9:30 LRN NEWSCAST 12-30-20

Louisiana’s newly elected Congressman Luke Letlow has passed away at the age of 41 from COVID-19. He was set to be sworn in next week to replace Ralph Abraham. Letlow was the chief of staff for Abraham and also worked in state government for former Governor Bobby Jindal. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s known Letlow for 20 years…
Cut 3 (10) “…fight for Louisiana.”
Letlow was set to be sworn in next week to represent Louisiana’s 5th district, a mostly rural district that covers northeast, central Louisiana and also St. Landry Parish and parts of the Florida parishes. 24 parishes are in the 5th congressional district. Governor John Bel Edwards has ordered all state flags at half-staff on Letlow’s funeral day.
Medicaid enrollment increased by 208-thousand in Louisiana this year alone and now approximately 1.8 million receive Medicaid benefits or 39-percent of the state’s population. Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says another reason more people are on Medicaid because early in the pandemic Congress passed The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.
Cut 5 (10) “…coverage.”

The New Orleans Saints will wrap up the regular season on Sunday as they travel to take on the Carolina Panthers. Despite the team’s success this year, quarterback Drew Brees says, they need to fine-tune some things before the playoffs.
He believes a good performance on Sunday is vital because he wants the team to be playing its best once the post-season arrives.
Cut 17 (10) “improve.”