Red River Radio Local News Segment

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ARKANSAS COVID RISES-  Arkansas’ Covid-19  cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks due to the delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate.

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HOTTER WEATHER Today’s weather is making headlines as daytime high temperatures are expected to be really hot,  reaching into the mid and possibly upper 90’s.  The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a heat advisory to be in effect from noon until 7pm for the Red River Radio Listening area.  A few moments ago I spoke with Jason Hansford, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Shreveport to get a better idea of what we cab expect.

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  TX COVID UPDATE – Texas  State health officials say new COVID-19 cases in Texas are rising about as fast as they were before their peaks last July and in late January.  Speaking to the Texas Tribune Chief State Epidemiologist Doctor Jennifer Shuford   says the increase, underscores how much more contagious the delta variant is.              

"Even in the face of having 43 percent of our population fully vaccinated we are still seeing this increase in cases happening as rapidly as we saw previously." Shuford explained.

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LA  PRIZE FEST RETURNS-  The Louisiana Prize Fest is returning in-person, at a press conference at the Shreveport Arts Center downtown yesterday organizers shared the news that after an unprecedented year of Pandemic.  The return of this year’s festival is significant as it’s the 10-year anniversary of the event. Prize Fest was among the slew of events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Instead of canceling the event, the organization pivoted to a virtual format.

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ARKANSAS COVID RATES UP -  As More cases of covid-19 get reported  all across the country,  most attributes  the  latest spread  to the new Delta variant of the Coronavirus.   Arkansas currently leads the nation in new infections per-capita and the rate of hospitalizations is also on the increase.  A year ago before a  vaccine was available,  health experts warned of those who were most at risk for succumbing  to the virus.  The focus was to protect the most vulnerable,  the elderly who likely had pre-existing health conditions, usually people over the age of 60.  But  duri

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LA VETO SESSION— Louisiana state senators have narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports based on their gender identity.    The vote came Tuesday on the opening day of the first veto session under the state’s nearly 50-year-old constitution.   Senators voted 26-12,  the exact number needed to overturn the veto.  The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans in support of the override and Democrats in opposition. The debate now shifts to the House.

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LA VETO SESSION-  Today  Louisiana lawmakers will convene for the first time ever in a special session for the purpose of overriding Governor John Bel Edwards’ vetoes of bills passed in the recent regular session.  This will test the limits of the Republican-dominated legislature’s power over the Democratic governor.

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TEXAS ACA ENROLLMENT NUMBERS – About one and a half million  Texans are now getting health insurance  through  HealthCare.gov. It's one of the biggest enrollment numbers through the Affordable Care Act  Texas  has seen in years  AND enrollment is still open because of the pandemic.

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LA SCHOOL COVID PRECAUTIONS— Despite the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases Louisiana education leaders are leaving decisions on mask mandates, physical distancing and other measures aimed at lessening COVID-19 spread  to local public school districts  for the upcoming year.   The Department of Education sent updated guidance to K-12 school systems that recommends but doesn’t mandate face coverings for all unvaccinated adults and students in grades 3 through 12 while inside school facilities.

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TX ABORTION LAWSUIT-  A group of abortion providers is challenging a new Texas law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Senate Bill 8 also allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion after that point.   Marc Hearron is the lead attorney for the plaintiffs,  who filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday.                     

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