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Graduate Andriel Waters waves after receiving her diploma as the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School class of 2020 holds a drive-in graduation ceremony as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, outside Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Students and family got out of their cars to receive diplomas one by one, and then held a parade of cars through city streets. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Coronavirus, pouring rain can't dampen New Orleans' seniors

May. 27, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Neither the coronavirus pandemic nor rain showers could deter the 2020 graduating class of the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School from having a celebratory — albeit improvised — commencement with a bit of New Orleans flair. After finishing their semester...

La. lawmakers refuse to shield incentive recipient details

May. 27, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — House lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposal pushed by Louisiana business groups to shield from the public information reported by companies receiving state tax incentives. Opponents said the measure would hide crucial details about those businesses that are benefiting from...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020 file photo, Cindy Morris, left, and Swarnamala Ratnayaka prepare RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Where political divides marred early recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Louisiana is showing rare political unity in the fight against the new coronavirus.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

13 Louisiana children have developed illness tied to virus

May. 27, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thirteen Louisiana children have developed a rare inflammatory disease related to the new coronavirus and one has died, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday. Details on the young person who died were not provided out of respect for the privacy of the family, Edwards said. The disease is...

Interim chancellor named at a Louisiana community college

May. 27, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A vice chancellor at a Louisiana community college has been named interim chancellor. Vincent June’s appointment as interim chancellor at South Louisiana Community College takes effect Saturday, Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan said...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

May. 27, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ May 26 The Advocate on keeping state budget talks simple: The most practical advice that legislators can get was provided by Jan Moller, head of the Louisiana Budget Project: If you’re in a hole, stop digging. He spoke about the tax-cut bills at the State...

Robb Forman Dew, prize-winning novelist, dead at 73

May. 27, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died. Little, Brown and Company announced this week that Dew died May 22 at Baystate...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

$30B-plus Louisiana operating budget receives House support

May. 26, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House on Tuesday backed a $30 billion-plus spending plan for next year that uses federal coronavirus aid to keep programs and services on an even keel despite the pandemic. The package of budget bills — approved in a quick afternoon of House votes rather than...

1,800 students still on Louisiana campuses despite pandemic

May. 26, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 1,800 students are living on university campuses around Louisiana even though they’ve been taking classes online and have been encouraged to return home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Advocate reports. The students, from 650 at Louisiana State University,...

$285K salary set for new Louisiana education superintendent

May. 26, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's new state education superintendent will receive a $285,000 salary, under a pay plan approved Tuesday by state lawmakers. Cade Brumley, who has worked as superintendent of Jefferson Parish schools, was chosen last week by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary...