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The Supreme Court says private businesses with over 100 employees can’t require workers to get the Covid vaccine, but they did keep a mandate in place for healthcare workers. Brandon Trosclair who owns grocery stores in Louisiana and Mississippi was among the first business owners to legally challenge the White House mandate. He says the High Court got this one right..:
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It’s a loss for the Biden Administration which sought to use the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration to enforce the vaccines for workers.

Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is set to receive approximately $1 billion dollars to repair and upgrade bridges under the new Bridge Formula Program, with over $200 million of that allocated for this fiscal year. He says this is great news from the Federal Highway Administration as Louisiana’s funding needs for infrastructure projects are massive.

New data shows the number of Louisianans who smoke cigarettes is at an all-time low. A report from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living says the percentage of adults who smoke is down to just over 18-percent. TFL director Dr. Earl Benjamin Robinson says the report is encouraging and inspires optimism..:
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For help kicking the tobacco habit, visit “QuitWithUsLA.org”.

The White House announces they’ve purchased another 500 million home Covid tests in addition to the 500 million already ordered. But Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy says with Omicron surging the way it is now this should have been done sooner…:
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The White House also plans to distribute high-quality masks at no cost and next week a website will be launched so Americans can order the free home COVID tests.

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Governor  John Bel Edwards says it’s not wise to try to contract Covid on purpose…:
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The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a man from St. Tammany Parish died in a house fire when he ran back inside to try to save his dogs. They say when fire crews responded to the blaze, they found one person had safely escaped but another individual went into the fire to rescue the pets but never came back out.

The U.S. Supreme Court blocks the White House COVID vaccine mandate for private businesses. They did however uphold the requirement for employees of health care providers. Loyola University law professor Dan Ciolino feels the justices were right to leave that mandate in place…:
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A report from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living says the number of smokers in Louisiana is at an all-time low with just over 18 percent of people here who light up. TFL director Dr. Earl Benjamin Robinson says people in lower income households are quitting at a high rate indicating additional tobacco taxes are effective. He says their efforts to encourage people to quit are working…:
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The U.S. Supreme Court blocks the White House mandate ordering COVID vaccines for employees of private companies. Kevin Gallagher gets some reaction…:
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President Biden announces they’ve purchased another 500-million home COVID tests, but Louisiana Senator & physician Bill Cassidy believes this should have come sooner…:
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To locate the nearest testing site call 2-1-1.

Upon hearing of a trend to intentionally catch COVID so individuals can put the virus behind them, Governor John Bel Edwards says that’s not a good idea. He says the Omicron variant is mild for some people but not everyone…:
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In hopes that the Omicron peak is coming soon, Edwards did not issue another statewide mask mandate during his Covid news conference Thursday.

Cops in Baton Rouge have arrested the woman who in early December allegedly fired a gun inside a beauty store after the manager busted her stealing a wig. They say when 18-year-old Janiya Wattley was confronted for shoplifting she pulled out the weapon and fired a round into the ceiling. A tip from Crimestoppers helped officers locate the suspect.

There will be plenty of LSU fans wearing orange and black tomorrow as former LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow makes his NFL playoff debut when the Bengals host the Raiders. Kickoff is at 3:30.

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Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow makes his NFL playoff debut on Saturday when the Bengals host the Raiders to kick off the NFL’s Wildcard weekend. Burrow led Cincinnati to its first AFC North Championship since 2015 and is getting a lot of credit for Cincy’s turnaround. But Burrow says he’s playing with the best group of receivers in the NFL…:
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1991 was the last time the Bengals won a playoff game, but Joe is not bothered by that. Kickoff tomorrow is 3:30pm.

The Pelicans had no problem last night as they raced to a 113-89 victory over the Clippers.

What an incredible win in the PMAC last night by the LSU women’s basketball team. The Number 12 Purple and Gold Tigers were lifted to an 87-85 victory over Missouri after a game winning layup by Senior Khayal Pointer with 5.7 seconds left in overtime. LSU is now 16-2 and 4-1 in the SEC.

