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NOFD: Significant progress made over the weekend at Hard Rock collapse site

Drago’s in Metairie temporarily closes after employees test positive for coronavirus

Iconic New Orleans restaurant K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen permanently closed due to COVID-19

  All bars to close; mask mandate begins in La. Monday

  How the new statewide mask mandate is affecting the public

  FAQ: Statewide mask mandate begins on Monday, July 13

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‘Frustrated isn’t the word’: Bar owners react to Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 related restrictions

New restrictions in place for Orleans Parish after surge in COVID-19 cases

  LSU releases plan to safely hold classes amid COVID-19 pandemic in Fall 2020

  La. experiencing lengthy delays in getting COVID-19 test results back

Superdome to light up Friday in honor of Mr. Mardi Gras Blaine Kern

Saints season ticket holders opt out of 2020 ahead of much uncertainty

  Bait and tackle store struggling to keep up with demand as more people fishing during pandemic

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work, or so the old saying goes.

  Families, friends celebrate the life of Blaine Kern at memorial

The public visitation for Blaine Kern earlier today drew people from every walk of life to Gallier Hall.

American Idol Laine Hardy says he has recovered from COVID-19

Laine Hardy says he has recovered from the coronavirus.

LSP seizes $7M+ in ‘high grade’ marijuana in illegal grow operation in St. Tammany, Orleans parishes; 4 arrested

Louisiana State Police says on Wednesday, July 8, troopers and task force officers from LSP’s narcotics/violent crimes force seized more than 5,300 “high grade” marijuana plants and multiple pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated value of more than $7 million.

  BRCC modifies Fall 2020 plans, includes early start for Technical Education courses

4 statues with confederate connections vandalized in New Orleans

Monjuni’s of Portico not a part of face mask lawsuit; 4 other businesses involved

  Event venues fear future after New Orleans gatherings capped at 25

New Orleans restaurants adjusting to restrictions, others closing

  LSU interim president ‘doing everything’ to avoid international students being deported under new ICE guidelines

Karen Carter Peterson, first female leader of La. Democrats won’t seek reelection as state party chair

The leader of Louisiana’s Democratic party will not seek to be elected to a third term after completing two consecutive 4-year terms.

Louisiana governor, lawmakers oppose canceling school sports

Gov. John Bel Edwards and a majority of state House members oppose a state senator’s call for the cancellation of public school athletics this fall despite Louisiana’s surging coronavirus outbreak.

  Gov. Edwards says La. has more COVID-19 cases than ever before; not considering a statewide mask mandate

The majority of new cases daily are being reported in young adults ages 18-29 and through community spread.

  LHSAA says it is fully committed to fall sports

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) released an updated statement on Wednesday, July 8, about fall sports related to COVID-19. The LHSAA said it is fully committed to the safe return of fall sports.

  Testing facilities seeing increases, capacity limits

While it’s an empty garage now, CrescentCare health center says that wasn’t the case earlier.

  Expert says Baton Rouge economy faces $50M loss if LSU football season is canceled or fans are excluded

Bars, restaurants, and hotels in Baton Rouge are staring down the barrel of another major financial hit if the LSU football season is canceled or played without fans.

Gov. Edwards signs new bills into law

On Wednesday, July 8, Governor John Bel Edwards signed four new bills in law.

La. governor signs budget, directs state agency heads to be ready for possible mid-year cuts

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed the state’s budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021.

Drone grocery delivery to enter testing phase by Rouses in fall

Rouses Market announced Wednesday, July 8 it plans to begin testing an unmanned grocery delivery pilot program in the fall.

  La. affected by supply chain issues related to COVID testing; Congressional delegation works on solutions

As coronavirus cases soar in many states, testing is increasing.

LC doctors warn COVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled

Many people would like to think it's over, but according to local medical experts COVID-19 hospitalizations are double what they were in April, when many thought it was the height of the pandemic.

