Red River Radio Local News Segment

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TEXAS SALES TAX REVENUE --The Texas Comptroller’s office reports that sales tax revenues for May fell more than 13 percent compared to the same time last year.   That's on top of April's 9.2 percent drop and is the steepest decline since 2010.   Glen Hegar who serves as Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts   says shuttered businesses and stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased losses in every sector except for telecommunications services. 

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ARKANSAS COVID-19 SPIKE -  Arkansas has hit another one-day record for new coronavirus cases, and the governor says plans to further loosen restrictions on businesses remains on hold because of the spike.  Appearing at a press conference with the Covid-19 update, Governor Asa Hutchinson revealed the numbers.      

"Since yesterday we have an additional 375 cases here in Arkansas which is the highest number of community cases that we've seen in a one-day span of time," Hutchinson explained.


PHASE 2 PLANS TO REOPEN - Bars, massage facilities, bowling alleys, recreational pools and tattoo shops will be able to open soon in most of Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced a loosening of current restrictions related to the fight against the new coronavirus.

"I'm pleased to report that we are seeing signs of progress," Edwards said. "Louisiana is heading in the right direction but I have to caveat that by saying there's still a lot of Covid-19 in Louisiana. It's in every community across the state and so we wtill have work to do."

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PEACEFUL PROTEST IN SHREVEPORT - It was a sunny and pleasant Sunday afternoon as hundreds of people gathered at the Shreveport SporTran intermodal bus terminal on Murphy Street to participate in a peaceful march organized by the Shreveport chapter of Black Lives Matter. Marchers began on Texas Avenue and headed to the Caddo courthouse in downtown Shreveport. The purpose of the march was in protest to the death of George Floyd who died while being detained by Minneapolis Police.

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CONTROVERSIAL FACEBOOK POST?-  The incident of the Minneapolis man who died  during an arrest has made headlines all across the nation if not the world over and its impact has been felt in Shreveport due to a recent social media post made by a Shreveport police officer that made waves  the past couple of days.  According to a report by the Shreveport Times,  Sergeant Brent Mason allegedly made a post on his personal Facebook account and gave the opinion  the Minneapolis police officers' actions during the arrest (specifically placing a knee across the neck of the suspect Ge

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RARE ILLNESS IN KIDS—   Louisiana health officials say 13 children in the state have developed a rare inflammatory disease related to the new coronavirus, and one has died.  Gov. John Bel Edwards gave an update Wednesday on Louisiana cases of what is now known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children.

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SURGE IN YOUNGER PEOPLE - While health officials have stressed that those who are at most risk for getting the Covid19 illness are elderly and in poor health,  there has been an uptick in cases among younger people.  Such is the case in Arkansas as yesterday Governor Asa Hutchinson revealed some new data during his press conference update on the status of Covid19 in the state.

"The cases grew from 190 on May 17th to 278," explained Hutchinson. "That's a 46% increase among the zero-to-17 (years) age group."

CITY SAFE REOPENING FUND -  In other city council news, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins made a special announcement about  a  “Safe Reopening Fund” to support the city’s smallest businesses  that might need help financially to reopen after having been closed due to the Covid-19 emergency stay-at-home orders.  

"The city will make an initial $100,000 available for distribution in the form of forgiveable micro-loans to small business,"Perkins explained. "These funds are community-funded block grant dollars that are earmarked for economic development."

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TEXAS JOB LOSSES - The  Texas  unemployment rate  for April  is the worst on the state’s record.   For the month of March, it was at 4.7-percent.  Now, it has  since skyrocketed.  Cisco  Gamez is with the Texas Workforce Commission and explains more.

“The Texas unemployment rate for April 2020 is 12.8-percent due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic,"Gamez explained. "12.8-percent is lower than the national average of 14.7-percent.”                       

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ARKANSAS  MEMORIAL SERVICE  -  While  many traditional  Memorial Day ceremonies  had  been canceled  across  the  nation  due  Covid-19  public safety concerns,  there was a smaller event that took place yesterday in Arkansas as Governor Asa Hutchinson took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Arkansas State  Veterans  Cemetary  in  North  Little  Rock.   Although  the  service  was  not  open to the public, Governor Hutchinson made some remarks as the event was being streamed live on the internet.