9:30 LRN Newscast April 17

The state department of education has provided additional guidance to local school districts on determining if a student should advance to the next grade, with schools closed for the rest of the academic year. Assistant state superintendent Ken Bradford says in some cases a sit down must occur between the parents, teachers, and counselors to discuss how a child can catch up in time for next school year…
cut 11 (07) “….through the summer”

The three o’clock project is a group that delivers meals to students across much of south Louisiana. Operation manager Jeff Landry says they just received a 50-thousand grant so they can continue this service into the summer. Landry says they’ve hired more than 350 workers to prepare and distribute 20-thousand meals a day…
cut 14 (10) “…as we speak”

LSU Health Shreveport will start to conduct serology testing that will help determine if someone had COVID-19 but were asymptomatic. Once a person has COVID-19 they build antibodies to fight the virus if it tries to re-enter their body. Immunology Professor Matthew Woolard says they will also document the rate at which a person loses antibodies by retesting a person’s blood regularly…
cut 5 (09) “…infection”

The cancellations of Jazz and Essence Fest will pummel New Orleans’ expected 2020 tourism revenue, with more festivals likely to announce similar decisions. CEO of New Orleans and Company, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, Mark Romig says the loss of those iconic events is a blow, but they’ll be back.
Cut 7 (08) “…2021.”
Jazz Fest previously announced a postponement until the fall.