Red River Radio Local News Segment

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ARK STAND YOUR GROUND BILL  - Arkansas lawmakers have sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation that loosens the state's restrictions on using lethal force in self defense. The House on Wednesday voted 72 to 23 for SB24  the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill, which  removes  a person’s responsibility  to  retreat  from a threat  before using deadly force. Among those who spoke out against the bill was Representative from Fort Smith – Democrat Jay Richardson.

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SHREVEPORT WATER – As of Tuesday afternoon,  a little under 12,000 Shreveport residents were still experiencing water service disruptions as the city water department was working to make repairs on more than 70 water main breaks caused by last week’s freezing temperatures.    During the city council meeting yesterday Mayor Adrian Perkins said those residents are expected to have some water pressure restored soon.  Shreveport Water & Sewerage Director William Daniel  told the city council that as water service is restored, customers may experience some odor to the water

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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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ARK TRANSGENDER BAN IN GIRLS’ SPORTS — Arkansas' Republican attorney general and lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would prohibit transgender athletes from playing in girls' and women's sports teams at schools.  Yesterday Attorney General Leslie Rutledge  called the legislation a preemptive effort in response to an executive order President Joe Biden signed that prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere.          

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  WARMER TEMPS  — Higher temperatures are spreading across the southern United States, bringing some relief to a region weary of winter weather. The region faces a challenging clean-up and expensive repairs from days of extreme cold and widespread power outages.  In hard-hit Texas, where millions were warned to boil tap water before drinking it, the warm-up that began Saturday is expected to last for several days.  President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Texas, directing federal agencies to help in the recovery.

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Senator Bill Cassidy’s Vote — Yesterday Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana joined Democrats in voting against ending former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, a surprise reversal. Cassidy was among six Republican senators who sided with Democrats on the question of whether a former president can be tried after leaving office. The Louisiana senator’s position was a switch from January, when he voted to end the proceedings on the grounds that they were unconstitutional.  Cassidy explained to CNBC Cable News the reasons behind his vote.

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GOV EDWARDS GETS VACCINATED -   Gov. John Bel Edwards has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, a day after he expanded access to the shots to include Louisiana government officials involved in pandemic response work.  The 54-year-old Democrat got his Pfizer shot along with Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin  and several other state officials who are newly eligible under Louisiana’s latest criteria.  Edwards said more than 500,000 people in Louisiana have received a coronavirus vaccine so far.

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LA GAS TAX?  Louisiana has approximately a  $15 billion dollar- backlog in transportation infrastructure projects  and fuel taxes we pay at the pump go towards fixing and maintaining roads and bridges.. but   The state of Louisiana has the 7th lowest gas tax in the nation as past proposals to increase fuel tax revenues have been defeated in the legislature.  

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GOVERNOR  EXPANDS COVID VACCINE ELIGIBILITY—Yesterday  Louisiana  Governor John  Bel Edwards lowered the coronavirus vaccine eligibility age to 65.  People 70 and older had been allowed to receive the two-dose vaccine. That will drop to 65 starting Monday and place Louisiana in line with more than half the nation’s other states.  

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LSU HEALTH  DOCS TALK CORONAVIRUS-  The Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the coronavirus vaccines  back in mid-December.  And the rollout has had it’s share of setbacks from getting timely allocations delivered to each state and then getting accurate information out to the public.  Yesterday, LSU-Health in Shreveport held a webinar called: “Setting the Record Straight on Covid-19 Infection and Vaccination”.