5:30 LRN Newscast July 21

Abortions can continue in Louisiana as a lawsuit challenging the state’s trigger laws remains in litigation. State District Judge Donald Johnson preliminary injunction orders attorneys on both sides 30 days to develop plans for a trial.

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

Cut 2 (34) “…I’m Jeff Palermo.”  

State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says the Bayou State is still in its sixth surge that started about two months ago and it’s on track to be one of the longest upticks in COVID cases. And after 28 months Kanter says COVID fatigue has definitely set in.

Cut 5  (11) “…get it again.”

News broke earlier today that President Biden tested positive for COVID and is experiencing mild symptoms.

While some parts of the state are under an excessive heat warning, State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says other parts of the state are seeing rain cooling showers, and thunderstorms in the afternoon. But the standing water attracts mosquitos…

Cut 14 (12)  “…eastern encephalitis.”