7:30 LRN Newscast June 1

Governor Edwards will announce today whether the state will move into Phase two of reopening the economy on Friday. That means bars and summer camps can re-open and non-essential travel can resume. But Edwards says even if the state goes to phase two that doesn’t mean COVID-19 has left the state…
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The state reported just six new deaths yesterday, bringing the state’s total to 2,686.

Families of children who receive free or reduced-price meals are eligible for Pandemic EBT cards to help offset those meals lost when schools closed early, but they need to act fast. Louisiana Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says the application deadline is next Monday
Cut 7 (11) “…$285 per child.”
For more information go to the Louisianabelieves.com and click on Covid-19 Information and Resources

It’s the final day of the regular session and a tort reform bill aimed at lowering auto insurance rates is in a conference committee and is expected to receive final legislative passage today. Matt Doyle has more…
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Two successful businessmen from Alexandria were killed in a plane crash near Lake Buhlow in Pineville yesterday afternoon. The victims have been identified as Ben Cooper and Blake Cooper. Blake was the executive director of the Central Louisiana Regional Port. But his seven-year-old son is expected to survive the crash.

6:45 LRN Sportscast June 1

The death of George Floyd and during an arrest in Minneapolis has hit home for Saints defensive end Cam Jordan. He was born in Minneapolis and tells WWL Radio that he still has family and friends in Minnesota. Jordan says black men feel targeted by police and it will take a multitude of different facets of people to come together and abolish this ideal.

Former LSU star Joe Burrow tweeted out on Friday that the black community needs our help. He says they’ve been unheard for far too long. The Heisman Trophy winner says open your ears, listen and speak. Burrow finished his tweet by saying this isn’t politics, this is human rights.

A crash between Chase Elliott and Joey Logano with just over a lap left resulted in Brad Keselowski crossing the finish line in first place at Bristol, Tennessee. It’s his second win of the season and his second win in five races since NASCAR restarted.

The Major League Baseball Players Association has reportedly presented a return to play proposal that calls for a 114-game season, deferred salaries if the 2020 postseason were canceled, an expanded playoff field for this year and next. And an option for players to opt-out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns. MLB owners have proposed an 82-game schedule and a pay cut for the game’s highest-paid players. Negotiations are expected to pick up this week, as the goal is to start the season in early July.

NBA’s Board of governors is expected to vote on Thursday on a format to restart the season in Orlando. ESPN reports there’s growing support for a plan to bring 22 teams to Disney’s ESPN Wild World of Sports in July. That means the Pelicans will have an opportunity to compete for a postseason spot because the 22-team plan would include teams that are within six games of the final playoff spots in each conference.

6:30 LRN Newscast June 1

Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to announce at 2:30 today whether the state is ready to move into Phase 2 of reopening the economy. Edwards says the metrics used to make the decision to move into phase one are still in play for determining whether the state is ready for phase two
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Edwards says they are also looking at testing capacity, which he says continues to improve.

State emergency planners are keeping their eye on a tropical disturbance. National Weather Service Forecaster Stephen Carboni says what was Tropical Storm Amanda in the Pacific is moving over the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Carboni ays if it does develop into a storm, it will be called Cristobal.

The deadline is nearing for families of children that received free or reduced-price meals at Louisiana schools to apply for Pandemic EBT cards. Brooke Thorington has more.
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The death of George Floyd and the subsequent arrest of a Minneapolis officer brought civil unrest to many cities across the country. But here in Louisiana, all protests and demonstrations were held without violence.

Legislative report June 1

Today is the final day of the legislative session and lawmakers are poised to approve a tort reform bill that seeks to reduce auto insurance rates by at least 10-percent. A key component of the bill is lowering the jury threshold from 50-thousand to five thousand dollars. Supporters say that will result in cases involving car crashes being settled at a more reasonable amount. Before the bill passed in the House, freshman Representative Larry Frieman from Abita Springs says when he campaigned, voters complained about our high rates and this measure is our best vehicle to lowering premiums
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Governor Edwards does not support this proposal and could veto the measure, but U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the votes are there to override the veto and lawmakers are staying in Baton Rouge for a special session that begins at 6:01 tonight…
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The other big issue in the regular session, a proposal to prevent local parishes from pursuing litigation against oil and gas companies for damaging the state’s coast line did not make it through the process. Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Gifford Briggs says failing to pass this legislation will cost the state thousands of potential new jobs because oil companies will refuse to invest here…
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But St. Bernard President Guy McInnis says the oil and gas industry has to pay for the damage they’ve done to the coast…
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Supporters of the bill say they will bring the issue back to the legislature next year.