530 PM LRN News

Louisiana added 61 new deaths from COVID-19 today but the state remains on a slow downward trajectory of viral spread and Governor Edwards says he’s looking at relaxing a few restrictions after the stay at home order ends April 30th. To do that, Edwards says the state is ramping up COVID testing capacity with the goal of being able to perform 200,000 tests in a month by May. Edwards says currently the biggest challenge to meeting that mark is not lab capacity.

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The Dean Lee Research Center in Alexandria will need to be rebuilt after taking direct hit from a tornado on Wednesday night. LSU AgCenter Central Region Director Tara Smith says the mega-shelter that the state uses during hurricanes also took a direct hit

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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. At 24 the Saints grabbed Michigan big man Caesar Ruiz. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier liked the pick because…

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Detillier expects Ruiz will play center, while last year’s 2nd round pick Eric McCoy replaces Warford at guard.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says the city has been blessed by many charitable acts since the easter tornado hit. A Monroe, New Jersey resident anonymously mailed the city a $100 donation after hearing of the tornado’s impact on the town.  Mayo read a letter from the donor.

Cut 7 (13) “…and rebuilding lives.”