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TEXAS COVID-19 SURGE -  Texas has surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time as a resurgence of the outbreak rages across the U.S. The record high of 10,028 confirmed cases in the Lone Star State Tuesday follows Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to mandate masks in much of the state and to close bars, retreating from what had been one of America’s fastest  reopenings.

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MASK REQUIREMENT - The  number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Louisiana and while Northwest Louisiana hasn’t suffered  the brunt as bad as the southern part of the state – the increases are noticeable enough to cause alarm among local health and city officials. Latest report from the Louisiana Department of Health Shows Caddo Parish increased from 3,706 positive cases on Sunday to 3,740 on Monday and has 243 deaths related to the virus.

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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.