11:30 LRN Newscast July 23

Unopposed. Shreveport area Congressman Mike Johnson emerges from qualifying this week with no one challenging him for a fourth term in office. That means he is automatically re-elected. In a written statement, Johnson says he is “grateful for the honor” of another term, and “humbled.” Johnson is the only member of Louisiana’s congressional delegation to be un-opposed, and the only Louisianan on the important House Armed Services Committee.

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has finished its largest barrier island restoration project, with the completion of the Terrebonne Basin Barrier Islands. The project restored one-thousand acres of barrier island habitat. Project manager April Newman says these islands will provide storm surge protection..:

CUT 06(12)      “…fragile wetlands.”

The 166-million dollar project used funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Congresswoman Julia Letlow qualified Friday to run for re-election. The first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress has strong feeling about parents’ right in their kids’ education and about Second Amendment rights…:

CUT 14(07)      “…to bear arms.”

She has a GOP challenger in Hunter Pullen, a former Marine from West Monroe, who says reforming the Veteran Administration is key for him…:

CUT 13(11)      “…concerns are.”

Also challenging Letlow are Democrat Oscar Danzler of Hammond, Lawtell Republican Allen Guillory and Monroe Democrat Walter Huff.

The state Department of Health reports another 2700 new cases of COVID, with 730 in the hospital with symptoms statewide. They also report 12 new COVID-related deaths.