• New Orleans homeless population to relocate to French Quarter hotel

    New Orleans homeless population to relocate to French Quarter hotel
    NEW ORLEANS – City and state officials collaborated in a plan to move members of New Orleans’ homeless population off the streets and into a 155-hotel in the Central Business district.According to WWL-TV the general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn- New Orleans French Quarter confirmed that officials are working to start moving people in groups of 35 from encampments and house and feed them for the next 30 days.The money to fund the process comes from a combination of federa
  • Wall Street pushes higher, led by health care stocks

    Wall Street pushes higher, led by health care stocks
    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are pushing a bit higher in Monday morning trading, but markets were tentative around the world amid uncertainty about whether global authorities can do enough to nurse the economy through the coronavirus outbreak.The S&P 500 was up nearly 2% in morning trading, renewing gains after falling close to the flatline. European markets were mixed after paring earlier losses. Asian markets were down, but by more modest degrees than the huge swings that have ro
  • ESPN eyes Drew Brees for top analyst job

    ESPN eyes Drew Brees for top analyst job
    ESPN, in the midst of reformatting its Monday Night Football booth, had been hoping to woo two former NFL quarterbacks for their top analyst job, Tony Romo and Peyton Manning.But the network missed the mark and after failing to snag both former quarterbacks, set its sights on a QB who isn't even retired yet- Drew Brees.According to a sports site, Outkick ESPN presented the Saints QB with an eight-figure offer to become the network’s Monday Night Football lead analyst. If he gives them
  • Vincent van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

    Vincent van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said that “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884 ” by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday. By early afternoon, all that could be seen from the outside of the museum was a lar
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  • New Jersey pharmaceutical company donates 400,000 tablets to Louisiana for clinical trials in COVID-19 treatment

    New Jersey pharmaceutical company donates 400,000 tablets to Louisiana for clinical trials in COVID-19 treatment
    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, working with the assistance of State Senate Health and Welfare Chairman Fred Mills issued a statement Monday, announcing that Amneal Pharmaceuticals is donating 400,000 hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to the State of Louisiana to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic."On behalf of Louisiana, I want to thank Amneal for this generous donation," said General Landry. "Amneal's donation is one step toward trying to find treatments and cures for th
  • Organizers of Tokyo Olympics announce new dates for Games

    Organizers of Tokyo Olympics announce new dates for Games
    Less than a week after announcing that the Games would be postponed, officials decided on new dates for the Tokyo Olympics.According to USA Today, on Monday organizers announced  a new start date of July 23, 2021 and a closing ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. The Tokyo Olympics had previously been slated to start almost exactly one year earlier, running from July 24 through Aug. 9."These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organization of the Games the
  • Fire rips through Florida Street car wash Monday morning

    Fire rips through Florida Street car wash Monday morning
    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge firefighters rushed to extinguish a Monday morning blaze that ripped through a car wash within the 3300 block of Florida Street. The fire broke out at the car wash next to the Circle K Gas Station. It is unknown whether the blaze resulted in any injuries.This article will be updated with additional information as firefighters continue to respond to the incident. Permalink| Comments
  • FDA grants anti-malaria drugs emergency approval to treat COVID-19

    FDA grants anti-malaria drugs emergency approval to treat COVID-19
    Novel coronavirus, known for attacking the respiratory system and causing an illness that is officially called COVID-19, has claimed more than 34,000 lives across the globe.But scientists are teaming up with government officials to find and approve medical therapies that will combat the virus; ABC News reports that as of Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given anti-malaria drugs emergency approval to treat COVID-19.At the moment, few details regarding the approval have been pro
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  • City at center of China's virus outbreak gradually revives

    City at center of China's virus outbreak gradually revives
    WUHAN, China (AP) — Shopkeepers in the city at the center of China’s virus outbreak were reopening Monday but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kept tens of millions of people at home for two months.“I’m so excited, I want to cry,” said a woman on one of Wuhan’s major shopping streets, the Chuhe Hanjie pedestrian mall, who would give only the English name Kat.Kat said she was a teacher
  • Pride: Overturned 18-wheeler hauling gasoline causes road closure on Greenwell Springs Road

    Pride: Overturned 18-wheeler hauling gasoline causes road closure on Greenwell Springs Road
    PRIDE - Louisiana State Police say they're investigating a Monday morning crash involving an overturned 18-wheeler that was carrying a large amount of gasoline.Police say the truck is in a ditch at 3900 Greenwell Springs Road and is leaking gasoline. As of 7:30 a.m., Haz-Mat is en route to the scene and the roadway is currently closed in both directions. State police report that the crash did not result in any injuries. STATE POLICE: "18-wheeler in a ditch at 3900 Gre
  • Sesame Street muppets star in several PSAs about hand washing, virus precautions