BESE reviewing letter from Sen. Cleo Fields calling for cancelation of K-12 athletic activities

Officials with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) say they are reviewing a letter from State Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) which called for all athletic activities to be canceled for K through 12 public schools through December due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Tulane students hosting large parties face expulsion, suspension

“You know I’m not happy, but it’s a smart idea,” said Tulane Senior, Henry Eckhouse.

L’Auberge releases statement regarding layoffs

L'Auberge Casino Resort released a statement Tuesday regarding layoffs

Debate over Confederate statue at Calcasieu courthouse

Protesters call for the removal of the South's Defenders Monument while some community members oppose, saying it would dishonor the local soldiers who fought and died in the battle.

Haven’t received an absentee ballot? Check here before deadline Tuesday

Louisiana voters have just a few more hours to request an absentee ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Primary elections.

  New Orleans Health Director: Testing shortages part of equipment and chemical issues

The Director of the New Orleans Department of Health, Dr. Jennifer Avegno said a free testing site in the city ran out of tests within the first five minutes it was open on Monday.

  Dillard University COVID-19 testing site runs out of tests minutes after opening

For the second day, Dillard University’s coronavirus testing site ran out of tests within minutes of opening.

  Human Jukebox will no longer perform in Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade

Southern University marching band, the Human Jukebox, has announced its members will no longer perform in the Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade.

Louisiana Insurance Commission approves fourth consecutive auto rate decrease for State Farm

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced Monday, July 6 he has approved of a permanent rate decrease of 9.6% in auto insurance policies issued by State Farm Insurance Company for Louisiana drivers.

OMV closes 4 offices in La. due to traveling employee testing positive for COVID-19

Four Office of Motor Vehicle (OMV) locations in Louisiana have temporarily closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

10 free online fitness classes you can join at home

There are a number of gyms and fitness organizations that are offering FREE virtual workout classes that you can do right at home.

Gumbo pots and gators? LSU Ag releases ‘La. style’ social distancing poster

The poster uses staples from Louisiana’s culture like crawfish and pots used to cook gumbo to show how much distance folks should put between themselves and others to keep in line with social distancing recommendations.

Louisiana’s cap on lobbyist wining and dining edges up a bit

The lobbying limit on food and drink for a public official edged up $1 per person, per occasion when the new budget year began Wednesday.

L’Auberge to lay off 161 at Baton Rouge location, 441 in Lake Charles

L’Auberge opened in Baton Rouge in 2012. It’s Lake Charles location opened in 2005.

Hand sanitizer sold in La. contains undeclared methanol

Mystic Shield brand hand sanitizer sold in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Texas between May 21 and June 30 is being recalled because it contains methanol, despite that being left off the label.

New Orleans sees most new COVID-19 cases since April 20

The Louisiana Department of Health announced 1,728 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The number in Orleans Parish passed 8,000 (8,031).

Big Gator captured, euthanized near Lakeview near school

A large alligator was spotted early Friday morning in a busy area of Lakeview.

  Donaldsonville mayor explains the importance of grant program for small businesses

During the pandemic, many local businesses across Louisiana are struggling to keep their doors open, but now there may be something to help businesses.

  COVID-19 outbreak concerns Bayou parishes as holiday weekend approaches

Terrebonne and Lafourche parish presidents worry about the 4th of July weekend.

  Gov. Edwards says one of his staffers has tested positive for COVID-19; several others quarantined

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, July 2 one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 1.

  Do I really need to wear a mask? Health officials say ‘yes’

Top health officials in Louisiana are urging residents to wear masks and take social distancing seriously.

Sen. John Kennedy announces $11M for LDH

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced Thursday, July 2 that Congress has allocated $11,060,438 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to help the Louisiana Department of Health prepare for future public health emergencies.

Kenner Mayor issues proclamation requiring residents to wear masks

The proclamation will go into effect at Noon Thursday.

  Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for Main Street Recovery Program grants to help with COVID-19 expenses

Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for grants to help cover COVID-19 related costs starting July 28, State Treasurer John Scroder announced Wednesday, July 1 during a press conference.

  St. Tammany Guard flyover provides welcome break from increased COVID patient loads

The COVID patient count is on the rise once again at St. Tammany Hospital where workers got a special tribute today.

Slidell woman pleads guilty after allegedly sawing legs off of dog

Lynnette Victor, 51, was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, three years of probation, a $5,000 fine, and restitution for veterinary expenses, according to a report.

  Lawmakers pass budget, car insurance bill as session ends

Similar to the regular session, there are two major things left to resolve: the budget and a plan that aims to lower car insurance premiums.

VIDEO: La. Guard perform Black Hawk flyovers across state to honor COVID-19 frontline medical workers

The Louisiana Army National Guard’s State Aviation Command flew over Slidell, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe area hospitals to honor first responders and healthcare professionals

  The Saharan Dust is here, but what does that mean for your health?

The Saharan dust cloud has made for some interesting skyline shots of the Capital City, but it may also pose a risk to your health.

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs launches letter-writing program to help support vets during pandemic

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) is launching a letter writing program to show support to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tulane University receives $1 million to help fight COVID-19

The anonymous $1 million will help to establish a fund for Emerging Research in Infectious Disease

  TODAY: Jefferson Parish will require all people to wear masks in public areas, businesses

Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee-Sheng said she has signed an emergency declaration that will require people to wear masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 starting on Wednesday (July 1).

WATCH: Cam Jordan surprises Saints super fan living in isolation in assisted living facility

The surprise phone call brought her to tears

Essence CEO to step down amid sexual harassment, workplace bullying allegations

Essence Communications will hire an outside team to investigate allegations made against the company's leadership team in an anonymous blog post

Recent protests renew scrutiny of Confederate monuments

Some of the 1,503 Confederate monuments and memorials remaining in the U.S. can become flash points for disputes

Attorney General: St. Charles Parish man arrested on child pornography charges, more victims possible

A St. Charles Parish man was arrested on charges of child pornography and the state’s attorney general is worried there could be more victims.

Coronavirus clusters reported at daycares, summer camps

With little ones, it’s hard to teach the concept of personal space, much less the concept of social distancing.

La. lawmakers reach decision on controversial car insurance bill on last day of special session

A compromise bill that aims to lower Louisiana drivers’ car insurance rates is headed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk after intense negotiations.

Louisiana lawmakers winding down coronavirus special session

Louisiana lawmakers have reached the final hours of a coronavirus response special session that must end Tuesday.

  Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

  Some blood banks say need for convalescent plasma donors drops as patients recover

Doctor with LSU Health says there's still a lot to learn about antibodies, but believe they can be present in recovered patients for up to two years.

  Despite repeated calls to mask up, LDH says more Louisianans are choosing not to

Government officials have repeated the request ad nauseam, calling on Louisianans to “mask up.”

  Mayor Cantrell warns additional restrictions could be put in place for New Orleans ahead of July 4th holiday

Mayor Cantrell said Monday that "all people need to follow the rules. It’s a matter of life and death"

Wallet returned 6 years after being lost becomes message of hope

A seemingly insignificant gesture that inspires hope and joy is almost never fully appreciated in the moment. In the moment, it just seems like the right thing to do.

How to absentee vote by mail in Louisiana

The Secretary of State’s Office has released a helpful video explaining how to properly fill out an absentee by mail ballot.

Gov. Edwards signs 4 bills into law from 2020 Special Legislative Session

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed four bills from the 2020 Special Legislative Session into law Monday, June 29.

Mayor Cantrell to appoint members to Street Renaming Commission; aims to change streets, monuments that honor white supremacists

Jefferson Davis Pkwy. is already in the process of being changed and will soon be named after former Xavier University president Norman C. Francis.