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$205M in BP spill money for Louisiana coastal restoration

Aug. 13, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting another $205 million in BP oil spill money to restore its coast. Most of that — $176 million — will use sediment dredged from the Mississippi River to build 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of marsh in Jefferson Parish. “This project continues...

$1.9M tempered glass plant holds formal launch in Louisiana

Aug. 12, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A $1.9 million safety glass plant in Louisiana expects to have 50 employees when it fills all of its jobs, officials said Wednesday. The Tomakk Glass Partners plant opened in Shreveport in February, but held its formal launch on Wednesday. Thirty of the jobs have been filled,...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Aug. 12, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Advocate on the U.S. Department of Agriculture purchasing shrimp from Gulf Coast fishermen in an effort to aid the seafood industry: There is never, in our view, a bad time to buy shrimp caught fresh in the Gulf of Mexico, but this is a particularly...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards makes a point while updating the status of the state in regard to COVID-19, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The state will continue to be in Phase 2 until Aug. 28. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana uncertain about Trump's unemployment aid order

Aug. 11, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he hasn't determined how Louisiana will be able to tap into President Donald Trump's partial extension of federal unemployment aid, and the governor called on Congress to enact a longer-term fix for those forced out of jobs by the coronavirus...

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Aug. 10, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the...

President Donald Trump walks to his car after arrive in Southampton, N.Y., on Marine One, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Trump is attending two fundraisers during his visit to the Hamptons. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States on hook for billions under Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to bypass Congress, will sign on. Trump announced an...

Swarnamala Ratnayaka prepares RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Analysis: La. nursing homes have vulnerability from staff

Aug. 9, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana tries to protect vulnerable nursing home residents from coronavirus outbreaks, the facilities still have a significant source of risk for new infections. Hundreds of employees coming and going each day have refused to take a virus test. Gov. John Bel Edwards'...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Vials with samples taken for the new coronavirus are counted before they are prepared for RNA testing at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Auditor debunks claims of duplicates in Louisiana virus data

Aug. 8, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative auditor found two rural parishes' claims that the state was double-counting their positive coronavirus tests in the official tally of cases was unfounded, upending theories pushed in conservative circles that the data is being skewed to make the outbreak...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...