1:30 LRN Newscast Dec 07

At the State Capitol, a panel of lawmakers voted refusal of Governor Edward’s plan to mandate COVID vaccines to the list of immunizations required for school kids. The Health & Welfare Committee voted 13-2 against the proposal, which would have allowed parents to opt out if they so choose. State Education Superintendent Cade Brumley says he still feels the COVID jab is a personal choice…:

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In a written statement, the Governor says he still intends to push the shot requirement through.

An East Feliciana Parish man has a one-in-five chance of becoming a millionaire on New Year’s Day. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says 29 Louisiana finalists were randomly selected and their names sent to Powerball…:

CUT 12(10)      “…of the Year promotion.”

Aaron Rose lives in Slaughter. He and his friends and family will be seen on TV on New Year’s Eve as the big money is given away.

 

Today marks 80 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in which 46 Louisianans died. Rosehn (Roseann) Gipe is director of the U.S.S. Kidd Museum in Baton Rouge, where remembrance ceremonies took place. She says it’s important to always observe these…:

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Today also marks 100 days since Hurricane Ida came ashore as a strong Category 4 storm, wreaking havoc on coastal parishes and some further inland, like St. Charles Parish, where parish president Matt Jewell says recovery is still limping along. He says he knows residents are frustrated with the pace of receiving temporary housing trailers, since the state took over the program…:

CUT 10(09)      “…cold at night.”

Jewell says St. James is still operating a group site temporary home for storm victims.

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Lawmakers in the House Health and Welfare Committee reject a plan by Governor John Bel Edwards to add the Covid vaccine to the list of shots required in order to attend K-12 public schools. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter argued that students can opt-out and still attend school
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The committee voted 13-2 to reject the addition, but the governor has said he plans to veto that decision.

Saturday is an election day and one of the most hot button issues is one in St. Tammany Parish over whether or not to build a casino in Slidell. Pollster John Couvillon says the proposal to build the 325-million-dollar facility helped boost early voting there, while other municipalities in the state saw a lower turnout…:
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He doesn’t believe Drew Brees’ support of the project will have much of an impact on swaying voter opinion.

Sixty-four men and women are now taking part in Cadet Class 100 of the Louisiana State Police. The instruction they’ll receive will include firearm proficiency, tactical driving and impaired driving detection, as well as leadership values that exemplify LSP Core Values. Lieutenant Robert Fontenot the lessons also include:
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He says training also includes that of lawful use of force — a policy matter that was reviewed Monday by a group of state senators amid excessive use of force controversies within LSP.

LSU legend Glenn Dorsey will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame today. A native of Gonzales, Dorsey is the most decorated defensive player in school history and becomes LSU’s 10th player to the Hall.

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Emotions ran high in the House Health and Welfare Committee Monday where lawmakers are trying to stop a proposal by the governor to add the Covid vaccine to the required immunzations list to enter public school. The state argued that parents could still opt out, but the opposition arguments included that from David Oats, a realtor, who indicated he had treatments for the virus on hand…:
Cut 7 (11) “need no vaccine”
The committee voted 13-2 to reject the addition of the shot, but the governor has said he plans to override.

St. Tammany Parish voters will have a chance on Saturday’s ballot to decide whether to gamble on building a new casino in Slidell, a matter that’s been one of the more contentious on the obscure December 11th Election Day. Pollster John Couvillon says the Parish has a strong anti-gambling history..:
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A cruise ship carrying at least 17 passengers and crew members with breakthrough COVID infections when it docked in New Orleans has set sail again with new passengers. Nine crew members and eight passengers were infected when the ship arrived Sunday, according to state officials.

Tulane University announced Monday a graduate student tested positive for the strain of the Covid virus identified as Omicron.

A milestone in Louisiana State Police cadet training hit a historic mark this week. More from Dave Brannen.
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Health and Welfare heard from both sides on the Governor’s plan to add the COVID vaccine to the shot schedule for schools’ next fall. Brooke Thorington has more..:
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During a Senate Select Committee on State Police Oversight Monday, Superintendent Lamar Davis admitted the agency still has a lot of work to do in implementing changes with regards to education on use of excessive force. Information from this and future meetings among these Senators is expected to produce legislation that will be considered in next year’s session.

Meanwhile, 64 men and women are now taking part in Cadet Class 100 of the State Police. Lieutenant Robert Fontenot says the group is excited…:
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If you’d like to apply for Cadet Class 101 that begins training next year visit laspc.dps.louisiana.gov.

Louisiana set a record last year for the fewest motor vehicle crash injuries, but 2020 also produced the most fatalities since 2008. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says the pandemic resulted in fewer cars on the road, which resulted in fewer crashes, but there were more high-risk drivers…
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He said bicycle and pedestrian fatalities also rose in 2020.

0630 LRN Newscast December 7

Lawmakers in the House Health and Welfare Committee reject a plan by Governor John Bel Edwards to add the Covid vaccine to the list of shots required in order to attend K-12 public schools. The new rule would initially only apply to students 16 and up at the start of the 2022 school year. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter argued in favor of the vaccine plan, and added…
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New Orleans resident Michelle Wags says she opposes the rule because she already feels like an outcast for her vaccine stance as it is…:
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The committee voted 13-2 to reject the addition, but the governor is expected to override the decision and move forward with the plan.

