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  Dr. Deborah Birx backs 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.

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

Democrats accuse Ardoin of ‘voter suppression, gross incompetence' over website outage; Ardoin says it was maintenance

DSNAP application period ending Wednesday

Northshore residents frustrated with prolonged coastal flooding, asking for help clearing ditches

Locals react to Metairie native Amy Coney Barrett being considered for U.S. Supreme Court; discuss originalist views

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

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

  LDAF says mystery seeds from China contain few weeds, diseases

Laine Hardy to host virtual concert to benefit American Red Cross after Laura, Sally strike Gulf Coast

  LSU running back says he’s dedicating game against Miss. St. to Remy Hidalgo

I-10 West reopened at Butte La Rose on Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

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

  Important dates for La. residents voting in the 2020 presidential election

The U.S. presidential election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3.

  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.

Dixie Beer enlisting the public’s help in its renaming efforts

Locals and beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to suggest a new brand name

  Many evacuees still in Baton Rouge nearly a month after Hurricane Laura

It has been nearly a month since Hurricane Laura slammed into the Lake Charles area, and while many have continued on with their lives elsewhere around the state and country, thousands are still in shelters across the state.

  Expert says vulnerable coastal communities in Louisiana even more vulnerable now

  Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs Miss. St. Preview

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

Gov. Edwards declares state of emergency in anticipation of Beta

  VIDEO: Coast Guard rescues two people from shrimp boat near Lake Borgne

St. James Parish moving into Phase 3, 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.

  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.

LHSAA releases updated minimal guidelines for fall sports

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) released updated minimal guidelines on Thursday, September 17 for fall sports during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Haunted house group size limited to 6 people; reservations encouraged

The start of Halloween season is upon us.

  Court issues ruling on upcoming elections in La. amid pandemic

The United States District Court Middle District of Louisiana has issued a ruling pertaining to upcoming elections in the state.

  Fans enthusiastic for season, as Coach O holds first radio show of 2020 football season

The first Ed Orgeron Show of the 2020 football season was held Wednesday, September 16 at TJ Ribs on South Acadian, and just like most things during this pandemic, it was very different from previous years.

Former Catholic High RB Warrick Dunn nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Catholic High running back Warrick Dunn is one of 130 former NFL players nominated for the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Sportsline Player of the Year Award is named after him.

  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.

3 horses diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis

Louisiana officials say three horses have been diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis, and owners who haven’t done so need to get their horses vaccinated against the often fatal disease.

North Lake Charles set to have power by Sept. 23, according to Entergy

North Lake Charles set to have power by Sept. 23, according to Entergy

Hurricane Laura causes caskets to float away in Cameron Parish

When Hurricane Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, there were more than 300 bodies that were missing from cemeteries in Cameron Parish. Fifteen years later, the same has happened again.

9-year-old helps distribute donations to SWLA

9-year-old helps distribute donations to SWLA

Florida woman spends three weeks helping with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts

Just as she returns home from helping with Hurricane Laura recovery efforts in Louisiana, one Florida woman is now preparing for another big storm.

  People outside the flood protection system in St. Bernard say it’s been an exhausting hurricane season

For a third time this hurricane season, people have had to evacuate from the lower end of St. Bernard Parish.

  Gov. Edwards says La. prepared to assist neighboring states as Sally’s forecast shifts to Miss./Ala. state line

Gov. Edwards said he had spoken with governor’s of both state and Louisiana would be able to offer personnel and equipment to help with search and rescue and disaster relief efforts, if needed.

  Slidell businesses shut down as area deals with minimal impacts from Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally pushed water into some of the usual Slidell locations as a few businesses decided to open.

Police: 3 brothers accused of raping girl; 1 is on the run

Louisiana authorities said three brothers are accused of raping a 10-year-old girl.

  Water covering roads in portions of St. Bernard Parish

The floodgate on Hwy 46 remains closed.

  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.

  WAFB partners with Rouses for Hurricane Laura food donation drive

To lend a helping hand to our neighbors struggling to recover after the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura, WAFB has partnered with Rouses Market to collect food donations for those in need.

LSU ranks No. 6 in AP, No. 5 in Coaches Poll; Louisiana-Lafayette moves into top 25 after upset win

LSU is ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 5 in the week two edition of the Amway Coaches Poll, while Louisiana-Lafayette is also ranked in both polls.

IMAGES: Oldest living U.S. Veteran celebrates his 111th birthday in New Orleans

Lawrence Brooks, a New Orleans native and the oldest known U.S. veteran of World War II, celebrated his 111th birthday at his home

  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

  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.

