1130AM LRN News

A Shreveport Democrat railed against vaccinations on the Senate floor during discussion of a bill that would allow adults to opt into a statewide immunization database. Senator John Milkovich says the database could be discriminatory, and adds there’s a “very contentious scientific debate” about the safety of vaccines.
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Republican US Senator Bill Cassidy, a doctor, disputed those claims and endorsed vaccinations. Cassidy added that unvaccinated people pose significant threats to the lives of at-risk children…
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Cassidy called the research that linked vaccinations and autism “fake news” that’s responsible for the resurgence of measles nationwide.
The legalization of sports betting in Louisiana is one step closer to a reality following Senate approval. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
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The USA Today Network is reporting that Vice President Mike Pence will visit St. Landry Parish Friday to meet with faith leaders of the three churches that burned down in an alleged case of racially motivated arson. 21-year-old Holden Matthews, the son of a St. Landry deputy, has been arrested in connection to the crimes, and two million dollars has been raised on a GoFundMe page for the recovery efforts.