1:30 LRN Newscast July 30

The hot and humid temperatures continue for the Bayou State this afternoon and into the weekend. State Climatologist Barry Keim we can expect to see weekend temperatures in the mid to upper 90 throughout the weekend across the Pelican state and some areas might even see triple digits.

Cut 13 (10) “…and 115.”

Keim says a high-pressure system across the northern Gulf of Mexico continues to pump warm air into the state.

The U-S Department of Agriculture has completed a study of deer in several northern states and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain says they were checking for COVID-19 antibodies.

Cut 9 (10) “..Covid -2″

After completing the study, the USDA confirmed 33-percent of the deer were carrying the virus. At Three today Governor Edwards will hold a COVID briefing for the state.

In Youngsville, the Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own, from COVID. In a press release, the department said 42-year-old Randy Guidry was a veteran Law Enforcement Officer and a two-year employee of the Youngsville PD. They say the Guidry who is a husband and father contracted COVID while serving the community. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The fourteen SEC presidents voted unanimously to invite both Texas and Oklahoma into the Southeastern Conference after the two schools announced that they would not renew their contracts with the Big 12.  Tony Barnhart with the SEC Network and TMG Sports says these two schools leaving their conference is unique due to their high-profile programs.

Cut 3 (11) “…with Oklahoma.” 

The two are scheduled to officially join July of 2025.