10:30 LRN Newscast Dec 29

Recent wastewater samples from Shreveport show an increase in COVID in northwestern Louisiana. The Center for Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats at LSU Health Shreveport has been monitoring samples. Director of Viral Genomic and Surveillance Dr. Krista Queen says when individuals are infected the virus begins replicating in their body even before they know they are sick.

Cut 11 (08)  “…uses the restroom.”

She says similar to this time last year, we’ll start to see cases spike again.

LSU Ag Center experts say the recent freezes were disruptive to the sugar cane industry. Sugar cane specialist Kenneth Gravois says 90 percent of the new crop is already in the fields and experts just tested soil temperatures to assess the health of that crop.

Cut 9 (10)  “… don’t freeze.”

Of the harvested crops he says the quality of the sugar being processed is still very good.

Hunger Free America says food insecurity is surging in Louisiana because of inflation and the expiration of the child tax credit and free school meals. Hunger Free America CEO, Joel Berg says If you need assistance, he says to contact the national hunger hotline at 1-8-6-6 3 Hungry. And he’s also encouraging the public to help fight hunger…

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Next year the state’s corporate franchise tax will decrease slightly. Tax attorney and consultant Jason Decuir says there are also triggers calling for further reductions if Louisiana’s revenue hits certain benchmarks, which IS projected to happen. He says this is an important step in becoming a friendlier environment for business and competing with our Gulf south neighbor states…:

Cut 15 (08)  “…to do the same.”