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A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test last month. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second...

Edwards agrees to protect schools from most virus lawsuits

Jul. 8, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's K-12 schools and colleges will be shielded from most civil lawsuits if a student or teacher contracts the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus under a bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Wednesday. Lawmakers agreed in the special session that ended June...

Federal inquiry sought into 'corrupt' La. police agencies

Jul. 8, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

A nonprofit that advocates for criminal justice reform asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to open a civil rights investigation into law enforcement in southwestern Louisiana, citing a long history of misconduct. The Promise of Justice Initiative called a federal inquiry “the only pathway to...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Edwards rejects pay raise delay for Louisiana state workers

Jul. 8, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s state workers will get pay raises this year despite the pandemic’s impact on state finances, after Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday he vetoed a legislative effort to withhold $57 million for the salary hikes. Lawmakers sought to stall the pay raises in...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jul. 8, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ July 7 The Advocate on using air conditioners amid the coronavirus pandemic: It wasn’t so long ago that the people of Louisiana slogged through the summer without air conditioning. But over the past half century or so, we’ve become addicted to it....

Volunteer firefighter arrested for arson

Jul. 8, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

JEANERETTE, La. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter has been accused of starting a fire in south Louisiana. The State Fire Marshal's Office, in a news release Tuesday, said Kentrelle Beasley Jr., 18, was arrested on a charge of simple arson for setting an abandoned house on fire in Iberia Parish shortly after...

Louisiana troopers kill man who shot at trooper Sunday

Jul. 8, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state troopers shot and killed a man accused of shooting at a state trooper during the weekend and then fired at more troopers who had come to arrest him early Wednesday, Louisiana State Police said. Officers had located Erroll Johnson, 31, of West Monroe at a motel in Monroe,...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

Austin Peay names Marquase Lovings interim coach for season

Jul. 7, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Peay has promoted associate head coach Marquase Lovings to interim head football coach for the Governors' upcoming season. Athletic director Gerald Harrison announced Lovings' promotion on Tuesday, days after Mark Hudspeth resigned after one season for personal reasons. ...

Rep. John Stefanski, R-Crowley, center, speaks to Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, as Louisiana lawmakers near the end of their special session, on Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Lawmakers retain $106M of Louisiana surplus to settle later

Jul. 7, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When they wrapped up their special session, Louisiana lawmakers left nearly $106 million of the state's surplus undecided, socked away into a fund for spending or saving at a later date. Louisiana had a nearly $535 million surplus left after closing the books from the 2018-19 budget...