Red River Radio Local News Segment

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EASES MEDICAL RESTRICTIONS -  Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced yesterday that he is lifting many restrictions on non-emergency medical procedures  including  abortions  beginning April 27th.  This is the first rollback of his stay-at-home order since the coronavirus crisis began. 

"We believe we need to allow people to redume going to the doctor for things that may not be an emergency at first,"explained Edwards. "But if you don't allow them to get treatment at some point, many of those things will become acute and emergencies."

Courtesy: Gov. Greg Abbott Video Conference

DEMOCRATS CRITICIZE ABBOTT-  Democratic  lawmakers from Texas are criticizing Governor Greg Abbott's plan to reopen the state's economy in the midst  of  the coronavirus pandemic.   They argue the move is premature and the scope of the outbreak in Texas remains unknown as the rate of testing lags behind other states.  State Representative Celia Israel , an Austin Democrat, said Abbott's new Strike Force to Open Texas is missing  leaders who have been spearheading  the  response to COVID-19 at the city and county level. 

Courtesy: La. Dept. of Health

LA CORONAVIRUS UPDATE -   The number of confirmed coronavirus cases reported by the Louisiana Department of Health is up to 23,928 with 1,296 total deaths reported.  The number of cases in Northwest Louisiana is up slightly with Caddo Parish reported as having 1,261 total cases with 70 deaths reported.  Bossier Parish has 233 total cases and 11 deaths reported.  Webster parish has 76 cases and 4 deaths reported. DeSoto Parish has 156 cases and 8 Deaths reported.

Courtesy: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

TEXAS MANUFACTURING TAKES A HIT -  The Texas manufacturing sector is suffering business losses not seen since the Great Recession. That's according to a new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Fed economist Emily Kerr says the 110 manufacturers who took the survey saw deep declines in production  for the  month of March.

"The new orders dropped even lower meaning that this isn't expected to be an extremely short term thing ," explained Kerr. "They're also noting demand impacts for their orders going forward."

Courtesy: LPB

LA ECONOMIC RECOVERY-  Louisiana’s  economy has been rocked by the Coronavirus, and some Republican state lawmakers have called for a reopening of businesses on May 1st. Governor John Bel Edwards has said the virus will dictate when the state reopens, and on Thursday he said any reopening of the state’s economy would be gradual.

Courtesy: Texas Railroad Commission

OIL REGULATION – The Texas Railroad Commission regulates oil and gas production in the Lone Star State, and hasn't mandated production cuts since the 1970s.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

PLAN OPPOSED - Republican lawmakers in Louisiana  have blocked an emergency plan by Republican Secretary of State   Kyle  Ardoin to expand early voting and mail-in balloting options for Louisiana’s  July  presidential  primary  in response  to the  coronavirus.   Fellow Republicans  opposed Ardoin’s   proposal as they objected to  broadening of Louisiana’s current allowances for people to vote absentee by mail.

Courtesy: La Dept of Health

LA COVID-19 UPDATE -  Louisiana  reached a somber milestone Tuesday  as its corona virus death toll passed  more than 1,000.   During his COVID-19 Update  yesterday  afternoon --Gov. John Bel Edwards revealed the parishes with the most deaths reported for Tuesday.

"The top three parishes for today's deaths are Orleans with 32, Jefferson with 24, Caddo with 17," Edwards said. "I hope the gravity of this resonates with everyone."

Courtesy: City of Monroe, LA Facebook

STORM DAMAGE TOUR - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says “it's just too early to know” when the state can begin loosening social distancing mandates.  Edwards was in Monroe, Louisiana touring the area which was struck by two tornadoes on Easter Sunday.

"We did issue an emergency declaration regarding tornado damage across five parishes in North Louisiana," explained Edwards. "No parish was damaged more than Ouachita parish."

Courtesy: Pastor Harry Blake Facebook

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER  -  A civil rights icon and local pastor in Shreveport has died.  Dr. Harry Blake pastor emeritus at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church,  died Wednesday, according to several media reports, Pastor Blake was exposed to the Coronavirus and was ill.  His daughter had recently spoken with the Shreveport Times and explained  that the cause had not been confirmed but that had been  improving.