Roundup: EBR schools superintendent / Bikes at drive-thrus / Pandemic origins

    Selection day: The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is expected to select a new leader for the school system in a meeting scheduled for later today. There are three candidates vying for the position as superintendent: interim superintendent Adam Smith, Sito Narcisse and Marla Sheperd. The special meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Professional Development Center on Sherwood Forest Boulevard. WAFB-TV has the full story

    Petition launched: Local nonprofit Bike Baton Rouge has launched a petition asking the mayor and Metro Council to enact a short-term ban on businesses denying drive-thru service to those not in a vehicle. Bike Baton Rouge argues that because many businesses are changing the way they conduct business during the pandemic, relying more or exclusively on drive-thrus, residents without cars now have limited access to services. The petition has gained around 200 signatures so far and the nonprofit says it expects to get more. See Bike Baton Rouge’s website for more information. 

    Team in Wuhan: A global team of researchers arrived today in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The group sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was approved by President Xi Jinping’s government after months of diplomatic wrangling that prompted an unusual public complaint by the head of WHO. Scientists suspect the virus that has killed more than 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals, most likely in China’s southwest. Read the full story from the Associated Press.