• 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
  • Episcopal School of BR halts some in-person classes, over 1/4 'upper school' students quarantined

    Episcopal School of BR halts some in-person classes, over 1/4 'upper school' students quarantined
    BATON ROUGE- Episcopal School of Baton Rouge's Upper School is transitioning to distance learning as over one-quarter of students are quarantined, the school announced in an email to families on Thursday.The shutdown of in-person classes for the Upper School came as a result of "multiple off-campus social events last weekend," the letter said.In-person classes are set to resume for those students, who are in grades 9-12, on Aug. 27. Dr. Carrie Steakley, the head of school, told parents
  • Episcopal School of BR halts in-person classes, over 1/4 'upper school' students quarantined

    Episcopal School of BR halts in-person classes, over 1/4 'upper school' students quarantined
    BATON ROUGE- Episcopal School of Baton Rouge's Upper School is transitioning to distance learning as over one-quarter of students are quarantined, the school announced in an email to families on Thursday, Aug. 13.In-person classes will resume for its Upper School, grades 9-12, on Thursday, Aug. 27, and Middle School in-person classes will continue as planned.Dr. Carrie Steakley emailed families on Thursday evening to announce the transition. "We began this school year with an extensive
  • Episcopal halts some in-person classes as more than 1/4 of Upper School students quarantined

    Episcopal halts some in-person classes as more than 1/4 of Upper School students quarantined
    BATON ROUGE- Episcopal School of Baton Rouge's Upper School is transitioning to distance learning as over one-quarter of students are quarantined, the school announced in an email to families on Thursday.Lower and Middle schools are not affected, according to the email.The shutdown of in-person classes for the Upper School came as a result of "multiple off-campus social events last weekend," the letter said.In-person classes are set to resume for those students, who are in grades 9-12, on Aug.
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  • Possible shot at freedom for lifer who stole hedge clippers

    Possible shot at freedom for lifer who stole hedge clippers
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An October parole hearing has been set for a Black man sentenced to life in prison after stealing hedge clippers in a 1997 burglary, a sentence Louisiana’s Supreme Court upheld despite its chief justice’s insistence that the punishment was excessive and rooted in racist law.In November, a state appellate court held that the sentence for Fair Wayne Bryant, 62, was in accordance with the habitual offender law and, after an earlier appeal failed, no
  • North Korea lifts lockdown in city, rejects flood, virus aid

    North Korea lifts lockdown in city, rejects flood, virus aid
    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lifted a lockdown in a major city near the border with South Korea where thousands had been quarantined for weeks over coronavirus worries, state media said Friday.But Kim during a ruling party meeting on Thursday also insisted the North will keep its borders shut and rejected any outside help as the country carries out an aggressive anti-virus campaign and rebuilds thousands of houses, roads and bridges damaged by heavy rain and fl
  • Overnight mail dump caught on home security camera

    Overnight mail dump caught on home security camera
    BATON ROUGE - Mick Dubuis and his neighbors were sound asleep early Thursday when a sedan moved through his cul-de-sac.Just before 3 a.m., a passenger dropped mail out the window of the car before driving away.Dubuis saw the mess when he got up and went out to get a closer look."I saw all this mail lying in the street," Dubuis said after finding the mail outside. "At first I thought it was just trash that had dumped out and I started to pick it up, and I realized it was all for the same people
  • Assumption schools find glitch in virtual learning system, say timeline of repairs uncertain

    Assumption schools find glitch in virtual learning system, say timeline of repairs uncertain
    ASSUMPTION- Students in Assumption Parish returned to school on Thursday, Aug. 13. In the new hybrid learning model brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, some students went back to campus while others struggled to log on for virtual lessons.The school system announced to social media early Thursday that officials reported a regional outage that was affecting their internet and phone usage, halting students from attending their first day of virtual classes.“Some virtual students in g
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  • BRFD: Fire causes $25,000 worth of damage to tire shop on Scenic Highway

    BRFD: Fire causes $25,000 worth of damage to tire shop on Scenic Highway
    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews responded to a fire at a tire shop on Scenic Highway Thursday afternoon.Firefighters arrived to Smith and Son Tire Care just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, to find the front of the building engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes before it could spread to the neighboring businesses.Authorities say no one was hurt in the fire as the building was vacant at the time.Three vehicles in the Big Boy's Car Wash parking lot next door were dama
  • Troopers investigate two separate fatal crashes in Pointe Coupee Parish, Iberville Parish Thursday

    Troopers investigate two separate fatal crashes in Pointe Coupee Parish, Iberville Parish Thursday
    Louisiana State Police are investigating two separate fatal crashes that occurred within six hours.The first happened in Oscar shortly after 7 a.m. on LA Hwy 1 north of LA Hwy 78 in Pointe Coupee Parish.The wreck took the life of 58-year-old Brett Sonnier of Fordoche.Troopers report the crash happened as Sonnier and his passenger were traveling northbound on LA Hwy 1 in a 2006 Ford Ranger. For reasons still unknown, Sonnier crossed the centerline into the opposing lane, which resulted in the Fo
  • Former LSU President F. King Alexander says SEC blind to 'reality' for pursuing football season

