1:30 LRN Newscast

Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as a U-S Supreme Court Justice today replacing the retiring Stephen Breyer. The nation’s highest court will determine if Louisiana’s Congressional map approved by legislators is constitutional. U-L-M Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley expects the court to rule that it does not violate the Voting Rights Act…
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The Louisiana Department of Health has reported the state’s first positive case of West Nile Virus in a human this year. State epidemiologist Theresa Sokol says the risk for West Nile is higher than normal, with 175 mosquito pools indicating the presence of the virus, compared to just 13 a year ago…
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Sokol says eliminate standing water around your home, keeping the gutters clean and regularly change the water in birdbaths.

Baton Rouge Police say a worker at a fast food restaurant was shot over an argument about a food order. Sergeant L’ Jean McKneely says the gunman was upset his order was given to another customer and confronted the worker in the parking lot…
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McKNeely says the shooting victim’s injuries are not life threatening and no arrests have been made.

Work has begun on elevating LA 1 in Lafourche Parish from the Leeville Bridge to Golden Meadow. The price tag for this elevated stretch of highway is over 800-million dollars. Executive Director of the LA 1 Coalition Henri Boulet says the project received a large amount of federal grant money as a result of 20 private industry partners providing over a million dollars in match money
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Boulet says there’s been a serious effort to elevate LA-1 for 25 years as storm surge from hurricanes and tropical storms can sometimes close the highway for several days, costing the U-S millions of dollars in oil and gas production.