Also in college hoops last night, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team had an easy time over Southern Miss picking up an 80-57 win. UL-Lafayette fell to UT-Arlington 83-73 on the road. The Cajuns are now 8-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play. ULM fell to Texas State 80-56.

LSU Football has received commitments from 2 more players in the transfer portal. Penn State Running back Noah Cain is a Baton Rouge native and returning to Louisiana after leading the Nittany Lions in rushing touchdowns last year. Also, Arkansas defensive back Gregory Brooks is coming to LSU.

The Louisiana Marathon is coming back to Baton Rouge for its 11th year. Thousands of runners from all over the world are expected to be in this weekend. Officials say the Louisiana Marathon weekend generates between $2 million and $4 million in economic impact each year.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the White House COVID vaccine mandate for private businesses. Six conservative justices voted for the block, while 3 liberal justices voted against. Loyola University law professor Dan Ciolino says he doesn’t see it as a purely partisan decision…:
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Brandon Trosclair, who employs nearly 500 people at grocery stores across Louisiana and Mississippi, says the Supreme Court got this one right. He says he’s not against the vaccine — but whether or not his workers get the shot is their business…:
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But the court did rule to uphold the mandate to require the vaccine for employees of health care providers.

New data shows the number of Louisianans who smoke cigarettes is at an all-time low. A report from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living says the percentage of adults who smoke is down to just over 18-percent; down from about 22-percent in 2019. TFL director Dr. Earl Benjamin Robinson says this is great news:
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For help kicking the tobacco habit, visit “QuitWithUsLA.org”.

The Louisiana Marathon is coming back to Baton Rouge for its 11th year. Thousands of runners from all over the world are expected to be in this weekend. Officials say the Louisiana Marathon weekend generates between $2 million and $4 million in economic impact each year.

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The state continues to urge the public to remain vigilant as Louisiana’s Covid numbers are hitting levels not seen since the pandemic first started. Of 17-thousand cases reported Wednesday, LDH says 1-in-4 were kids under 18. Tulane University epidemiologist Dr. Susan Hassig says youngsters may not be as severely affected by the virus, but they can still transmit it – even if vaccinated…:
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Other countries are seeing this latest surge begin to drop but Hassig says it’s too early to call when that will happen here.

Police in New Orleans say detectives located a headless torso inside a deep freezer that was hooked up to a bus in the backyard of a residence in the 9th Ward. The man who lived there, Benjamin Beale, is behind bars on various charges including obstruction of justice in relation to the case. Authorities were searching for Beale’s estranged wife, but the remains have yet to be identified and cause of death, including murder, has not been established. The investigation is ongoing.

St. Tammany Parish voters rejected a proposal to move a Bossier City casino license to Slidell which means that casino needs to reopen within 60 days of the failed measure. State Gaming Control Commissioner Ronnie Johns says Diamond Jacks has an uphill battle as its run down, and…:
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He says Diamond Jack’s will present their plan to the Gaming Control Board on February 17th for approval.

Low housing inventory in Louisiana and lots of buyers means the real estate market here is very hot right now. Amy Fennell with the Louisiana Realtors Association says sellers are receiving multiple offers so they should get the help of someone with experience…:
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She says supply chain issues have drastically slowed the construction of new homes.

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The Covid Pandemic is surging in Louisiana and Governor John Bel Edwards has called a news conference this morning to address it. On Wednesday, the state reported 17-thousand new COVID cases, with about 2 thousand in the hospital. The Omicron variant is less severe, and some say that could signal the surge may be ending, but Tulane Epidemiologist Dr. Susan Hassig is more cautious…:
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Of the 2000 people hospitalized with the virus, 75-percent are not fully vaccinated.

