Red River Radio Local News Segment

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.

Courtesy: Shreveport Fire Department

FRONTLINE COVID-19 RISKS - There are five Coronavirus drive up testing sites in Northwest Louisiana for people with a Doctor’s order to get tested.  Yesterday another drive-through testing site was opened in the parking lot of the Shreveport-Barksdale Highway Wal-Mart,  At a joint press conference yesterday – Dr. Martha Whyte – medical director for the Louisiana Department of Health Region 7 explained the reason for this site.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TELEMEDICINE -    While hospitals and clinics have been open to see patients during the Covid-19 outbreak,  many patients who need to visit clinics for non-covid19 issues have become concerned about going to the doctor during the “Stay-at-Home” orders to avoid community spread of the virus.   In response to these concerns more healthcare providers are implementing Telemedicine.  70 of the Willis-Knighton Physician Network clinics in Northwest Louisiana are now offering a telehealth virtual visit for existing patients whose records are accessible by the physicians. Dr.

Courtesy: LifeShare Blood Center

BLOOD DONATIONS -  A lot businesses and organizations have been severely affected by the Coronavirus emergency stay-at-home orders.  LifeShare Blood Centers serve a large area including East Texas, South Arkansas and North and Central Louisiana.  It’s where people donate blood that is used in area hospitals to treat people with life-threatening injuries or illness. COVID-19 has affected blood donations cancelling over 300 hundred blood drives and resulting in 6000+ fewer blood donations.