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Judge retires, ending investigation by judiciary commission

Jul. 3, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge’s retirement brings an end to a state judiciary commission investigation of his conduct. KTBS-TV reports that Shreveport City Judge Lee Irvin retired Thursday. Irvin, 64, had been suspended without pay since January. He was being investigated regarding a...

Mountainside Fitness posts their safety guidelines as the facility remains open even as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order for all gyms to close due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix. For the third straight day, several health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Ducey's 30-day shutdown order to close gyms, bars, water park and tubing businesses, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: WHO urges focus on first wave of coronavirus

Jul. 3, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

GENEVA — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says “we need to put up a fight now” during a peak in the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic — rather than focusing on when a second wave might come. Dr. Michael Ryan said the world will be much better at fighting...

Truck driver's camera captures pilot's safe landing on road

Jul. 3, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

LAROSE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana pilot experiencing engine trouble made a safe emergency landing on a highway. WWL-TV reported that longtime pilot Howie Guidry was about an hour into his flight and 2,000 feet in the air when his plane experienced engine trouble on a Thursday morning flight. He knew he...

Shrimp: Louisiana inshore shrimp season closing on Monday

Jul. 3, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will close its spring inshore shrimping season Monday evening because biologists are finding more juvenile white shrimp in inshore waters. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says all remaining inshore waters between the Mississippi and Texas state lines...

Few Louisiana prisoners furloughed amid coronavirus outbreak

Jul. 3, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Few Louisiana prisoners have been released through the furlough program that state officials developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Louisiana Department of Corrections created a review panel in April tasked with considering up to 1,100 state prison inmates for...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson shoots free throws prior to an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. Pelicans rookie Williamson says he feels like he is in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans' eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Zion Williamson confident in his health, Pelicans' prospects

Jul. 2, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson credits his mother’s wisdom with helping him manage life’s unanticipated twists and inevitable assortment of successes and setbacks. It has served the NBA’s top overall draft choice well during a highly unusual debut season that has...

South Louisiana councilman dies after brief illness

Jul. 2, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BUSH, La. (AP) — A southeast Louisiana councilman in his third term representing parts of St. Tammany Parish died Thursday at his home after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements for Parish Councilman Richard Tanner, who was 78, are pending, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. Tanner...

Louisiana governor's office staffer positive for COVID-19

Jul. 2, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A staffer in Gov. John Bel Edwards' press office has tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-quarantined, the governor's office said Thursday. A dozen other staffers were self-quarantined as a precaution. The Democratic governor was not isolating because epidemiologists determined he...

Sentencing moved back for Louisiana Black church arsonist

Jul. 2, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Sentencing has been pushed back for the man who pleaded guilty to setting fires in 2019 at three historic Black churches in south Louisiana. Holden Matthews had been set for sentencing July 30 in federal court in Lafayette. But court records show the sentencing has been rescheduled...