NIL deal: All-American LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne has snagged a promotional deal with California-based activewear brand Vuori. In partnering with Vuori, Dunne will take part in a variety of marketing initiatives throughout the next two years including promotional photoshoots and social media takeovers as well as branded virtual and in-person events. See the announcement.
Rise in deaths: Louisiana reported another 121 coronavirus deaths today, nearly double Monday’s single-day total, WBRZ-TV reports. The latest deaths come as the state health department is reporting lower hospitalization numbers in recent weeks. Elsewhere in the country, however, COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly, with infection rates soaring in Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee fueled by children now back in school, loose mask restrictions and low vaccination levels. Read the full story.
Still dark: After 15 days of restoration work, Entergy Louisiana has restored power to more than 90% of all customers who lost electrical service following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ida, WDSU-TV reports. As of 9 a.m. this morning, approximately 87,000 customers remain without power, down from a peak of over 902,000 outages in the state. Most of those still in the dark are in St. Charles, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. Read the full story.