8:30 LRN Newscast May 3

The UNO Survey Research Center finds registered voters are divided on whether returning college students should be required to receive covid vaccines. Director Ed Chervenak says respondents are just as likely to say yes as to say no.
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46-percent of the nearly 700 respondents said yes, another 46-percent said no.

Will the Senate Finance Committee say yes or no to a bill that would allow St. Tammany Parish voters to decide if they want a 250-million dollar casino in Slidell. Advocate Reporter Tyler Bridges says the measure passed out of one committee when Norco Senator Gary Smith made the tie-breaking vote…
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The Senate Finance committee is scheduled to hear the bill at 9:30 today.

The FDA says it’s working to ban the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes, which make up a third of the cigarette market and are disproportionately used by Black Americans. Associate Director for Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living Shawa Shiles says in Black communities, the makers of menthol promote discounts to entice users…
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The use of menthol in cigarettes gives the tobacco a more appealing taste.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says a new study finds that about half of the state’s recent visitors were motivated to come to Louisiana after watching a film or TV show that featured the Bayou State. Nungesser says as more people begin to travel again and states compete for visitors, he says luring movie productions to the state is just another way to promote tourism
Cut 12 (12) “…stay open.”