1:30 LRN Newscast July 21

The state health department reported 5,388 new COVID cases today, the third-highest single day total since the pandemic started. The number of COVID-19 hospital patients also continues to rise. It now stands 844, the highest it’s been since mid-February.

UL-Lafayette kicks off an incentive program to encourage students to return to campus fully vaccinated this fall. Brooke Thorington has more.
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It’s the House’s turn this afternoon to consider whether to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill that bans transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. 70 votes are needed in the lower chamber after the Senate narrowly voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 156. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says there are 68 Republicans in the House and the GOP may need a couple of Democrats to vote their way in order to execute the override..
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Sad story out of St. Landry Parish as a 17-year-old riding a horse in a retention pond near Beau Chene High School drowned after he fell off the horse. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the horse got spooked as the water got deep and Jacory Levier’s body was recovered last night….
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The St. Landry Parish School system says Levier was a student at Port Barre High School.

1230 PM LRN News

The state saw another dramatic increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations today as the Delta variant fueled surge rips across the state. 65 more COVID patients have been admitted to hospitals putting the total number of hospitalizations at 844 while nearly 5,400 new cases were reported today. It’s the third highest single day report in new cases and our hospitalization numbers are now back to where they were in February.

That has many concerned about the start of the fall semester at higher education institutions. UL-Lafayette is one of those programs hoping to combat the increase with their  ‘Don’t Wait. Vaccine!” incentive program. Dean of Students Dr. Margarita Perez says they will hold a drawing and give away 10 prizes to fully vaccinated students.

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Prizes include iPhone, MacBook Airs, and free campus parking.

The Louisiana Office of Tourism is asking you for sites submissions known for their unique birding and outdoor recreation as a part of the redesigned Louisiana Birding Trails project. Erik Piccoli has the story…

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The Louisiana State House is set to gavel in at 1 PM today for the second day of this historic veto override session. They’re set to take up an override of the Governor’s veto of legislation banning transgender atheltes from girls and women’s K-12 and higher ed sports teams. 

1140 Sportscast 7/21

LSU all-American cornerback Derek Stingley enters the season as the one of top players in all of college football.  After winning a national title in 2019 LSU is coming off a disappointing 5-5 season in 2020.  Stingley says he’s ready for a bounce-back season.

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Stingley will wear the coveted number seven jersey for the Tigers, given to the most impactful player on the team each year.

The Advocate newspaper reports that more than 90-percent of the LSU football team is vaccinated, which is one of the highest rates in the SEC. When Coach Ed Orgeron was asked at SEC Media Days, he didn’t give an exact number but said most of the guys were vaccinated for COVID.

The NBA season is officially over after the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix suns 105-98 in game six to win the NBA title.  Former Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday wins his first NBA title, he scored 12 points and added 11 assists last night.

Now that the NBA season is over. Expect the Pelicans to introduce Pheonix Suns’ assistant Willie Green as the next head coach in New Orleans.

The SWAC released its preseason poll and Southern is picked to finish second in the west, Grambling third. Alcorn State is the favorite to win the division. Alabama A-and-M is picked to win the East.

According to the league’s coaches, the Ragin Cajuns are the favorite to win the Sun Belt West. U-L-M is picked to finish last. Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State are the co-favorites in the East.

Former LSU track star Sha’Carri Richardson collaborated with Kanye West in a new Beats commercial that debuted during game six of the NBA finals.  Richardson qualified for the Olympics but was suspended from competition after testing positive for marijuana during a drug screening.

11:30 LRN Newscast July 21

The House will consider whether to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill that bans transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. 70 votes are needed to override the veto. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat the 68 Republicans will need two votes and only one of the three independent representatives will be at the capitol today, so they’ll need a Democrat to cross party lines.

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The House convenes at 1 pm.

A 17-year-old drown Tuesday after he was thrown from a horse in a retention pond. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says Jacory Levier led the horse when into the pond.

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The body was recovered hours later.

Six Louisianans have been arrested by the Attorney General’s Office for allegedly defrauding California out of a million dollars in unemployment benefits. Louisiana Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Ernest Green says the scheme was based around filing fraudulent online claims with the nation’s largest state during the early days of the pandemic.

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The Louisiana Office of Tourism is seeking site nominations known for exceptional birding and outdoor recreation to be included for the redesigned Louisiana Birding Trails. Louisiana Byways Director Sharon Calcote says outdoor recreation, which includes birdwatching, accounts for nearly 7 million dollars of income for the state…

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10:30 LRN Newscast July 21

It’s day two of the veto session and the House will have the opportunity to complete the override effort of a bill that would prohibit transgender students from playing organized female sports. But an effort to override a veto of a bill that would remove the need for a permit to carry concealed a gun failed to get two-thirds support in the Senate. The bill is authored by West Monroe Senator Jay Morris…
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Four senators who voted for Morris’s bill on June 1st voted against the override effort yesterday including Natchitoches Senator Louie Bernard, who changed his mind after some reflection away from Baton Rouge…
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The Louisiana Office of Tourism is asking the public for excellent bird watching sites as the state agency works to redesign the state’s Birding Trails…
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It has been a wet summer, especially for southeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says 2021 rainfall totals for the Big Easy are close to surpassing the rainfall total the city normally sees for an entire year…
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9:30 LRN Newscast July 21

