5:30 LRN Newscast July 30

Governor Edwards says he is “seriously” considering reimplementing the statewide mask mandate as the Delta COVID surge begins to spiral out of control. Louisiana added over 20,000 new COVID cases this week and statewide positivity on COVID tests jumped back over ten percent for the first time in months.

Cut 11 (11) “…concern.”

In New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued an indoor mask mandate for the city Friday afternoon, effectively immediately.

President Joe Biden has signed Senator John Kennedy’s DUMP Opioids act into law. Kennedy says Opioid deaths have increased in Louisiana over the past 18 months and his bill is set to help prevent further deaths…

Cut 7 (10) “…opioid addiction.” 

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 hot and humid temperatures continue for the Bayou State this 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.