1:30 LRN Newscast Feb 23

The Public Service Commission approves Entergy’s request to charge its customers an additional eight-dollars a month for the next 15 years to pay for damage done to the power grid. PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell was the lone no vote out of the five-member commission. He says it’s troubling that utility customers will see higher bills, while the Entergy’s CEO enjoys a pay raise…

cut 13 (09) “…$14-million.”

Entergy says two-point-two billion dollars in damages was done to its system following the hurricanes in 2020 and the winter storm in February 2021. The utility company says Hurricane Ida caused another one million dollars. PSC member Eric Skrmetta voted for the surcharge…

Cut 14 (12)  “…to the money spent.” 

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves predicts another surge in gasoline and electricity prices because of what he calls Russia’s veiled invasion of Ukraine. Graves says the Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the U-S, and others will cut off Russian supplies and the best way to temper energy prices is to let American workers produce American energy.

Cut 7 (12) “…your oil.” 

Russia is one of the largest net exporters of oil and gas in the world…

For the month of January, COVID cases jumped dramatically among nursing home residents to 36-hundred from 54 in Louisiana. But AARP State Director Denise Bottcher credits the high vaccination and boosted rate of 56-percent at keeping deaths from such a dramatic increase. In January it increased to 49 from four in December.

Cut 4 (10) “…previous surges.”