Former LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire shines in NFL debut

Former LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a rookie with the Kansas City Chiefs, had an explosive NFL debut.

  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.

  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.

  Attorneys representing Alton Sterling’s children speak about EBR Metro Council decision

Attorneys representing the children of Alton Sterling held a press conference Thursday to speak to the media about the East Baton Rouge Metro Council’s vote on the judgment for the pending civil case.

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.

  Tracking 7 separate areas in the tropics, including a pair near/in the Gulf

Welcome to the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. It doesn’t typically happen quite this perfectly, but September 10 is the climatological (historical) peak of hurricane season and we’re tracking no fewer than 7 separate features in the tropics. Should we expect anything less in 2020?

Authorities recover 2 stolen trailers from S.C. filled with meals for Hurricane Laura victims

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says thousands of dollars worth of Meals Ready to Eat originally bound to help with hurricane relief efforts in Louisiana have been recovered.

  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.

  LSU athletic director Scott Woodward talks about game day changes

So, what will Tiger Stadium look like when LSU opens up its season in late September? LSU athletic director Scott Woodward talked about what promises to be a football season like none other.

  LHSAA approves high school football contact practices; moves up official kickoff date

The LHSAA executive committee has approved a plan to allow high school football contact drills to begin pretty much immediately and voted to start the season a week earlier than proposed.

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.

Automatic SNAP replacements approved for 26 parishes

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has received federal approval to provide 50% replacement benefits automatically to SNAP recipients in 26 parishes due to widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Laura.

LSU DE Ray Parker suspended indefinitely; arrested on battery, criminal damage charges

LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron announced Wednesday, Sept. 9 he has suspended defensive end Ray Parker indefinitely from the team for violating team rules.

  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.

  Judge to hear final arguments on fall elections in La.

A federal court judge will hear the final arguments at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 that challenge Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan for the state’s Nov. 3 and Dec. 5 elections.

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.

LSU researchers to test campus wastewater for COVID-19 cases

For the last several months, researchers from the LSU College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine have tested wastewater in various areas around East Baton Rouge Parish to track cases of coronavirus

1 dead, 2 Lake Charles evacuees arrested after New Orleans shooting

1 suspect accused in Memorial Day shooting that injured 7

  Governor says there is no 'difference of opinion’ between him and LSU on Tiger Stadium seating capacity

Governor John Bel Edwards told reporters during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 8 that he did not know any of any “difference of opinion” between his administration and LSU about the capacity of Tiger Stadium for the 2020 college football season.

  Louisiana begins the process to borrow money as unemployment trust fund runs low

The pandemic continues to strain jobless benefits.

  High school volleyball in La. gets underway

High school volleyball began around Louisiana on Tuesday, September 8 and under the current guidelines, gym capacity is limited to a maximum of 50 people, including players and staff.

  11-year-old accused of killing 39-year-old family member

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left one man dead in Moss Bluff. Deputies say an 11-year-old shot and killed a family member, 39-year-old Andrew Lafleur III. Deputies were dispatched to a home on Erble Lane in Moss Bluff around 5 p.m. Monday.

  Gov. Edwards says decision on La. moving to Phase 3 will come ‘before Friday’

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 8 that his decision on whether to keep the state in Phase Two or move to Phase Three of reopening would come sometime before the current order is set to expire Friday, Sept. 11.

  LDWF to begin accepting CARES Act applications for fishermen affected by pandemic

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will soon begin accepting applications for $14.6 million in financial assistance that will be available to Louisiana fishermen and others in the industry who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO: Audubon Zoo welcomes critically endangered baby gorilla

This is the first gorilla birth at Audubon Zoo in 24 years

Saints, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson makes Forbes list of richest people in America

The 73-year-old came in at number 249 with a net worth of $3.3 billion.

  Large crowd, no masks at concert in Livingston Parish over Labor Day weekend

Video has surfaced of a large gathering of people at a concert over Labor Day weekend at the Prop Stop in Livingston Parish.

Debris lines streets of Holly Beach as one couple decides to rebuild again

Even after Hurricane Laura sent their trailer and crab cooler across the highway and in the marsh, the Meauxs have no plans to leave Holly Beach.

  Civil rights leader: vaccine distribution can be a big moment to address ‘systemic disparities’

The race is on to develop multiple vaccines for COVID-19 in record time, but questions remain as to how the hypothetical vaccines should be released.