11:30 LRN Newscast December 31

Starting Monday, a very limited supply of vaccine doses will be available for Louisiana residents 70 years and up and additional healthcare workers. Governor John Bel Edwards says this new “Group 1B” includes about 640,000 people on top of the 250,000 people who are currently eligible.
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According to the state’s coronavirus dashboard, nearly 38-thousand COVID vaccines have been administered.

According to Triple-A, road travel is down 24-percent this holiday season. But Triple-A spokesperson Don Redman says experts are growing confident that travel numbers will rebound in 2021 as the COVID vaccines become more readily available…
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2020 will be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Hurricane Laura left a major mark on the state when it made landfall in Cameron Parish on August 27th as a strong Category four with 150 mile per hour winds
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Keim says it’s highly unlikely the 2021 hurricane season will match what we saw this year

There are many Louisiana residents who are ready to ring in a new year with fireworks tonight. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue is urging the public to never light fireworks when you are impaired and light them on a non-combustible surface, like concrete or asphalt.
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Also never allow children to handle fireworks, even sparklers.