10:30 LRN Newscast Jan 17

Louisiana is expected to surpass one million COVID cases since the start of the pandemic this week. The state is experiencing its fifth surge of cases with the Omicron variant and State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter wishes he can provide an answer on when the peak will arrive, but there’s no good modeling to predict this…
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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the last two hurricanes season produced 579-million dollars in damages to the state’s fishing industry. LDWF biologist administrator Jason Froeba says the total amount of damages to infrastructure was 304-million and Ida accounted for 70-percent of that.

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Patients are complaining the cost of legal medical cannabis makes it inaccessible. Is it time to further expand medical marijuana laws?

Cut 1 (33) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”

Friends and family members of the Hammond man who died last week after being crushed in a garbage truck are questioning his death. Police say 42-year-old Jermaine Watts sought shelter and fell asleep in a dumpster, but those who knew Watts say his home was just six blocks away and he was known to keep clean and use sanitizers regularly. An autopsy has yet to be completed.