06:30 LRN Newscast, December 22nd

An arctic blast will arrive in Louisiana today, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is ready. Kace Kieschnick spoke with GOHSEP’s Mike Steele…:
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Governor John Bel Edwards has named Terri Ricks the new Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services. Ricks has been serving in the interim role since Marketa Walters stepped down last month after DCFS faced scrutiny over a series of missteps at the agency this year.

The Pelican Institute for Public Policy files suit against the White House on behalf of a Fort Polk soldier who refuses to get the COVID vaccine. Pelican’s Special Counsel James Baehr says 16-year veteran Master Sergeant Robert Galey Jr. had and still has religious misgivings about the vaccine, and faces discharge if he does not comply…:
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So far there has been no official response to the lawsuit by the Army of Department of Defense.

The American Red Cross has put out an urgent call for volunteers to help people impacted by last week’s tornadoes. Ed Bush is the executive director of the Capital-West area of the Louisiana Red Cross…:
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He says teams are providing aid across the state, focusing efforts in Caddo, Iberia, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles, and Union parishes.