4:30 LRN Newscast May 21

LSU Health Shreveport has identified the state’s first two cases of the COVID variant is spreading rapidly in India.  The two samples were reportedly located in Caddo Parish from a nursing home staff employee as well as a patient that is hospitalized. Health officials say the best way to protect yourself is to get fully vaccinated.

Starting in July a budget airliner will begin offering direct flights out of New Orleans to ten midsized cities in the South and Midwest. Matt Doyle has the story.

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Governor Edwards says the state is considering implementing a vaccine incentive program similar to efforts in other states. Ten states have so far adopted incentive programs ranging from lotteries to free beer and even a 100-dollar savings bond. Edwards says they’re carefully studying those efforts.

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Alabama held a mass vaccination event where people who showed up and got their shot got to drive two laps on the Talladega Superspeedway.

A $30-million buyout program for a Calcasieu Parish neighborhood that has flooded on multiple occasions was announced Friday. Police Jury President Brian Abshire says the funds will be used to purchase homes at fair market value in the Greinwich Terrance neighborhood of Lake Charles. Abshire says once the majority of the neighborhood is purchased it will be turned into a green space.

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The 50-year old neighborhood has approximately 300 homes