9:30 LRN Newscast February 23

The bill called the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” that received pushback from transgender advocates and even sparked the first veto session in modern Louisiana history is going for round two. Brooke Thorington has more.

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After photos and videos surfaced of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other elected officials not wearing face masks at a Mardi Gras Ball Friday, spokesperson Beau Tidwell had to address the subject at a press conference.

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LSU will have its hands full tonight when the men’s basketball team travels to Rupp Arena to face sixth-ranked Kentucky. After going on a three-game win streak the Tigers lost a heartbreaker at South Carolina, dropping them to 2-6 away from home this season. Kentucky is an SEC-best 16-0 on its home floor, and Coach Will Wade has to figure out how to stop possibly the most talented team in the conference.

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The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed three more pediatric deaths due to the Omicron surge. Two of the three were under five years old. Twenty-one children under the age of 18 have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana since the start of the pandemic. Of those 21, 19 were not yet eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. The Louisiana Department of Health recommends that every one five years of age and older get vaccinated and that everyone 12 years old and above gets boosted when they are eligible.