Overdose deaths in Louisiana were rising at alarming rates even before the pandemic but it’s only gotten worse. New data suggests from 2019 to 2020 overdoses increased more than 50 percent in Louisiana. Ben Miller, President of Well Being Trust, says if you suspect a loved one is an addict, you should ask them about it…:
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After voters rejected a plan to move a Bossier City casino license to Slidell in December, what becomes of the original casino? Kevin Gallagher asks the Gaming Control Commissioner:
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An art teacher from St. James Parish has been arrested in two parishes this week on charges including sex crimes involving a juvenile. 50-year-old Lisa Samuels was first booked with a DWI in Ascension Parish before being brought to St. James where she was booked with molestation of a juvenile and indecent behavior with juveniles.

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Governor John Bel Edwards has called a news conference for 10:30am after the state recorded another single-day high number of COVID cases..:
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New Orleans Police say a man is behind bars after detectives found a dismembered body in a freezer on his property inside a school bus in the 9th Ward. They say 34-year-old Benjamin Beale is booked on several drugs and weapons charges along with obstruction of justice. Cops were searching the man’s home in relation to the disappearance of a woman named Julia Dardar who has been missing since at least last November. This investigation is ongoing.

A study from the National Center for Health Statistics finds from 2019 to 2020 drug overdose deaths increased more than 50-percent in Louisiana. Ben Miller, President of Well Being Trust, says the pandemic made things worse, but this has been a growing problem for some time…:
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He says if something isn’t done now, these terrible trends will continue.

The housing market in Louisiana is booming. Louisiana Realtors Association Director of Business and Professional Development Amy Fennell says “For Sale” signs don’t stay up long:
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She says because things are so hot right now it’s best to use a realtor if you’re selling a home because you’re likely to get multiple offers.

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The No. 12 LSU men’s basketball team has won its third straight game after a 64-58 victory over Florida in Gainesville Wednesday. The Tigers were playing without starting point guard Xavier Pinson, who was out with an MCL knee sprain. So, Darius Days led the way with 20 points along with one assist and four steals. Coach Will Wade is a happy guy…:
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The Tigers improve to 15-1 overall and 3-1 in SEC play. They host Arkansas Saturday.

Elsewhere around the state Wednesday, McNeese clobbered Arlington Baptist 120-44. Tulane got by Wichita State 68-67. And Southeastern prevailed over Tougaloo 77-72.

Today Louisiana Tech hosts Southern Miss. ULM travels to face Texas State. And UL-Lafayette is at UT Arlington.

LSU football has added two potential starters to its defensive secondary with the help of the transfer portal. Arkansas safety Joe Foucha and Ragin Cajuns cornerback Mekhi Gardner have posted on social media they will transfer to LSU. Foucha started 33 games at Arkansas over three years and last season had two interceptions and 7.5 tackles for a loss. The Athletic’s Brody Miller says Foucha is one of the better SEC safeties you’ll find..:
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He says there’s a real possibility LSU will sign over a dozen transfers.

After picking up a nice win over the Timberwolves Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans are set to host the Clippers tonight in the Smoothie King Center.

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Governor John Bel Edwards has called a news conference for 10:30am to give the latest on the state’s Covid numbers which recorded another single day high of cases Wednesday at 17-thousand. The state Department of Health says that’s with about 2-thousand in the hospital. Tulane University epidemiologist Dr. Susan Hassig says that number does not represent one single day of test results…:
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Of the 2000 people hospitalized with the virus, 75-percent are not fully vaccinated.

With voters in St. Tammany Parish rejecting a proposal to move a Bossier City casino license to Slidell, what becomes of that casino? State Gaming Control Commissioner Ronnie Johns says state law dictates that Diamond Jack’s casino must re-open within 60 days of the failed referendum…:
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Its license is for one of 15 state riverboat casinos.

A new study finds drug overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020 increased across the nation by 31-percent and in Louisiana, it’s even worse. Brooke Thorington has more…:
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The Hammond Police Department reports a homeless man that had fallen asleep inside a dumpster was killed when he was crushed by a garbage truck compactor. They say the man, identified as 42-year-old Jermain Watts, was likely trying to escape the cold in the dumpster when the compactor was activated.