BATON ROUGE – ExxonMobil announced that it has donated an additional 2,000 gallons of locally manufactured hand sanitizer that has been distributed to area first responders, the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, Louisiana State University, Southern University and The YMCA of the Capital Area. This final wave...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans refused Monday to block a state order closing bars to stop the spread of COVID-19, handing a defeat to 10 southeast Louisiana bar owners who had sued to stop the closure. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said the closure order...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday closely questioned a Louisiana state health official about data the state used in a decision to close bars — but not restaurants that contain bars — amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten southeastern Louisiana bar owners are challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’...
NEW ORLEANS – Early optimism among people of the gulf south at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic is fading as 2020 rolls on according to the newest edition of the Gulf South Index, a cooperative research project launched earlier this year by The Ehrhardt Group and Causeway Solutions. As...
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Crawfish farmers are now eligible for a $16 billion coronavirus aid program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Crawfish are among scores of commodities added Tuesday to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program announced in May. Louisiana’s congressional delegation, state Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new report estimates that about one in four Louisiana students lack the internet access needed to take virtual classes as schools resume with a heavy emphasis on remote learning. “We are in a much better position than we were four months ago, both devices...
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana’s work to track coronavirus cases, to help slow the spread of the outbreak, can’t keep up with the state’s pace of new infections or overcome the lack of useful information provided by the thousands of people who have tested positive for the virus. Health department...
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana legislators on Friday rapped Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration for allowing $60 million in state employee pay raises to go forward during the COVID-19-driven economic downturn. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said the State Civil Service Commission would have approved the raises regardless, forcing cuts to...
BATON ROUGE – During Friday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, which includes members of the state House of Representatives and Senate, State Treasurer John Schroder discussed the Main Street Recovery Grant Program which reimburses small businesses for COVID-19-related expenses. The first batch of checks, totaling...
NEW ORLEANS – The picture on the front page of the paper says it all: a former New Orleans bakery worker is now earning a few dollars an hour holding up one of those signs on the street to capture the attention of passing motorists and pedestrians. The sign...