Red River Radio Local News Segment

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FEWER SURPRISE MED BILLS - There has been a huge drop in the number of Texans calling state regulators over getting a surprise medical bill in the past six months.  A  new law requires medical providers and insurance companies   to figure out payment disputes among themselves.  Before Senate Bill 1264 went into effect, consumers were often sent a surprise bill when medical providers and health insurance companies couldn’t agree on how much a medical service should cost.

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COVID-19 LOUISIANA-  Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards  said there may be early hopeful signs of a possible COVID-19  plateau in the state,.  During his Covid-19 update yesterday,  Edwards  reported that there were 1,121 new Covid-19 cases in the Louisiana  bringing the total cases reported to 111,038.  While yesterday’s  total new cases  was the lowest number since July 6th, Edwards explained: "One day does not a trend make,"Edwards explained. "Hopefully we will stay moving in that direction moving forward."

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HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESS -  A new program to help small businesses recover from the Coronavirus impact has started accepting applications today.  The Main Street Recovery Program has launched a website to help Louisiana small businesses determine if they’re eligible to receive up to $15,000 in grant money, the funds are coming from $275-Million dollars set aside to reimburse businesses for Covid-19 related expenses.    State  Treasurer  John  Schroder has been getting the word out via zoom meetings with various groups around the state.  I caught up with him recently during s

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INFECTIONS & HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE - Louisiana  now ranks number 1 in per Capita-Covid-19 cases.  Governor John Bel Edwards has reported more than 101,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That makes Louisiana the 12th state with at least 100,000 cases.  Louisiana is the least populous of those states.   During his press conference yesterday, Edwards said the state is experiencing a major emergency and expressed concerns about the impact Covid-19 is having on area hospitals. 

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TEXAS REVENUES DROP -  Texas  is forecast to end the fiscal year with a 4.6-billion dollar deficit, according to revised revenue projections released by the state comptroller  Glen Hegar  who estimates state tax revenues will be down nearly 10-percent due to economic contraction spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.   Earlier this week Hegar told lawmakers his forecast  assumes  public health restrictions will be lifted by the end of the year.   

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BID FOR U.S. SENATE - Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins  announced Wednesday  morning on Twitter  that he is running against incumbent Louisiana Senator  Republican Bill Cassidy.  The Twitter account PerkinsForLA posted a campaign video with Perkins explaining his background and why he is running for senator.

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PHASE 2 RESTRICTIONS EXTENDED - Gov. John Bel Edwards is keeping Louisiana’s mask mandate and business restrictions in place for at least two more weeks as the number of coronavirus  hospitalizations  is surging  across the state.  The Democratic governor’s current regulations were set to expire Friday but instead will extend to Aug. 7th.   During his Covid-19 update yesterday, Edwards explained there were 1,737 new Covid-19 cases reported bringing  Louisiana’s  total  Covid-19 cases to 96,583.

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AGREEMENT REACHED - Caddo Parish has reached an agreement with the  United Daughters of the Confederacy - Shreveport Chapter 237 to allow for the relocation of the Confederate monument that sits on the grounds of the Caddo Parish Courthouse in downtown Shreveport.

According to the Shreveport Times-- Parties from both sides in the case met Monday and signed an agreement allowing the Caddo Parish Commission to remove the monument and transport it to another location, which has yet to be determined.

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BOSSIER SCHOOLS REOPENING PLANS -  School  officials  with Bossier Parish announced yesterday their plans to re-open the 2020-21 academic year.  During a press conference  details were given as to what Covid-19 precautions would be taken to reopen schools on August 12th.   Assistant Superintendent Jason Rowland explained the reopening plans  called – “Bossier Strong Start 2020”  emphasizes safety for all concerned.

"The priority and the  over-arching thing throughout the plan was student and staff safety," Rowland explained.

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ARKANSAS MASK MANDATE - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says that wearing masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus shouldn’t be about politics.  Hutchinson has issued a statewide Mask-wearing mandate for Arkansas that goes in effect beginning today.  Hutchinson had resisted following other Governors who had issued state mask mandates but during an appearance  Sunday  on  ABC television’s  “This Week”,  Hutchinson explained his mandate was motivated by the increasing Covid-19 numbers in his state.