11:30 LRN Newscast June 30

KIK Consumer Products along with Governor Edwards announced a $170 million investment in a chlorine manufacturing plant in Westlake. The dedication of the new facility was on the site of the previous plant that was destroyed 10 months ago during Hurricane Laura. KIK COO, Jeff Schmitt….

Cut 9 (10) “…with us.”

The project will create 82 direct jobs.

An estimated 25 percent of the current COVID cases in Louisiana are believed to be the more dangerous Delta variant strain that first emerged in India. That’s according to State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter who says the number of new Delta cases is doubling every two to three weeks meaning we could face a new spike in overall COVID cases.

Cut 4 (07) “…sick.”

The 25 percent share of Delta cases in Louisiana is above the national average of about 20 percent.

Top law enforcement officials in St. Tammany Parish have voiced their opposition to a proposed 325-million dollar casino in the Slidell area. St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith says FBI data shows there are several different crimes and social issues tied to gambling…
Cut 11 (10) “..suicides increase.”

Smith says St. Tammany Parish already has one of the highest suicide rates in the state.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment has guaranteed to hire 50-percent of their employees from the parish and Slidell

Senator Hewitt says some see the casino as a great economic development opportunity for the parish.

Cut 12 (07) “…vote on it.” 

The St. Tammany Parish Council will vote tonight on whether there will be a referendum on the November ballot to ask voters if they want the casino.