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In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, a bar is boarded-up at a Bourbon Street intersection in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Bars have been closed in New Orleans since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some residents of the historic French Quarter, while acknowledging the economic pain and suffering, say the lack of tourists has been a relief.  (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

French Quarter sans tourists: 'An old neighborhood again'

May. 31, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For Jack Greenwood, New Orleans' COVID-19 lockdowns brought sadness, but also a revelation: He was making more acquaintances with fellow residents — people he might not have noticed before tourism dried up in the French Quarter. “I've seen and met more neighbors now than...

New Orleans: Audubon Zoo to reopen June 3

May. 31, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Audubon Zoo plans to reopen on Wednesday with special guidelines in place designed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. According to the guidelines announced by the zoo Friday, it will open at 25% capacity and reservations will be required in order to keep numbers low and assist...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, an evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with special needs, in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School in Stuart, Fla. Local officials across the South are still scurrying to fix their hurricane evacuation and sheltering plans because of changes needed due to coronavirus and a cratering economy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for virus

May. 31, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

Officials across the U.S. South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go? The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60% of coastal counties saying as of late May that...

Local college student runs her own lip gloss business

May. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At age 21, Thibodaux native Dionjhae Thomas has turned one of her favorite hobbies into a business. Thomas, a former Houma Christian School athlete who is now a student at the University of New Orleans, said she has always loved to buy and wear lip gloss products. After having issues...

A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. The memorial is part of the Naming the Lost project which attempts to humanize the victims who are often just listed as statistics. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

May. 29, 2020 10:43 PM 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: — Two United Nations peacekeepers serving in Mali have died...

New Orleans likely to lag state in reopenings amid virus

May. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans will likely ease restrictions on gatherings and businesses more slowly than the rest of Louisiana as the fight against the new coronavirus continues, a city health official said Friday. Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to announce Monday whether Louisiana will further ease...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

Rep. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, left, speaks with Rep. Gary Cater, D-New Orleans, on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

GOP pushes $300M in virus aid for Louisiana business grants

May. 28, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican lawmakers moved ahead Thursday with plans to carve out $300 million in federal coronavirus aid that Gov. John Bel Edwards wants to steer to local government agencies to instead create a small business assistance program. The Democratic governor intended to use an $811...

$55M contract toward Comite River diversion canal

May. 28, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Baton Rouge company has a $55 million contract for work on a flood-control canal planned for decades. The Comite River Diversion Canal would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River during an emergency. The...

Universities plan for return to virus-altered campuses

May. 28, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Requiring students and faculty to wear masks, ending the on-campus semester before Thanksgiving, providing more hand sanitation stations and placing fewer students in dormitories are among the ideas university officials discussed Thursday in anticipation of students returning to campus...