8:30 LRN Newscast June 30

Legal sports betting in Louisiana might not happen by the time the football season starts as lawmakers had hoped when they approved the framework for legal sports betting. That’s because the Gaming Control Board is without a chairman and it’s the board’s responsibility to issue sports betting licenses and finalize the rules.

The St. Tammany Parish Council will hold a special meeting tonight to vote on whether to place a referendum on the November ballot that will ask voters if they want a riverboat casino in Slidell.
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State Health officer Doctor Joe Kanter estimates 25-percent of all active COVID cases is that of the delta variant, a strain known to be more highly contagious. But Kanter says the good news is that those who are fully vaccinated with either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine have about 90 percent protection from the new, more dangerous strain.
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Louisiana is still seeing about five to ten COVID deaths per day.

The gig is up for a Plaquemine man who was arrested for impersonating a police officer after he allegedly pulled over an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. Assumption Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Lonny Cavalier says 27-year-old Vincent Vinny Marks presented a badge to the deputy….
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Marks was arrested for false personation of a peace officer.