• Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 start for 10-game football schedule

    Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 start for 10-game football schedule
    The Pac-12 on Friday set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each te
  • Lawmakers hear from business owners impacted by pandemic as unemployment runs low

    Lawmakers hear from business owners impacted by pandemic as unemployment runs low
    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers heard the harsh realities of the pandemic's impact on the state's economy Friday afternoon at the state capitol.The unemployment fund is running low and lost jobs may never come back.One local restaurant and bar owner, Brad Watts, testified at the state capitol on Friday, Aug. 14, before the Louisiana Economic Recovery Task Force.Watts owns three businesses that have been closed since March. He says things need to get back to normal as soon as possible as the 50% capacit
  • Different look inside LSU classrooms as students prepare for fall return

    Different look inside LSU classrooms as students prepare for fall return
    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University is making preparations for 30-thousand students to return to class in the coming weeks."We've been consulting CDC guidelines, we've been working with the state, and talked to the fire marshal so I feel confident," LSU interim president Tom Galligan said.Auditoriums are now cut down to fifty percent capacity with every other seat zip-tied off. The more than 400 classrooms have sanitization stations, cleaning wipes for students to use, and plexiglass barri
  • Drying trend after Saturday

    Drying trend after Saturday
    Showers and thunderstorms will scale back through the weekend. While still hot, some slightly drier air could be around the corner.The Next 24 Hours: As showers subside overnight, skies will partially clear with calm winds and low temperatures dipping into the mid 70s. One more relatively active day is then expected before a short intermission. Saturday will find high temperatures in the low 90s before scattered showers and thunderstorms develop—mainly after lunchtime.  &
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  • Judge signs temporary shut-down order against Ruston restaurant over coronavirus violations

    Judge signs temporary shut-down order against Ruston restaurant over coronavirus violations
    RUSTON - A buffet restaurant in north Louisiana is being served a court order to shut down after it repeatedly violated statewide rules in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The Louisiana Department of Health reported Friday that it obtained a temporary restraining order against Peking Buffet in Ruston. The order prohibits the restaurant from operating until at least after an injunction hearing Aug. 21. The business had previously drawn the ire of the state after
  • Grambling State: 1 shot on campus; no students involved

    Grambling State: 1 shot on campus; no students involved
    GRAMBLING (AP) — One person was wounded in a shooting at a Louisiana university but neither the shooter nor victim was a student or employee, a spokeswoman for Grambling State University said Friday.The victim of Thursday night’s shooting was recovering in a hospital from an injury that is not life-threatening, according to a university news release sent Friday.Lincoln Parish sheriff’s deputies and city and state police were helping the 18 campus
  • LSU sending out guidance on how to handle students who refuse in-class mask requirement

    LSU sending out guidance on how to handle students who refuse in-class mask requirement
    BATON ROUGE - LSU is sending faculty a guide illustrating how to handle a student who refuses to adhere to the university's mask policy this semester.The step-by-step guide informs employees how to handle a student who won't wear a mask in class and what to do if said student refuses to leave. The outline suggests contacting campus security if such a student refuses to leave the classroom after receiving multiple warnings.The "script" was sent out to faculty as part of an overall guidance sheet
  • Elderly man dies after neighbor pulls him from burning home in St. Charles Parish

    Elderly man dies after neighbor pulls him from burning home in St. Charles Parish
    NORCO - State fire marshal deputies are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of the elderly homeowner.According to the state fire marshal's office, the Norco Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Pine Street around 6:45 a.m. on Friday.A neighbor, who is also a volunteer firefighter, found the 86-year-old man sitting against the screen door of his home unconscious and pulled him from the house before calling 911. The homeowner was later pronounced dead at the
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  • Police: Overnight traffic stops lead to 2 drug busts in Richland, Ouachita

    Police: Overnight traffic stops lead to 2 drug busts in Richland, Ouachita
    Louisiana State Police and troopers arrested several people for various drug charges Thursday night during traffic stops.Troopers say the first stop was on I-20 in Richland Parish. Two people traveling in a 2020 Toyota Camry were hauling approximately 12 pounds of "high-grade marijuana," authorities say. State police, with the help of an LSP K-9, found the drugs in the vehicle.The second stop was on I-20 in Ouachita Parish. Troopers say they could smell a strong odor of marijuana upon approachi
  • Man arrested for shooting at his ex and her infant child

    Man arrested for shooting at his ex and her infant child
    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police arrested a man for his alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her infant child that occurred on a Sunday morning in June. According to a police report, on June 21, a woman and her infant son were in a car and traveling to an address on 73rd Avenue when the woman noticed that her ex-boyfriend, Kendall Hickman, was following her in a gold sedan. The woman told officers that when she came to a stop at an intersection o
  • Man arrested for allegedly shooting at his ex and her infant child

