9:30 LRN Newscast December 30

Governor John Bel Edwards will discuss the latest surge in COVID cases during a virtual 1 PM press conference. The state health department reported its largest single-day increase in COVID cases yesterday as the state identified over nine-thousand new cases. COVID hospitalizations have tripled in two weeks to 659.

Beginning Sunday, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit will increase to $275. Brooke Thorington has more.
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2021 was a wild year for weather. In February, Louisiana was hit by a major winter storm that brought snow, ice, and below-freezing temperatures for several days. Utility companies were asking residents to conserve energy to minimize rolling blackouts because of the demand for heat…
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For the second straight year, Louisiana was hit by a Category Four storm. Hurricane Ida devasted the bayou and river parishes and also did a number on Tangipahoa Parish. Congressman Garret Graves couldn’t believe the destruction…
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Houma Representative Tanner Magee says the recovery has a long way to go…
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