8:30 LRN Newscast August 19

No Mardi Gras in New Orleans next year? It’s a possibility according to Mayor LaToya Cantrell who had this to say at a town hall meeting last night…
cut 27 (06) “…that’s a fact”
According to the New Orleans City Council the NOPD has less than one-thousand officers when it needs about 14-hundred.

Meanwhile in Baton Rouge, legislative leaders are working to create a new State Capitol Security Police force….
cut 1 (30) “…I’m Kevin Gallagher”

Health officials are investigating the deaths of two people in Florida, who died after consuming raw oysters from Louisiana. Oyster Task Force Chairman Mitch Jurisich sympathizes with the victims’ families. Restaurants do have signs warning patrons of the risks of eating raw shellfish and Jurisich says individuals with immune disorders and those who are pregnant should avoid consuming raw oysters.
Cut 12 (10) “…facts together.”

The Louisiana Health Department is reporting 127 monkeypox infections and 95-percent of the patients are males. State Health Officer Doctor Joe Kanter says they’ve seen transmission within the male gay community…
cut 15 (11) “….like Southern Decadence”
And Kanter says nearly 60-percent of monkeypox cases in Louisiana have occurred among Black Louisianans.