12:30 LRN Newscast July 27

On the eleven-month anniversary of Hurricane Laura’s landfall, community leaders launched the Help Southwest Louisiana Now campaign. An effort to convince the federal government to provide the area with federal disaster relief funding. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter says this funding has always been awarded in a much shorter time period…
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Hunter says the total unmet housing need for the state exceeds 900-million dollars from Hurricanes Laura, Delta, and Zeta.

Three teenagers were killed yesterday afternoon in a single-vehicle wreck in Lincoln Parish. A fourth teen is fighting for his life after the vehicle they were traveling in south of Ruston hit a tree. State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says none of the occupants were buckled up…
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The deceased driver 19-year-old Lajermanique Nichols of Jonesboro was a student at Grambling.

The fourth surge of COVID cases in Louisiana is showing no signs of slowing down. The state health department reported nearly seven thousand new cases, 20 deaths and hospitalizations are closing in on 14-hundred statewide. The 6,797 new COVID cases reported are the second-highest single-day total since January sixth.

Some Louisiana hospitals are suspending nonemergency surgeries that require admission as a result of a sharp rise in COVID-19 patients. Jim Shannon has more
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