Parish. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact (225) 389-5000. Permalink| Comments
  • Powerball suspending minimum starting jackpot increases between drawings

    Powerball suspending minimum starting jackpot increases between drawings
    The Louisiana Lottery announced Thursday that minimum starting jackpots and minimum jackpot increases will be temporarily eliminated due to waning participation in recent weeks. Starting after the April 8 drawing, starting jackpots and jackpot increases between drawings will be based on estimated sales an interest rates with no minimums.“Our primary concern is to ensure the health and safety of our employees, players and retailers, while making the necessary operational adjus
  • Democratic convention pushed back to August due to pandemic

    Democratic convention pushed back to August due to pandemic
    MILWAUKEE - The 2020 Democratic National Convention has been rescheduled to mid-August due to the national health crisis caused by COVID-19.The event was originally scheduled for July 13-17 and will be held the week of August 17 instead. The announcement was issued via convention organizers, Thursday. Permalink| Comments
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  • Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags

    Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags
    DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. But they have a moisture-absorbing chemical that was supposed to make them safe. U.S. safety regulators are to determine whether all inflators with the drying agent have to be recalled.The Nissan recall covers certain 2012
  • La. Department of Education details what's next for current high school seniors

    La. Department of Education details what's next for current high school seniors
    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Education released guidance Thursday explaining how public schools should handle outgoing seniors missing much of their final semester because of the coronavirus.Among the key takeaways laid out by the department is waiving the need for standardized tests or industry-based credentials in order to earn a diploma.As far as earning course credit goes, school systems will be left to determine whether students performed well enough to earn credit and how to give optio
  • Distillers urge FDA to revisit regulations on production of hand sanitizer

    Distillers urge FDA to revisit regulations on production of hand sanitizer
    When panicked shoppers purchased inordinate amounts of hand sanitizer, grocery store shelves across the nation were left without one of the key products needed in the fight against the spread of novel coronavirus.But members of the booze industry came to the rescue. Distillers in various U.S. states followed a World Health Organization-approved recipe to create and sell their own hand sanitizers to the public use. Though members of the public are thankful for this, U.S. federal regulat
  • CSU predicts above average activity for 2020 hurricane season

    CSU predicts above average activity for 2020 hurricane season
    In an annual extended Atlantic Basin hurricane season forecast, tropical experts at Colorado State University are projecting slightly above normal activity for the 2020 season. Their outlook calls for 16 named storms and 8 hurricanes with 4 being considered major (category 3 strength or higher).  Annual averages are 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.Dr. Philip Klotzbach and the research team cited an absence of El Niño the potential for weak La Ni&ntil
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  • Navajo Nation takes aggressive steps to ward off virus

    Navajo Nation takes aggressive steps to ward off virus
    Earlier this week, New Mexico’s governor Michelle Lujan Grisham warned President Trump she feared the coronavirus could “wipe out” tribal nations and the White House has taken action to assist the community.The president of the Navajo Nation also addressed the situation, telling ABC News he believes aggressive measures being taken now will help to reduce the likelihood of increased spread in the community.“We h
  • Stocks shake off an early stumble and turn slightly higher

    Stocks shake off an early stumble and turn slightly higher
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening modestly higher on Wall Street Thursday, a day after dropping 4.4%. Stocks had been headed for an even higher open until the Labor Department reported that more than 6.6 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, double the record high set just one week earlier. It was the latest sign that large numbers of Americans are losing their jobs as the economic damage from the coronavirus accelerates. The U.S. and other large economies are w
  • Stocks climb as soaring oil prices resuscitate energy stocks

    Stocks climb as soaring oil prices resuscitate energy stocks
    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street pushed higher Thursday after a surge in oil prices helped resuscitate beaten-down energy stocks. The gains helped overshadow another report showing the coronavirus outbreak is forcing a record-breaking number of Americans into the unemployment queue.The S&P 500 rose more than 1.5% in morning trading after flipping between small gains and losses shortly after the open. It took off with the price of oil, which surged immediately after President Donald Tru
  • Award-winning musician, Adam Schlesinger dies after contracting COVID-19

