Senator launches investigation into Postal Service delays

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

Gov. Edwards to hold COVID-19 briefing on Aug. 6

  Capitol negotiators trade broadsides on stalled virus aid

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit

  ‘My worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

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  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

  Questions surface about hybrid learning model for back to school

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

All tickets sold for the 2020 show will be automatically refunded.

  The Good Stuff: No good deed goes unnoticed

On this week's The Good Stuff, we learn that sometimes the best people to watch and learn from are the very people facing the greatest challenges.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

Start of Louisiana’s high school football season delayed until Oct. 8-10

The LHSAA is planning for an eight-game regular season

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

  State health leaders say contact tracing is not working for Louisiana

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

Some bars agree to pay fine to reinstate licenses; constitutionality of virus restrictions to be argued in hearing

COVID-19 deaths over 500 in Ark. since March; State ‘expects’ school districts offer onsite learning 5-days a week

GOHSEP providing 1 million masks to schools, day care centers in La.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) say the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GOHSEP) is providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to school systems, including non-public schools and early childhood centers.

  DeSoto Parish Schools welcome back students

After months of planning, cleaning and logistical hurdles, DeSoto Parish Schools welcomed back its students for the first time Wednesday, after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools months ago.

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

  ‘We are no less American’: Deaths pile up on Texas border

For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients.

COVID-19 antibody screening could lead to life-saving plasma donations

Treatment with convalescent plasma is reserved for COVID-19 patients who are critically ill.

  Walmart releases schedule for its parking lot drive-in theaters

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, families can sign up for a location near them at

  More millennials buying homes during pandemic

Some in real estate say the coronavirus is pushing younger homebuyers out of the city and into their first homes.

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

The free Covidwise app is available in Apple and Android app stores as of Wednesday.

  Major cruise lines cancel departures through October

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October

  Homeless among most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic

This might be the worst time to be homeless in America, and the nation may not have seen the worst of it yet.

Your questions answered: What happens if a student or staff member gets COVID-19?

The school's nursing supervisor will maintain a log of positive COVID-19 cases in students and employees.

Carnival Cruises to continue pause in operations until Oct. 31

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 numbers across the country the company has made the decision to remain shutdown and cancel all upcoming cruises.

Wednesday, August 5: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana as of Sunday, August 2

Student loan borrowers: Don’t wait on Congress for more relief

Restarting payments for tens of millions of student loan borrowers will likely lead to delinquencies and defaults, experts say.

  Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

An Associated Press analysis found that the number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states. That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb.

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

La. Dept. of Education; governor’s office supplying one million masks and PPE as schools reopen

The state is assisting school systems, non-public schools and early childhood centers facing hardships or a shortfall of PPE

  High school football practice underway in East Texas amid pandemic

A popular East Texas high school football coach who narrowly escaped with his life against COVID-19 is navigating his young players through the first week of practice

Images of student crowds raise questions in Georgia schools

Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

  Claiborne Parish students head back to class this week

Kennedy says they are much better prepared going into this upcoming school year, especially in the event that schools have to go all virtual again.

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to wind up in court because of the financial harm from the coronavirus outbreak.

What we know about the 15,193 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

COVID-19 testing locations offered through Aug. 11

Ochsner-LSU Health and LSU Health Shreveport will be offering COVID-19 testing at various locations through August 11.

  Caddo School District provides guidance on COVID-19 exposure

Plan outlines what will happen if a teacher, staffer or student tests positive for or is exposed to COVID-19

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.

Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

Clorox's shortage of disinfectant cleaning materials will remain difficult to find well into 2021, according to their incoming CEO.

Unemployment fraud and back to school top topics of Governor’s press conf.

Currently, there are 27,000 claims in ‘PUA’ on hold for potential fraud and 10,000 in unemployment on hold for potential fraud.

JOBS: Who’s hiring across the ArkLaTex

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COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.

  Coronavirus: Parents may spend more on back-to-school shopping than ever amid pandemic

Retailers believe the coronavirus pandemic could bring increased back-to-school business.

Gov. Edwards joins governors of 5 other states to ask for 3 million rapid antigen tests

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the governors of five other states announced a major bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation today to expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue safely reopening the states.

WATCH: Gov. Edwards COVID-19 briefing on Aug. 4

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is holding a coronavirus briefing at 2:30 p.m. today.

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

The comments came in a wide-ranging, contentious interview with Axios that aired Monday on HBO.

Tuesday, August 4: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana as of Sunday, August 2

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

The 104th running of “The Great American Race” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression.

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate.

Shreveport’s Government Plaza to be disinfected on Aug. 5

There will be limited access to the building. This will not impact essential city services.

  Formerly disbelieving, Arizona couple who suffered from COVID-19 expresses regrets

They once laughed about the virus. Now they say it’s no joke.

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.

Safety guidelines released for restart of La. film industry

The first production anticipated to shoot in Jefferson Parish since work was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic is NCIS: New Orleans.

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Some 23 million people nationwide at risk of being evicted, according to The Aspen Institute, as moratoriums enacted because of the coronavirus expire and courts reopen. Around 30 state moratoriums have expired since May, according to The Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Southern Univ. welcomes incoming freshmen

It’s move-in day on Southern’s campus.

  Centenary College welcomes students back to campus, where there are changes due to COVID-19

"We believe that we can be safe and still provide a great education”

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, is bracing to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Saints Update: Team creates “mini-bubble” at downtown hotel, Raiders say no fans at week 2 game

Beginning Wednesday, the team has contracted with the Loews Hotel to rent four floors

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

Nearly 300 employees in the district have tested positive or have been in contact with someone infected, school officials said.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter.

Governor Hutchinson, “Northeast Arkansas is not going in the right direction.”

The 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases by region shows Northeast Ark. on an upward trend. Hutchinson said "this should be a reminder to take action. The northeast is not going in the right direction now."

  Teachers, supporters protest outside Caddo School District’s central office

The group of protesters, which assembled before noon, are concerned about returning to the classroom among rising numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO: New Orleans parents rally to demand safe reopening of schools

Parents of public school students are calling for smaller class sizes, PPE, cleaning, testing, and other protocols

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

It’s August, and kids are going back to school. Some children will go to physical classrooms, but some parents are forming what are being called “pandemic pods.”

Monday, August 3: Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana

Number of coronavirus cases, deaths in Louisiana as of Sunday, August 2

Harvard health official: Miss. will become number one in the nation for COVID-19

The state has reported 59,881 positive cases and 1,693 deaths as of July 31.

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.