11:30 LRN Newscast May 26

Governor Edwards is no longer requiring face masks in most settings 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.”
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 House Governmental Affairs Committee rejects a Senate-approved bill that would prohibit state facilities from denying entry to individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Harvey Representative Rodney Lyons says the legislature should not prevent a public building like the State Capitol from only allowing vaccinated persons inside.

Cut 3 (07)  “…circumvent that.” 

Monroe Senator Stewart Cathey’s bill died on a seven to six vote.

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.