NEW ORLEANS – Some acronyms roll off the tongue more smoothly than others. The “Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive” Act (or “RESTAURANTS Act” for short) isn’t the easiest name to pronounce – but the bill’s intentions sure are good. The proposed legislation would provide $120...
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said his office is commending USAA for returning an additional $270 million dividend to auto insurance policyholders across the country in August. This dividend follows an earlier announcement that USAA provided dividends nationwide totaling $800 million earlier this year. In total,...
BATON ROUGE, La. – The United States Department of Agriculture recently announced a decision to purchase $30 million worth of shrimp from fisherman in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. The purchase was approved under Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of 1953 allowing the USDA to provide emergency...
NEW YORK (AP) – As they struggle to salvage some semblance of a campus experience this fall, U.S. colleges are requiring promises from students to help contain the coronavirus — no keg parties, no long road trips and no outside guests on campus. No kidding. Administrators warn that failure to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that its Main Street Lending Program designed to help small and medium-sized companies get through the pandemic has managed to make just eight loans in its first month of operations. In its first report on the program, the Fed said Thursday it had...
NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced an effort to assemble a private philanthropic network to stem a potential landslide of evictions. The fund is now accepting tax-deductible donations. To contribute to this campaign, click here. Assistance to tenants is limited to households facing imminent eviction. Among families facing imminent...
NEW ORLEANS – The Centers for Disease Control recently awarded $700,000 to a Tulane University team of researchers who are studying how the SARS-CoV-2 virus works and where and when it is shed. What they find could help explain why COVID-19 is causing higher death rates among Black and...
NEW ORLEANS – Since the live music industry is essentially on a temporary hiatus, New Orleans bounce rap icon Big Freedia has decided to share another one of her talents with the world. Every Thursday evening, Freedia is hosting a cooking demonstration for a small, socially distant live audience...
BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge judge on Thursday sided with Gov. John Bel Edwards in a lawsuit seeking to overturn his executive order closing barrooms, requiring masks and limiting indoor gatherings to 50 people to control the spread of COVID-19. The Jefferson Parish business owners who filed the suit...
GRETNA, La. (AP) — Since returning to their classrooms to prepare for the opening of in-person instruction next week, a “handful” of Jefferson Parish teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a newspaper reported Wednesday, citing school officials. The exact number of infections were not released by the Jefferson Parish...