    Sesame Street muppets star in several PSAs about hand washing, virus precautions
    NEW YORK (AP) — Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part to help keep kids safe as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on.The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing such things as washing hands and sneezing.One of Elmo’s signature songs, the toothbrush classic “Brushy Brush,” has been updated to “Washy Wash.”Rooster pop
  • Backstreet's back from their living room to yours, the singers reunite to sing for charity

    Backstreet's back from their living room to yours, the singers reunite to sing for charity
    One of the world's most successful boy bands united via social media for Elton John's iHeartRadio's Living Room Concert for America on Sunday.The Backstreet Boys, all living in different states, streamed in their pre-recorded performance from their homes to raise money for families in need. Nick Carter held his son Odin as he sang by the pool, Kevin Richard's sons Mason and Maxwell showed off their musical skills on the guitar and drums, and AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, and Brian Littrell
  • Dollar General offers discounts to medical personnel and first responders

    Dollar General offers discounts to medical personnel and first responders
    Dollar General has announced that, effective Monday, March 30 all medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen will be given a 10 percent discount on certain purchases at more than 16,300 stores across the country. The store asks that these individuals present their employment badge or ID to receive the discount.“At Dollar General, we are deeply appreciative for the ongoing and brave work that our medical professionals, first responder communities and
  • Local fashion designer, engineer partner to create device aimed at reducing spread of germs

    Local fashion designer, engineer partner to create device aimed at reducing spread of germs
    LAFAYETTE - In the midst of the war against novel coronavirus, most of the world has become hyper-aware of how easily germs can spread. Local fashion designer and expectant mother Christina Barbier is no different, but she's doing more than washing her hands with due diligence. According to The Advocate, Barbier has rolled up her sleeves and created wearable technology to help people stay as germ-free as possible. Barbier is the founder of Face Touch Alert, a wearable
  • Fatal Sunday night shooting outside of Cousin's Food Mart leaves 36-year-old man dead

    Fatal Sunday night shooting outside of Cousin's Food Mart leaves 36-year-old man dead
    BATON ROUGE - Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department say a man was fatally shot Sunday night at Cousins Food Mart, within the 6200 block of Airline Highway.Police have identified the deceased man as 36-year-old Jason Nixon. They say he was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the store's parking lot shortly after 10 p.m.After being rushed to an area hospital, Nixon passed away. Detectives are working to determine suspects tied to the shooting as well as a
  • California serial killer, the 'Grim Sleeper,' found dead in his cell

    California serial killer, the 'Grim Sleeper,' found dead in his cell
    A convicted serial killer, accused of stalking and then slaying women in California over a span of three decades, died over the weekend at San Quentin State Prison.Lonnie Franklin, known as the "Grim Sleeper," was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday night, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.CNN reports that an autopsy is being performed to determine the 67-year-old's cause of death, but there were no signs of trauma, the statement said.
  • Spain passes China in infection cases; Trump extends US lockdown

    Spain passes China in infection cases; Trump extends US lockdown
    MOSCOW (AP) — In an abrupt turnaround, President Donald Trump extended lockdown measures across the United States as deaths in New York from the new coronavirus passed 1,000. Spain on Monday became the third country to surpass China in infections after the United States and Italy.With a population of only 47 million to China’s 1.4 billion, Spain’s tally of infections reached 85,195 on Monday, a rise of 8% from the previous day. Spain also reported 812 new deaths in
  • German officials say Wimbledon will likely be cancelled

    German officials say Wimbledon will likely be cancelled
    The German Tennis Federation's (DTB) Vice President Dirk Hordorff has announced that the much-anticipated Wimbledon tennis championships, which were scheduled to kick off June 29, will be canceled. According to CNN, official cancellation is expected to be made this week, following an emergency meeting to make a final decision on the June 29 grand slam event. That meeting, which will take place Wednesday, will involve a discussion of all possible scenarios, including both postp
  • CBS journalist succumbs to virus, two renowned musicians hospitalized

    CBS journalist succumbs to virus, two renowned musicians hospitalized
    Novel coronavirus, the pandemic that continues to trigger tragedies across the globe, has now resulted in the death of a well-known journalist and left two world-renowned musicians in serious condition. CNN reports that on Sunday, COVID-19 took the life of CBS News producer and talent executive Maria Mercader.Mercader became a CBS page in the early 1990's and used the following three decades to work her way up to becoming a producer on the network's foreign and national desks.CBS state
  • Container ship runs aground on Mississippi River

    Container ship runs aground on Mississippi River
    POYDRAS, La. (AP) — Traffic restrictions on the Mississippi River have been lifted after a container ship that ran aground was back underway, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Saturday.The container ship, called the Belita, ran aground around 3:20 a.m. Friday near mile marker 81 near Poydras, close to the Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard Parish lines. The ship hit a rock-like structure along the shoreline called a riprap, the Coast Guard said.What caused the accident remains under inve
  • Hundreds at Louisiana church flout COVID-19 gatherings ban

