5:30 LRN Newscast Jan 12

Governor Edwards extended the current modified Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions for another 28 days. He also implored residents to discontinue small gatherings outside their immediate households as contact tracing indicates that’s spurring the current spike in cases.

State Police says they are aware of a planned protest at the State Capitol and Lt Nick Manale says the FBI has warned them of armed protests at every state capitol in the country being planned for the weekend. Over the last several weekends, Trump supporters have gathered on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol but held peaceful demonstrations. The crowd is expected to be much bigger this Sunday, and Manale says they’ll be prepared.

Cut 5  (10) “…security protocols” 

President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration is set for next Wednesday.

President Donald Trump briefly spoke with reporters this morning saying the House Democrat backed impeachment vote Wednesday is causing “tremendous danger to our country and causing tremendous anger.” UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says most Republicans, including Louisiana’s Congressional delegation, will argue impeaching the President for a second time less than two weeks before he leaves office is unnecessary.

Cut 10 (10) “.constitution.”

President Trump is being impeached for “Incitement of Insurrection.”

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered all criminal and civil jury trials to be halted until March 1st due to the pandemic. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says this is yet another unavoidable pandemic problem and will cause ongoing lawsuits to remain unresolved.

Cut 13 (10)“…understandable.”

Last spring court proceedings were put on hold at the beginning of the pandemic.