8:30 A.M. LRN News 07/27/2021

Construction is underway on a long-talked-about flood and hurricane protection project in the River Parishes. Jeff Palermo has the story…
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Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter and other community leaders will officially launch a unified effort today to advocate for appropriate federal disaster aid in the wake of Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
Senator Bill Cassidy says the Louisiana delegation has met with the Biden administration and other members of Congress about funding.
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Longtime Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns has been appointed as Commissioner to the Gaming Control Board. Governor Edwards announced the appointment on Friday and Johns says he’s honored the Governor felt he had the integrity to fill the position, a position which overseas quite a bit.
Cut 8 (12) “…sports betting.”

Bienville Parish in northwest Louisiana will be the home to a new 240-million dollar sawmill. It’s a joint venture between Hunt Forest Products located in Ruston and Canadian-based Tolko Industries. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the state-of-the-art sawmill will require about one-point-three-million tons of wood annually to produce an estimated 320-million board feet of lumber…
Cut 11 (12) “…that timber.”