A bill awaiting Governor Edwards’ signature will allow truckers to begin pulling tandem trailers again on Louisiana roadways. Kevin Gallagher has more on that…:
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Another COVID vaccine could be available soon in the US if the FDA decides to follow the advice of its advisory panel. Brooke Thorington has more.
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A proposed option for the foreign language requirement for TOPS could mean a new career pathway for students. David Grubb has more…
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Big rigs pulling tandem trailers will be seen again on Louisiana roadways. Norco state Senator Gary smith says his bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature. Smith says the bill creates a new tandem load permit; allowing trucks to haul two 20-foot trailers. He says it addresses a statewide shortage of truck drivers and wear & tear on the highways…:
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Smith says under his bill, DOTD will issue the permits, which will only be allowed for travel on designated highways. Interstates do not apply, because they are federally regulated. He says the bill actually has a “sunset” of four years; meaning it has to be revisited down the road…:
Cut 5 (13) “…the trucking out there.”
Smith says, under the bill, such tandem loads would still have to be under the state’s 37-thousand-pounds-per-axle limit. He says it’s hoped this can help with supply chain issues plaguing the state…:
Cut 6 (12) “…it needs to go.”
Under state law, log trucks only are allowed a higher weight limit; 40-thousand-pounds-per-axle.
The FDA advisory committee is recommending that the FDA give full approval to another COVID vaccine. LSU Health New Orleans Chair of Genetics Doctor Lucio Miele says the Novavax offering is similar to the more traditional vaccines we are used to, like flu and hepatitis.
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Miele says while the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use RNA extractions so your own body will make the protein, the Novavax vaccine consists of two shots that deliver a small amount of the COVID spike protein so your immune system will respond and build antibodies.
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Miele says it’s best to have as many different vaccines as possible that use different technologies to combat a virus that he says is here to stay.
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At this time FDA is considering two adult doses of the Novavax COVID vaccine. Studies show Novavax is 90% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID.
Monday the legislature approved a bill that will allow students seeking TOPS eligibility to substitute computer coding for foreign language credits. SB 191 was sponsored by Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt, who says it gives students who struggle with learning languages and those looking to develop workforce skills more options and follows successful models from across the nation.
Cut 10 (07) “…a language.”
Hewitt says the need for computer coding skills is there as it represents the single biggest workforce gap in the state. She says unless Louisiana starts making some aggressive changes, it might be impossible to develop enough qualified candidates to meet demand.
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Some lawmakers contend that with the state’s French heritage and the increase in Spanish speakers foreign languages are essential. Hewitt says she doesn’t disagree, she just wants to provide another option for students that could better serve their academic needs and give them a marketable skill at the same time.
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The latest report from trustees of the Social Security Trust Fund says the program will be insolvent by the year 2034. Senator Bill Cassidy says that means in 12 years there will not be enough money to pay the full benefits promised to seniors and those who will be on retirement then.
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Cassidy says this is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible and current laws regarding social security would greatly reduce monthly benefits for those collecting benefits.
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Cassidy says he has spoken with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about the concern and says she told him the current administration does not have a plan to address the issue, but they are willing to meet with Congress to devise a plan. Cassidy says he and fellow Republicans will attempt to do so.
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There are plenty of unsettled questions about the 2022 LSU football team, but one player on the roster seems like a sure thing. Kayshon Boutte is expected to be THE next great LSU wide receiver and is already projected as a top 10 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. In 16 career games, Boutte has 83 catches for 1244 yards and 14 touchdowns but is coming off of two ankle surgeries and returns to a new coaching staff and offensive scheme. In a conversation with Tiger Rag Radio, Boutte said he’s excited about how Brian Kelly plans to utilize his skills.
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Boutte wasn’t a participant in spring football due to his recovery from multiple ankle surgeries, but he kept himself involved mentally. He says he’s not certain who will be the Tigers’ quarterback this fall but was very impressed by the development of Garrett Nussmeier, who drew plenty of praise this spring.
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LSU Baseball finished 40-22 this season, 17-13 in the SEC. The Tigers’ regular season and conference wins reached their highest totals since 2019. LSU great and college baseball broadcaster Ben McDonald gave his assessment of year one of the Jay Johnson era.
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McDonald says that Johnson changed the culture of LSU baseball this season, and the future for the Tigers looks very, very bright.
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