    Man arrested for allegedly shooting at his ex and her infant child
    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police arrested a man for his alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her infant child that occurred on a Sunday morning in June. According to a police report, on June 21, a woman and her infant son were traveling to an address on 73rd Avenue in a vehicle when the woman noticed that her ex-boyfriend, Kendall Hickman, was following her in a gold sedan. The woman told officers that when she came to a stop at an intersection o
  • Livingston daycare employee arrested on juvenile cruelty charges

    Livingston daycare employee arrested on juvenile cruelty charges
    DENHAM SPRINGS – Livingston Parish daycare directors self-reported questionable actions of an employee who has since been arrested and charged with cruelty to juveniles.Janice Felder, 57, was booked into the Livingston Parish jail Wednesday evening after an incident earlier in the week.Parents said they noticed a bruise on their child and after complaining to the daycare, operators reviewed classroom video and noticed what they thought was Felder acting rough with children in her care
  • Baton Rouge hospital earns 5-star rating for 6th year in a row

    Baton Rouge hospital earns 5-star rating for 6th year in a row
    BATON ROUGE - The Spine Hospital of Louisiana received another five-star rating from the federal government in Patient Experience for the sixth consecutive time. The Spine Hospital of Louisiana is a physician-owned hospital located within The NeuroMedical Center Campus specializing in the surgical and non-surgical care of the spine, brain, and nervous system.Approximately 3,478 hospitals were rated and The Spine Hospital is one of 266 to receive a top rating from the Centers for Medicare and Me
  • One person seriously hurt in shooting on Greenwell Street

    One person seriously hurt in shooting on Greenwell Street
    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are investigating a reported shooting that left a person with serious injuries Friday.The incident was reported around 1:45 p.m. on Greenwell Street near Winchester Avenue. Authorities said one person was taken from the scene in critical condition.No other details on the shooting were immediately available.Permalink| Comments
  • Man found shot in truck on Greenwell Street Friday has died

    Man found shot in truck on Greenwell Street Friday has died
    BATON ROUGE - One person was killed Friday afternoon in a shooting on Greenwell Street.Authorities investigated a reported shooting around 1:05 p.m. in the 5200 block of Greenwell Springs Road on Friday, Aug. 14.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, 66-year-old Donald Carlton was found suffering from a gunshot wound inside of his vehicle when officials arrived to the scene.Carlton was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he later died.This is an ongoing investig
  • Student driver, instructor hospitalized after head-on collision; police arrest suspected impaired driver

    Student driver, instructor hospitalized after head-on collision; police arrest suspected impaired driver
    SLIDELL - A student driver and her instructor were critically injured after being struck head-on by a suspected impaired driver Thursday evening. The 17-year-old student driver and the instructor were traveling east on Brownswitch Road Thursday evening when the crash happened. The student driver was merging onto a roundabout when a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Jarrod Sciacca hit them head-on.According to the Slidell Police Department, Sciacca was traveling in the opposite lane around
  • Student driver and instructor in critical condition after head-on collision; police arrest suspected impaired driver

    Student driver and instructor in critical condition after head-on collision; police arrest suspected impaired driver
    SLIDELL - A student driver and her instructor were critically injured after being struck head-on by a suspected impaired driver Thursday evening. Around 5:30 p.m. the 17-year-old student driver and the instructor were traveling east on Brownswitch Road in a 2015 Nissan Versa. When they were merging on a roundabout to travel south on to Robert Boulevard a 2005 Jeep Liberty, driven by 34-year-old, Jarrod Sciacca was traveling south on to Robert Boulevard.According to the Slidell Police D
  • Federal judge upholds New York's COVID-19 travel quarantine

    Federal judge upholds New York's COVID-19 travel quarantine
    UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by an Arizona woman who claimed New York’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from hotspot coronavirus states infringed on her “fundamental right to travel.”U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd on Tuesday became at least the second federal judge to rule against challenges to the quarantines first ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June. The advisory currently covers travelers from 31 states, Pue
  • University Lakes restoration project set to resume next month

    University Lakes restoration project set to resume next month
    BATON ROUGE - Crews are expected to resume work on the University Lakes restoration project in September after the coronavirus waylaid the state's clean-up efforts for months.An LSU spokesperson said Friday that work to rehabilitate the six lakes around the campus will "restart" next month. Project partners are finalizing agreements to present to both the Metro Council and the BREC Commission at their upcoming September meetings.The project to restore the lakes began in January but was suspende
  • City Park Lakes restoration project to resume in September following funding, pandemic-related delays

