11:30 LRN Newscast July 27

With the dramatic rise of COVID-19 patients in the hospital, several facilities are suspending non-essential surgeries again. The L-C-M-C hospital system in New Orleans and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge have taken this action. Dean of the LSU Health Sciences School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Steve Nelson, expects other hospitals to do the same…

Cut 3 (08) “..lot of care” 

Three teenagers were killed in a crash Monday afternoon in Lincoln Parish and a fourth teenager is fighting for his life. State Police spokesperson Trooper Michael Reichardt says a Kia Optima driven by 19-year old Lajermanique Nichols was traveling on Works Road south of Ruston and for unknown reasons left the road and struck a tree.

Cut 6 (12) “….right now.”

The crash remains under investigation.

Bienville Parish in northwest Louisiana will be the home to a new 240-million dollar sawmill. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the project will create 130 direct new jobs and nearly 400 indirect jobs

Cut 10 (11) “…of Louisiana.” 

Construction is underway on the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane Protection Project which will provide 100-year hurricane and storm surge protection.  Congress authorized the project in 2016 and allocated the funds two years later. Governor Edwards says the 760-million dollar flood control project will span 18.5 miles…

Cut 14 (12) “…storm event.”

In 2012, Hurricane Isaac flooded seven thousand homes in the area.