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The Latest: Gov. DeSantis bars schools from mandating masks

Jul. 30, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts Friday from forcing students to wear masks when classes resume next month even as the state’s coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to skyrocket toward levels not seen since before vaccines became widely...

Louisiana House speaker ousts Democrats after veto session

Jul. 30, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder on Friday said he removed two Democrats from their leadership positions, fallout from Louisiana's failed veto session in which Democrats blocked GOP efforts to overturn any of the governor's bill rejections. ...

2 Louisiana governor staffers test positive for coronavirus

Jul. 30, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three doctors from the largest health care system in Louisiana, including a pregnancy care physician who gave birth to a healthy baby after being vaccinated late in her pregnancy, cited medical data and personal experience Friday as they sought to persuade more people to...

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...

Louisiana turning off federal unemployment aid Saturday

Jul. 29, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is ending federal pandemic unemployment aid for its residents Saturday, booting nearly 200,000 people off benefits and cutting the payments to thousands more in the middle of a worsening COVID-19 surge across the state. Louisiana...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jul. 28, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

The Advocate. July 25, 2021. Editorial: Veto session was a bust, but still a warning for the future The word “historic” got a workout as state legislators made much of their first formal veto session under the 1974 Louisiana Constitution. ...

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...

Analysis: Now what? Louisiana veto session sharpens divides

Jul. 25, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For all the hype, Louisiana's first veto override session under the state's nearly 50-year-old constitution turned out to be a bit of a dud. Republican lawmakers got the votes to hold the unprecedented session and can point to that as a continued...

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...