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

This is your one-stop-shop guide to everything you need to know about the impact of COVID-19.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Black Friday marks start of rainy weekend for SE La.

  YOUR MONEY: Ways to save money while shopping Black Friday 2020

Celebration in the Oaks kicks off car tours with a sold out night

  Family of teenager battling Cerebral Palsy, scoliosis and many other health conditions gets Thanksgiving meal thanks to community support

  Local woman gets surprise visit on Thanksgiving, from man who’s now living with her late son’s heart

BRPD responding to shooting on Pawnee

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  Despite pandemic, St. Vincent de Paul delivers on annual Thanksgiving meal

BRPD investigating reported shooting on Ritterman Avenue

St. Vincent de Paul offering to-go Thanksgiving meals due to pandemic

  Some families going virtual for Thanksgiving this year

  As people travel home for Thanksgiving, experts warn a negative COVID-19 test doesn’t mean you are immediately in the clear

  LDH officials say virus spreading in many different ways, including at small family gatherings

  BBB: How to shop Black Friday sales

If you do decide to shop on Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana has these tips to make your shopping experience productive.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Thanksgiving Day starts off cooler with some dense fog, slight chance for isolated afternoon showers

Thanksgiving morning is starting off nice and quiet on FIRST ALERT Doppler radar and it’s cooler than it was early yesterday!

  Shoppers make last-minute rush to the grocery store before Thanksgiving

While this year’s Thanksgiving gatherings may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that isn’t stopping many people from doing their last-minute grocery shopping Wednesday night.

‘URGENT’ - LHSAA issues new capacity, mask, social distancing mandates at high school games; warns of fines for non-compliance

In a memo to member schools, LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine emphasized urgency in following COVID-19 mitigation measures at high school athletic events and warned of fines and other penalties for failure to comply.

Black Friday will be less crowded than previous years due to Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 restrictions on shopping malls

LA Workforce Commission stops payment on more than 160K claims after spike in fraud

Former LSU football player, Baton Rouge restaurateur Ruffin Rodrigue dies

  WANTED: Man accused of shooting, killing 21-year-old woman in Baker

  New Orleans travelers take to skies despite COVID-19 warnings

  Gov. Edwards hopeful some in La. could receive dose of COVID-19 vaccine before end of the year

  Louisiana reverting to ‘modified’ Phase 2 restrictions, Gov. Edwards announces

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, Nov. 24 that tighter COVID-19 restrictions will be put in place for the state as cases continue to climb.

  BRG nurse urges people to reconsider holiday plans after losing family members to COVID-19

One Baton Rouge General (BRG) nurse is planning to have a very different holiday season this year, not because of COVID-19 restrictions, but because of the family members he has lost to COVID-19.

  ‘COVID-19 is not going away’: Governor warns Mississippians ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

“COVID-19 is not going away,” Reeves said.

  Louisiana’s first bus rapid transit project will connect Nicholson Drive to Plank Road

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says a major improvement for Baton Rouge’s bus system is in the works.

  President-elect Joe Biden officially names Baker native, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, as UN ambassador

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Baker native and LSU alumna, has officially been named as President-elect Joe Biden’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), the president-elect announced Monday, Nov. 23.

  Most Louisiana bars to be forced to close

Many bars across Louisiana will be forced to close effective tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25 until after Christmas.

  Students leaving college campuses ahead of Thanksgiving break won’t be returning until next semester due to COVID-19

College students across Louisiana are wrapping up their studies for the semester and getting ready for the Thanksgiving break.

  Thanksgiving Day travel reuniting family members for the first time since before pandemic

Many folks will be hitting the road to visit family this week for Thanksgiving, and a lot of people will also be flying. There has been some concern about how safe airports are during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3 injured, 1 arrested in shooting in New Roads spurred by argument over music being too loud

Three people were injured in a shooting in New Roads Monday night (Nov. 23), police say.

  Armstrong International seeing an increase in travel this holiday week

Millions of Americans are traveling this week despite warnings from the CDC to stay at home this Thanksgiving.

