4:30 LRN Newscast July 21

The state Bond Commission votes to withhold some state money from the City of New Orleans; $39-million in sewer & water cash. It’s in response to Mayor LaToya Cantrell threatening she would not enforce the state’s abortion law, which is currently on hold. During arguments for and against, State Treasurer John Schroder wasn’t pleased at using the Bond Commission to send a political message..:

CUT 11(11)      “…to get on.”

The excessive heat is threatening Louisiana crops. State Ag Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says corn and soy farmers are working overtime to assure their crops don’t dry up in the heat…:

CUT 13(12)      “…of the heat.”

Some parts of the state are getting some cooling rain, but that means another problem; mosquitos which transmit West Nile and Eastern encephalitis.


COVID-19. The BA.5 variant means the current surge in Louisiana is on track to be one of the longest. Brooke Thorington explains…:

CUT 01(34)      “…Brooke Thorington.”

Louisiana Tech’s men’s basketball team is headed for Puerto Rico. The Bulldogs travel to San Juan early next month for an NCAA three game summer exhibition tour. Head Coach Talvin Hester says it’ll be a great experience for his guys. Tech has ten players returning from last season.