    City Park Lakes restoration project to resume in September following funding, pandemic-related delays
    BATON ROUGE- Plans to rehabilitate the algae-covered City Park Lakes are being executed at last after funding and pandemic-related delays have pushed the project back for nearly five years.The lakes near LSU are a popular spot in the capital area for those looking to get active, get social, or get outdoors. Especially after months-long closures and quarantining, many are flocking to the once scenic spot, but only to be disappointed by the view.The long-awaited task to clear the lakes o
  • Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

    Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged Thursday that he’s starving the U.S. Postal Service of money in order to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him the election.In an interview on Fox Business Network, Trump explicitly noted two funding provisions that Democrats are seeking in a relief package that has stalled on Capitol Hill. Without the additional money, he said, the Postal Service won&r
  • Postal Service warns states across US about mail voting

    Postal Service warns states across US about mail voting
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised.Voters and lawmakers in several states are also complaining that some curbside mail collection boxes are being removed.Even as President Donald Trump rails against wide-scale voting by mail, the post
  • Stocks drift on Wall Street following latest run at record

    Stocks drift on Wall Street following latest run at record
    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is drifting Friday after a report showed that sales for U.S retailers strengthened again last month, but by less than economists expected.The S&P 500 was little changed in late morning trading, as the market takes a pause after nearly erasing the last of the steep losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In each of the last two days, the index made a brief run above its record closing high, which was set in February, only to fade in
  • Sources say President Trump's brother remains "very ill" after June hospitalization

    Sources say President Trump's brother remains "very ill" after June hospitalization
    Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, has been hospitalized in New York, according to ABC News. The details of his condition remain unknown though he is described by sources as "very ill."White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed the hospitalization, adding that the President Trump and his brother "have a very good relationship" and that the president would be providing more details later.Sources say the president will likely visit his brother Friday, though
  • WATCH: Bone-chilling clip of national TV show about Scott Rogers

    WATCH: Bone-chilling clip of national TV show about Scott Rogers
    ST. GABRIEL - The bizarre story of the death and revelation about a disturbing past life of area TV personality Scott Rogers will be must-see TV across the country next week.Investigation Discovery will preset Lying King: The Scott Rogers Story.   The two-hour show will feature exclusive reports from WBRZ's team of journalists who devoted weeks to peeling back the story involving Rogers' death and his disturbing behavior in Europe before moving to Louisiana. 
  • Coach O gives Governor John Bel Edwards a National Championship ring

    Coach O gives Governor John Bel Edwards a National Championship ring
    BATON ROUGE - One of the most esteemed college football coaches in the country has given Louisiana's governor a National Championship ring.At a time when well over 100,000 of the state's residents are suffering from the effects of a mysterious epidemic, Governor John Bel Edwards undoubtedly feels the pressure of making choices that affect the health and livelihoods of those under his watch.And LSU Tigers head football coach, Ed Orgeron, a man who is incredibly familiar with the stress of workin
  • Perkins Rowe theater to reopen with restrictions, Friday afternoon

    Perkins Rowe theater to reopen with restrictions, Friday afternoon
    BATON ROUGE - As countries across the globe continue to monitor the number of novel coronavirus cases and deaths in their area, many officials are also monitoring the economic loss caused by the pandemic.In hopes of revitalizing an economy that became nearly stagnant from mid-March until July due to governmental lockdowns, many businesses that involve close contact with others are reopening with enhanced precautions.One such business, the Cinemark Theater at Perkin's Rowe, is opening its doors
  • Zachary drug bust leads to seizure of illegal substances, weapons

    Zachary drug bust leads to seizure of illegal substances, weapons
    ZACHARY - On Friday morning, the Zachary Police Department announced that a July 8 drug bust performed alongside officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office (EBRSO) resulted in one person's arrest as well as the seizure of a hefty amount of illegal substances and weapons.Authorities say a long-term investigation into the activities of Jenaro James aka "Rocky" led to his arrest and the seizure of the following items at a location within the 2600 block of Zachary's Avenue D and a
  • US retail sales regain pre-virus level but slowdown likely

    US retail sales regain pre-virus level but slowdown likely
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their retail purchases by 1.2% in July, with solid gains in appliances and clothing helping restore sales to their level before the viral pandemic erupted in March.Sales at retail stores and restaurants have now risen for three straight months, after plunges in March and April, when the pandemic shuttered businesses and paralyzed the economy. Still, much of the spending was fueled by government aid that had put more money in people’s poc
  • Ahead of move-in day, LSU lays out its COVID response, expectations for football

    Ahead of move-in day, LSU lays out its COVID response, expectations for football
    BATON ROUGE – LSU's incoming students will begin moving into their dorms Saturday, August 15 and university officials say they're on track to host a safe move-in experience for all 7,000 students.They've prepared an organized response to COVID-19, the illness that's impacted the entire globe and become deadly to some. In following state, federal, and CDC guidelines, university officials hope to prevent further spread of the illness within the LSU Community. To limit interacti

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