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A staff member with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System receives a shot with the first batch of Pfizer Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

Analysis: No immediate vaccine changes planned in Louisiana

- Associated Press

Federal officials have changed their guidance to states for distributing and administering the coronavirus vaccine, but that doesn't mean Louisiana is rushing more of its residents to the front of the line for shot eligibility.

Nebraska men's basketball season on hold because of virus

Associated Press

All Nebraska men's basketball team activities will remain on hold for at least another week after 12 people associated with the program, including head coach Fred Hoiberg and seven players, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Virus numbers down on final day of North Dakota mask mandate

Associated Press

North Dakota health officials on Sunday reported a drop in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus and a low percentage of positive daily tests as the state prepares to end its mask mandate and ease business restrictions.

Brazil’s health agency approves the use of two vaccines

- Associated Press

Brazil’s health regulator on Sunday approved the urgent use of coronavirus vaccines made by Sinovac and AstraZeneca, enabling Latin America’s largest nation to begin an immunization program that’s been subject to delay and political disputes.

Virus, homicides, drugs put strains on funeral homes

Associated Press

The director of the Alabama Board of Funeral Service says businesses across the state have been reaching out for advice on how to handle the large volume of recent deaths due to COVID-19 and other causes.

Saving historic Charleston smokestacks to cost $3 million

Associated Press

A South Carolina city task force recommends that two towering historic smokestacks at a community center should be preserved - an effort that would require raising $1.5 million through fundraising efforts.

President-elect Joe Biden campaigns in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, right, and Jon Ossoff, left. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Tribute to King, rebuke of demagogues in Warnock sermon

Associated Press

A day before the nation's annual holiday celebrating life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock of Georgia returned to the pulpit at the church that was King’s spiritual home, calling for the nation to adhere to “God's vision of equity.”