Dr. Deborah Birx backs Edwards' Phase 3 rules during LSU visit

  Kids' allergy symptoms can sometimes mimic those of COVID-19

ONE-STOP-SHOP: Stats, links related to COVID-19

  Lt. Gov. Nungesser, Sen. Barrow encourage people to get flu shot this year

  Livingston Parish Public Schools address proposed teacher strike during press conference

CDC’s Halloween guidance discourages activities like trick-or-treating due to COVID-19

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  La. sees fewest people hospitalized with COVID-19 since June

  La. lawmakers call special session to address unemployment, budget issues

  Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

  Announcement about New Orleans moving into phase three could come late next week

Report: NFL fines Coach Payton $100,000 for failing to properly wear face coverings on the sideline

  Should you dip into your retirement savings right now?

Gov. Edwards to address state Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Edwards is expected to address Beta, COVID-19, and dwindling unemployment funds.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: LSU coronavirus dashboard receives lowest transparency ranking in SEC

With campus back open and football set to start up against Sept. 26 against Mississippi State, LSU’s coronavirus dashboard has received the lowest ranking for transparency among SEC schools.

  Gov. Edwards announces new nursing home visitation guidelines

Louisiana will be implementing new guidelines on nursing home visitation Governor John Bel Edwards announced Friday, Sept. 18.

  Some trendy face mask styles, accessories may not offer the best protection

The hottest accessory right now may be the mask, but not all masks are created equally; some trendy ideas have popped up on the mask market world.

  WATCH: High School sports can resume in New Orleans; playgrounds will also open

COVID-19 deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish

  BREC reopening parks, basketball courts, pavilions, more

  Mother who lost son to suicide shares her story to help raise awareness

  Legally Blind woman from Prairieville makes over 3,000 masks amid coronavirus

St. James Parish moving into Phase 3, reopening bars

  Hurricane Laura blood drive: Why you should donate

WAFB and Our Lady of the Lake have partnered up to hold a three-day blood drive to help replenish supplies needed for the communities that have been so greatly impacted by Hurricane Laura.

  Gov. Edwards adjusts Phase 3 order to extend alcohol sales by one hour for eligible parishes

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, Sept. 17 he altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos, and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars.

  Longtime blood donor encourages Baton Rouge community to get back in the donation chairs again

One woman has been a regular donor since 1996 but hasn’t been able to donate through the pandemic. This week was her first day back in the chair since February.

  LWC says overpayment notices sent to nearly 7,600 unemployed residents was a ‘technical issue’

The overpayment notices claiming residents owed thousands of dollars to the LWC was a “technical issue" and officials say they are working to resolve the issue.

  LSU seeing increase in COVID-19 testing after making it a requirement for students to get priority football tickets

As students get back into the swing of the semester, LSU is taking a whole new approach in order to encourage students to get tested for COVID-19.

Haunted house group size limited to 6 people; reservations encouraged

The start of Halloween season is upon us.

  Ascension Parish Public Schools officials say more students on buses, more extracurricular activities allowed during Phase 3

Officials with Ascension Parish Public Schools say the school district will begin transitioning into Phase 3 of reopening using guidelines from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE).

  LSU athletic director says Coach O was being ‘too transparent’ in discussing COVID-19 cases among football players

A day after LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron revealed “most” of his players tested positive for COVID-19 at some point, Athletic Director Scott Woodward says the coach was being “a bit too transparent."

Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after all

Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday.

  Some assisted living facilities start to allow visitation as morale of residents drops

While the state has slowly been able to open up and get back to lives that have some semblance of normalcy, our parents and grandparents living in nursing homes and retirement communities are still largely isolated and cut off from loved ones.

DA Hillar Moore says he has tested positive for COVID-19

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III tells WAFB he has tested positive for COVID-19.

  La. seafood industry struggling during pandemic; business owners hope to see relief soon

Louisiana fisheries are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

  LSU holds news conference on COVID-19, football gameday procedures

LSU Interim President Tom Galligan and other top university officials held a virtual news conference about the number of cases of COVID-19 on campus and how the school is working to mitigate the spread of the virus.

