9:30 LRN Newscast May 20

Business groups are calling on Governor John Bel Edwards to end the extra 300-dollars in unemployment benefits jobless individuals are receiving. The federal government is providing this financial aid. Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President Stephen Waguespack says hotels and restaurants need workers and the additional benefit is keeping vacant jobs unfilled…
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Waguespack says 17 other states have already taken action to opt out of the additional funding. But the governor says Louisiana has an economy that’s dependant on tourism and the visitors are not there yet to say the industry has bounced back. Edwards says he wants to study LABI’s request…
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The extra $300 a week benefit from the federal government is set to end in September.

A Senate bill setting up the rules and regulations for sports betting passes in the Senate. Brooke Thorington has more.
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Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter says he received an unexpected call from President Joe Biden yesterday and he says it was a candid conversation about the struggles and needs of the area in the wake of unprecedented natural disasters. Hunter says the President understands the great need and will do all he could do to help, but it will take a group effort.