La. COVID-19 cases surge past national average; Jefferson Parish hit hard

The White House Coronavirus Task Force released its latest report concerning COVID-19 cases in Louisiana. The state says the situation has “gotten ever more dire in Louisiana.”

  How college students can come home safely for Thanksgiving

Leaders across the state are keeping a close eye on what happens in the days after college communities send students back home.

  Assessor Jeff Taylor should document personal use of public vehicle, audit says

Livingston Parish Tax Assessor Jeff Taylor should likely be documenting his personal use of his publicly-owned vehicle and reporting that use to the Internal Revenue Service as income, a state audit released Monday says.

  Police question, release man who fatally shot suspect in Nov. 20 double shooting on Sherwood Forest Boulevard

Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) say the person of interest who fatally shot the suspect who robbed and killed an employee at an electronic store on Sherwood Forest Boulevard on Nov. 20 turned himself in to police for questioning on Monday, Nov. 23.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Some Baton Rouge area superintendents want to expand in-person learning as state sees its third wave of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases surge once again in Louisiana, several Baton Rouge area school superintendents are asking the state for more freedom to expand in-person learning.

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

The move clears the way for Joe Biden aides to begin coordinating with federal agencies on plans for takeover on Jan. 20.

  Louisiana Spirit is here to help those affected by COVID-19

With so many people facing tough times during the coronavirus pandemic, there are ways that people can receive help.

Krewe of Bacchus announces virtual 2021 Mardi Gras plans

Bacchus announced the krewe would try to make parading a little more normal in an unnormal carnival year affected by COVID-19.

Arrest made in deadly home invasion, shooting on Eleanor Drive

An arrest has been made in connection with a home invasion shooting that left one person dead.

  I-10 W at Lobdell reopened more than 12 hours later after overturned tractor-trailer at Whiskey Bay

I-10 W at Lobdell finally reopened around 7 p.m. Monday night (Nov. 23) after being closed for more than 12 hours.

  Louisiana knows what percentage of COVID-19 vaccines to expect; has vaccination playbook

The Louisiana Department of Health urges the public to remain vigilant in wearing masks and social distancing despite the promising news about vaccines.

  Group called CHANGE aims to help reduce gun violence in BR

After their own sons were murdered, a group of moms is working to have Baton Rouge put the guns down. They came together to form a group called CHANGE.

  Community outreach event provides people with free flu shots and a turkey

The city of Baton Rouge held a community outreach event at the MLK Community Center on Gus Young Avenue for people in the 7th District.

  BRPD chief calls killing of 5 people in one day ‘disturbing,’ emphasizes need for community to help prevent crime

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul held a news conference Monday, Nov. 23 calling the five shooting deaths that happened in Baton Rouge Friday, Nov. 20 “disturbing.”

  LSU defends decision to redact names from police report accusing Derrius Guice of sexual misconduct

LSU is defending its decision to keep secret the names of some football players who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

  Authorities searching for man accused of dousing gas station pump, setting it on fire

Authorities with the Baton Rouge Fire Department say they searching for a man who allegedly intentionally caused a fire at a gas station in the 5500 block of Airline Highway Monday, Nov. 23.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Livingston Parish man reportedly admits to burning down disabled father’s barn while on drugs

A man from Livingston Parish is behind bars after being accused of setting his disabled father’s barn on fire. That fire then spread and damaged two boats and four vehicles, say officials with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM).

REPORT: Joe Burrow suffers torn ACL, MCL; tweets ‘See ya next year’

Former LSU Tiger and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has injured his knee and was carted off.

  Orgeron talks about Finley’s play, defense against Texas A&M, injured players, & more

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron held his weekly Zoom meeting with sports journalists to recap the win over Arkansas and preview the upcoming game in College Station, Texas, against No. 5 Texas A&M.

La. approved for $200M+ in Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement funds for coastal restoration projects

Louisiana has been approved for $234.6 million in funding as part of the settlement from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill for coastal restoration projects in Plaquemines and Terrebonne parishes.

  7 shot, 2 killed Sunday in New Orleans

A criminologist with LSU says the New Orleans murder rate is currently top five in the country. The city currently sits right behind Detroit.

