2:30 LRN Newscast Dec 24

After being snuffed out last year by COVID more than 300 wooden structures will light up the skies tonight and organizers are expecting more visitors than usual this year to the Bonfires on Levee. And because of heavy anticipate traffic, in St James Parish along River Road, Executive Director of the Louisiana River Parishes Tourist Commission Jay Robichaux says from 6 pm until 9 pm traffic will only flow in one direction.
Cut 11 (12) “…highway 642.”

Governor Edwards says his Christmas plans include catching up on some reading, some hunting, and some quality time with the family. Edwards says last Christmas was a somewhat low-key event, largely because of the COVID pandemic. He aims to do things differently this year.
Cut 14 (07) “…didn’t do last year.”

COVID is forcing the Saints to adjust for a second week. Last week it was head coach Sean Payton and now about two handfuls of players including their top two quarterbacks, Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian are on COVID reserve. Saints Kicker Brett Maher who was three for three on field-goal attempts during Sunday’s 9-0 win over Tampa Bay, says with COVID the team has to be flexible and they’ll be ready to play the Dolphins in the Dome.

Cut 5 (04) “…called on.”

Instead of a white Christmas, we’ll be faced with a Warm one this year. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we can expect high temperatures around 80, which is a few degrees lower than the Christmas Day record of 85, set in 1903. On a positive note, the weather does allow for outdoor gatherings which is helpful with the Omicron variant becoming more prevalent.
Cut 24 three or four days :09