  LSU announces changes for student tickets for this football season

LSU has released important information regarding tickets for this football season, which will of course be rather unusual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  AG’s Office announces more than 50 arrests connected to Paycheck Protection Program fraud

Since the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) launched to help businesses pay their employees to prevent great losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some people have of course tried to exploit the program and defraud the federal government of money.

  BRG uses taste test to help determine severity of COVID-19 symptoms in patients

Researchers at Baton Rouge General have discovered that a simple taste test may predict how different people respond to COVID-19.

  Orgeron talks about strength of team, especially defense, and ongoing COVID-19 fight

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron had lots of good things to say about the Tiger defense under new coordinator Bo Pelini and several other topics during a Zoom conference with sports journalists on Tuesday, September 15.

  Economist Loren Scott outlines Baton Rouge area’s economic trends for 2021-22

The annual Business Report’s celebration of the 2020 Top 100 Private Companies will be virtual this year due to the pandemic and for the first time WAFB will livestream the keynote speaker for all to see.

  Start-up company called Studyville provides option for busy parents during distance learning

Amid COVID-19 closures and recent storm prep, some Baton Rouge storefronts are struggling to stay alive, but a new startup has opened in Perkins Rowe despite all of that.

Burbank dog park resuming normal hours

BREC announced Tuesday, Sept. 15 that all of its dog parks, including the one on Burbank, are resuming their normal hours.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host modified version of Boo at the Zoo due to COVID-19

This year, in light of COVID-19 safety concerns, a multitude of changes will take place to keep guests as safe as possible, while enabling a family tradition to continue.

Iberville Parish adds 10 mins to school days due to hurricane closures

Busses may pass a little earlier and drop students off a little later in Iberville Parish.

  Tax hike and reduced benefits likely as La. runs out of money for unemployment

Louisiana is running out of the money it has saved to make unemployment payments. Without congressional action, the state will have to raise taxes on businesses and reduce weekly unemployment payouts.

  Despite eastern shift in forecast, Gov. Edwards warns Hurricane Sally poses a serious threat to southeast La.

Governor John Bel Edwards warned residents of southeast Louisiana to take the threat of Hurricane Sally seriously during a news conference Monday, Sept. 14, even though the storm’s track had shifted to the east.

  Parents appreciate some semblance of normalcy as some EBR schools return to in-person learning

Students in pre-K through fifth-grade in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System completed their first day of in-person learning of the 2020-2021 school year Monday, Sept. 14.

  Hybrid learning begins Monday for some EBR students

The district will implement a shift to hybrid learning beginning with prekindergarten and elementary students first.

  The Phase 3 guidelines will allow for more capacity, but restrictions still apply to certain businesses

Governor John Bel Edwards says that the phase 3 guidelines will go into effect at midnight on Friday, September 11.

  When is the best time to get your flu shot? Baton Rouge doctor explains

With the coughing, sneezing, seasonal sickness set to stage its comeback soon, doctors say getting the flu shot is more important than ever. But when should you get it?

  Game days under the oak will look different this year after LSU says no tailgating

Game days on Saturdays under the oaks on LSU’s campus will look different this football season.

  Lost wage assistance ends week of Sept. 5

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced on Friday, Sept. 11 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has notified all agencies that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant (the additional $300 per week payment) ends with the week ending September 5.

  EBR schools plan to resume full on campus learning in October

East Baton Rouge elementary, middle and high schools are planning to resume on-campus learning for all students five days a week in October.

  Pennington Biomedical releases new study on weight-loss in underserved Louisiana communities

Your primary care clinic is the center piece for your medical care. However, it may not be the center piece for a weight loss journey, especially in lower income communities.

State Superintendent Cade Brumley releases statement on Louisiana’s move to Phase 3

State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley released the following statement in support of the Governor’s decision to move into phase 3 of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Gov. Edwards releases full guidance on Phase 3 reopening plan

Governor John Bel Edwards will announce full guidance for Phase 3 of reopening Louisiana’s economy during a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. business

  Livingston Parish Public Schools announces phase-in plan to return all students to traditional learning on campuses

Livingston Parish Public School Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today (Sept. 11) that the district will implement a four-day, phased approach to move to its Phase 3 School Attendance Plan, which allows for all students in grades Pre-K to 12 to receive face-to-face instruction five days per week

  New Orleans Mayor: No fans at Saints games, no tailgating or second lines on city property

Mayor Latoya Cantrell says that New Orleans will remain in Phase 2 despite Governor John Bel Edwards' decision to allow the state to move into Phase 3 on Friday.

