6:30 LRN Newscast

A new survey from the Southern Regional Education Board shows teacher pay in Louisiana ranks 12th of 16 states in the South. According to the S-R-E-B, the average salary for Louisiana teachers is 51-thousand dollars, while the regional average is 55-thousand dollars. Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says it’s important to keep raising teacher pay…
cut 10 (10) “….seeking higher pay”
Carter says it will be up to the governor, state lawmakers and educators to work together to see that the state allocates the additional state funding.

The highly transmissible Omicron COVID variant from South Africa is a growing concern among health officials. Ochsner Health Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention, Dr. Katherine Baumgarten says fortunately the vaccines can be tweaked easily if needed.
Cut 13 (09) “…this variant.”
Ochsner Director of Hospital Quality Dr. Sandra Kemmerly says preliminary data from Israel shows the Pfizer vaccine retains adequate efficacy against the Omicron variant.

LSU’s new head football coach Brian Kelly received a warm welcome at the Baton Rouge airport yesterday as dozens of fans were on hand when the winningest coach in Notre Dame history touched down in Tiger Town
Cut 1 (33) “…at Notre Dame nowadays.”