• NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

    NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus rose past 4,000 on Tuesday, eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lay in intensive care, believed to be the first major world leader hospitalized with the virus.The twin developments came even as the crisis seemed to be easing or at least stabilizing, by some measures, in New York and parts of Europe, though health officials warned people at nearl
  • Louisiana College applies for NAIA for 2021-22 school year

    Louisiana College applies for NAIA for 2021-22 school year
    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A private Baptist college in Louisiana has applied to rejoin the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, with league play starting in the 2021-22 school year.Louisiana College is currently a member of the American Southwest Conference, which it joined in 2000.The school’s athletic department announced the NAIA application Wednesday.Officials say the football team is applying to join the&am
  • Sentencing moved back for Louisiana Black church arsonist

    Sentencing moved back for Louisiana Black church arsonist
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Sentencing has been pushed back for the man who pleaded guilty to setting fires in 2019 at three historic Black churches in south Louisiana.Holden Matthews had been set for sentencing July 30 in federal court in Lafayette. But court records show the sentencing has been rescheduled for Oct. 16.Courthouse access restrictions related to the new coronavirus are slated to expire in September.Matthews pleaded guilty in February to state and federal charges.Matthews, wh
  • Woman's Hospital breaks down safety precautions for pregnant women amid pandemic

    Woman's Hospital breaks down safety precautions for pregnant women amid pandemic
    BATON ROUGE- Woman's Hospital has released updated safety guidelines for pregnant women after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that pregnant women with COVID-19 could be at a higher risk of more severe symptoms.Having a baby, caring for a newborn, and healing from childbirth are all exhausting, stressful, and typically overwhelming experiences. For those who are going through these challenging times during a pandemic, there are even more hardships.Delivering a baby
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  • Baton Rouge businesses prepare for mask requirement to begin Friday

    Baton Rouge businesses prepare for mask requirement to begin Friday
    BATON ROUGE - With less than 24 hours until Baton Rouge's mask requirement goes into effect, local business owners are bracing for the change."You have to have a mask to enter the establishment. It's just going to be what it has to be at this point," Mike Anderson's Restaurant General Manager Joshua Jones said.After a surge in coronavirus cases across the capital city, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is making face masks inside businesses a requirement."Everything's been a big challenge fo
  • AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem

    AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem
    “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety
  • Texas governor issues mask order to fight coronavirus

    Texas governor issues mask order to fight coronavirus
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic ramp up of the Republican’s efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.Abbott, who had pushed Texas’ aggressive reopening of the state economy in May, had previously said the government could not order individuals to wear masks. His prior virus-related orders had undercut efforts
  • Redskins sponsor FedEx asks team to change its name

    Redskins sponsor FedEx asks team to change its name
    WASHINGTON - FedEx, one of the most prominent sponsors of the Washington Redskins, has asked that the team change its name.The shipping company released a statement Thursday explaining that it had made a request for the NFL franchise to change its team name. The company owns the naming rights to the team's current stadium, FedEx Field.JUST IN: @FedEx has asked the Washington @Redskins to change its name. Here is the statement:“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request
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  • Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before

    Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before
    O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a gun before in defense of their property, according to an affidavit in an ongoing case.As demonstrators marched near the Renaissance palazzo-style home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Sunday, video posted online showed him wielding a long-barreled gun and her with a small handgun. No shots were fired.The proteste
  • City of Walker to encourage social distancing during annual Fourth of July celebration

    City of Walker to encourage social distancing during annual Fourth of July celebration
    WALKER – While a lot of Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled, the City of Walker's is still on.“I’m ecstatic. So many people are cooped up with nothing to do, and this is going to get a lot of people out. It's safer to be outside,” Tracy Baron said.Baron lives across the street from Sidney Hutchinson Park where the annual Independence festivities will be taking place. He watches the fireworks show in his front lawn.“All of my neighbors
  • CONGRATS! WBRZ anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon ranked 225's 'Best'

    CONGRATS! WBRZ anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon ranked 225's 'Best'
    BATON ROUGE - Sylvia Weatherspoon was voted Best TV personality in the Baton Rouge area in the 2020 Best of 225 awards.The annual program from 225 Magazine ranks readers' favorites among TV presenters, radio personalities, businesses and food.  Sylvia bested Pat Shingleton for the top-ranked TV personality.  225 Magazine said 170,000 people voted.  The Wearin' of the Green St. Patrick's Day Parade was voted the community's best event.The spe
  • Face masks encouraged, not mandatory in Ascension Parish

