3:30 pm LRN Newscast Sept 28

Victims in Terrebonne Parish left homeless by Hurricane Ida are STILL awaiting viable temporary housing. More from LRN’s Dave Brannen…:

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Five people were injured last night in an explosion in an ethylene production unit at the Westlake Chemical facility near Lake Charles. The unit was undergoing maintenance at the time. Three of those contract workers have been treated and released from the hospital; two are still being treated.


Governor John Bel Edwards has decided the statewide mask mandate will remain in effect through October 27th, at least. He says the state’s mask mandate includes K-through-12 schools and college campuses…:

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The governor is encouraged by recent COVID numbers, but says the state’s level of COVID is over twice what the CDC considers high.

Gas prices usually decline in the fall, but that’s not the case this year. According to the Louisiana AAA, the statewide price for a gallon of regular is $2.90. About eight cents higher than a month ago. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says the big culprit in keeping pump prices high is the price of crude oil…:

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Redman says most Louisiana refineries are running again, so hopefully, gas prices will stabilize and possibly decline as demand slacks off.