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  Former State Rep. Steve Carter dies of coronavirus complications

Steve Carter, former Louisiana State Representative and East Baton Rouge mayoral candidate, died after being hospitalized with coronavirus, a family representative confirmed to WAFB.

  Gov. Edwards’ office confirms Louisiana will receive an increase in coronavirus vaccines next week

OFFICIAL: LSU names Daronte Jones as new defensive coordinator

Avoyelles Parish family protests for justice

  Should Louisiana’s teachers be mandated to get the coronavirus vaccine?

  Court hears Tony Spell’s motion to quash charges against him for violating coronavirus restrictions

  While state flattens COVID-19 curve, Baton Rouge lags behind

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Cell phone video captures moments leading to fatal shooting of Circle K stabbing suspect

Federal government ends benefits program due to state’s improving unemployment rate, LWC says

  Caught on Camera: Man steals chickens from backyard coop in New Orleans

Sheriff: 4 Louisiana girls arrested in connection with fatal attack using stolen knives in a Walmart store

Diabetes and COVID-19 Vaccine

FOUND: 18-year-old reported missing from Bourbon Street

  ’Let’s not let up, instead let’s step up’ says Gov. Edwards during news conference on state’s COVID-19 response Friday

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference Friday, Jan. 22 on the state’s response to continued rising COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.

Walmart, Sam’s Club stores administering COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana

Walmart is expanding efforts at the state’s request in administering the COVID-19 vaccine to state-designated priority groups.

  LWC response time slow due to dealing with fraudulent claims

LWC response time slow due to dealing with fraudulent claims

  Beloved WAFB anchor Donna Britt passes away

Longtime WAFB anchor Donna Britt, a dedicated journalist and beloved member of the community, has passed away after her courageous battle with ALS. Donna passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

COVID-19 compliance violations found; no one cited

  Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed

  Louisiana Department of Education coming out with evaluations on what schools learned during the pandemic, and how they impacted students and teachers

Flaring violations at Louisiana-based plants leads to multi-million dollar settlement

WAFB employees react to news of Donna Britt’s passing

Gov. Edwards attends Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

La. senators react to inauguration of President Joe Biden

Louisiana’s senators, Dr. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, have both released statements commenting on the day’s events.

  Baton Rouge native designs VP Kamala Harris’ outfit for Inauguration Day

A Baton Rouge native has a direct connection to the historic swearing-in of America’s first female vice president.

Lil Wayne pardoned by Pres. Trump on final day in office

Donald Trump pardoned over 140 people before leaving the White House.

Energizing Louisiana’s economy with clean fuels for a healthy future

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a statewide organization that works to promote alternative fuels as a means of creating a healthier environment and stronger economy.

  City of Baker forms Task Force to address recent crime in the city

Officials in Baker formed a Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety Tuesday night, to stop crime before it happens in the area.

Heart of Louisiana: Bamboo reaches far beyond uses imagined

It’s very green, extremely fast growing and it’s gaining in popularity with home gardeners and sustainable manufacturing. That plant is bamboo, and it has found a home in the rolling hills of Washington Parish.

  First state budget draft likely to include cuts to higher education, health care

Gov. John Bel Edwards’s first spending proposal for the coming budget year will likely slash state services to offset a budget hole worth “hundreds of millions,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said.

Nearly 15,000 nursing home patients, employees have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations at Louisiana nursing homes are not complete.

Favoritism some vaccine providers give to their customers must end, La. health officials warn

Health officials in Louisiana warned healthcare providers not to prioritize their own patients when distributing vaccines.

Jazz Fest 2021 will be held Oct. 8-17

This comes after French Quarter Festival organizers announced that the festival would be moving to the fall due to the pandemic.

Tulane grad poised to become first transgender federal official confirmed by Senate

President-elect Joe Biden has announced Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

LIST: 298 COVID-19 vaccine providers in Louisiana

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) say 298 vaccine providers across the state will receive “very limited doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Advocates weigh in on pros and cons of proposed $15 minimum wage hike

Could your minimum wage get bumped up to $15 dollars an hour?

Angola inmate dies following fight at penitentiary, officials say

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC) say they are investigating the death of an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Congressman Garret Graves’ father, John Graves, passes away from complications associated with COVID-19

Congressman Graves' father passes away due to complications associated with COVID-19

LDH confirms first case of U.K. COVID variant in Louisiana

Health experts believe current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variant strain.

Gen. Honoré, known for post-Katrina efforts, tapped for ‘immediate’ security review of U.S. Capitol

Pelosi says Honoré will conduct an immediate review of security and inter-agency interaction and Capitol “command and control.”

  State education leaders, Mayor Broome introduce new superintendent of EBR schools

LA State Superintendent joins Mayor Broome and new EBR Parish Superintendent for school tour January 15.

LA State Police report on cadet cheating released

Louisiana State Police (LSP) Friday released their findings into cheating allegations among cadets taking part in the 2019 training academy known as Cadet Class 99 (CC 99).

‘It was worth the tear gas’: La. man faces criminal charges for entering U.S. Capitol

Officials located several pictures the man posted to Facebook that were taken inside the building.

LAWSUIT: Two Jeff. Parish deputies sat on teen with autism for 9 minutes before his death

The parents of a teen with autism who died last year after an incident with Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputies are suing the sheriff and seven deputies.

Officials find no ‘substantiated threat to life’ regarding planned protests in Louisiana

Officials say they are working closely to coordinate security protocols, ensure safety for protestors, staff, and the community.

  Bar owners push for relief from Port Allen City Council

A push to wave fees for bar owners in Port Allen impacted by the Governor’s COVID-19 restrictions, was tabled until February, at their January 13 city council meeting.

