2:30 LRN newscast

Governor John Bel Edwards says he wants to use 125-million dollars in federal coronavirus aid and distribute the cash to Tourism and Convention and Visitors Bureaus. He’s also asking the state legislature to allocate 20-million in federal relief dollars to the state Tourism Department…
cut 5 (08) “….our businesses”
The money comes from the American Rescue Plan and Edwards has provided lawmakers with how to spend 1-point-6 billion dollars of that cash.

Ja’Marr Chase will be a rich man soon after the Bengals used the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft to take the former LSU wide receiver, who is reuniting with Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow in Cincinnati. Chase says he was not sure which team would draft him, but he says Burrow gave him a hint…
cut 15 (10) “…ready bro”
Rounds two and three of the draft are tonight.

The state Health Department has confirmed two cases of the Brazilian COVID-19 variant in Louisiana. Eric Picolli has the story
Cut 2 (31) …I’m Erik Picolli.”

An overnight shooting in Ruston has claimed the life of a teenager and a 15-year-old has been charged in his murder. Ruston Police say they responded to a call about an unresponsive juvenile and when they arrived, they found a 16-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the head. A short time later, the other teen was taken into custody. No other details have been announced. Details on what led to the shooting have not been released.