    Former LSU President F. King Alexander says SEC blind to 'reality' for pursuing football season
    BATON ROUGE - LSU's former president and chancellor F. King Alexander took a shot at the SEC as the conference holds firm in its effort to play college football in the fall despite coronavirus fears.King, now the president of Oregon State University, questioned the Southeastern Conference's logic in proceeding with football in the fall during an interview with oregonlive.com. OSU resides in the Pac-12, which became the second Power Five conference to cancel fall sports earlier this week.When as
  • Mayor: Still unclear if fans will be in Tiger Stadium this season

    Mayor: Still unclear if fans will be in Tiger Stadium this season
    BATON ROUGE- College football fans are in still in the dark as plans for the upcoming season are changing by the day. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome addressed the matter in a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 13.The Southeastern Conference plans to move forward with the season as of Thursday, however this is not the case with some other conferences. Even with the SEC moving forward and scheduling games, LSU fans are eager to find out if they will be able to watch from inside Tige
  • Suspect ran inside store after vehicles exchanged gunfire on Airline Highway

    Suspect ran inside store after vehicles exchanged gunfire on Airline Highway
    GONZALES - An alleged gunman involved in a shootout on Airline Highway was taken into custody after he tried to evade police inside an office supply store.The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the situation unfolded on Airline Highway where two parties began shooting at one another from two different vehicles. Two additional subjects were in the vehicle with the alleged gunman and fled on foot. They were apprehended shortly after.Police are currently working the investigation to locate the
  • Governor: Louisiana's unemployed could get additional $300 in federal benefits

    Governor: Louisiana's unemployed could get additional $300 in federal benefits
    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana residents eligible for unemployment are expected to get an additional $300 each week in federal support.Edwards said during his coronavirus briefing Thursday that unemployed will be eligible for an additional $300 under an executive order from President Donald Trump. The benefits will be in addition to the benefits recipients are already receiving from the state.Though Trump's order mandates that states receiving the federal disas
  • Jefferson Parish starts planning for Mardi Gras 2021; some NOLA parades might change location

    Jefferson Parish starts planning for Mardi Gras 2021; some NOLA parades might change location
    NEW ORLEANS - On Tuesday Jefferson Parish officials met with the captains of multiple Carnival krewes to discuss future plans about Mardi Gras 2021.Officials talked about the parades listed below that are in the tentative 2021 calendar:Little Rascals, Sun., Jan. 31, noonAdonis, Sat., Feb. 6, 11:45 a.m.Excalibur, Fri, Feb. 5, time to be announcedMadhatters, Sat., Feb. 6, time to be announcedCenturians, Sat., Feb. 6, time to be announcedAtlas, Sun., Feb. 7, time to be announcedKings, Sun., Feb. 7
  • McKinley High temporarily closes campus after employee tests positive for COVID-19

    McKinley High temporarily closes campus after employee tests positive for COVID-19
    BATON ROUGE - McKinley High School closed its doors after learning a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.A school spokesperson said the campus is closed Thursday for a “deep cleaning” due to the positive test. Like the rest of the East Baton Rouge Parish schools McKinley High is only offering virtual classes until at least Labor Day, so no students have been on campus. Staff members have been physically working on the campus since Monday, Aug. 3, however.&
  • WATCH: Officer narrowly rescues man in wheelchair from oncoming train

    WATCH: Officer narrowly rescues man in wheelchair from oncoming train
    LODI, CA - Dramatic body cam video captured the moment a police officer in California pulled a man in a wheelchair out of the path of an oncoming train. Video released by the Lodi Police Department shows Officer Erika Urrea rolling up to the railroad tracks as the crossing arms folded down on the man, whose motorized wheelchair was stuck on the tracks.Urrea is seen sprinting from her patrol car and dragging the man out of the wheelchair after it wouldn't budge off the tracks. The train
  • Judge signs order halting state from taking further action against restaurant over mask violations

    Judge signs order halting state from taking further action against restaurant over mask violations
    DENHAM SPRINGS - A Livingston Parish judge has signed a restraining order on behalf of Firehouse BBQ temporarily preventing the state from shutting down the restaurant for repeatedly defying the state's coronavirus restrictions.The order prohibits Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health from taking further action to shut down Firehouse BBQ until after a hearing on Aug. 18.The restaurant in Denham Springs was given a notice by LDH to close down operations after the depar
  • $205M in BP spill money for Louisiana coastal restoration

    $205M in BP spill money for Louisiana coastal restoration
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting another $205 million in BP oil spill money to restore its coast.Most of that — $176 million — will use sediment dredged from the Mississippi River to build 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of marsh in Jefferson Parish.“This project continues the process of using restoration funding to restore wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats in the Barataria Basin, where the greatest oiling impacts from the Deepwater Horizon
  • Trump opposes USPS funding, says mail voting hard without it

