11:30 AM Newscast

The Acadiana region is outpacing other regions of the state in new COVID-19 cases. The region’s case count of Tuesday was the highest on record and Dr. Tina Stefanski, regional medical director of the Office of Public Health in Acadiana, believes the area is late in seeing their share of the first wave.
Cut 9 (09) “…experiencing such increases.”
On Tuesday, 354 cases came from the region, making up more than a quarter of the state’s total case count, nearly double the share of the next highest region.

The family of a gay teenager stabbed in the neck and wrists believes 18-year-old Holden White of Kaplan is the victim of a hate crime. But Lafayette Police is not pursuing hate crime charges. Legal analyst Franz Borghardt says the evidence has to be clear that the attack occurred because White is gay…
Cut 3 (09) ”…problematic”  
White is in intensive care, but his family says his condition is improving.
Governor John Bel Edwards expects K-12 schools as well as colleges and universities will reopen with students in August. But Edwards admits the latest COVID-19 metrics concerning young people are concerning.
Cut 11 (11) “…do so safely.”
Young adults between the ages of 18 to 29 is the leading age group for positive COVID-19 cases.

A Tuesday morning crash in Zachary claimed the life of an 11-year-old and resulted in the arrest of 27-year-old Treasure Charles of Gonzales. Trooper Taylor Scrantz says Charles was on US Hwy 61 in a box truck when she struck a disabled vehicle in the roadway.
Cut 14 (07) “…killed upon impact.”
The deceased child has been identified as Wayne Ford of Baton Rouge, while Charles is facing several charges including negligent homicide.