Southern University awarded $300K grant

Southern University has been awarded $300K as part of the CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant, announced Congressman Garret Graves and Dr. Ray Belton, President-Chancellor of Southern University.

  LSU reminds season ticket holders of Fri., Sept. 11 opt-out deadline

LSU is reminding season ticket holders that the deadline to opt out of their tickets for 2020 football campaign is Friday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.

Zachary School District will transition some students to all in-person classes starting Sept. 21

The Zachary School District announced Thursday, Sept. 10 that as the state moves into Phase 3, school officials are working to transition from a hybrid learning model to traditional, in-person classes for 7th through 12th graders.

  High school football players begin contact drills

Thursday, Sept. 10 was a big day for high school football. Teams are finally allowed to do contact drills at practice.

  New Orleans businesses concerned over decision to stay in Phase 2

Business owners in New Orleans are concerned about their future and worry about how much longer they can hold on.

  La. will move to Phase 3 starting Friday; statewide mask mandate remains in place

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will move to Phase 3 of the White House’s plan for reopening the U.S. economy starting Friday, Sept. 11.

  Mayor Broome says mask mandate in EBR Parish will remain in place throughout Phase 3

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Thursday, Sept. 10 that while she’s pleased with the progress the city-parish has made in recent weeks, the face mask mandate will remain in place throughout Phase 3.

  Hogs for the Cause helps Baton Rouge family with child dealing with brain cancer

Since 2009, Hogs for the Cause has blessed 1,100 families burdened with pediatric brain tumors.

  La. congressmen, political analyst respond to controversy over Trump downplaying seriousness of COVID-19

President Trump gave journalist Bob Woodward various interviews for the new book.

Silliman cancels season-opener at Oak Forest due to players in COVID-19 quarantine

The day after lots of excitement in the world of Louisiana high school football, there has been another casualty of COVID-19, as the season-opener Silliman planned to play at Oak Forest on Friday, Sept. 11, has been canceled.

28 deaths in Louisiana attributed to Hurricane Laura

Deaths reported in Louisiana due to Hurricane Laura.

  LSU football season will open at 25% capacity in Tiger Stadium; no tailgating allowed during 2020 season

Officials have announced the allowed seating capacity for LSU football games at Tiger Stadium during the 2020 college football season.

  How to recognize anxiety in children and help them cope

Dr. Joseph Grizzaffi, a child adolescent psychiatrist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, wants to make sure parents are able to recognize anxiety in children as we go through so many changes this year.

  Dr. Alex Billioux leaving Louisiana Department of Health

Dr. Alex Billioux, the state’s assistant secretary of health, will be leaving in just a few short weeks.

Louisiana sees fourth hepatitis A death in ongoing outbreak

Data released by the Louisiana Department of Health shows a fourth death has been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A first declared in 2018.

  LSU creating its own disinfectant wipes with chemical recommended by CDC

Many people are taking cleaning to a whole new level these days.

  Louisiana reopens 2019-2020 P-EBT applications for families who did not apply in May and June

Eligible families who did not apply for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program in May and June can take advantage of the second application window that opens for three weeks, beginning at 8 a.m. September 8.

  Mother says she’s grateful for virtual-only option in EBR Parish; about 30% of students will learn online

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) is reporting as of now, more than 11,000 students have signed up for the virtual-only learning model.

  Ochsner’s COVID-19 study shows which types of workplaces may be at higher risk for coronavirus cases

Months into the pandemic, we know our homes are the safest shelters from catching or spreading coronavirus, but Ochsner’s recent study shows the office isn’t that scary of a space either.

LSU adds additional rapid COVID-19 testing site to campus

LSU is opening several rapid coronavirus testing sites on campus for students, faculty, and staff.

25% of power outages remain after energy infrastructure takes major hit from Laura

Gov. Edwards held a virtual news conference alongside U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette Wednesday, Sept. 9. to discuss Hurricane Laura’s longterm impacts on the energy industry in the state.

LSU holds weekly press briefing regarding COVID-19 on campus

LSU's weekly virtual press briefing on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.