    Trump opposes USPS funding, says mail voting hard without it
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.Trump also falsely stated that Democrats were pushing for universal mail-in voting and made the unfounded claim that mail-in voting would lead to massive voter fraud in the November election. Polls i
  • Kids surprise police officer with ice pop on hot summer day

    Kids surprise police officer with ice pop on hot summer day
    It was a cool moment on a hot July day.Six-year-old Amiyah Dantzler-Clay and her 5-year-old brother Jayden saw a police officer parked in front of their Baltimore home and figured he could use a treat. So they took him an ice pop.Police Maj. Richard Gibson was in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood that day scouting for ways to help improve the area for residents, two days after a homicide outside a vacant house.Instead he was the beneficiary of the kids’ thoughtful gesture, rolling do
  • Pelicans season comes to a quiet close in loss to Magic

    Pelicans season comes to a quiet close in loss to Magic
    The New Orleans Pelicans had a short and uneventful stay in the NBA bubble in Orlando.  It ended with a whimper on Thursday night as the Pelicans lost to the homestanding Orlando Magic 133-127.The Pelicans had already been eliminated from further play in the bubble having failed to keep pace in the playoff race.  In their eight-game sprint since the season restarted the Pelicans finished 2-6 in Orlando and wrapped their uneven year with a 30-42 record.  It is the team
  • LSU's medical team reveals new measures taken to ensure health/safety of football players

    LSU's medical team reveals new measures taken to ensure health/safety of football players
    BATON ROUGE - While there may be mixed feelings about the wisdom of sending the LSU Tigers back onto the field to defend their Championship title amid the COVID-19 health crisis, many officials feel that with proper health precautions in place, the team will remain safe.  Dr. Catherine O’Neal of Our Lady of the Lake; Jack Marucci, LSU Director of Athletic Training and player Liam Shanahan spoke with WBRZ on Wednesday, detailing the measures the university has taken t
  • S&P 500 drifts close to record heights after jobless report

    S&P 500 drifts close to record heights after jobless report
    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is drifting close to its highest-ever levels on Thursday, and the market remains within a breath of erasing the last of its pandemic losses.The S&P 500 was up 0.1% in morning trading after earlier flipping between small gains and losses. It pulled within 0.1% of its record close, which was set in February before investors appreciated how much devastation the new coronavirus would cause for the global economy.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 53
  • President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel

    President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.The announcement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties to Israel.President Donald Trump tweeted a statement from the countries, acknowledging the
  • Assumption Schools eagerly welcome students, virtually and in-person, to first day of classes

    Assumption Schools eagerly welcome students, virtually and in-person, to first day of classes
    ASSUMPTION PARISH - The first day of a new school year is an exciting day for the typical Louisiana student.With their brand new school supplies, new wardrobe, and lingering relaxed summer-vaca vibe in tow, they're often looking forward to a fresh start.But students in Assumption Parish are facing the start of a new school year with challenges unlike any they've encountered before. With their brand new masks, laptops, and social-distancing guidelines in mind, they're taking on the firs
  • SLU football questionable as conference eyes fall sports cancellations, reports suggest

    SLU football questionable as conference eyes fall sports cancellations, reports suggest
    HAMMOND - The Southland Conference, which includes Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, may be the next sports league to postpone or cancel fall sports.KPRC TV in Houston reported Thursday, the conference was angling toward shutting down fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic.SLU has already canceled its first game, a reporter in New Orleans posted on social media, though the school's ticket office said it was still working through the details and could not confirm.Click HERE for th
  • SLU football canceled, may play in the spring, league officials announce

    SLU football canceled, may play in the spring, league officials announce
    HAMMOND - The Southland Conference, which includes Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, is the latest sports league to postpone or cancel fall sports Thursday. After reports surfaced the conference was angling toward shutting down fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic, league officials confirmed the decision Thursday morning. In a news release, conference officials said plans for fall sports were off with hopes to "explore" a return in the spring.“After thoughtfu
  • Gilead Sciences criticized for expensive pricing of COVID-fighting drug, remdesivir

    Gilead Sciences criticized for expensive pricing of COVID-fighting drug, remdesivir
    When Gilead Sciences announced its discovery of a promising treatment for some coronavirus patients, the public was ecstatic, but now many are criticizing Gilead for its failure to quickly create a cheaper alternative for the expensive drug.  ABC News reports that the most vocal of critics are state leaders and a government watchdog group that have leveled complaints against the company for the price point it set for its antiviral drug remdesivir. Earlier this week, G
  • Officials encourage citizens to vote on upcoming Election Day, August 15

    Officials encourage citizens to vote on upcoming Election Day, August 15
    BATON ROUGE — Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin issued a release Thursday morning, reminding citizens that Saturday, August 15 is Election Day. A total of 38 parishes have parishwide and/or limited jurisdiction proposition elections, including: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bossier, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Plaquemines, Pointe Coup

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