8:30 LRN Newscast Jan 30

State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the vaccination rate among nursing home residents in the state is 69%, but the rate among staff is 26%.  Kanter says while he encouraged with the high rate of residents, the low rate among staff is concerning. However, he feels more staff will be vaccinated as the rollout conducts their second visit to facilities.

Cut 4 (07) “…little bit” 

Johnson and Johnson announced Friday that its one-dose COVID vaccine offers strong protection from the virus with an international average efficacy of 66-percent. Assistant Dean for Translational Science at LSU Health New Orleans Doctor Lucio Miele says in addition to being only one injection, the J&J vaccine does not require cold storage making it ideal for rural areas and for those with access to care issues.

Cut 10 (10) “…readily available.”

Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy join 23 other Republican Senators in requesting a meeting with President Biden over concerns involving his recent oil and gas policy. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says he expects Biden will take this meeting.

Cut 12 (10) “senate.” 

The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission has submitted a bid to host the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball Regionals in Bossier City. If awarded, the Brookshire Grocery Arena will host 12 teams who will play 10 games over five days in March.  Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Kelly Wells, says they’ve worked with the NCAA before.

Cut 6 (11) “…this time.”