Chuck Smith Red River Radio News Reporter

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  COVID-19 RISING - Louisiana  Gov. John Bel Edwards is toughening restrictions on businesses and gatherings as Louisiana sees a third spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.  The state is matching the trend happening across the country as health officials everywhere are concerned  the sudden rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations could threaten hospital capacity.

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NWLA COVID  3RD WAVE:  There  was  a  gathering of local medical leaders  in downtown Shreveport yesterday afternoon, they joined Shreveport  Mayor Adrian Perkins outside Government Plaza for a press conference, the focus of which was to inform the public of the rise in Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths  in Northwest Louisiana  as well as the rest of the country.  And with the Thanksgiving day holiday, there is a concern people won’t take Covid-19 precautions seriously and lower their guard.

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BIDEN MEETS WITH GOVERNORS - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has re-stated that former Vice President Joe Biden will likely become the next President of the United States.  During a weekend appearance on the TV program "Talk Business and Politics",  the  Republican Governor explained recent state ballot certifications should remove any doubt of the November Presidential election.

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LA CONGRESSMAN TO RESIGN- U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans held a press conference in New Orleans yesterday to make a special announcement that he will be vacating his seat to take a new position in Washington, D.C.

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COVID UPDATE-NW LA –  The number of Coronavirus cases across the United States is surging along with increased  hospitalizations  and deaths.  The most recent count of Covid-19 related fatalities is more than 247,000 with  daily reported fatalities ranging between 600 and 1,000 for the past several days.

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ARK GOV WEIGHS IN ON ELECTION-  Arkansas Governor Asa  Hutchinson  has said he expects former Vice President Joe Biden to become the next President of the United States.  Appearing yesterday on NBC’s “Meet The Press”,  The Republican Governor shared his observations that although President Donald Trump’s legal challenges to the November election are currently underway,  he had confidence in the election security and that the Biden administration needs to begin its transition.

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LA COVID-19 CONCERNS - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has renewed a call for residents to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.  The governor’s comments at his last Covid-19 updates were in response to a sharp increase in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the state as well as the rest of the country.  Edwards said those who don’t follow mask-wearing guidelines and social distancing are causing the uptick in cases as well as an increase in social gatherings.

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COURT UPHOLDS EDWARDS’ RESTRICTIONS  - A Louisiana judge has rejected an effort by Republican state House members to force an end to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions.   Sixty-five Republican state House members recently invoked a 2003 state law provision allowing a majority in either the House or the Senate to force an end to a governor's declared public health emergency.

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LA AG vs GOV IN COURT – A high-stakes court case between Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and State Attorney General Jeff Landry is scheduled for this morning as the Democratic Governor’s Coronavirus Restrictions are being legally  challenged  by  Republican lawmakers.  The recent Special Legislative Session called by Republican leadership resulted in a partisan led petition to overturn the Governor’s executive emergency powers.