11:30 LRN Newscast Dec 1

According to Louisiana Tech’s Center for Economic Research’s first Economic Abstract of the state’s economy, employment has increased but it’s not at pre-pandemic levels yet. Center Director Dr. Patrick Scott says there are two ways to possibly increase the workforce.

Cut 3 (12) “…policy response.”

Scott says he doesn’t see the pandemic resolving anytime soon.

The highly transmissible Omicron 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.”

Hospitalizations in South Africa are increasing with the variant.

The announcement and arrival of LSU’s newest hire Brian Kelly as head football coach is met with excitement and shock as about 50 of the purple and gold faithful gathered at the Baton Rouge Airport to greet the former Norte Dame coach. After two mediocre seasons, the news of Kelly at the helm renews hope in the program.

Cut 7 (12) “…(two voices) why we’re out here.”

Louisiana ranks 12th in teacher pay among 16 states in the South and Larry Carter, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, says the state needs to at least reach the regional average of 55-thousand-dollars. Carter says while strides have been made with Governor Edwards’ support it still falls short.

Cut 12 (13) “…the other 16.”