07:30 LRN Newscast Dec 28

A Tulane University epidemiologist says the alarming increase in COVID cases over the holiday weekend indicates just how contagious the Omicron variant is.  Brooke Thorington has more…:

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Police in New Orleans hope someone can help them identify a pickup truck used in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl Sunday in Algiers. Little Dillan Burton was shot in the back at about 8:45 Sunday night, as she rode in a car with her mom and a sibling. Cops are seeking a newer model, white & silver Chevy pickup with a hard cover over the bed.


Some good news from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; after four weeks of testing about 270 samples from deer across the state, they haven’t found any incidents of chronic wasting disease. LDWF began testing for CWD earlier this month when cases were reported across the state line in Union County, Arkansas. State Veterinarian Jim LaCour…:

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The New Orleans Saints are hoping starting quarterback Taysom Hill will be back for Sunday’s game against Carolina. Rookie Ian Book started Monday night against the Dolphins, and threw a pick six on his second pass in the 20-3 loss. Plus he was sacked eight times in his NFL debut. Coach Sean Payton _ who’s back after a positive COVID test – says it’s hard to evaluate Book’s performance. because they struggled to keep him upright…:

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