2:20 LRN Newscast July 4th

With summer in full swing, people are out and about and COVID cases are on the rise.  Fortunately, there is some good news. Two years since the start of the pandemic, about 95 percent of the state has either been vaccinated, had COVID, or both. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the concerns are still real, but the impact isn’t nearly as severe as in the past…

Cut 13 (07) “…getting very sick.”

The state’s new budget went into effect on July 1st. There are concerns the state’s economy may decline because of high gas prices and inflation, but Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is optimistic the economic forecast used to produce the budget will hold up….

Cut 11 (06)  “…budget cuts.”

And Joey Chesnut claims his 15th victory in the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The 37-year old gobbled down 63 hot doges and buns.

Louisiana U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says, regardless of one’s politics, Americans should pay attention to the congressional January 6th hearings in D.C. Cassidy says it remains to be seen if former President Trump will be charged, but he feels it WAS “an attempt to harm the Constitution by interrupting the peaceful transfer of power”…:

Cut 6 (15)  “…agrees with me.”

If you’re planning on popping off some fireworks today, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds to do so safely. And always make sure you have water nearby incase things get out of control. When the show is over water them down because spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says they could…

Cut 5 (11) “…your home.”