6:30 LRN Newscast January 4

A new law that supporters say will lower auto insurance rates went into effect with the start of the new year. The tort reform legislation was approved during the June special session. Louisiana Association of Business and Industry CEO Stephen Waguespack backs the changes…
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Opponents of the law say car accident victims will not receive the money needed to cover medical bills and increase court operations.

Starting today another 640-thousand people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This group includes individuals over the age of 70 and additional health care workers. Governor Edwards says studies show that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are highly effective…
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The limited amounts of COVID vaccines will be available to about 100 pharmacies across the state.

Lousiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow was laid to rest on Saturday and qualifying will begin later this month for a special fifth district Congressional election that will take place on March 20th. ULM Political Sciences Professor Joshua Stockley says nine people ran in the November election and we could see a couple of those candidates, Lance Harris and Scotty Robinson run again. He says the problem for any new candidate is they will have only two months to gain enough name recognition to win in the state’s largest congressional district.
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There is speculation former Congressman Ralph Abraham may enter the race.