    Award-winning musician, Adam Schlesinger dies after contracting COVID-19
    Prolific musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, best known for being a member of Fountains of Wayne and writing music for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, died Wednesday morning due to complications associated with novel coronavirus.Schlesinger’s attorney Josh Grier told Variety the songwriter had been hospitalized with the virus in upstate New York and was on a ventilator. "He was truly a prolific talent and even more so, a loving and devoted father, son an
  • AT&T to waive certain fees for customers experiencing financial strain due to virus

    AT&T to waive certain fees for customers experiencing financial strain due to virus
    AT&T announced Thursday, that as many of its customers are experiencing financial hardships due to the virus pandemic, the company will keep customers connected 24/7 and waive certain fees. In an email, the company explained it will waive late payment fees for postpaid wireless, home phone, or broadband residential customers. It will also waive domestic postpaid wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential postpaid wireless customers. Thes
  • Government measures put in place to help those struggling to pay rent

    Government measures put in place to help those struggling to pay rent
    BATON ROUGE- With 6.6 million people applying for unemployment across the nation many aren't sure how they'll pay rent and their bills during the #COVID19 pandemic. Government officials on the national and local levels have put restrictions in place to alleviate that pressure for the time being. On the Local level, long with Governor John Bel Edwards, "Stay At Home" order he also put other measures in place including the following:- Suspending all evictions until April 30th, 2
  • Poorer NYC neighborhoods hit hardest by virus

    Poorer NYC neighborhoods hit hardest by virus
    NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has touched every part of New York City, but new data shows it is hitting especially hard in neighborhoods that tend to be poorer and might be more likely to have many people living under one roof.Data released late Wednesday by city health officials show that residents in the immigrant-rich Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona sections of Queens have tested positive for the virus in far greater numbers and at higher rates per capita than in we
  • Scores of sailors aboard U.S. navy ship contract COVID-19, captain urges officials to help

    Scores of sailors aboard U.S. navy ship contract COVID-19, captain urges officials to help
    The captain of the Theodore Roosevelt, a US aircraft carrier carrying more than 4,000 crew, has called for urgent help to halt a coronavirus outbreak on his ship.According to the BBC, multitudes of those on board tested positive for the infection and the carrier is now docked in Guam."We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die," Captain Brett Crozier wrote in a letter to the Pentagon.Captain Crozier recommended quarantining almost the entire crew.In his letter, the captain said that
  • More than 1,200 members of Louisiana's National Guard assist in critical relief efforts

    More than 1,200 members of Louisiana's National Guard assist in critical relief efforts
    The Louisiana National Guard (LANG) is utilizing over 1,200 soldiers and airmen to assist with virus relief efforts across the state.According to a release from LANG, they're especially focused on getting vital medical equipment to physicians and the patients who need them.The number of guardsmen activated and equipment utilized is anticipated to increase until the situation is stabilized.LANG says guardsmen are also providing shelter assistance, traffic control point and drive-through testing
  • A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

    A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus.The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses close across the world.The f
  • City of Gonzales urges residents to not flush wipes

    City of Gonzales urges residents to not flush wipes
    GONZALES - With the shortage of essential supplies happening in Louisiana due to the novel coronavirus the City of Gonzales is urging their residents to not make matters worse.   The City of Gonzales' Facebook page stated in a post advising residents to not flush "flushable wipes" being that there is a reduced number of utility workers.The post said "Now is not the time to have a sewer backup and expect a quick repair." Permalink| Comments
  • City of Gonzales reminds residents not to flush wipes

    City of Gonzales reminds residents not to flush wipes
    GONZALES - With the shortage of essential supplies happening in Louisiana due to the novel coronavirus the City of Gonzales is urging their residents to not make matters worse.   The City of Gonzales' Facebook page stated in a post advising residents to not flush "flushable wipes" being that there is a reduced number of utility workers.The post said "Now is not the time to have a sewer backup and expect a quick repair." Permalink| Comments
  • Experts fear Florida, Texas may become next virus hotspots

    Experts fear Florida, Texas may become next virus hotspots
    As novel coronavirus made its deadly trek across the globe, affected areas responded with varying degrees of swiftness and safety measures.According to ABC News, even the U.S. has noticeable state-to-state differences in how the pandemic is being handled.California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a comprehensive statewide stay-at-home order as early as March 19. In contrast, Texas instituted an order to close all non-essential businesses on March 31.Another seemingly sluggish response to the
  • New Orleans police investigate three homicides occurring within hours of one another

