12:30 LRN Newscast Aug 16

Another contagious disease that’s making a resurgence is Polio. It was once one of the nation’s most feared diseases, that caused thousands of cases of paralysis, mostly in children. LSU Health New Orleans infectious disease specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says it’s been detected in New York City’s wastewater and…

Cut 3 (10) “…not been vaccinated.” 

The polio vaccination rate for children entering kindergarten in Louisiana last fall was 98 percent, that’s higher than the national average of 94 percent.

This morning Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin unveiled this year’s “I voted” sticker. It’s a commissioned design by New Orleans artist Becky Fos (pronounced like floss.) It’s a brightly colored oil painting of the state capitol building. The theme of her artwork is “Happy Artist,” and she hopes it will make people happy when they see it.

Cut 6 (07) “…to go out and vote.” 

The Governor’s Litter Abatement and Beautification Task Force has released its initial recommendations on establishing and sustaining litter prevention efforts across Louisiana. The task force was established by executive order in January and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says the solutions range from educating the public to promoting community litter abatement activities…

Cut 9 (10)  “…recycling.”

Nungesser says state funding is also part of the effort. He says state dollars are going towards a major cleanup of a burrow pit at the Burden Museum and Gardens in Baton Rouge.