CareSouth, New Home Ministries hosting COVID-19 drive-thru community testing

BATON ROUGE – CareSouth Medical and Dental and New Home Ministries are hosting a COVID-19 Drive-thru Community Testing and Supplies Giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3000 Tecumseh St. in Baton Rouge.  The testing is open to the public. CareSouth staff will be conducting the testing for up to 200 people. You must be…

Crash in Ascension Parish Kills Geismer Woman

ASCENSION – Around 6:30 in the evening on October 23, state troopers were notified about a two vehicle crash on LA Highway 431 near Valentine Road in Ascension Parish. The crash claimed the life of 37-year-old Chaise N. Curtis of Geismer. Preliminary investigation revealed that Curtis was traveling south on LA 431 while a pickup…

Researchers discover pandemic’s impact on mental health, chronic health conditions beyond virus

BATON ROUGE – Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center conducted a first-of-its-kind global survey that shows the initial phase of COVID-19 dramatically altered personal habits, largely for the worse. Specifically in the beginning stages of the lockdown, stay-at-home orders did result in one major health positive, according to the Director of Scientific Education at Pennington…

Gap Inc. exiting malls, to shutter 350 stores by 2024

NEW YORK – Gap Inc. is moving away from the nation’s malls. The San Francisco-based retailer, which was for decades a fixture at shopping malls around the country, said Thursday that it will be closing 220 of its namesake Gap stores — or one-third of its store base — by early 2024. That will result…

Suspect allegedly leads Ascension deputies on chase before drug bust; two arrested

ASCENSION PARISH – A Thursday night vehicle pursuit that ended with two arrests, the confiscation of a large amount of meth, and a suspect attempting to kick his way out of the back window of a patrol unit began with a reported domestic disturbance that brought Ascension Parish deputies to a home on Beech Street…

Former Slidell pastor, Patrick Wattigny, arrested in Georgia on warrants for molestation

SLIDELL – According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the former pastor of a Slidell-area church was booked Thursday (October 22) night into a Georgia jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish, after detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for his arrest on molestation charges. An investigation into…

Plot thickens over origins of pope’s civil union endorsement

VATICAN CITY – Questions swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety. The Vatican refused to comment on whether it cut the remarks from its own broadcast or if the Mexican…

George Floyd case: Third-degree murder charge against former officer Derek Chauvin dropped, other charges remain

MINNEAPOLIS — According to court documents, a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Perry Floyd Jr. has been dropped, but the higher second-degree murder charge remains, in addition to a second-degree manslaughter charge. Floyd was killed on May 25 while being arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit…

US stocks flip-flop amid profit reports, stimulus talks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting on Thursday as more big companies report profits for the summer that weren’t as bad as Wall Street feared. The S&P 500 was 0.2% lower in morning trading after erasing an earlier, small gain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 80 points, or 0.3%, at 28,129,…

Group of Loyola students robbed at gunpoint near New Orleans campus

NEW ORLEANS – Four Loyola University students were held up by gunmen across the street from their college campus overnight. The attack happened Tuesday night in the area of Audubon Park. According to WWL-TV the group of students were approached by two men who pulled out guns and demanded their belongings.  The Tulane Police Department…

Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the film that delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income…

CATS: Changes to Route 11 result in seven canceled stops Wednesday

BATON ROUGE – The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) in Baton Rouge announced Wednesday that a change will be made to Bus Route 11. The organization says its Northside Circulator outbound will have a Wednesday detour until 6 p.m. and as a result, the stops listed below will be canceled: -1210 72nd at Pembroke St…

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