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Trooper George Baker to be honored at private memorial service; procession to follow

Louisiana State Police Trooper George Baker will be laid to rest Thursday, May 28 after a private memorial service in Hammond.

1 dead, 2 injured after structure collapses

  RV sales jump 170% during coronavirus pandemic, says association

  Coast Guard searching for two swimmers reported missing from Orange Beach, AL

Letter in honor of critically injured trooper prays for safety over Memorial Day weekend

Union reps: Myers no longer warden at Oakdale FCC

Union leaders for prison employees file “imminent danger” complaints with OSHA

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Lawmakers urge state to protect privacy while contact tracing

Celebrate the front line with a virtual second line on May 19

State lawmakers kill vote-by-mail expansion

Statewide nursing home concerns highlighted with newly released data

Should you buy your first home during an economic crisis?

La. activates crisis text hotline to help people cope with stress of COVID-19 pandemic

Federal money spares TOPS, most state services from deep cuts in Edwards’ new budget proposal

“It looks more and more like we may be back in June,” Dardenne said, referring to the likelihood of a special legislative session.

COVID-19 cases at La. nursing homes

The Louisiana Department of Health is tracking the numbers of coronavirus cases in nursing homes and other adult residential care facilities statewide.

At least 1 killed, 9 injured by likely tornado NW of Lafayette

One person died and several were injured after severe weather Sunday, May 17.

  Most La. state parks reopen May 15

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced 18 of Louisiana’s 21 state parks will reopen beginning Friday, May 15.

Phase 1 of reopening begins in Louisiana Friday

La. casinos will not reopen Friday; new rules in place

La. will move to Phase 1 of reopening on May 15, Gov. announces

Gov. Edwards speaks during Phase 1 virtual town hall

As businesses reopen in Phase 1, Edwards continues to stress social distancing, testing

Louisiana seeking COVID-19 contact tracers

Bill to lower car insurance rates advances after lengthy, fiery debate

Louisianans pay roughly $2,300 each year to insure their cars, second only to Michigan.

  State’s casinos and gaming facilities can open next week with cap on devices and occupancy

Gaming facilities can open under new guidelines including 25 percent occupancy and 25 percent gaming devices.

  State revenue forecast slashed amid coronavirus pandemic

Louisiana's economy like the nation's is severely affected by the pandemic.

La. economists project COVID-19 will cause nearly $1B shortfall in state’s budget

State economists are projecting Louisiana’s budget will have a nearly $1 billion deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to WAFB’s Matt Houston.

  Governor Edwards hopes to increase testing to 200,000 residents by the end of May

As positive cases continue to level off, Governor John Bel Edwards stressed the importance of increasing testing through the state.

  New study to determine why fewer children get sick from coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci says very few children, when compared to adults, have become sick with COVID-19 during this pandemic.

Airbnb bookings flat-line for owners looking to have ‘best month ever’

A popular side hustle for many people is turning homes into short-term rental properties. The industry has taken a huge hit during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  Task force settles on recommendations for La. legislature to help the economy amid the pandemic

The La. Economic Recovery Task Force hopes to send its recommendations to the Senate president and House Speaker before the week is over.

UPDATE: Authorities identify escapees sought in Louisiana manhunt

Law enforcement reports a manhunt taking place in Union Parish.

Plaquemine man accused of filming teenagers at snowball stand faces over 500 counts of video voyeurism

A Plaquemine man has been arrested on 538 counts of video voyeurism, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.

  House committee pushes forward resolution to strip Gov. Edwards of emergency declaration powers

While Louisianans across the state worked together to flatten the curve of coronavirus, it's now reached a tipping point as divisive politics were at play again in Baton Rouge.

Adults returning to school to finish degree get nearly 45% off tuition through new program

The University of Louisiana System is announcing a special tuition rate for Louisiana adults returning to school to finish their degree though Compete LA.

Stats related to COVID-19 in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals provides a daily update on the rate of infection in the state, as well as the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19.

FAQ: Questions related to wearing face masks during pandemic

Face masks offer an additional layer of protection for you and from you.

School principal delivers memories by taking portable stage to every graduating senior’s home

High school senior moments are the memories everyone cherishes years later, but the coronavirus became the headline for the Class of 2020.

Protesters gather at Louisiana Correctional Institute to pray for inmates facing threat of COVID-19

A small group of protesters gathered outside of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in Baker Thursday, April 29 to pray for the inmates at the facility.

Attorney General Landry asks Gov. Edwards to reopen churches

Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging Gov. John Bel Edwards to amend his Emergency Proclamation so Churches and Houses of Worship in Louisiana may immediately begin the process of reopening by following specific best practice guidelines.

  Officers salute Cpl. Maglone outside of hospital

A motorcade of law enforcement officers lit up the sky to pay tribute to a BRPD officer wounded in the line of duty.

Gov. Edwards, President Trump discuss testing, reopening Louisiana’s economy during private meeting

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced he will travel to Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 29 to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19.

Louisiana GOP lawmakers object to stay-home order extension

Republican state lawmakers bristling at Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to extend Louisiana’s stay-at-home order through May 15 are considering the extraordinary step of trying to override the Democratic governor’s emergency decision-making about the state’s coronavirus outbreak.

BRPD honors fallen BRPD officer Lt. Glenn Dale Hutto Jr. with funeral procession

The family of the officer killed in the line of duty Sunday, April 26 has now been identified.

Louisiana’s emergency election plan approved

Louisiana’s emergency election plan was approved Monday, April 27.

Man charged in drive-by shooting at ‘Duck Dynasty’ estate

Two homes owned by “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson in West Monroe were struck by gunfire on Friday afternoon.

Protesters in La. put pressure on governor to end coronavirus restrictions

Protesters marched from the Louisiana Capitol to the Governor’s Mansion demanding Governor John Bel Edwards reopen the state’s economy.

