1:30 PM Newscast

The Acadiana region is outpacing other regions of the state in new COVID-19 cases, with younger demographics being the most problematic age group. Dr. Tina Stefanski, regional medical director of the Office of Public Health in Acadiana, hopes that young adults will begin to heed the advice of health officials, as it will help protect those most at risk for poor outcomes.

Cut 11 (12) “…maintain a distance.”

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 reduction will hit their bottom line, but they believe by lowering the price they can significantly expand the market.
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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. Lafayette Police say the evidence shows there are other motives on why the attack occurred. White reportedly met 19-year-old Chance Seneca on a gay dating app and police say the two got into an argument which led to Seneca stabbing White. Legal analyst Franz Borghardt says a hate crime is a very serious charge…

Cut 5 (06)  “…stiff penalty”

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

The House approves legislation protecting public and private schools from civil suits by students or teachers who say they got COVID on school grounds. Amite Representative Robby Carter says a school board superintendent told him this bill was vital to actually having students back in classrooms come fall.

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