6:30 LRN Newscast March 29

There are now fewer than 100 people hospitalized statewide with COVID, a mark that LSU Infectious Disease expert Dr. Catherine O’Neal says gives the medical community a much-deserved break. But with only 53% of the state’s population vaccinated, O’Neal says that lull could easily change.
Cut 4 (07) “…next surge.”
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, 34-hundred people in the state last week received their first shot.

A statewide poll of 600 likely voters finds that 48-percent of respondents believe Governor John Bel Edwards did a good job of handling the pandemic and that same poll gives the governor a 49-percent approval rating. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says in a red state, a Democrat like Edwards has to walk a tightrope…
cut 7 (10) “….of his term”

The House Criminal Justice Committee advances a bill establishing penalties for minors in possession of small amounts of marijuana. Kevin Gallagher has more…:
Cut 3 (34) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher.”