    New Orleans police investigate three homicides occurring within hours of one another
    NEW ORLEANS — Throughout most of Louisiana, the virus outbreak has seemed to had a dampening effect on the volume of shootings and other acts of violence.But this recent reduction in crime changed Wednesday night in New Orleans when three people were killed in two shootings and another incident in the city that occurred within just a few hours. WWL-TV reports that the attacks spanned from Wednesday night to early Thursday morning and happened across the city -- in th
  • Israel's s health minister has virus, top officials to isolate

    Israel's s health minister has virus, top officials to isolate
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The new coronavirus is forcing more top Israeli officials into isolation after the country’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tested positive, the Health Ministry said Thursday.The Middle East has over 81,000 confirmed cases of the virus, most of those in Iran, and over 3,600 deaths. Iran’s Health Ministry said Thursday that the new coronavirus killed another 124 people, pushing the country&r
  • Israel's health minister has virus, top officials to isolate

    Israel's health minister has virus, top officials to isolate
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The new coronavirus is forcing more top Israeli officials into isolation after the country’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tested positive, the Health Ministry said Thursday.The Middle East has over 81,000 confirmed cases of the virus, most of those in Iran, and over 3,600 deaths. Iran’s Health Ministry said Thursday that the new coronavirus killed another 124 people, pushing the country&r
  • Police arrest Baton Rouge man for November 2019 murder

    Police arrest Baton Rouge man for November 2019 murder
    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man for first-degree murder Wednesday evening. Tyler Turner, 20, was arrested for the November shooting death of 34-year-old Marquis McCoy, according to the Advocate. Around 6 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2019 McCoy was found suffering from gunshot wounds at an apartment complex located in the 1800 block of Boulevard de Province. McCoy died at the hospital he was transported to. Turner was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Pr
  • Advice: Keeping a car clean to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus

    Advice: Keeping a car clean to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus
    The unprecedented health crisis that's made its mark on nearly every community across the globe is especially insidious because of how easy it is to contract and then spread novel coronavirus.As experts agree that social distancing and constant sanitization are the best ways to avoid contamination, they're also reminding those with vehicles to ensure their cars are also as clean as possible. ABC News researched the best ways to keep a vehicle coronavirus-free and came up with
  • FDA recalls Zantac, tells consumers to safely dispose of any Zantac meds found in home

    FDA recalls Zantac, tells consumers to safely dispose of any Zantac meds found in home
    U.S. health officials now advise those who use Zantac to treat heartburn to consider other medicinal alternatives.On Wednesday, The US Food and Drug Administration said it is recalling Zantac due to possible contamination by a human carcinogen, which is a substance that may cause cancer.Nationwide, retailers were asked to pull all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs, known by the brand name Zantac, from the market immediately.FDA is requesting immediate removal of all Rx and over
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, top COVID-19 expert, ramps up security detail after receiving threats

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, top COVID-19 expert, ramps up security detail after receiving threats
    According to ABC News, the U.S. government has increased security for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, due to threats made against his personal safety.The 79-year-old Brooklyn native serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a key member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force.But as he's been called upon to offer televised advice regarding the pandemic on a near-daily b
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, top COVID-19 expert, ramps up security detail after receiving serious threats

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, top COVID-19 expert, ramps up security detail after receiving serious threats
    According to ABC News, the U.S. government has increased security for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, due to threats made against his personal safety.The 79-year-old Brooklyn native serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a key member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force.But as he's been called upon to offer televised advice regarding the pandemic on a near-daily b
  • Rouses Market awards bonuses, other benefits to all store employees

    Rouses Market awards bonuses, other benefits to all store employees
    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana-based chain of grocery stores is demonstrating appreciation for employees who've worked on behalf of the public throughout one of the most challenging events in recent history.As Rouses Market employees continued to show up at work and assist shoppers during a global pandemic, their efforts did not go unnoticed by management. This is why the chain's executives are awarding bonuses to thousands of hourly employees, accelerating quarterly bonuses to store managers and of

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