On the opening day of the state’s first-ever veto session, Louisiana’s Republican state Senators were successful in their effort to override Governor Edwards’ veto of a bill that would prohibit transgender students from participating in school sports. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell told lawmakers the public overwhelmingly supports her legislation…
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The Louisiana House will have its opportunity today to finalize the override. There are 27 other bills that were vetoed but political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the transgender sports bill is the big one…
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There is not enough support in the Louisiana Senate to override Governor Edwarsds’ veto of a bill that would allow for adults to conceal carry a gun without a permit. The effort needed 26 votes and 23 Senators voted for the override. Norco’s Gary Smith was the lone Democratic Senator to vote in favor during the regular session, but he says he changed his mind after thinking about his own experience as an avid gun collector.
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It’s been a wet summer across south Louisiana, especially in southeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says fronts hardly ever move through the state during the summertime, but that’s not been the case this year…
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Keim says drier days should be coming soon, but that will also mean hotter temperatures.

8:30 LRN Newscast July 21

The Senate has voted to override Governor Edwards’s veto of a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ sports. Brooke Thorington examines whether there are enough votes in the House to complete the override effort….
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AT 2 PM, the governor holds his monthly Ask the Governor Show. Edwards will give his thoughts on the override veto session. He’ll also discuss the state’s fourth COVID surge. The state has surpassed 500-thousand total cases since the pandemic started and the number of people hospitalized is 779.

While lawmakers are poised to override Governor Edwards’s veto of a transgender sports bill, an effort to override his veto of a permitless conceal carry bill has failed in the Senate after several lawmakers voted against the override effort, after voting for the legislation during the regular session. One of those lost votes came from Natchitoches Senator Louie Bernard…
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Torrential rain led to flooding in parts of St. Tammany Parish yesterday as south Louisiana has been mired in a wet summer. But State Climatologist Barry Keim says the weather pattern is expected to change in the next few days which will benefit the drought stricken areas of our country…
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7:30 LRN Newscast July 21

All of the attention is on the Louisiana House as the override veto session enters a second day. Yesterday, the Senate voted to override Governor Edwards veto of a bill that bans transgender athletes from playing female sports. The House will have that same opportunity today. 70 votes are needed and political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says if the G-O-P needs votes from Democrats in order to override the veto it might not happen…
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The House convenes at 1 PM.

It has been a wet summer, especially for south Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the 2021 rainfall totals for the Big Easy are close to surpassing the rainfall total the city normally sees for an entire year…
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The Louisiana Senate has killed an effort to override the Governor’s veto of legislation that would remove the need to get a permit to carry a concealed firearm for those 21 and older. West Monroe Senator Jay Morris says his bill is a 2nd Amendment issue and the state already allows people to carry guns without a permit.
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The legislation passed during the regular session with 27 votes, but four lawmakers who voted yes earlier this year, voted no yesterday. Marrero Senator Patrick Connick says he changed his mind after speaking with law enforcement leaders in his district. He says after that happened he got inundated with hateful messages…
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6:45 LRN Sportscast July 21

The Advocate newspaper reports that more than 90-percent of the LSU football team is vaccinated, which is one of the highest rates in the SEC. When Coach Ed Orgeron was asked at SEC Media Days, he didn’t give an exact number but said most of the guys were vaccinated for COVID.

LSU all-American cornerback Derek Stingley enters the season as one of the top players in all of college football. He’ll wear the coveted number seven jersey this season, which usually goes to the team’s best playmaker. Stingley says he’s excited to wear the number.
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According to the league’s coaches, the Ragin Cajuns are the favorite to win the Sun Belt West. U-L-M is picked to finish last. Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State are the co-favorites in the East.

The SWAC released its preseason poll and Southern is picked to finish second in the west, Grambling third. Alcorn State is the favorite to win the division. Alabama A-and-M is picked to win the East.

The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time in 50 years as they defeated the Suns to 105 to 98 to win the NBA Finals four games to two. Milwaukee showed you can be a small market team and win an NBA title with a dominant player in the paint. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points last night. Also, former Pelican Jrue Holiday reportedly earns a one-million-dollar bonus for helping the Bucks win a title.

Now that the NBA season is over. Expect the Pelicans to introduce Pheonix Suns’ assistant Willie Green as the next head coach in New Orleans.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander visited with the Saints yesterday, an indication that Alexander may return to the Black and Gold after tearing his Achilles tendon in the Saints’ Christmas Day victory over the Vikings. The Saints have 11.5 million dollars in cap space and Alexander would give New Orleans a veteran linebacker who produced in seven games with the Saints last season.

6:30 LRN Newscast July 21

An effort to override Governor Edwards’ veto of legislation allowing concealed carry without a permit is defeated in the Senate after four lawmakers backed away from their regular session support. Matt Doyle has the story…
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The vote was 23 to 15 in favor to override the governor’s veto of permitless concealed carry. 26 yes votes were needed.

It’s the House’s turn today to consider whether to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill that bans transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. 70 votes are needed in the lower chamber after the Senate narrowly voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 156. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says if lawmakers vote upon party lines, the 68 Republicans in the House need two votes and there are two independent representatives attending the session.
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The House convenes at 1 PM.

If you are a bird watcher and know a good place to watch, the Louisiana Office of Tourism wants to know about it as they are updating the state’s Birding trails for the first time in 20 years…
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Louisiana Byways Director Sharon Calcote says nominations can be submitted to la-birding-trails-dot-com.