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LA HIGHER EDUCATION – While colleges and universities are working towards reopening in the fall,  there is considerable concern over what the after-effect of the coronavirus pandemic will have on higher education and in particular enrollment and funding.   This past Wednesday,  higher education officials met in Baton Rouge to discuss money with Louisiana House Appropriations committee members.  LSU Interim President Tom Galligan explained what  impact  the pandemic  had  on the university’s accounting ledger. 

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TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL — Louisiana residents are being warned to get ready for Tropical Storm Cristobal. According to the National Weather Service -- the storm is on track for a direct hit to the state by the weekend. While areas like coastal Louisiana and major urban centers like New Orleans and Baton Rouge are most at risk, during his press conference late Wednesday,  Gov. John Bel Edwards warned all Louisianans should take.

"Everything in Louisiana will likely be impacted," Edwards said. "Obviously the further south, the more impact you can expect."

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TEXAS SALES TAX REVENUE --The Texas Comptroller’s office reports that sales tax revenues for May fell more than 13 percent compared to the same time last year.   That's on top of April's 9.2 percent drop and is the steepest decline since 2010.   Glen Hegar who serves as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts   says shuttered businesses and stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased losses in every sector except for telecommunications services. 

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ARKANSAS COVID-19 SPIKE -  Arkansas has hit another one-day record for new coronavirus cases, and the governor says plans to further loosen restrictions on businesses remains on hold because of the spike.  Appearing at a press conference with the Covid-19 update, Governor Asa Hutchinson revealed the numbers.      

"Since yesterday we have an additional 375 cases here in Arkansas which is the highest number of community cases that we've seen in a one-day span of time," Hutchinson explained.


PHASE 2 PLANS TO REOPEN - Bars, massage facilities, bowling alleys, recreational pools and tattoo shops will be able to open soon in most of Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced a loosening of current restrictions related to the fight against the new coronavirus.

"I'm pleased to report that we are seeing signs of progress," Edwards said. "Louisiana is heading in the right direction but I have to caveat that by saying there's still a lot of Covid-19 in Louisiana. It's in every community across the state and so we wtill have work to do."

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PEACEFUL PROTEST IN SHREVEPORT - It was a sunny and pleasant Sunday afternoon as hundreds of people gathered at the Shreveport SporTran intermodal bus terminal on Murphy Street to participate in a peaceful march organized by the Shreveport chapter of Black Lives Matter. Marchers began on Texas Avenue and headed to the Caddo courthouse in downtown Shreveport. The purpose of the march was in protest to the death of George Floyd who died while being detained by Minneapolis Police.