Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

  SEC cancels all sports for remaining 2019-2020 athletic year; extends suspension of athletics activities

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has canceled all sporting events at its member schools, including LSU, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 athletic year.

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  Delays in coronavirus test results causing frustration for residents and officials

  Local business donate materials for reusable face masks

  The Bonnet Carre Spillway opens for the third year in a row

  ICU nurse speaks out about the stressful, exhausting work taking care of COVID-19 patients

Dorignac’s Grocery in Metairie closes for week after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Dorignac’s Grocery store in Metairie will close it’s doors Friday at 8 p.m. and remain closed for a week.
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  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

  Record heat possible next week.

  St. Tammany leaders address boaters not following social distancing

Gov. Edwards: case increase not as drastic, but climbs to 10,297 with 370 deaths in Louisiana

Slidell to start 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. curfew on Friday

  SEC cancels all sports for remaining 2019-2020 athletic year; extends suspension of athletics activities

NOPD: Don’t gather in large groups and try to be home by 9 p.m.

COVID-19 ‘clusters’ at La. nursing homes

State provides relief for TOPS-eligible students during coronavirus crisis

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  ‘We need help’: Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.

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Zurik: Attorneys ask judge to end St. Tammany Jail’s extended use of holding cells, citing concerns of COVID-19

Attorneys suing the St. Tammany Parish Jail over extended use of holding cells, keeping inmates there for days -- if not weeks -- are asking a judge to step in and force the jail to stop those practices amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana.

Zurik: Attorneys request state, federal investigations into St. Tammany Jail’s cramped holding cells

Attorneys who previously filed a class-action lawsuit regarding the cramped holding cells in the St. Tammany Parish Jail are now seeking investigations into the practice on both the state and federal level.

  Zurik: Healthcare workers among the first to be tested at drive-thru sites have not received results

When drive-thru testing sites were established in New Orleans to test for COVID-19, healthcare workers and first responders were the first to get tested. But a week after those frontline workers were tested, their results are still outstanding.

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  SEC cancels all sports for remaining 2019-2020 athletic year; extends suspension of athletics activities

P.J. Williams re-signs with the Saints

Saints drafted Williams in 2015

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La. Supreme Court chief justice offers prison reduction guidance amid COVID-19 pandemic

  La. Dept. of Health reports 10,297 cases of COVID-19 and 370 deaths

Burglary suspect dies after being tased during arrest in Gulfport, say authorities

  State launches enhanced website for coronavirus information

Over 200 cases of COVID-19 on the Coast as state numbers rise to over 1,300

MSDH reported Friday that there are now 1,358 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of Coast residents diagnosed with the virus to 217.
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  A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

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 have shut down across the world.

  Army Corps of Engineers begin opening Bonnet Carre Spillway

  COVID-19 patients could move into Convention Center as soon as Sunday

  Federal report details many violations against companies involved in the Hard Rock

  Summer feel next week

COAST IN CRISIS

  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open Bonnet Carre Spillway Friday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says new Mississippi River projections will force them to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Friday.

  New life comes to a Louisiana island

Pelicans return to Queen Bess Island, recently restored through an $18 million project