7:30 LRN Newscast March 29

For the first time since the state began reporting COVID hospitalizations, there are fewer than 100 people in the hospital suffering from COVID. But health officials continue to urge the unvaccinated to get the COVID shot…
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The state’s vaccination rate is nearly 53-percent.

There’s another chance for severe weather tomorrow as forecasters say a strong line of thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes and severe wind gusts will move across the state.

A statewide poll of 600 likely voters shows Senator Bill Cassidy’s approval rating has dropped to 38-percent and the Republican’s disapproval rating is at 49-percent. JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says Cassidy’s popularity took a hit last year when he voted to impeach former President Donald Trump….
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Meanwhile, Senator John Kennedy’s voter approval rating is 53-percent and he’s up for re-election this year.

State Civil Service Director Byron Decoteau was grilled by members of the Senate Finance committee about big pay raises given to himself and his Deputy Director Chris Deer and Chief Operating Officer Nicole Tucker. Decoteau told Senate Finance Chairman Bodi White raises are warranted…
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White calls the raises absurd.