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TEXAS REVENUES DROP -  Texas  is forecast to end the fiscal year with a 4.6-billion dollar deficit, according to revised revenue projections released by the state comptroller  Glen Hegar  who estimates state tax revenues will be down nearly 10-percent due to economic contraction spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.   Earlier this week Hegar told lawmakers his forecast  assumes  public health restrictions will be lifted by the end of the year.   

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BID FOR U.S. SENATE - Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins  announced Wednesday  morning on Twitter  that he is running against incumbent Louisiana Senator  Republican Bill Cassidy.  The Twitter account PerkinsForLA posted a campaign video with Perkins explaining his background and why he is running for senator.

Courtesy: LA Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparation

PHASE 2 RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED - Gov. John Bel Edwards is keeping Louisiana’s mask mandate and business restrictions in place for at least two more weeks as the number of coronavirus  hospitalizations  is surging  across the state.  The Democratic governor’s current regulations were set to expire Friday but instead will extend to Aug. 7th.   During his Covid-19 update yesterday, Edwards explained there were 1,737 new Covid-19 cases reported bringing  Louisiana’s  total  Covid-19 cases to 96,583.

Courtesy: Bossier Parish Public Schools

BOSSIER SCHOOLS REOPENING PLANS -  School  officials  with Bossier Parish announced yesterday their plans to re-open the 2020-21 academic year.  During a press conference  details were given as to what Covid-19 precautions would be taken to reopen schools on August 12th.   Assistant Superintendent Jason Rowland explained the reopening plans  called – “Bossier Strong Start 2020”  emphasizes safety for all concerned.

"The priority and the  over-arching thing throughout the plan was student and staff safety," Rowland explained.

Courtesy: Office of the Governor, State of Ark.

ARKANSAS MASK MANDATE - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says that wearing masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus shouldn’t be about politics.  Hutchinson has issued a statewide Mask-wearing mandate for Arkansas that goes in effect beginning today.  Hutchinson had resisted following other Governors who had issued state mask mandates but during an appearance  Sunday  on  ABC television’s  “This Week”,  Hutchinson explained his mandate was motivated by the increasing Covid-19 numbers in his state.

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RENT ASSISTANCE -  Financial experts say it’s a good plan to have some cash set aside for emergencies and most recommend  having at least 6 weeks take-home pay saved up for those unpredictable things like unforeseen home or car repairs,  or temporary job losses due to layoffs or illness.