3:30 PM Newscast

61 additional COVID-19 deaths are reported in Louisiana today bringing the total number of fatalities from the disease to 1,601. Total confirmed cases are now over 26,000, but nearly 15,000 state residents who have tested positive have recovered and are no longer infectious.

States need to meet certain COVID testing benchmarks before they can implement federal Phase One reopening guidelines, but Governor Edwards says Louisiana is setting a higher bar…

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The NFL held the first round of it’s “Virtual Draft” last night and the Saints grabbed a highly regarded interior lineman, while a school-record five LSU Tigers were drafted in the 1st round. Joe Burrow, K’Lavon Chaisson, Justin Jefferson, Patrick Queen, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire made for a record-setting LSU class. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says he’s particularly excited about Edwards-Helaire’s fit in Kansas City.

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo highlights an act of kindness as a Monroe, New Jersey resident anonymously mailed the city a $100 donation after hearing on the national news of the Easter Sunday tornado’s impact on the community.  Mayo says the he was deeply touched by the letter from a total stranger wanting to help.

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The money will be used at a local food bank.