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DC educator chosen as new Baton Rouge schools leader

Jan. 15, 2021 12:12 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An educator from Washington, D.C., has been chosen to lead public schools in Louisiana's capital. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted 5-4 Thursday in favor of Sito Narcisse to replace Dr. Leslie Brown, who resigned in October due to health complications. The board chose...

FILE - This April 1991 file photo shows AP correspondent Guy Coates in Baton Rouge, La. Coates, a retired Associated Press correspondent in Louisiana, died late Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 80. Coates' early career included stints at The Times of Shreveport as well as KNOE TV in Monroe and KSLA TV in Shreveport. (Mark Keedy/The Advocate via AP, File)

Guy Coates, longtime AP reporter in Louisiana, dies at 80

Jan. 13, 2021 10:10 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Guy Coates, a former Associated Press correspondent who covered Gulf Coast hurricanes and civil rights, dodged gunfire during a New Orleans sniper's shooting spree and chronicled the tumult of politics in his native Louisiana for four decades, died late Tuesday. He was 80. His wife...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 13, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 11 The Advocate on Robert Ricks Jr., a National Weather Service retiree: It’s 2021, so let’s put aside the debate about the growing power of federal bureaucrats and salute a civil servant for a job well done. Most folks probably never heard of...

Venue change request denied for trial in Alton Sterling suit

Jan. 12, 2021 2:59 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has rejected a change-of-venue request in a civil lawsuit over the death of Alton Sterling, a Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2016. Judge William Morvant’s decision on Monday means a trial that was scheduled for March 1 will...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Mark Calkins, with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, holds up a bag containing the first 10 syringes containing Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine before it is administered to the staff in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: Edwards steers vaccine rollout, owns consequences

Jan. 10, 2021 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Distributing the coronavirus vaccine is a tricky math equation for states to manage, with a limited supply of vaccine and the federal government notifying states of their weekly dose allotment only days before it will arrive. By putting himself front and center as the decider of...

Average US price of gas up 9 cents a gallon to $2.35

Jan. 10, 2021 1:21 PM EST

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 9 cents a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.35. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that a rise in crude oil prices spurred the increase. The price at the pump is 30 cents less than it...

Group helps youth who have slipped past society's safety net

Jan. 10, 2021 12:01 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Like every other nonprofit organization, 2020 was a challenging year for Empower 225. But seeing what can be accomplished with clients like Joshua Fieldings showed them it was worth it. Fieldings, 22 and homeless for almost three years, now lives in an apartment with the...

Interim EBR Schools Superintendent collapses in interview

Jan. 9, 2021 3:18 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The interim superintendent of the East Baton Rouge School system fainted as he was speaking during a town hall as part of finalist interviews for the top job in the state's second-largest school district. “I think I need to take a break, my ear is ringing,” Adam Smith...

Pharmacy director Heather Maturin unpacks vials of the first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a refrigerator at Ochsner Hospital on O'Neal Lane, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Louisiana hospital bed shortage as COVID-19 surge worsens

Jan. 8, 2021 3:57 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As a slow distribution of the coronavirus vaccine rolls out across Louisiana, hospital leaders warned Wednesday that they are running dangerously short of beds because of the influx of COVID-19 patients, a situation only expected to worsen after the holidays. Gov. John Bel Edwards...