Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

The spread of coronavirus has created new problems at hospitals, schools and colleges in the Midwest, as well as in parts of the West.

6 items to add to your packing list for COVID-era travel

  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings

COVID-19 deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish

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  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

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Gov. Edwards requests $175M unspent Main Street Recovery funds to be reallocated

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

Krewe of Oshun first Carnival krewe to cancel its 2021 Mardi Gras parade

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

  Mayor Broome ‘optimistic’ EBR Parish will meet criteria for bars to reopen last week of September

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Saints to allow family members of team into Superdome for Packers game

The New Orleans Saints will allow 750 family members of players, coaches and staff at the Green Bay Packers game on Sunday night (Sept. 27).

  Suitcase collecting dust? 2020 might be a rough year but shouldn’t prevent you from traveling

Your travel plans may have fallen flat in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take a trip.

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

The biggest threat is posed by sophisticated international fraud rings that often use stolen identities to apply for benefits, filling out the forms with a wealth of accurate information that enables their applications to “sail through the system.”

Louisianans might still be eligible for the COVID-19 stimulus payment

The Internal Revenue Service said it is sending 159,575 letters to people in Louisiana to encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment this year.

Lafayette Parish bars will reopen immediately

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

Livingston Parish announces trick-or-treating hours, but urges people to be cautious

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

  Bars in Iberville, St. Mary to reopen after meeting requirement of low coronavirus positivity rate

  New Orleans orders Tracey’s to shut down amid overcrowding, owners ‘caught off guard’ by reaction

Mayor Latoya Cantrell said the bar cannot reopen until a plan is in place to address overcrowding

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

Dr. Deborah Birx, with the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, held a round table discussion with LSU officials and Gov. John Bel Edwards at the university’s campus in Baton Rouge Wednesday, Sept. 23.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

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

As we transition into the fall season, that means people are more likely to suffer from allergies... even kids.

  Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

The tourism in Louisiana has taken a large hit from COVID-19.

  Around 100 Livingston Parish teachers participate in ‘sick out’ over district’s reopening procedures

Livingston Parish school officials confirm that nearly 100 teachers participated in a “sick out" Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Livingston Parish Public Schools address proposed teacher strike during press conference

Teachers in Livingston Parish are planning a “sick out” in protest of the school district’s coronavirus opening procedures, according to the Livingston Federation of Teachers and School Employees.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging Americans to avoid higher-risk Halloween activities like trick-or-treating in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, there was some positive news in Louisiana when it comes to the state’s fight against COVID-19.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

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

Louisiana lawmakers have called themselves into a special legislative session beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, to address dwindling unemployment funds and adjust the state operating budget.

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

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

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

The hope is that by the end of next week, there will be an announcement that business owners say can’t come soon enough.

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

The Saints were fined $250,000.

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities.

  Should you dip into your retirement savings right now?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have thrown our future financial plans off track.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

  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.

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

  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.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

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

Indoor and outdoor sports can resume in Orleans Parish

  BREC reopening parks, basketball courts, pavilions, more

Effective immediately, dog parks will resume regular scheduled hours opening from sunrise to sunset.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

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

In Prairieville, a legally blind woman is making masks for people across the state of Louisiana during the pandemic.

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested.

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases.

St. James Parish moving into Phase 3, reopening bars

St. James Parish officials said the parish has met the criteria to move into the governor’s Phase 3, which includes reopening bars.

  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.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

  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.

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

Haunted house group size limited to 6 people; reservations encouraged

The start of Halloween season is upon us.

  August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

  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).