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When Hurricane Laura hit in late August, the mental health status of many local residents was already compromised by the stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Weights and Measures Division deployed inspectors to assess the status of gas stations in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, two of the hardest hit areas in the state.

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BATON ROUGE — Louisiana 4-H members and LSU AgCenter agents have been offering hope, help and supplies to communities recovering from Hurricane Laura’s statewide trail of devastation.

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LAKE CHARLES – SOWELA Technical Community will resume classes online only on Friday, September 25, 2020 for students at its main campus in Lake Charles, and classes will resume on the same date in person and online at its Jennings and Oakdale campuses.
Major repairs are underway at the SOWEL…

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Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today announced that the company and the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation have contributed a combined $500,000 to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana's Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund. The Hurricane Laura Disaster Fund was established to aid s…

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Calcasieu Parish will get an F-15C flyover Saturday, a dramatic pause to salute the nation’s military and veterans — and coinciding with Southwest Louisiana’s and McNeese State University’s recovery-minded spirit after the most destructive natural disaster in area history.

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Louisiana residents may find out as soon as Wednesday mid-morning whether the state will move into Phase 3 of reopening, as the southwest region of the state works to recover from Hurricane Laura.

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“We never lost water,” said Sulphur Mayor Mike Danahay. “We were down to a trickle at one point because we were running the whole city on one plant.”

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Calcasieu Parish schools are tentatively scheduled to go all virtual as early as Sept. 28 after Hurricane Laura damaged more than 97 percent of the district’s campuses.

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In coordination with parish and municipal leadership within Calcasieu Parish, Waste Management of Lake Charles announced that curbside residential household garbage collection will resume tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 3, collecting CART CONTENTS ONLY.

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The Calcasieu Parish School Board confirmed Sunday that all CPSB schools, facilities and virtual learning will be closed through Wednesday, Aug. 16, due to the potential threat of tropical weather from Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura. CPSB will provide an update on the status of sch…

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Gov. John Bel Edwards, in a news briefing Sunday, urged Louisiana residents to be prepared to stay wherever they are at sundown for the next 72 hours.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that another child has died as the result of MIS-C, an inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19. This marks the fourth death out of 44 children ranging in age from 2 months to 19 years of age who have contracted the disease in Louisiana.

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Dr. Carlos Choucino, an infectious disease physician at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, said the CDC has made changes to testing requirements for those seeking to go back to work after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Speaking nearly simultaneously, Thursday, from opposite sides of the state, two doctors pleaded with Louisiana residents to wear masks, wash their hands and socially distance themselves.

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“Everybody said this was going to be a great, great year to be in the (Louisiana) Legislature,” said State Rep. Les Farnum, wryly. “We’ve got plenty of money, things are good. What can go wrong?”

In only its second in-person meeting in months Wednesday, the Sulphur Rotary Club heard from fellow member Dr. Jake Cavanaugh about the importance of wearing masks to protect each other from COVID-19.

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The Calcasieu Parish School Board released its plans for the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday. The 15-page document outlines the district’s calendar and schedule, hygiene and safety protocols, transportation plans and more.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — When they wrapped up their special session, Louisiana lawmakers left nearly $106 million of the state's surplus undecided, socked away into a fund for spending or saving at a later date.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday completed a 30-day special session called in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, after awarding millions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses and finishing the state's multibillion-dollar budget a day before it must take effect.

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“There’s a lot of information out there and I know it’s hard for most non-medical, and even medical people, to sift through,” Dr. Jay Marque said Wednesday. “There’s a lot of confusion about which (COVID-19) tests do what.”

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once a hot spot for coronavirus infections, Louisiana is officially easing up Friday on economically devastating business closures and public gathering restrictions that Gov. John Bel Edwards credits with slowing the spread of the virus.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The number of people filing unemployment insurance claims in Louisiana last week neared 340,000, according to state labor department figures released Thursday, the latest sign of how the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus has walloped the state economy.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An estimated 60% of businesses in a Louisiana parish, including furniture, clothing and jewelry stores, were being allowed to reopen Friday under strict social distancing guidelines designed to prevent spreading the new coronavirus.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Republican state senators on Wednesday blocked an emergency plan to expand early voting and mail-in balloting options for Louisiana's July presidential primary, rejecting calls to increase vote-by-mail options for people worried about the risk of exposure to the coronaviru…