06:30 LRN Newscast Dec 28

State Health officials report an alarming number of new COVID cases over the holiday weekend; over 12-thousand statewide. Tulane Epidemiologist Dr. Susan Hassig says the number is even more concerning because it does not include positive at-home test results…:

CUT 03(11)      “…most clearly.”

If you are one of those in-home positives, call the state health department and report it. Hassig says it’s a testament to just how transmissible the Omicron variant is.

Shreveport has reinstated the use of face masks in city buildings due to the rapid increase in COVID cases. Mayor Adrian Perkins issued the directive Monday and Perkins himself received a positive result on a COVID test, after visiting one of LSU-Health Shreveport’s testing sites…:

CUT 06(11)      “…my family.”

The mayor says he reinstated the mask requirement for city buildings in hopes of reducing the spread


State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the customers of two property insurers who were placed into receivership last month have found new coverage. Donelon says this will benefit some 30-thousand property owners covered under Access Home Insurance and under State National Fire Insurance…:

CUT 09(06)      “…left behind”

The deal now goes to the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, for approval today. The goal is to have the whole thing completed before Friday. The name of that new insurance company has not been publicly released as yet.

..and now the morning markets…