5:30 LRN Newscast June 24

The constitutional right to have an abortion in the United States was reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States Friday morning. The decision was expected after a brief overturning Roe v Wade was leaked last month. President of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills says Louisianan’s trigger laws essentially closes the state’s three abortion clinics.
Cut 6 (12) “…post Roe Louisiana.”
New Orleans Representative Aimee Freeman say the ruling is a major setback for women’s rights and will have devastating consequences.
Cut 7 (12) “…our country.”
A statement from the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom says they are ready to keep up the fight for abortion access and do whatever it takes to get people the care they need.

On Friday Governor John Bel Edwards announced he’s tested positive for COVID. Edwards who is fully vaccinated and up to date on the recommended booster doses says he does not have any COVID like symptoms, but he will follow CDC recommendations and isolate for five days. Edwards encouraged others to take precautions to avoid becoming infected and to stay up to date on their vaccinations amidst the sixth surge of COVID in Louisiana.

Louisiana is in an early summer heat wave of record proportions. Weather stations across the state report record-setting and record-breaking high temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says scorching weather is here for the next few days, at least…:

Cut 13 (10) “…100 and 110.”

Keim is hopeful that temperatures will return to normal next week.