    Hundreds at Louisiana church flout COVID-19 gatherings ban
    CENTRAL, La. (AP) — Hundreds of worshippers attended services at a Louisiana church on Sunday, flouting a ban on large gatherings, angering neighbors and seemingly turning a deaf ear to their governor, who once again warned that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with new cases of the coronavirus.An estimated 500 people of all ages filed inside the mustard-yellow and beige Life Tabernacle church in Central, a city of nearly 29,000 outside Baton Rouge.Assistant ministers and worshippe
  • Woman's Hospital set to open COVID-19 testing site at Wellness Center

    Woman's Hospital set to open COVID-19 testing site at Wellness Center
    BATON ROUGE - Starting on Monday Woman's Hospital will be testing for the novel coronavirus.According to the hospital's Public Relations Coordinator, Caroline Isemann, the testing site will focus on testing pregnant women in their 3rd trimester who have symptoms."We want to ensure pregnant women get access to the testing they may need and this service is consist with our mission to take care of the unique needs of women and infants," said Isemann.The new testing site will be l
  • Woman's Hospital set to open COVID-19 testing site

    Woman's Hospital set to open COVID-19 testing site
    BATON ROUGE - Starting on Monday Woman's Hospital will be testing for the novel coronavirus.According to the hospital's Public Relations Coordinator, Caroline Isemann, the testing site will focus on testing pregnant women in their 3rd trimester who have symptoms."We want to ensure pregnant women get access to the testing they may need and this service is consist with our mission to take care of the unique needs of women and infants," said Isemann.The new testing site is a driv
  • Zachary woman killed in single vehicle crash

    Zachary woman killed in single vehicle crash
    DENHAM SPRINGS - Troopers are investigating a fatal accident that claimed one woman's life Saturday morning.Shortly before 12 p.m. Louisiana State Troopers responded to LA Hwy 16 north of LA Hwy 1032 (4-H Club Rd.) in Livingston Parish in reference to a car crash.The crash claimed the life of 20-year-old Daylin Alaniz of Zachary.Alaniz was traveling south on LA Hwy 16 in a 2012 Ford Mustang when for unknown reasons the Mustang ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole. After striki
  • Federal prison in Louisiana reports first COVID-19 death

    Federal prison in Louisiana reports first COVID-19 death
    NEW ORLEANS - A federal prison in Louisiana has reported it's first death due to COVID-19.Accodring to the Washington Post, Patrick Jones, 49, was the first inmate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test positive for Covid-19 on March 19, and was the first to die from the virus. Jones was transferred to a hospital from a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates located in Oakdale, La. Jones was placed on a ventilator the next day.Jones had "long-term, pre-existing me
  • Gonzales woman looks to replenish blood donation drought

    Gonzales woman looks to replenish blood donation drought
    GONZALES – While people are heading the Governor's orders and staying home, the nation is seeing a severe blood donation shortage. One woman took it upon herself to help out locally."We've had to cancel all of our events so we decided to approach it from another angle,” said Misty Walls.Walls and her husband run the nonprofit Louisiana Warriors Unleashed, where they provide service animals to veterans and first responders. While they would normally be busy hosting events for
  • Ascension chemical plant employee found dead in PVC unit overnight

    Ascension chemical plant employee found dead in PVC unit overnight
    GEISMAR - A chemical plant employee was found dead after a four-hour search and recovery at the Westlake Chemical facility overnight.The company did not release the name of the worker found dead and described the incident as an "accident" in the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) unit at the Ascension Parish plant.In a statement released to media Sunday, the company said plant operators lost contact with the worker in the PVC unit around 12:10 Sunday morning.  The worker's body was recovered abo
  • Trump extends virus guidelines to end of April, braces US for big death toll

    Trump extends virus guidelines to end of April, braces US for big death toll
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.It was a stark shift in tone by the president, who only days ago mused about the country reopening in a few weeks. From the Rose Garden, he said his Easter revival hopes had only bee
  • Overnight fire destroys house, spreads to church

    Overnight fire destroys house, spreads to church
    BATON ROUGE - At 12:41 Sunday, firefighters responded to a house fire, that spread to a nearby church.The house, a total loss, is on Uncus Street. The Church, Jesus Name Apostolic Temple Inc., is on Wheeler Avenue. The church has structure and content damage. When firefighters got to the scene, both structures were engulfed in flames. The fire took less than two hours to contain. Three people are believed to live in the house, all are safe.The cause of the fire is under investigation.P
  • Staff member from the Governor's Office dies due to COVID-19

    Staff member from the Governor's Office dies due to COVID-19
    BATON ROUGE - A staff member who served in the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs has passed away from COVID-19.Around 9 p.m. on Saturday La. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced 33-year old April Dunn passed away from the coronavirus. Gov. Edwards stated in an email:“On behalf of Donna and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April,” said Gov. Edwards. “She brightened everyone’s day with her smile,

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