1:30 PM Newscast

Dangerous weather conditions are expected with the arrival of two cold fronts into the state this weekend. State climatologist Barry Keim says the potential for severe weather on Sunday is not as great as it was last weekend, but it could still be a bumpy ride and is still worth monitoring.

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The forecaster puts the portion of Louisiana between I-10 and I-20 in the slight to an enhanced risk category for severe weather.

The Governor tours the PMAC today.  The home of LSU basketball is playing host to a giant operation to create PPE for frontline healthcare workers.  Interim LSU President Thomas Galligan says the operation started in the garage of Wayne Newhauser, the head of LSU’s Medical Physics department.

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In the near future, Galligan believes the operation will be outputting 1000 gowns a day.

The Trump Administration issues guidelines to states on how to reopen their economies in three “phases”.  Phase one continues to encourage social distancing but allows activities like limited dine-in access to restaurants. The Pelican Institute is calling on Louisiana to implement Phase One May 1st.  VP of Policy and Governmental Affairs Renee Amar…

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The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is raising money to help bar owners stay afloat and keep your favorite local watering hole alive through the COVID Crisis.  Many small businesses are keeping the lights on by taking advantage of federal programs like the CARES Act.  LHF Executive Director Jennifer Kelley says, unfortunately, bars have a very unusual business model…
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Kelley says locally officials could help bars by expanding alcohol delivery laws.