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EXPLAINER: Will evictions in Louisiana spike despite aid?

Jul. 30, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September,...

COVID-19 cases soar in Louisiana amid pleas to vaccinate

Jul. 29, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Increasingly urgent efforts to persuade, entice or cajole people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are taking a variety of forms in Louisiana, where new cases and hospitalizations continued a steep climb on Thursday. Three heralded music venues in...

Arsonist torches apartment in Baton Rouge

Jul. 28, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An arsonist set fire to an apartment building in Baton Rouge, leaving 10 people temporarily without their home, fire officials said. The fire Tuesday night caused thousands of dollars in damage, WBRZ-TV reported. Firefighters...

The Latest: Chinese city lists more cases in local outbreak

Jul. 27, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

BEIJING — The major eastern Chinese city of Nanjing recorded another 31 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, as authorities announced more than 1.5 billion doses of vaccine have been administered around the country. The new cases bring Nanjing’s total to...

Louisiana's COVID-19 surge starts to stall other surgeries

Jul. 26, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Some Louisiana health facilities are suspending nonemergency surgeries that might require hospital admissions as they grapple with a steadily increasing influx of COVID-19 patients amid the state's latest spike in cases. Baton Rouge-based Our...

Average US price of gas rises 2 cents per gallon to $3.22

Jul. 25, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.22 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that gas supply is abundant, which could keep prices from spiking...

People wait in long lines to get over-the-top milkshakes

Jul. 25, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — To say The Yard Milkshake Bar serves over-the-top confections is a bit of an understatement. This is the description for its Tiger Deaux milkshake unique to Baton Rouge: a concoction of cookie dough ice cream with purple and gold marshmallow...

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

Jul. 23, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures. The...

Louisiana lawmakers agree to add Caesars name to Superdome

Jul. 22, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome may soon bear the Caesars Entertainment name and logo, under a 20-year naming rights deal with the Saints that is nearing completion and won required legislative backing Thursday. Terms of the contract are still...

Mississippi Lt Gov: Corps ignored spillway operating manual

Jul. 20, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers ignored its own operating manual when it twice opened a Mississippi River spillway in 2019, causing an environmental and economic disaster in Mississippi and Louisiana, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday. He...