12:30 LRN Newscast Jan 1

The COVID vaccine rollout is going slower than expected, the state should receive 210-thousand doses Saturday. There are currently 249-thousand people eligible to receive the vaccine and that group includes health care workers. nursing home residents and first responders. State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter says starting Monday another 649-thousand people will be eligible and that includes a select number of individuals over the age of 70…

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Funeral arrangements have been announced for the late Congressman-elect Luke Letlow who passed away Tuesday from COVID-related complications. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Monroe Baptist Church. All COVID restrictions will be followed and masks will be required by the family. The funeral will be live-streamed from the church’s social media platforms.

2020 was the busiest year on record for the Louisiana National Guard with the pandemic, hurricanes, and a deployment of more than 2,000 guardsmen overseas. LANG spokesperson Noel Collins says in addition to the unusual demands of in Louisiana last year, the guardsmen are involved in overseas missions.

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The city of Lake Charles took a beating not once but twice in 2020, with Hurricanes Laura and then Delta. Mayor Nic Hunter says in addition to housing for residents a large factor for the city to recover is major employers’ commitments to stay and rebuild.

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Overall, Hunter is optimistic about the recovery of Lake Charles because it’s residents and business community are resilient.