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New Orleans: Now is the time to head off summer COVID surge

May. 17, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Now is the time to head off a COVID-19 surge like the one that swamped area hospitals last summer, the head of the New Orleans Health Department said Tuesday. Case counts average 155 a day, five times higher than a month ago, and wastewater tests show increased...

Louisiana State Police: Missing elderly man found dead

May. 17, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

KINDER, La. (AP) — An elderly Louisiana man reported missing over the weekend has been found dead, Louisiana State Police said Tuesday. Kinder Police found the body of James Hubert Breaux, 86, of Crowley, state police said. Further details, including a cause of death, were not...

US judge: Man falsely arrested by Louisiana sheriff's office

May. 16, 2022 14:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal agent was illegally arrested in 2019 after criticizing a Louisiana sheriff's office's investigation of a still-unsolved shooting death, a federal judge has ruled. Jerry Rogers Jr. filed a civil rights lawsuit in early 2020, claiming false arrest and...

DNA tests confirm body in Arkansas creek is Fargo man

May. 16, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — DNA testing has confirmed a body found in a creek near Little Rock, Arkansas is a missing man from Fargo, authorities said. Jordan Simeon, 25, disappeared March 7 while on his way to New Orleans, Louisiana. His car broke down on Interstate 40 in Arkansas. ...

Police in Texas arrest 3 teen escapees from Louisiana, guard

May. 16, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

COUSHATTA, La. (AP) — Police in Texas arrested three teens who escaped from a juvenile detention center in Louisiana along with a worker who allegedly helped them get out, authorities said. The three youths and a security guard from the Ware Youth Center in Red River Parish were...

6 months in, Biden's infrastructure plan has 4,300 projects

May. 16, 2022 05:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months after the signing of President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package, the government said Monday there are 4,300 projects underway with more than $110 billion in funding announced — milestones the administration is publicly heralding as midterm politics...

Mom juggles job, night school to be Dillard valedictorian

May. 15, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A single mom who worked a full-time job while studying nights and weekends and raising her daughter is one of four students at Dillard University to be named valedictorian. The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported that Nadia James earned a 4.0 GPA...

IBM: 6 Black colleges getting cybersecurity centers

May. 15, 2022 09:41 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six historically Black universities in five Southern states will be getting the first IBM cybersecurity centers aimed at training underrepresented communities, the company said. The schools are Xavier University of Louisiana, that state’s Southern University...

To stop Baton Rouge floods, they’re carving a 12-mile river

May. 15, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — You can’t quite see it yet from Plank Road or La. 19 near Zachary, but work crews are building a man-made river from scratch. Down inside a huge, wide “V” carved out of the earth, concrete pillars for a bridge have been poured and smoothed out by workers....

First 2 grads of program designed to keep families together

May. 15, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Two participants graduated this week from a special court in Terrebonne Parish created to keep families together as they go through the legal system. The two parents are the first to have successfully completed the Family Preservation Court treatment plan and...