How to safely host Thanksgiving dinner during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you plan on hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for family or friends, health experts suggest you keep the invites to a minimum.

  Register for Tyrann Mathieu speaking series to curb violence in Louisiana youth

Tyrann Mathieu is giving back to his home state yet again.

Saints defense dominates in 24-9 win over Falcons

The New Orleans Saints hosted division rival, the Atlanta Falcons, in the Superdome on Sunday, Nov. 22, and came away with their seventh straight win of the season.

  Nursing homes adjust to holiday season amid coronavirus

Senior living communities like St. James Place are not on total lock down, but are asking their residents to stay put and limit visits due to the latest COVID-19 spike.

  BRFD investigating arson on North Foster Drive

The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating a building fire in the 4200 block of North Foster Drive that has been ruled an arson.

  Residents leave flowers, cards in front of Wise Communications after double shooting on Sherwood Blvd

After the recent multiple shootings in East Baton Rouge Parish, law enforcement and residents are hoping to see a change amongst the community.

54-year-old man fatally shot on Aster Street

A 54-year-old man was fatally shot during a robbery on Aster Street, Baton Rouge Police said.

  LSU outlasts Arkansas, 27-24

LSU traveled to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas in the “Battle for the Golden Boot” and was able to take the giant trophy back to Baton Rouge.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mostly pleasant Thanksgiving week weather

Temperatures will remain above normal right through Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be nice.

Southern University mourns death of former Chancellor Roosevelt D. Steptoe

Roosevelt D. Steptoe, former chancellor of Southern University and A&M College, died Nov. 20 at the age of 86.

  LSU students protest, call for action in light of sexual misconduct allegations

LSU students and club leaders marched all the the way from the LSU parade ground to the Pete Maravich assembly center to make a statement right across from Tiger Stadium.

  White Light Night returns to mid city amid coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has left many community events in limbo, including Mid-City’s annual White Light Night.

  EBR officials release statement on the status of Mardi Gras for 2021

East Baton Rouge Parish officials released new information regarding the status of 2021 Mardi Gras parades.

Drew Brees placed on injured reserve

Brees will be out a minimum of three weeks

  Gov. Edwin Edwards released from hospital after bout with double pneumonia

Former Governor Edwin Edwards was released from Ochsner Medical Center on Friday, Nov. 20 after doctors successfully treated his weeklong bout with double pneumonia, a family spokesperson said.

State police investigate deputy involved shooting in Tangipahoa Parish

Louisiana State Police are investigating the shooting of a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy and another person.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Staying warmer than normal through Thanksgiving

It’s hard to get into the holiday spirit with the current weather pattern.

  LSP: Tanker driver rear-ended trooper on shoulder before explosion

Both drivers suffered moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Thousands of patients’ information potentially accessed after cyber breach at LSU Health

LSU Health New Orleans Health Care Services Division said it became aware of a cyber intrusion into an employee’s electronic mailbox.

  Deadline to apply for rental assistance is Friday

Eligible tenants must meet income requirements and live within the city limits.

  LSU-Arkansas game in jeopardy due to COVID-19 concerns within Razorback program

With concerns over COVID-19 testing at Arkansas, it could mean LSU misses another game. Results are expected Friday morning from Razorbacks’ head coach Sam Pittman.

  DONATE HERE: OLOL Children’s Hospital Mediathon continues Friday.

Tune in during the event to hear stories of hope and healing from our patients and families.

  La. state sales tax holiday scheduled for Nov. 20 & 21

Residents of Louisiana can save about 5% on most purchases Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21.

  ‘Louisiana is in the third surge of this pandemic’: Gov. Edwards gives stern warning to residents one week before Thanksgiving holiday

Gov. John Bel Edwards gave a stern warning to Louisiana residents about the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the state and urged them to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 19.

  DOC scraps plans to allow family visitation at prisons due to rising COVID-19 cases

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DOC) is scrapping plans that had been in the works for about a month to allow family visits to prisons during the week of Thanksgiving due to rising COVID-19 cases across the state and in its prison system.