9:30 LRN Newscast June 27

Governor Edwards plans to increase enforcement efforts on non-compliant businesses as coronavirus cases continue to surge. Kevin Barnhart has the story…
Cut 1 (30) “…I’m Kevin Barnhart”

The C-D-C now says pregnant women may be more at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 than those who are not expecting. This news comes on the heels of a Baton Rouge mother who gave berth to a premature baby but died from COVID-19 complications. The newborn girl is fighting for her life in intensive care.

The University of Louisiana System is anticipating a five percent loss of revenue by the end of the 2021 fiscal year. President Jim Henderson says part of the revenue loss can be attributed to a drop in enrollment. Henderson says his pitch to students uncertain of returning is still the same, a 14-percent annual rate of return on their degree from a U-L system school.
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For the current fiscal year that ends Tuesday, the UL System is set to suffer a 28 million dollar loss.

The famous Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern Sr. has died at the age of 93. Kern founded Blaine Kern Artists, which designs, builds, and stages most of the region’s largest carnival parades. Mardi Gras expert Arthur Hardy says Kern had the ability to engage and captivate people like few others and made Mardi Gras what it is.
Cut 11 (07) “…quite a promoter.”