Bending the rules to create a better infrastructure for our environment

A research team is taking that ancient material into the future by creating a bendable product that will last longer and prove better for the environment.

Bike BR creates petition calling for an end to ban on residents biking to drive-thrus

Advocates with Bike Baton Rouge are hopeful that a petition will halt a ban aimed at keeping residents who may travel by foot, bicycle or in wheelchairs away from drive-thrus.

Julia Letlow announces run for Congressional seat left vacant after husband Luke Letlow’s death

Julia Letlow, wife of the late U.S. Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, has announced she will run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District seat in the upcoming special election.

Powerball jackpot hits $640M as Mega Millions grows to $750M

This is only the second time both of the national lottery games have topped $500 million.

  Louisiana senators remain silent as House votes to impeach President

After the historic move to impeach the President for the second time in the House, it’s still unclear exactly what will happen in the Senate.

  Why La. is not implementing mass COVID-19 vaccinations yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards says, in Louisiana, it makes more sense to first spread the doses out across the state.

Scalise votes against ‘rushed, impractical impeachment’ of President Trump

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise spoke out Wednesday against an “impractical impeachment” of President Donald Trump.

  ‘We told you so. Richmond out’: New Orleans congressman remarks during second impeachment debate

Rep. Cedric Richmond gave his final speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in a debate to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time.

Scalise pens op-ed in WSJ: ‘Politics has no place for violence’

Scalise says the man who shot him in 2017 and the Capitol Hill rioters were all "radicalized by extreme rhetoric."

Loss of 228 total vaccine doses reported in Louisiana

State health officials in Louisiana reported a loss of 228 vaccines total.

  Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in modified Phase 2 until Feb. 10

The governor is also expected to announce whether or not Louisiana will remain in its current "modified" Phase Two of reopening the economy, which is set to expire Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Ahead of potential demonstrations, additional security measures planned for Louisiana Capitol

State troopers are preparing for potential demonstrations at Louisiana’s Capitol building. A Louisiana State Police (LSP) spokesperson confirmed the agency was notified of “planned protests.”

Brees and Brady joke about being the oldest QBs ahead of Sunday’s playoff game

Monday night Brady posted a photoshopped picture to Twitter showing the two of them as old men complete with gray beards.

Saints fans get ready for Brees versus Brady

If you are a Saints’ season ticket holder you could still have a shot at being in the Dome for the big game.

  Second staffer in Gov. Edwards’ office tests positive for COVID-19 in less than 2 weeks

A second staffer in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has tested positive for COVID-19 in less than two weeks, the governor’s office announced Monday, Jan. 11.

  LSU COVID-19 safety plan for Spring Semester

Below are Spring 2021 COVID-19 updates.

State Fire Marshal’s Office investigating LaPlace church fire

The Greater Morning Star Baptist Church caught fire around 6:30 a.m.

  LWC officials: check your HiRE accounts

The Louisiana Workforce Commission hosted a virtual news conference on January 8, 2021 to address unemployment benefits after the CARES act was extended.

Most La. congressmen voted to overturn election results after chaos on Capitol Hill

Five out of seven Louisiana lawmakers voted against certifying some states’ Electoral College votes overnight following a chaotic protest that ended in the deaths of four people.

  SNAP benefits to increase for six months due to COVID-19, beginning Jan. 8

If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits officials with the Department say you will see an increase in your SNAP benefits for the first six months of 2021.

  Donald Rouse Sr. responds to viral selfie at Trump rally

The pictures have now been removed from Facebook.

  La. lawmakers condemn chaos at nation’s Capitol

“This is wrong. It is absolutely wrong. It is un-American,” Cassidy said. “Period.”

  La. breaks records for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations same day Gov. Edwards holds first news conference of 2021

Gov. Edwards is expected to address the state’s continued spike in COVID-19 cases, the alarming increase in hospitalizations, and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for Louisiana residents 70 and older.

  AG Landry’s office arrests city councilman on alleged election fraud

Attorney General Jeff Landry says a city councilman in Louisiana has been arrested for alleged election fraud.

  When will you get your stimulus money, if you haven’t already?

Stimulus payments will continue to be sent through Jan. 15.

Mayor Cantrell kicks off Carnival season with scaled-down Kings’ Day event

The city announced late last year that parades of any kind will not be permitted for Carnival 2021

  Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, native of Amite, La., wins Heisman Trophy

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, a native of Amite, La., has won the 2020 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first wide receiver to win it since 1991.

4 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists have ties to Louisiana

Four of the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 have ties to Louisiana. They are led by quarterback Peyton Manning, who was born in New Orleans.

Candy Christophe announces run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District

Alexandria businesswoman Sandra “Candy” Christophe has announced another run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District seat.

Louisiana senators back COVID-19 rules for next election

Louisiana would broaden the mail-in balloting options for spring municipal elections and two upcoming special congressional elections because of the coronavirus pandemic, under an emergency elections plan that started advancing Tuesday with lawmakers.

LIST: La. pharmacies issuing COVID-19 vaccine to people 70 and older

107 pharmacies across the state will receive 100 doses each

Loss of coronavirus vaccine in La. low, health officials say

Officials could not immediately say whether the lost doses were Moderna’s vaccine or Pfizer’s.

  Sens. Cassidy, Kennedy split on Wednesday vote to certify Biden victory

Louisiana republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy will cast different votes Wednesday, Jan. 6 when Congress decides whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

Tag from bluefin tuna showed travels from Canada to Gulf of Mexico

A find on Rutherford Beach has quite a tale.

  Georgia Election: Who controls a 50-50 Senate?

The Georgia Senate runoff elections will determine partisan control of the chamber.