7:30 LRN Newscast

Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt has started an online petition for residents to sign that would urge Governor John Bel Edwards to open Louisiana on a parish by parish basis. Hewitt says this grassroots online petition at open-LA-now-dot-com restores the voice of Louisiana voters….
cut 14 (08) “….heard”
But Edwards says he does not plan on allowing local parishes to open before the stay at home order ends, or to allow parishes to relax restrictions more than others.
Cut 15 (09)“…phase one.”
Part of that threshold calls for Louisiana to have 140-thousand coronavirus tests conducted a month. Edwards says that should be doable in May.

The coronavirus pandemic may result in the demise of many department stores according to retail experts at Columbia University…
cut 1 (32) “I’m Kevin Barnhart.”

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow was the first pick in last night’s N-F-L draft and will now battle Andy Dalton to be the starting Q-B in Cincinnati…
cut 17 (10) “….this city”
A school-record five LSU Tigers were selected in the first round, including running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. The Saints used their first-round pick to take Michigan center Cesar Ruiz.