8:30 LRN Newscast June 26

The State Department of Education is requiring face masks for students third grade and above as part of its plan for reopening public schools in August. Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says if a student or teacher tests positive the Department of Health will consult with the district on whether the school needs to close. Brumley says that means…
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Schools that are ordered closed may stayed closed for three to five days for a deep clean.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality warns residents with breathing issues to remain indoors as a Saharan Dust Plume begins impacting the Gulf Coast today. LDEQ Air Planning Administrator Jason Myers says the dust can exasperate existing respiratory conditions.
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Air quality alerts are up for Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

AAA indicates COVID-19 is having a significant impact on summer travel plans. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
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At the state capitol, lawmakers have approved a resolution that creates a task force to study police training and what can be done to remove officers from the force who are considered bad apples. The 25-member task force will meet next month and provide recommendations to the state legislature by February first.