9:30 LRN Newscast June 24

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says his deputies will perform random checks on businesses making sure they are complying with coronavirus restrictions and answer any questions business owners may have. Browning says they are not looking to penalize businesses. He says the goal is to help them correct any mistakes…
cut 5 (05) “…employees”
Browning says most businesses are doing their best to be compliant. Louisiana Association of Business and Industry President Stephen Waguespack agrees and says owners want to limit COVID spread because it’s good for business.
Cut 6 (08) “…customers”
Yesterday, the state health department reported its largest-one day surge in coronavirus cases since April 7, 1,356 positive tests.

Even though we are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, Governor John Bel Edwards remains optimistic schools will reopen in August with students inside the classrooms. Edwards says school assemblies may be prohibited, students might be required to eat lunch in the classroom and other changes could be needed…
cut 13 (11) “….and contengencies”

The Senate Finance Committee meets this afternoon and they are expected to approve a 34-billion dollar budget plan for the fiscal year that begins a week from today. Lapolitics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford says crafting the budget is tricky because total revenue could change if a series of COVID relief tax breaks are passed.
Cut 8 (11) “…to walk.”
The special session is set to end next Tuesday.