4:30 PM Newscast

Governor Edwards is demanding businesses comply with coronavirus restrictions as the state reported another 13-hundred cases today. Edwards says the state office of public health, A-T-C and state fire marshal deputies will conduct robust compliance checks when they get complaints…

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Hospitalizations rose to 700 today.

Assistant health secretary Alex Billioux says 91-percent of the cases are tied to community spread rather than congregate settings like nursing homes. He says in order to stop the surge in cases, Louisiana residents should wear masks in the public and maintain social distancing…

Cut 14 (07) “…neighbors safe.”

Due to a planned power outage of the L-D-H’s office in New Orleans, the state will not update its coronavirus cases on Saturday.

Blaine Kern, Sr., who was widely considered Mr. Mardi Gras, has died. He was 93.  Kern was the founder of Blaine Kern Artists, which designs, builds, and stages most of the region’s largest carnival parades. Mardi Gras expert Arthur Hardy says Kern’s energy and creativity did not slow down in the later years of his life.

Cut 10 (10) “…just didn’t stop.”

Kern built his first Mardi Gras float on the back on a mule-drawn wagon with his father in 1932 and is credited for turning Mardi Gras float building into a multi-million dollar business.

The UL System is anticipating a five percent loss of revenue by the end of the 2021 fiscal year. President Jim Henderson says some of the loss is due to enrollment from students who are delaying entering college. He says they are being upfront about what expectations should be.

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