    Face masks encouraged, not mandatory in Ascension Parish
    On the heels of East Baton Rouge's mask mandate announcement, Ascension leaders say the parish has no plans of enforcing a mask requirement for now.Parish President Clint Cointment said in a statement Thursday afternoon that the parish is "strongly encouraging" people to wear masks in public, but there is no plan for a mandate like Baton Rouge.“I have conferred with Parish leaders, and we all concur that we must act to counter the recent rise of infections in Ascension Parish,&rdq
  • Face masks encouraged, not mandatory in Ascension & Livingston parishes

    Face masks encouraged, not mandatory in Ascension & Livingston parishes
    On the heels of East Baton Rouge's mask mandate announcement, Ascension and Livingston leaders say the parishes have no plans of enforcing a mask requirement for now.Parish President Clint Cointment said in a statement Thursday afternoon that Ascension Parish is "strongly encouraging" people to wear masks in public, but there is no plan for a mandate like Baton Rouge.“I have conferred with Parish leaders, and we all concur that we must act to counter the recent rise of infections in A
  • Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

    Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse
    British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women over many years.According to the indictment, Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein and was his frequent companion on trips around the world, facilitated his crimes and on some occasions joined him in sexually abusing the girls.E
  • Stocks rise on jobs data, S&P 500 ends week with solid gain

    Stocks rise on jobs data, S&P 500 ends week with solid gain
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher Thursday after a report showed the U.S. job market continues to climb out of the crater created by the coronavirus pandemic in the spring.The S&P 500 rose 0.5% and finished the holiday-shortened week with a gain of 4%. Stocks also rose across Europe and Asia, while oil prices strengthened on hopes that a recovering economy will mean more demand. Worries about the virus are still weighing on investors, however.Florida reported another sharp
  • Boy Scouts recall scout pins that contain high levels of lead

    Boy Scouts recall scout pins that contain high levels of lead
    BATON ROUGE- The Boy Scouts of America are recalling cub scout outdoor activity pins that contain lead levels above the federal limit.The rhomboid-shaped pin is silver with a gold animal paw painted on a blue background is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.About 78,000 pins were manufactured and distributed at Boy Scouts of America retail stores and authorized distributors nationwide. The pins were also a
  • Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

    Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies
    NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his great-niece, Molly Shaheen.“The Guinness Book of World Records” recognized Downs as having logged more hours in front of the camera than any television personality until
  • Deputies search for suspect involved in robbing a daiquiri shop

    Deputies search for suspect involved in robbing a daiquiri shop
    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a daiquiri shop Wednesday afternoon.Around 3:30 p.m. the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, received a call about a man robbing a daiquiri shop on Hwy 16 at gunpoint.Sheriff Jason Ard said, ‘We know the suspect demanded cash while pointing a handgun at the employee."The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall male. Video and pictures from the incident can be seen below. No injuries were repor
  • Deputies looking for man who robbed daiquiri shop at gunpoint

    Deputies looking for man who robbed daiquiri shop at gunpoint
    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a daiquiri shop Wednesday afternoon.Around 3:30 p.m., the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office received a call about a man robbing a daiquiri shop on LA 16. The sheriff says the robber demanded money from an employee at gunpoint.No injuries were reported.Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 225-686-2241.Permalink| Comments
  • Found: Elderly woman in Baker home safe and sound after going missing Wednesday

    Found: Elderly woman in Baker home safe and sound after going missing Wednesday
    BAKER - An elderly woman is now home safely after going missing on Wednesday, July 1.According to the Baker Police Department, she is home safe and sound.Police detectives say shortly after the search was on media outlets, the woman was found.Anyone with information on a missing person's whereabouts in Baker, Louisiana is urged to contact the Baker Police Department at 225-775-6000, extension 1.Permalink| Comments
  • Authorities search for missing 78-year-old woman; last seen in Baker

    Authorities search for missing 78-year-old woman; last seen in Baker
    BAKER - Police are searching for a 78-year-old who went missing Wednesday afternoon.According to the Baker Police Department, Gloria M. Fuqua left her home around noon on July 1,2020.Family members say that around the beginning of each month Fuqua buys groceries and other supplies in the Zachary and Baker area. Relatives say that they have not been in contact with Fuqua since she has left the house.Family members have also informed authorities that Fuqua has very poor memory, which app
  • EBR school board president calls for Connie Bernard's resignation

