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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...

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,...

Council members could ban smoking in bars in Louisiana city

May. 25, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — City leaders in northwest Louisiana will consider banning smoking in bars. KTBS-TV reports the Shreveport City Council is scheduled to consider extending the city's smoking ban to bars, parks and playgrounds on Tuesday. The move would also ban vaping. Councilman John Nickelson said...

Louisiana Senate derails bill to limit legislative spending

May. 23, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state senators Friday stalled a proposal that would cut the amount of money available to lawmakers to spend on the state's general operating expenses, raising concerns about the impact on essential services. The Senate Finance Committee didn't vote to kill Baton Rouge...

3 Gulf Coast states get $88 million for fisheries flooding

May. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three Gulf Coast states are getting more than $88 million in fisheries disaster funds for damage from last year’s flooding, which included an unprecedented two openings of a spillway west of New Orleans. “These funds will help industries and individuals recover from this...

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks Monday, May 11, 2020, at his media briefing on the state's COVID-19 response at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., announcing that his stay-at-home directive will end with the Phase 1 reopening of the state on Friday, May 15. Dr. Alex Billioux, M.D., right, assistant secretary of health for the La. Dept. of Health's Office of Public Health, looks on. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Louisiana checking virus outbreaks at crawfish farms

May. 18, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana resumed the release Monday of detailed information on coronavirus infections in nursing homes, and officials announced investigations of outbreaks among workers at three crawfish farms in the state's Acadiana region. The Health Department said about 100 workers across the three...

Man killed after grazing deputy in Louisiana after a chase

May. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man who fired on officers in Louisiana who were trying to stop him after he appeared to fall asleep at the wheel Sunday was killed in a confrontation with more officers hours later, authorities said. One East Baton Rouge deputy was grazed by a bullet and was treated at a hospital...

Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church, walks to his church bus as he leaves East Baton Rouge Parish jail after posting bond in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Louisiana authorities arrested the pastor on an assault charge on Tuesday after he admitted that he drove his church bus toward a man who has been protesting his decision to hold mass gatherings in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana minister sues, claims COVID-19 threats, harassment

May. 15, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana minister is suing state and local officials, claiming they threatened and harassed him about the state's COVID-19 pandemic ban on large gatherings. Tony Spell also claims that his phone was tapped and a camera illegally installed at his home, and that he was followed,...

Lawuit: mental hospital failed at hygiene, virus isolation

May. 14, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A lawsuit by two patients seeking release from a Louisiana mental hospital where nine people have died with the new coronavirus says the facility isn't maintaining hygiene or isolating patients infected with the virus. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports that the two...

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks Monday, May 11, 2020, at his media briefing on the state's COVID-19 response at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., announcing that his stay-at-home directive will end with the Phase 1 reopening of the state on Friday, May 15. Dr. Alex Billioux, M.D., right, assistant secretary of health for the La. Dept. of Health's Office of Public Health, looks on. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Louisiana to name nursing homes where outbreaks happen

May. 13, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration Monday will start releasing the names of nursing homes where residents have tested positive for the coronavirus and where there have been deaths from COVID-19. The administration initially released that information early in the outbreak,...