Latest Louisiana news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. CDT

Latest Louisiana news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. CDT
Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 3:23 AM CDT
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Louisiana has largest daily spike in virus cases since April

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is seeing its largest daily coronavirus case spike since April, during the height of the state’s outbreak. Nearly 2,100 new cases of the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus were confirmed over the last day in Louisiana residents, and hospitalizations continued to tick upward. The trend is worrying public health experts that Louisiana’s once successful efforts to slow infections are being undermined by a complacent public ignoring recommended precautions. Baton Rouge mayor Sharon Weston Broome said Wednesday she’s signing an executive order that requires people to wear face coverings when they are inside a business. New Orleans already has a mask requirement for nearly all activities in the city.


Video leads to charges in abuse of man with cerebral palsy

KENNER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man faces dozens of criminal charges related to the beating and abuse of a 26-year-old man with cerebral palsy. The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports that court records show weeks of abuse was captured on in-home surveillance equipment in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner. Jefferson Parish court records show 39-year-old Patrick Bowden pleaded not guilty on June 25 to five counts of being a principal to sexual battery and 74 counts of cruelty to the infirm. Bowden was jailed with bond set at $360,000. The victim's father has sued an agency that trained Bowden as a caregiver.


Herford sworn in as sheriff in SW Louisiana parish

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A southwest Louisiana parish has a new sheriff. Mark Herford iwas sworn in Tuesday as the newly elected sheriff of Beauregard Parish in a gathering outside the parish courthouse. KPLC-TV reports Herford thanked the people who attended the ceremony. Herford's term officially began Wednesday. He succeeds Ricky Moses, who did not seek re-election.


Louisiana businesses can apply for virus grants on July 28

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will start accepting applications July 28 from small businesses seeking up to $15,000 grants to help with coronavirus expenses. Treasurer John Schroder said Wednesday that he will use three contractors to help run the program, which will hand out at least $260 million in grants. The grants are aimed at helping businesses that had to stop operating or otherwise incurred costs because of the virus outbreak. More than 450,000 Louisiana businesses are estimated to be eligible — far more than the state can afford to give grants. Grants for the first 21 days only will be available to businesses that didn’t receive other federal aid.


Birthday boat ride turns tragic; couple dies

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A birthday boat ride turned to tragedy with the deaths of a Mississippi couple on the lake where they own a vacation home. News outlets report that Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey identifies the couple as 57-year-old James Reno Jr. and 61-year-old Debra Reno, of Raymond. Huskey says that Monday, the day of the boat ride, was Debra Reno's birthday. Sheriff Martin Pace tells the Vicksburg Post there does not appear to have been any foul play. He says the Renos were reported missing Tuesday morning after relatives found they had not returned from the outing on their pontoon boat on Eagle Lake.


Census door knockers starting in 6 states later this month

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Homes in six states across the U.S. can expect to get knocks on their doors from census takers in two weeks. The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it will be part of a soft launch of the next phase of the largest head count in U.S. history. Starting in mid-July, homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the 2020 census will start getting visits from census takers in areas around Beckley, West Virginia;  Boise, Idaho; Gardiner, Maine; Kansas City, Missouri; New Orleans; and Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. The census takers will start heading out to homes in the rest of the U.S. later in the month and in August.


Tulane: Anonymous $1 million gift will fund virus research

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University says a $1 million donation it has received will support infectious disease research and will aid efforts to develop treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19. The university announced the gift from an anonymous donor in a Wednesday news release. The money will be used to establish a fund for Emerging Research in Infectious Disease. The university said it will support work addressing all aspects of the pandemic crisis, including detection, treatment and prevention.


Woman pleads guilty to abusing dog with missing legs

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman pleaded guilty to abusing a mixed Dachshund-Chihuahua named Buddy. District Attorney Warren Montgomery said 51-year-old Lynette Victor pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and was sentenced to seven years in prison, which was suspended. Victor was also sentenced to three years probation. Victor was arrested in September after Buddy was found abandoned in a trailer park, missing two hind legs. Victor told authorities that the dog was shot by an unknown person in February but she couldn’t afford recommended veterinary treatment. Victor's teenage daughter later claimed that she must have bandaged the dog’s legs too tightly, causing them to fall off. Buddy has since recovered.

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