3:30 LRN Newscast July 21

The Louisiana Bond Commission votes to withhold funding for the New Orleans water and sewerage board over the city’s threat to not enforce state laws that ban abortions. Jeff Palermo has the story…:

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In Caddo Parish, a 21-year-old Haughton man gets the longest sentence possible, after pleading guilty to raping a child. Oscar Gonzalez was ordered to 40 years behind bars for the 2020 assault on a 7-year-old. He will also have to register as a se offender for life.


As we hear news that President Biden has COVID, state health officials say we need to be vigilant of the BA.5 variant; more infectious, but less deadly. State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says 3400 new cases are reported today, but there are likely many more cases yet undetected…:

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If there’s an upside, it’s that BA.5 COVID is sending fewer people to the hospital than previous variants.

A Baton Rouge woman told sheriff’s deputies she had to play dead, after being shot by her ex right in front of her kids, in hopes she’d avoid being shot again. The victim says 30-year-old Roy Haynes instead kicked her in the stomach and left. Her children, ages 9 and 15, witnessed the whole thing. She will be OK. Haynes is now in custody; charged with attempted murder and convicted felon in possession of a gun.