8:30 LRN Newscast April 30

The regular legislative session is set to resume next week and the big priority for lawmakers once they return to Baton Rouge is passing a budget for next fiscal year. The session is set to end June 1st. House Appropriations Chairman Jerome Zeringue says they need the Revenue Estimating Conference to provide them with a dollar figure on how much they can spend next fiscal year…
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Zeringue says he’s been told to expect at least a 500-million dollars drop in revenues.

Malls are not producing sales tax revenue for the state. LSU marketing professor Dan Rice says malls will have to figure out a strategy so that consumers feel compelled to visit once they re-open…
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Governor Edwards says malls can be open for curbside pickup service beginning Friday.

Customers will be allowed to eat takeout meals outside of restaurants starting tomorrow but the Louisiana Restaurant Association says only about four percent of restaurants currently have patio dining…
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The number of known COVID-19 cases is approaching 28-thousand and the virus is responsible for over 18-hundred deaths in Louisiana. The state health department reports a total of 590 COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents and another 47 people have died from COVID-19 who lived at other adult residential facilities.