8:30 LRN Newscast May 26

The White House says over 50-percent of adults are fully vaccinated against COVID but in Louisiana, it’s only 39-percent. State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter has another reason to get the shot…
cut 6 (10) “….more attractive”
Kanter says dating apps like Tinder and Bumble are offering special bonuses to get users vaccinated.

The Senate Judiciary B Committee votes four to three in favor of House-approved legislation that would give St. Tammany Parish residents the opportunity to vote on building a riverboat casino in Slidell. There’s vocal opposition. Slidell resident Camille Thompson says it’s not fair for people living outside of Slidell to vote on this.
Cut 11 (10) “….about that.”
The measure heads to Senate Finance but the votes might not be there to get the legislation passed.

The full House is expected to vote on a bill today that would require a panel organized within the state health department to study domestic violence fatalities. Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence executive director Mariah Wineski says Louisiana ranks fifth nationally for the highest rate of women murdered by men.
Cut 9 (09) “…review team.”
Wineski hopes there’s enough time to get the bill passed. The session ends on June 10th.

And on Capitol Hill, Newly elected Congresswoman Julie Letlow is a co-sponsor of the Broadband for Rural America Act. Letlow says this legislation will serve as a blueprint to connect rural communities with reliable and affordable high-speed internet…
cut 16 (09) “…as possible”
The measure awaits a hearing in front of the House Agriculture Committee.