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'There are only so many beds': COVID-19 surge hits hospitals

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria. As of midweek, Mississippi had just six open intensive care beds in the entire state. ...

Jurisdictional question revived in suits over coastal loss

Aug. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The question of whether lawsuits blaming big oil companies for loss of vulnerable Louisiana coastal wetlands will be tried in state courts, as local parish governments want, or in federal courts, as the oil companies want, has been revived by a federal appeals panel. ...

In Louisiana, no idea when coronavirus cases rise might ease

Aug. 05, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana faces a fourth wave of rapidly escalating coronavirus cases, a top executive for the four-hospital Willis-Knighton Health System doesn't see any respite coming soon. Brian Crawford, chief administrative officer for the...

Immigrant detentions soar despite Biden’s campaign promises

Aug. 05, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Alexander Martinez says he fled from homophobia, government persecution and the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador only to run into abuse and harassment in America’s immigration detention system. Since crossing the border illegally in April, the...

Pelicans add D'Antoni, Collins to coaching staff

Aug. 04, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Veteran former NBA coach Mike D'Antoni is joining the New Orleans Pelicans as a coaching adviser and Jarron Collins has been hired as an assistant coach, the club announced Wednesday. The moves come on the heels of the Pelicans' decision to hire...

At Saints camp, receivers with short resumes getting a shot

Aug. 04, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Jameis Winston and Tayson Hill dropped back to pass during 11-on-11 drills at Saints training camp Wednesday, they didn't have the option to throw to record-setting receiver Michael Thomas or established veteran Tre'Quan Smith. Rather, their...

Louisiana standardized test scores drop during pandemic

Aug. 04, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public school student performance on key standardized tests plunged in the last school year, according to state education data released Wednesday that provides the first glimpse of how students fared during the coronavirus outbreak. ...

LSU students urged to get vaccinated, must wear masks

Aug. 04, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University students will have to wear masks in classrooms and at campus events this fall to help fight the spread of COVID-19, but won't have to be vaccinated to return to school, university officials announced Wednesday. LSU will...

AP: Police brass eyed in probe of Black man's deadly arrest

Aug. 04, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Louisiana State Police brass obstructed justice to protect the troopers seen on long-withheld body camera video punching, dragging and stunning Black motorist Ronald Greene during his fatal 2019 arrest. It...

Unvaccinated, hospitalized: Patient now advocates for shots

Aug. 04, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Cedric Daniels and Joshua Bradstreet Contreras didn't think they really needed the coronavirus vaccine. After all, the uncle and nephew are both young — 37 and 22, respectively — and Contreras was “as healthy as a horse,” Daniels said. ...