11:30 LRN Newscast May 27

Child drownings increased by sixty percent in Louisiana last year according to the state health department.   State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says when you look at individual drownings there are a couple of things in common.

Cut 8 (08) “…separates the pool.”

The CDC says Louisiana has the fourth-highest drowning rate from children in the nation.

Louisiana Workforce Commission chief economist Julian Hwang says the state also added 1,600 new private-sector jobs from March to April. LWC says that Baton Rouge and New Orleans make up over half of the jobs that have been gained at 33,300 and 43,500 jobs, respectively. Hwang says the food industry played a major part in this increase…

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AAA forecasts a 60-percent increase in the number of Americans traveling this Memorial Day weekend compared to last year’s holiday. Spokesperson Don Redman says those traveling by car can expect gas prices to be the most expensive since 2014. He says the average price in Louisiana for a gallon of regular gasoline is just about 2.70.

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With restrictions loosened riverboat cruises have resumed and tourists heading up the Mississippi River from New Orleans are back to visiting historic sites like Rosedown Plantation on their voyage north. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says everyone he’s talked to says trips aboard the luxury paddle wheelers are some of the best cruises they’ve ever taken.

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In 2022 Viking River Cruises will become the third cruise line to offer Mississippi Voyages.