    EBR school board president calls for Connie Bernard's resignation
    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge School Board President Michael Gaudet announced Thursday that he is calling on Connie Bernard to resign from the board.The announcement comes more than a week after Gaudet renounced Bernard's actions during a school board discussion regarding the renaming of Lee High. Bernard was seen online shopping and made controversial statements regarding the school's original namesake, Robert E. Lee.Video from the board meeting went viral and led to widespread demands for he
  • 3 Baton Rouge protesters accused of causing $800K in damage handed federal indictments

    3 Baton Rouge protesters accused of causing $800K in damage handed federal indictments
    BATON ROUGE - Three people accused of setting a handful of Baton Rouge-area businesses on fire as part of a political statement amidst the George Floyd protests earlier this year were formally charged in federal court.Court documents reveal Terry Dorsey, Kenyatta Huggins and Shamyrin Djhodi Johnson were all indicted on arson charges related to the fires set at four different businesses. The fires were set throughout the area over the course of a few days beginning in late May.The total cost of
  • LAPD funding slashed by $150M, reducing number of officers

    LAPD funding slashed by $150M, reducing number of officers
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — City leaders voted Wednesday to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies during America’s reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice.About two-thirds of the funding was earmarked for police overtime and will be used to provide services and programs for communities of color, inc
  • Inauguration ceremonies held for Louisiana Sheriffs

    Inauguration ceremonies held for Louisiana Sheriffs
    A series of swearing-in ceremonies were held Thursday, July 1 for those elected to the role of Sheriff in their parishes.Some of those sworn in included Sheriff Jeff Travis of East Feliciana Parish, Sheriff Bobby Webre of Ascension Parish, and Sheriff Becket Breaux of St. Martinville Parish. Though the ceremonies were slightly different from those of previous years due to the implementation of social distancing practices in an effort to ward off the spread of COVID-19, each of the Sher
  • EBR evidence tossed in grisly Tennessee murder case after son charged with butchering, dismembering parents

    EBR evidence tossed in grisly Tennessee murder case after son charged with butchering, dismembering parents
    BATON ROUGE- A man arrested in Louisiana on suspicion of stabbing and dismembering his parents at their Tennessee home in 2016 has been granted a motion to suppress evidence found in his Baton Rouge apartment.In the case of 32-year-old Joel Michael Guy Jr., Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword denied his motion to suppress key pieces of evidence seized from the home without a warrant, including gruesome photos of of the victims' dismembered bodies.Sword's ruling follows the Tennessee Su
  • Unemployment claims up as Louisiana fights COVID-19

    Unemployment claims up as Louisiana fights COVID-19
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 22,000 Louisiana residents filed new claims for unemployment last week, the state’s labor department reported Thursday.The number of initial claims was up from fewer than 20,000 a week earlier. The figures show the continued effects of the fight against the new coronavirus. For the comparable week last year, initial unemployment claims were about 2,206.The total number receiving unemployment benefits rose above 306,000 last week. F
  • Unemployiment claims up as Louisiana fights COVID-19

    Unemployiment claims up as Louisiana fights COVID-19
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 22,000 Louisiana residents filed new claims for unemployment last week, the state’s labor department reported Thursday.The number of initial claims was up from fewer than 20,000 a week earlier. The figures show the continued effects of the fight against the new coronavirus. For the comparable week last year, initial unemployment claims were about 2,206.The total number receiving unemployment benefits rose above 306,000 last week. F
  • Central Police: Missing teen found

    Central Police: Missing teen found
    CENTRAL- The Central Police Department confirmed that 16-year-old Christopher James Stuart has been found as of Friday, July 3rd and is safe at home. He was reported missing on Thursday evening. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NCIC, in the United States, an estimated 460,000 children are reported missing every year.Click here for more information on missing children.Permalink| Comments
  • Authorities search for missing teen last seen in Central

    Authorities search for missing teen last seen in Central
    CENTRAL- The Central Police Department is asking for help in the search for a missing teenager.Christopher James Stuart, 16, was last seen on Wednesday, July 1 leaving his home on Loveott Road.Police say the 16-year-old boy got into a red car at the McDonald's at Hooper and Joor Wednesday night.Stuart is said to have an athletic build, standing 5'11" tall, weighing about 155 pounds. He has sandy blonde hair and hazel eyes, last seen wearing basketball shorts, a grey shirt, and black sneakers.An

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