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MASKS REQUIRED IN BATON ROUGE - 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.

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LOUISIANA SPECIAL SESSION CONCLUDES Louisiana’s Special 30-day Legislative Session ended yesterday.  The highlights --Lawmakers wound up agreeing to expand and extend business tax credits, exemptions and incentive programs.   One of the largest tax breaks would benefit the gambling industry.  It costs $11 million in the first year and grows annually.

The state’s budget bill a major outstanding issue headed into the final day of the session. At the conclusion of the Special Session- Governor Edwards remarked the outcome was not what was originally hoped for.

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TEXAS SEX ED - Yesterday, the Republican-dominated Texas State Board of Education began hearing testimony on how to update sexual education standards for the first time since 1997. 19-year-old Lily Stern told board members she supports a comprehensive curriculum, which she did not have as a student.                

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TEXAS COVID-19 SINGLE DAY SPIKE - Texas reported almost 5500 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, a new record high for a single day.  A retiring Republican Congressman from Texas is concerned about the surge of COVID-19 cases, especially in his district.  Pete Olson said during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday, he is worried about the rising number of 20 to 39-year-olds getting the virus.