08:30 LRN Newscast Dec 27

The COVID Omicron variant is apparently surging, with statewide infections up sharply and hospitalizations nearly doubled. Louisiana Department of Health says over 9500 cases have been reported in the past seven days; the majority of them Omicron. Just under 450 people are in hospitals. Of those, LDH says 80-percent are not partially or fully vaccinated. If there’s any good news, it’s that Omicron’s symptoms do not spear to be as severe as previous forms of COVID.

If you want to dispose of your Christmas tree and help the environment, Southeastern Louisiana University says take part in their 27th annual tree recycling program. Project manager Rob Moreau says they’ll take those trees to the state’s wetlands…:

CUT 09         (11)    “…prevent erosion.”

More info is on our website.


Looking back at 2021, it was not a bad year at all in terms of economic development for our state. LED Secretary Don Pierson says despite COVID and a major hurricane, this year saw deals struck to build a $10-billion liquid natural gas facility in Cameron Parish, hundreds of millions for expansions and improvements at Louisiana refineries and port facilities, plus major investments from the nations’ biggest online retail outlet…:

CUT 13         (14)    “…a thousand jobs projected.”

He says 2022 is on track to bring more new technologies to the state, and the jobs that come with them.

The Saints will host the Miami Dolphins tonight with a rookie quarterback and a COVID-depleted roster that results in defensive starters Demario Davis and Malcolm Jenkins also not playing. Ian Book will get the start at quarterback with Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian also out as a result of COVID. Book is excited about the opportunity…:

CUT 15         (15)    “…out there and perfom.”

Coach Sean Payton missed last week after a positive COVID test, but is back for tonight’s game.