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A man walks by the closed Tropical Isle Bar on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Let the good times ... hold. Virus recloses New Orleans bars

Jul. 15, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shut down again just a month after they were allowed to partially reopen. Louisiana had been an international...

Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable discussion at LSU's Tiger Stadium with higher education leaders focusing on fall reopening plans and university sports programs. Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Pence urges school reopening in Louisiana amid virus surge

Jul. 14, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence insisted Tuesday the country's schools should reopen to in-person instruction for students, making the point in Louisiana as the state has reemerged as one of the nation's hot spots for the coronavirus only months after signs pointed to a successful...

Attorney General Jeff Landry, right, speaks about medicines being donated by drug companies to help the fight against the coronavirus during a press conference during a press conference at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Monday April 6, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards listens at left. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Louisiana attorney general has coronavirus, is in quarantine

Jul. 14, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry was quarantining Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus, though his spokesman said the prominent Republican elected official has no symptoms of COVID-19. Landry spokesman Millard Mule told The Associated Press that the attorney...

A boarded business is seen boarded up on Bourbon Street, usually bustling with tourists and revelers, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell have ordered all restaurants and bars to close except for takeout, and asked residents to remain home and maintain social distancing from others when outside, due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana workers can file Wednesday for $250 hazard payment

Jul. 13, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will start accepting applications Wednesday for a $250 one-time payment offered to front-line employees who checked out grocery customers, worked at nursing homes and performed other essential tasks in the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of...

'Smart port' technology planned for Port of New Orleans

Jul. 13, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials on Monday announced a new “smart port” project aimed at using technology to make dredging and operations decisions around New Orleans’s port. The Water Institute of the Gulf research organization will install data sensors on tugboats and...

Louisiana Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley speaks to the House Education Committee about regulations governing the reopening of K-12 schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Talk of mask mandate for Louisiana schools causing friction

Jul. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top school board will decide Tuesday whether to issue a face covering requirement for teachers and most students as schools reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, a mask mandate pushed by the education superintendent and opposed by the state attorney general....

Sen. Mike Fesi, R-Houma, standing, speaks with Sen. Louie Bernard, R-Natchitoches, on the Senate floor in the final hours of Louisiana's special legislative session, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte) (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: Jarring introduction for Louisiana's new lawmakers

Jul. 12, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Talk about a rough introduction to the Louisiana Legislature. Louisiana's freshman class of new lawmakers, who took office in January, got little of the glad-handing, party-hopping slow start that traditionally kicks off a regular legislative session. Instead, Gov. John Bel Edwards...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards makes remarks and answers questions during a news conference about the state's COVID-19 situation, the effects of tropical storm Cristobal, special session legislative action and recent protests in Louisiana after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, and movement toward police reforms Monday, June 8, 2020, at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge, La. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Edwards: Masks now required, bars to be closed statewide

Jul. 12, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday ratcheted up Louisiana's restrictions to combat the coronavirus's spread, saying he's instituting a statewide mask mandate, putting tougher limits on group gatherings and shuttering bars. The tightened requirements will take effect Monday, the Democratic...

Masking order blocked by state judge in Louisiana city

Jul. 10, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A state judge on Friday blocked a northwest Louisiana city from enforcing a masking requirement recently issued by the mayor in hopes of fighting the spread of the new coronavirus. The restraining order was issued by state District Judge Craig Marcotte in a lawsuit filed by five...

State: Tax credits help secure $50 million mill upgrade

Jul. 10, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's economic development office says $50 million in planned upgrades at a Hood Container paper mill in West Feliciana Parish will support an estimated 75 construction jobs and ensure continued employment for more than 300 people. A news release from Louisiana Economic...