Former inmates deliver masks to prisons, jails across Louisiana

On Friday, April 24, a group donated more than 8,000 masks for prisoners across Louisiana.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Louisiana receives failing grade for social distancing according to GPS data

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 marks one month since the state of Louisiana has been under a stay-at-home order. The state has received a failing grade according to data collected by a company that tracks cellphone GPS data.

LWC pays more than $560M in unemployment benefits, changes how to file weekly certification

As of Wednesday, April 22, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) says it has paid out $561,358,411 in unemployment benefits to more than 302,000 Louisiana residents whose job was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

  Bayou parishes face significant impact from plummeting oil industry

Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish leaders say lay offs from oil industry decline will be devastating.

La. pastor released from jail, plans to hold evening service

Members of Life Tabernacle Church in Central waited at the prison gate for Pastor Tony Spell to be released, which happened just hours after his arrest.

  Fear for oil, refining jobs as oil drops to historic low in some markets

Some families are now scared and panicked, not simply because of the uncertainty of the Covid 19 pandemic, but because some oil prices dropped to the lowest in the market's history. The West Texas Intermediate dipped to -$37 a barrel.

First La. state prisoner dies of coronavirus, officials report

The victim was a 69-year-old man with underlying medical conditions.

COVID-19 survivor heading home after nearly losing her life

COVID-19 survivor speaks out about beating the virus and heading home from the first time in weeks.

  VIDEO: LWC answers frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits during COVID-19

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has released a video to answer frequently asked questions for residents seeking unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

REPORT: Attorney representing La. pastor defying governor’s stay-at-home order hospitalized for coronavirus

A Baton Rouge attorney, who is representing Pastor Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church in Central, told The Advocate newspaper he is in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

La. Presidential Primary rescheduled for July

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has postponed the state’s elections again due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Church delivers care packages to Southern students forced to stay on campus

Many people may not know it but there are still more than 100 students on Southern’s campus who are stuck in quarantine. They received a special surprise from New Gideon Baptist Church.

21,016 cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana, 884 deaths

All 64 of the state’s parishes have confirmed cases.

State of emergency declared in La. after storms sweep South on Easter

Officials tracked a series of severe storms that killed several people in Mississippi and caused damage across much of the south, including in northern Louisiana.

Family celebrates woman’s 100th birthday with car parade

There was a 100th birthday celebration parade in Gramercy Thursday, April 9. It was all done by friends and family of Mrs. Gertrude Siears Duhé.

LHSAA cancels 2019-2020 school year championships because of COVID-19

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has canceled winter sports championships and spring sports season.

Rep. Ted James on his battle with coronavirus: ‘I made up in my mind that I did not want to fight anymore’

Rep. Edward James, better known as Ted James, is finally emerging from the fight of his life, the fight with the coronavirus. He’s now back home after COVID-19 nearly claimed his life.

La. Insurance Commissioner approves emergency rate reduction for Allstate companies

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon approved an emergency rate reduction filing and customer rebate by Allstate Insurance and its subsidiary companies, Esurance and Encompass on Monday, April 6, 2020. The fifteen percent (15%) rate reduction and rebate to policyholders is a part of Allstate

How you can ask Gov. Edwards a coronavirus-related question

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will be answering questions from state residents during his daily news conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LSU Health-Shreveport first in state to test plasma treatment for coronavirus

LSU Health Shreveport and LifeShare are partnering up to test convalescent plasma therapy on coronavirus patients.

La. receives more than $45M worth of aid from FEMA for coronavirus response

As of Monday, April 6, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has earmarked more than $45 million for Louisiana’s coronavirus response efforts.

Bridges in Sabine, Shelby counties closed to non-essential traffic as DPS steps up border screening stations

The closing comes as Texas DPS announced it would step up patrols along the Texas/Louisiana border.

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

Governor John Bel Edwards said the case count released by the Louisiana Department of Health was not as drastic Friday (April 3) as it was the day before, but there are still a lot of pending tests.

How to apply for unemployment in La. during COVID-19 pandemic

Louisianans whose workplace has temporarily closed and those who have been told to take unpaid time off may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

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

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson sent a letter Thursday, April 2 to Louisiana district judges to conduct a review to release inmates under certain circumstances to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Edwards launches new text alert system to give La. residents COVID-19 updates

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ office has created a new text alert system to provide residents with timely updates on COVID-19 and other important information.

La. Treasury Dept. to send out $4 million in unclaimed property to residents

Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder announced today that the Department of Treasury will mail $4 million in Unclaimed Property checks to citizens across Louisiana after using tax records to update addresses.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Next steps for high school seniors during COVID-19

See guidance to school systems regarding how they can ensure high school seniors who were on track to graduate this spring can still do so on-time and without penalty.

Pastor of La. church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order

The pastor of a church in Central, La. will be charged with six misdemeanor counts of disobeying the powers of the governor.

  La. lawmakers made a brief return to the capitol building due to COVID-19, budget still needs approval

State lawmakers will be notified when to return to the capitol building as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb.

265,000 SNAP recipients will receive boosted benefits, state says

Many Louisiana households who received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in March will see an extra boost on their SNAP cards Tuesday

Louisiana prepares to open temporary hospital in N.O. Convention Center

Governor John Bel Edwards joined New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Sunday, March 29 for a walk through of the Convention Center in New Orleans that will be used to help COVID-19 patients recover.

Accident leaves Westlake Chemical employee dead

An employee at Westlake Chemical in Geismar has died after an accident at the plant overnight.

La. US attorney urges citizens to report suspected COVID-19 fraud

The US attorney for the middle district of Louisiana is urging people to report suspected fraud schemes related to the coronavirus.