1230 PM LRN News

290 small and midsized Louisiana municipalities have been awarded over 315 million dollars in American Rescue Plan COVID economic relief funds. Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the funds will be split up over this year and next, and they have few strings attached…

Cut 6 (12) “…revenue loss”

Major cities and municipalities like New Orleans and other larger communities are not included.

Executive Director of the Louisiana Casino Association Wade Duty says his organization anticipates sports gaming will be available to Louisianans sometime in fall, but likely not by the start of football season. One reason? The Gaming Control Board is currently without a chair…

Cut 3 (12)  “…regulatory side.”

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

Cut 9 (10) “…with us.”

The original plant was constructed in 1979 and the new facility is expected to be completed in 2022.

The Delta Variant is spreading quickly in Louisiana with as many as 25 percent of current COVID cases believed to be the more dangerous and transmissible strain. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says those who are fully vaccinated are thought to have about 90 percent protection from this new strain…

Cut 5  (06) “…variant.”

Those with only one COVID shot are thought to only have just over 30 percent protection.