1:30 LRN Newscast June 30

Senate President Page Cortez said today that a veto override session next month is likely because of the governor’s veto of a bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating on sports teams. House Speaker Clay Schexnayder has already expressed his support for a veto session, while the governor says the anti-transgender bill is in search of a solution that’s not a problem.

315 million dollars in federal American Rescue Plan aid will be distributed to 290 small and midsized Louisiana communities. Matt Doyle has the story.
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Governor John Bel Edwards is in southwest Louisiana today and was on hand for the groundbreaking announcement of BioLab’s new 170-million dollars chlorine manufacturing plant in Westlake. The previous one caught on fire and was damaged during Hurricane Laura. Edwards says the project will create 82 direct jobs and retain 19 existing jobs…
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Many people are waiting for legal sports betting to arrive in Louisiana now that the governor has signed the bills that put the regulations and taxation in place. Louisiana Casino Association Executive Director Wade Duty says the gaming control board still has to finalize the rules and issue licenses, so legal sports wagering will likely begin after the football season starts…
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And the governor also needs to appoint a new gaming control board chairman.