Louisiana reported its fewest number of vehicle crash injuries ever in 2020, but there was a sharp increase in traffic fatalities. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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Southern University has a new head football coach. The school announced Monday it has hired Eric Dooley, a former longtime assistant for the Jags who just led Prairie View to a SWAC championship.

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The first case of the Omicron variant has been detected in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health says the individual lives in the greater New Orleans area and recently traveled within the US. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says there are still a lot of unknowns with this variant…:
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Until there’s more data, Kanter says it’s hard to predict what kind of impact the Omicron variant will have in Louisiana. Officials are addressing an outbreak of the virus on a cruise ship that docked in New Orleans Sunday. 17 cases were identified on the ship including one of a crew member suspected of being the Omicron variant.

Governor John Bel Edwards wants to add the Covid vaccine to a list of required shots needed to attend K-12 schools, which is opposed by mostly GOP lawmakers who are gathering today for an oversight hearing to stop the proposal. The new rule would initially only apply to students 16 and up at the start of the 2022 school year.

A Louisiana Congressman is introducing a bill that would erase student loan debt for survivors of disasters who also took out an SBA loan during recovery efforts:
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LSU football will have another game this season as they will play in the Texas Bowl in Houston against Kansas State on January 4th. UL-Lafayette will face Marshall in the New Orleans Bowl on December 18th.

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17 people on a cruise ship coming back to port in New Orleans have tested positive for Covid. The State Department of Health said one case among the crew is identified as the Omicron variant, though that individual is not from the state and never got off the ship.

State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the first case of the variant in Louisiana has been detected from an individual in the Greater New Orleans area. He says they have increased lab sequencing to detect Omicron variant, but the message to the public remains…:
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In Louisiana just below 50-percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

New US travel restrictions are back starting today. Anyone headed here will be required to show evidence of a negative test for the virus within one day of boarding their flight instead of 3.

The Senate Select Committee on State Police Oversight will hold their first meeting today. Baton Rouge Senator Franklin Foil is chairman..:
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The committee was formed after several reports of excessive force.

ULM hopes to help the statewide nursing shortage with a new agreement with Louisiana’s 2-year colleges and tech schools…:
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0730 LRN Newscast December 6

The state has its first known case of the Omicron Variant. The Louisiana Department of Health says that individual lives in the greater New Orleans area and recently traveled within the US. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the variant is significant because it has some 50 mutations from the original virus…:
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Officials from federal, state, and local agencies are also addressing an outbreak on a cruise ship that arrived in New Orleans Sunday. 17 cases were identified among passengers and crew including one probable case of Omicron from a worker on the ship who isn’t from Louisiana.

State Police say two people were killed and five injured in a crash involving 2 large pickup trucks Saturday night in Lafourche Parish. The two who died are identified as 23-year-old Thomas Hernandez and 22-year-old Santos Garcia, both of Slidell.

The Senate Select Committee on State Police Oversight will hold their first meeting today and hear from LSP Superintendent Colonel Lamar Davis. The committee was formed after several reports of excessive force. Baton Rouge Senator Franklin Foil is chairman of the seven-member committee…:
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Foil anticipates a second meeting to allow for public input.

UL-Monroe seeks to help the statewide nursing shortage with a groundbreaking degree transfer program. Dr. Don Simpson is Dean of the ULM College of Health Sciences. He says they’ve forged an agreement with the state’s 12 community & tech colleges with associate nursing degree programs to allow those nurses to easily pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing at ULM…:
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LSU football will have another game this season as they will play in the Texas Bowl in Houston against Kansas State on January 4th. Baton Rouge native Brad Davis will serve as the interim coach, and he’ll be the first African American to lead an LSU football team in a game…:
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The game will air at 8pm on ESPN.

Baylor will play Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day in New Orleans, and UL-Lafayette will face Marshall in the New Orleans Bowl on December 18th. The Ragin Cajuns won their first outright Sun Belt Conference title with a 24-16 win over Appalachian State this past Saturday.

The Ragin Cajuns have promoted co-offensive coordinator Michael Desormeaux as U-L Lafayette’s new head football coach. Desomreaux set records when he was a quarterback for the Cajuns in the mid-2000s and he’s been on the staff the last six seasons. Athletics director Doctor Bryan Maggard says Desormeaux is the right leader for the program and the hiring has the recommendation of outgoing coach Billy Napier..:
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The Carolina Panthers have announced the firing of offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Brady was hired by the team in 2020 after working at LSU.

The Pelicans fell to the Houston Rockets 118-108 Sunday at the Toyota Center, despite a season high 40 points by Pels forward Brandon Ingram. New Orleans is now 7-19.

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The first case of the Omicron variant in Louisiana has been detected, and State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter stresses vaccinations and boosters…:
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And the Louisiana Department of Health says testing confirmed 17 cases of Covid-19 have been identified on a cruise ship that arrived in New Orleans on Sunday, and this includes 1 probable case of Omicron among the crew. They said that person is not a Louisiana resident and did not leave the ship.

A Congressman from Louisiana is introducing a bill that would erase student loan debt for survivors of disasters who also took out an SBA loan during recovery efforts. The measure by Congressman Troy Carter is called the, “No Double Debt for Disaster Survivors Act.”
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He says a double debt burden hurts our economy and additionally burdens those struggling to recover from COVID-19 and natural disasters.

The Southeastern Conference announced Sunday LSU will play in the Texas bowl where they will face Kansas State at NRG Stadium in Houston on January 4th. This marks the 21st time in the last 22 years the Tigers have been selected to a bowl game.