12:30 PM Newscast

The Acadiana region is outpacing other regions of the state in new COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday’s case report, of the tests taken in the region, 11.1% came back positive, higher than the federal recommendations in moving forward in economic reopening. Dr. Tina Stefanski, regional medical director of the Office of Public Health in Acadiana, says the age groups that are the most problematic are the younger demographics.

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Today’s statewide total case count increases by 882 to 52,477.

The state’s only current medical marijuana grower announces it will lower its prices as a result of the Governor’s signing of a bill greatly expanding access to the treatment. Wellcana CEO John Davis says the price reductions will allow pharmacies to sell the product at the average price for the nation’s more mature markets.

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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. Police have arrested 19-year-old Chance Seneca and charged him with attempted second-degree murder, but no hate crime charges have been added. Legal analyst Franz Borghardt says police officers and prosecutors sometimes do not want to pursue hate crime charges, because it makes the case more complicated

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White is in intensive care, but his family says his condition is improving.