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  CASH MOB FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES -  The Coronavirus pandemic has been hard for small businesses everywhere but recent data released by the Federal Reserve Bank in New York reveals that the number of active minority-owned businesses fell by 22% for the February to April 2020 period – that’s the largest drop on record.  The data shows minority-owned businesses have been disproportionately hit by closures due to the Coronavirus Pandemic even in spite of Federal Coronavirus relief programs like the Paycheck Protection Program.  Billy Anderson is the new Executiv

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 HOW THEY VOTED–  President  Donald Trump has been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives  over the violent siege of the Capitol last week. He is the only president to be twice impeached. Trump faced a single charge “incitement of insurrection”  The vote was 232 for impeachment, 197 against .  10 Republicans joined Democrats and voted for impeachment.    Louisiana  has  six  Representatives in the U.S.

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INVESTING IN FUTURE TECH -  LSU in Shreveport announced Tuesday that it will receive a $3 million dollar investment  to  be  used  towards  advancing education for  high  technology careers.   A press conference  was held yesterday in the campus collaboratory  featuring  several state and local officials.   The investment is a cooperative endeavor agreement  of $1.2 million dollars from the department of  Louisiana Economic Development   and  $2 million from LSUS.   Don Pierson,  Secretary  for LED explained the incentive behind the investment.

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TEXAS HUNTING - This past weekend marked the opening of the general Whitetail deer hunting season in Texas.  Despite  the  coronavirus  pandemic, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say fishing and hunting licenses are up more than 10 percent with sales of hunting licenses  up 1%. John Silovsky, Wildlife Division Director at Texas Parks and Wildlife explains

“People couldnt go to baseball games or take the kid to soccer and so people had so much more free time and this past licensing year we’ve set records for licensing sales," Silovsky said.  

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LA SENATE RACE – Louisiana  Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy spent his last day of campaigning ahead of Election Day in hurricane-damaged southeast Louisiana.  He was trying to draw focus to a low-key Senate race overshadowed by the presidential competition, months of Gulf Coast storms and a global pandemic. Cassidy’s best-funded Democratic competitor is Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.  Perkins sought support in Acadiana on Monday while the GOP incumbent held a series of meet-and-greets with voters.  Cassidy faces 14 opponents on the ballot.

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TEXAS VOTERS -  More than half of all registered voters in Texas have already cast their ballot.  That’s 9.7 million Texans and more than the total number of Texans who voted in 2016.   There are nearly 17 million registered voters in the state and analysts are expecting it to be busy at the polls today.  Voter advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas are encouraging people to have an Election Day plan.  David Donatti is an ACLU staff attorney.   He has some tips for voters about photo IDs.  

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TEXAS EARLY VOTING - The Texas Supreme Court has denied a petition by Texas Republicans to throw out some 127,000 ballots cast through drive-thru voting in the Houston area.  But there are multiple legal challenges ahead for that ruling.    A federal hearing set for this morning with  the same Republicans who will once again argue that drive-thru voting is illegal.  Harris County Assistant Attorney Douglas Ray says he expects Republicans will make the same arguments they’ve made so far.

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LOUISIANA COVID-19 UPDATE - The latest numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health,  show just under 174,000 Covid-19 cases,  with more than 161,000 presumed recoveries and 5,507 Covid-19 related deaths.  Louisiana is in it’s 8th month of the Coronavirus Pandemic and if that weren’t enough—the state is still recovering from severe storms, and on top of that—there’s economic pressures with disruptions, businesses have had to restrict operations, there’s been closures,  job lay-offs and upcoming election worries too.

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COVID 19 VOTING PRECAUTIONS — Louisiana officials are asking for a federal appeals court to weigh in on a federal judge’s order expanding mail voting and early voting in the state. But they stressed that they are not trying to block the order ahead of the Nov. 3 election.  Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin  filed a notice  Tuesday that he's appealing the  Sept. 16th  ruling by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick who  ordered the state to reinstate  coronavirus pandemic voting plans that were successfully  used  for last summer’s elections.

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TEXAS VOTING -   Early voting in Texas is already underway but voters who want to drop off their mail in ballot will have to go to one single countywide location.  The latest ruling from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court  has backed up  Governor Greg Abbott’s order to limit drop-off locations.  A three-judge panel held that Abbott’s order actually expanded voter access, rather than limiting it. The judges wrote that before Abbott’s order to expand early voting in July, voters could only drop off their mail-in ballots on Election Day itself.

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