Like many states, Louisiana is being hit hard with the Omicron Covid variant right now — but local health leaders say research shows this mutation is less dangerous for most people. Chief of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health New Orleans Dr. Julio Figueroua says poor outcomes remain among people who are not vaccinated…:
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The state health department reported 43-hundred new COVID cases yesterday with hospitalizations rising to 514.

If you’ve got business to knock out with the OMV, you may have to do it online. State officials say several field offices across the Louisiana are currently closed due to Covid and are encouraging you to visit expresslane.org instead of trying to go in person.

The LSU football team has a new defensive coordinator. Coach Brian Kelly announced Wednesday the hiring of Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach Matt House.

State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lake Charles. They say initial reports show local cops in Southwest Louisiana were responding to a pair of shootings late Monday when a man opened fired at them causing the officers to shoot back. 22-year-old Christopher Thomas of Lake Charles was pronounced dead at a local hospital and no other injuries were reported. Local agencies ask State Police to investigate shootings by their officers.

What were some of Louisiana’s top political stories of the past year? Political analyst and pollster Bernie Pinsonat says one of the biggest was a failed veto override session by state lawmakers. Among bills vetoed by Governor Edwards, a transgender athletes ban and a bill allowing concealed carry of a weapon without a permit. Pinsonat says the override blow up caused a big rift between the parties at the Capitol…:
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Another big political story of 2021 was Senator Bill Cassidy seemingly turning on Donald Trump and then voting for a big Democrat spending bill.