7:30 LRN newscast May 26

Governor Edwards is no longer requiring face masks in schools and COVID restrictions on businesses have also been lifted as a result of a new public health emergency order. But Edwards says the state will continue its push to vaccinate more individuals as people are dying from COVID every day…
cut 5 (10) “….is effective’
10,548 Louisianans have died of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths were reported Tuesday.

Recently elected Congresswoman Julia Letlow has joined with Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee to introduce the Broadband for Rural America Act….
Cut 14 (11) “…to connect.”
Letlow says a least 350-thousand households in Louisiana do not have high-speed internet as defined by the FCC.

Senate Judiciary B voted for a proposal that would result in a referendum in St. Tammany Parish to see if voters approve of a new casino in Slidell. Chairman Gary Smith was questioned about his wife working as a lobbyist on behalf of a company trying to bring a casino to the Northshore…
cut 13 (10) “…on that”
The legislation heads to Senate Finance, which has yet to pass a similar bill on this topic.

There’s a bill that would create the Louisiana Domestic Abuse Fatality Review Team within the Louisiana Health Department. Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Mariah Wisneski says the panel will examine domestic violence deaths to see if there were missed opportunities to intervene and potential areas for reform….
cut 10 (09) “….information”
The measure is expected to get a vote on the House floor today.