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The Latest: Garth Brooks reassesses touring during pandemic

Aug. 03, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country music star Garth Brooks says he is reassessing whether to continue his stadium tour in light of the rising number of coronavirus cases across the country. Brooks says in a statement that while he is scheduled to play the next two tour stops in...

Ohio primaries may signal mood of 2022 midterm race

Aug. 03, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of special congressional primaries Tuesday in Ohio could serve as litmus tests for the moods of the Republican and Democratic parties heading into next year's midterm elections. After the stinging defeat of one of his endorsed congressional...

Online students score lower on Louisiana standardized tests

Aug. 03, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education leaders said Tuesday state standardized test results show that public school students who attended in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic outperformed those who relied on distance learning. The Advocate reports the...

Revenue department: $10M in Louisiana tax refunds unclaimed

Aug. 03, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's revenue department said thousands of taxpayers have until Sept. 15 to claim more than $10 million in income tax refunds, or the money will be turned over to the state's unclaimed property program. The agency said in a statement that...

2 Louisiana parishes designated as natural disaster areas

Aug. 03, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Farmers in two south Louisiana parishes who lost property during extreme weather in April through June may be eligible for federal aid, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said Tuesday. Physical-loss loans are available for...

Louisiana breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

Aug. 03, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's COVID-19 hospitalizations surged Tuesday to record levels, with 2,112 largely unvaccinated people in hospital beds struggling and hospital leaders describing facilities overrun with patients. The Louisiana Department of Health...

Man gets life in prison for murder in deal with prosecutors

Aug. 03, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of torturing a Florida man to death and robbing him has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty just days before his a trial was set to begin. Keith Earl Davis, 47, pleaded guilty to murder in Hillsborough County court on Monday in...

AP sources: Pelicans send Ball to Bulls, get Hornets' Graham

Aug. 02, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans are sending Lonzo Ball to Chicago and will acquire Devonte Graham from Charlotte as part of separate sign-and-trade agreements, two people with knowledge of the situation said. The Ball trade will send Bulls guards Tomas...

Louisiana reinstates indoor mask mandate amid COVID surge

Aug. 02, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana on Monday reinstated a mask mandate in all indoor locations, including schools and colleges, as the state experiences the highest per capita COVID-19 growth in the nation, driven by the delta variant and one of the country's lowest vaccination rates. ...

The Latest: Famed Minneapolis club requiring vaccination

Aug. 02, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS — The First Avenue music venue in Minneapolis that was made famous in Prince’s movie “Purple Rain” is requiring that all concertgoers provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus or show a negative virus test. The venue said Monday that the...