Red River Radio Local News Segment

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MASKS REQUIRED IN BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is seeing its largest daily coronavirus case spike since April, during the height of the state’s outbreak. Nearly 2,100 new cases of the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus were confirmed over the last day in Louisiana residents, and hospitalizations continued to tick upward.    The trend is worrying public health experts that Louisiana’s once successful efforts to slow infections are being undermined by a complacent public ignoring recommended precautions.

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LOUISIANA SPECIAL SESSION CONCLUDES Louisiana’s Special 30-day Legislative Session ended yesterday.  The highlights --Lawmakers wound up agreeing to expand and extend business tax credits, exemptions and incentive programs.   One of the largest tax breaks would benefit the gambling industry.  It costs $11 million in the first year and grows annually.

The state’s budget bill a major outstanding issue headed into the final day of the session. At the conclusion of the Special Session- Governor Edwards remarked the outcome was not what was originally hoped for.

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TEXAS SEX ED - Yesterday, the Republican-dominated Texas State Board of Education began hearing testimony on how to update sexual education standards for the first time since 1997. 19-year-old Lily Stern told board members she supports a comprehensive curriculum, which she did not have as a student.                

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TEXAS COVID-19 SINGLE DAY SPIKE - Texas reported almost 5500 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday, a new record high for a single day.  A retiring Republican Congressman from Texas is concerned about the surge of COVID-19 cases, especially in his district.  Pete Olson said during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday, he is worried about the rising number of 20 to 39-year-olds getting the virus.                     

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TEXAS COVID-19 UPDATE:     The surge in Covid-19 case numbers  in Texas aren't slowing down the state’s reopening.  Yesterday Republican Gov. Greg Abbott  prescribed an emphasis on face coverings and social distancing to curtail sobering trends, which include hospitalization rates that have doubled since Memorial Day. He says his goal is to keep the Lone Star state open, while slowing the spread of COVID-19.  But if Covid-19 numbers  continue to hit record highs, he’s not ruling out scaling back some of Texas’ reopenings.  

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RISE IN COVID-19 CASES - Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards during his Covid-19 update yesterday announced he won't be lifting reopening restrictions that were expected to expire Friday, June 26th.  The reasons he cited  for holding back on further lifting reopening restrictions is because Louisiana has shown a spike in Covid-19 … surpassing more than 50,000 confirmed cases and  3,000 deaths.  Edwards explained that Louisiana is among the top 15 states showing an increase in Covid-19 infections.  He did share some frustration at the news as he felt the recent sp

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ARK COVID-19 -  Arkansas has seen its largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases among non-incarcerated people.     Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday that  703 people tested positive  including 41 inmates at correctional facilities. An additional six deaths from COVID-19 increased the state’s death toll to over 200.   Speaking in his daily briefing, Hutchinson explained the State Department of Health’s Guidelines that strongly recommend people wear face-mask protection in the workplace and in public as doing so would reduce community spread of the disease. 

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VIRTUAL TOWN HALLS  - The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is holding virtual town halls on what measures  state  lawmakers  should  pursue  to change  policing  and  address  racial inequality.  The series of meetings,  prompted by the police killing of George Floyd, kicked off Wednesday night.  State Representative Lorraine Birabil of Dallas is one of several Democrats urging Governor Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session. 

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"GUT CHECK" - At his press conference yesterday afternoon Governor John Bel Edwards urged Louisiana residents  to “do a real gut check” about whether they are taking enough personal precautions to lessen their coronavirus risk.  Edwards was reacting to the latest data showing a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases in Louisiana  over the last week. More than 4,200 new cases of the COVID-19 disease have been confirmed in Louisiana since June 10th.

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UNITED WAY SURVEY -  During May United Ways across Louisiana and the Louisiana Association of United Ways conducted a statewide survey to assess the impact COVID19 pandemic had on the state.  Sarah Berthelot  is President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of United Ways, she explained the  survey’s focus.

"We worked with all the United Ways throughout the state of Louisiana to promote the survey ask for Louisiana citizens to tell us about how Covid-19 has impacted their lives," Berthelot explained.